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Frequently Asked Questions about Intel® Core™ Processors with Intel® HD Graphics


Last Reviewed: 04-May-2016
Article ID: 000005718

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What is the difference between processor graphics and integrated graphics?Processor graphics refer to graphics that are physically in the processor package or integrated into the processor silicon. Integrated graphics are when the graphics functionality is built into the chipset. Both integrated and processor graphics require a video port on the motherboard in order to function.
Which Intel® Desktop Processors include Intel® HD Graphics in the processor package?Select a link below for Intel HD Graphics version, drivers, processor specifications, and compatibility information on Intel® Desktop Boards:
Intel® Core™ i7 Desktop Processors that include Intel HD Graphics
Intel® Core™ i5 Desktop Processors that include Intel HD Graphics
Intel® Core™ i3 Desktop Processors that include Intel HD Graphics
Intel® Pentium® Desktop Processors that include Intel HD Graphics
Do these processors require a graphics port on the back of the desktop boards?These processors are usually matched with a desktop board that has a graphics port on the back because this is normally the lowest cost option. If there is not a graphics port on the back of the board, then a discrete graphics card must be installed to enable video.
Where can I find out more information on the differences between the different versions of Intel® HD Graphics?Quick Reference Guide to 1st Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Graphics (HD Graphics)
Quick Reference Guide to 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Graphics (HD Graphics)
Quick Reference Guide to 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Graphics (HD Graphics)
Quick Reference Guide to 4th and 5th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Graphics (HD Graphics)

Drivers

Where can I get graphics drivers for my processor?

For graphics drivers, use the Intel® Graphics Driver Update Utility.

For all Intel drivers use the Intel® Driver Update Utility. The global version of the Intel Driver Update Utility not only incorporates an analysis of graphics drivers, but includes an analysis on other drivers such as audio and network drivers that come with the Intel® Desktop Boards.

As an alternative, you can go to the Intel® Download Center to manually search and download drivers – How to manually find Intel® Graphics Drivers.

Where can I find out more about Intel® graphics drivers?See the Intel® graphics driver frequently asked questions for more information.

Features

Does my processor support 4k video?For 4k video support you need a 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ Family Processor or higher with Intel® HD Graphics and the latest Intel® HD Graphics driver. In addition you need you will need a high-speed HDMI cable. Standard-speed HDMI cables will not support 4K. Pentium and Celeron family processors do not support 4k video.
What is Dynamic Acceleration?Dynamic Acceleration is similar to Intel® Turbo Boost 2.0. The processor dynamically boosts the graphics frequency for graphically intensive applications if the processor is running under power, thermal and current specifications.
Is my Intel® Desktop Board is compatible with these processors?Visit the Intel® Processors and Boards Compatibility Tool to see which Intel Desktop Board is compatible with your processor. If your processor needs an add-in discrete graphics card, a graphics card icon will be displayed next to your processor. You can click on the icon for more information.

Version information

What processor graphics do the previous Generation Intel® Core™ Desktop Processors use?

Intel® HD Graphics is the initial implementation of processor graphics introduced with the Intel® Core™ i5-6xx Processor Series and the Intel® Core™ i3-5xx Processor Series.

To access more information on this subject, see the Intel® HD Graphics Quick Reference Guide.

What processor graphics do the 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ Desktop Processors use?

The Intel® HD Graphics 2000 and Intel® HD Graphics 3000 were introduced with the Intel® Core™ i7-2xxx, Intel® Core™ i5-2xxx, and Intel® Core™ i3-2xxx Processors.

The main difference between Intel® HD Graphics 2000 and Intel® HD Graphics 3000 is the number of graphics execution units included in the processor. Intel® HD Graphics 2000 has six graphics execution units and Intel® HD Graphics 3000 has twelve graphics execution units.

To access more information on this subject, see the Guide to 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ Processor graphics.

What processor graphics do the 3rd generation Intel® Core™ Desktop Processors use?

Intel® HD Graphics 2500 and Intel® HD Graphics 4000 are the 3rd generation of Intel® Core™ Processor graphics. Intel® HD Graphics 2500 is the successor to Intel HD Graphics 2000 and is better performing due to more efficient graphics execution units (6).

Intel HD Graphics 4000 is the successor to Intel HD Graphics 3000 and features much better performance due to the increased number of graphics execution units (16). Intel HD Graphics 4000 is better suited for graphics intensive applications such as those that use 3D.

To access more information on this subject, see the 3rd Generation Intel® HD Graphics Quick Reference Guide.

What processor graphics do 4th Generation Intel® Core™ Desktop Processors use?The Intel® Core™ i7-4xxx Processors, Intel® Core™ i5-4xxx Processors, and i3-4xxx Processors that utilize the LGA1150 socket use Intel® HD Graphics 4600. The only exceptions to this are the Intel® Core™ i3-4130/i3-4130T Processors which contain Intel® HD Graphics 4400.The i7-4570R, i5-4670R, and i5-4770R Processors use Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics 5200. These processors use the BGA1364 package type. To access more information on this subject, see the Guide Reference Guide for Intel® Core™ Processor Graphics.
What processor graphics do the 5th Generation Intel® Core™ Desktop Processors use?The i5-5675C / i7-5775C LGA1150-based processors use Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics 6200. The i5-5575R, i5-5675R, and i7-5775R Processors use Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics 6200. These processors use the BGA1364 package type. To access more information on this subject, see the Quick Guide Reference Guide for Intel® Core™ Processor Graphics.
What processor graphics do the 6th Generation Intel® Core™ Desktop Processors use?The Intel® Core™ i7-6xxx / i5-6xxx Desktop Processors use Intel HD Graphics 530. This version of Intel® HD Graphics contains 24 execution units. The i5-6685R, i5-6585R, and i7-6785R Processors use Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics 580. These processors use the BGA1440 package type.
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