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Frequently Asked Questions about Intel® Graphics Technology for Intel® Mobile Processors


Last Reviewed: 15-May-2017
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What processor graphics does mobile Intel® Xeon® Processor E3 v5 Family use? Mobile Intel® Xeon® Processor E3 v5 Family Processors use a variety of processor graphics based on the sku. In terms of performance, a higher number designation indicates a better version of processor graphics. These include Intel® Iris® Pro Graphics P580 and Intel® HD Graphics 530.
What processor graphics do 7th Generation Intel® Core™ Mobile Processors use? 7th Generation Intel® Core™ Mobile Processors use a variety of processor graphics based on the sku. In terms of performance, a higher number designation indicates a better version of processor graphics.
  • 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 Processors come with Intel® HD Graphics 620/615.
  • 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i5 Processors come with Intel® HD Graphics 620/615.
  • 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i3 Processors come with Intel® HD Graphics 620.
  • Intel® Core™ m3 Processors come with Intel® HD Graphics 615
What processor graphics do 6th Generation Intel® Core™ Mobile Processors use? 6th Generation Intel® Core™ Mobile Processors use a variety of processor graphics based on the sku. In terms of performance, a higher number designation indicates a better version of processor graphics.
  • 6th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 Processors come with Intel® HD Graphics 520/530; Intel® Iris® Graphics 540/550 and Intel® Iris® Pro Graphics 580.
  • 6th Generation Intel® Core™ i5 Processors come with Intel® HD Graphics 520/530; Intel® Iris® Graphics 540/550 and Intel® Iris® Pro Graphics 580.
  • 6th Generation Intel® Core™ i3 Processors come with Intel® HD Graphics 520/530 and Intel® Iris® Graphics 550.
  • Intel® Core™ m3/m5/m7 Processors come with Intel® HD Graphics 515
What processor graphics do 5th and 4th Generation Intel® Core™ Mobile Processors use? 5th Generation Intel® Core™ Mobile Processors use a variety of processor graphics. The most capable versions are Intel® Iris® Pro Graphics 6200 and Intel® Iris® Graphics 6100, followed by Intel® HD Graphics 6000/5500/5600. Intel® Core™ M Processor graphics version is Intel® HD Graphics 5300. In terms of performance, a higher number designation indicates a better version of processor graphics.

4th Generation Intel Core Mobile Processors use a variety of processor graphics. The most capable versions are the Intel® Iris® 5200 and Intel® Iris® 5100, followed by Intel® HD Graphics 5000/4600/4400/4200. In terms of performance, a higher number designation indicates a better version of processor graphics.

What are Intel® HD Graphics 2500 and Intel® HD Graphics 4000? 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 (six). 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 learn more on this subject, go to Guide to 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Graphics.
What is the difference between Intel® HD Graphics, Intel® HD Graphics 2000, and Intel® HD Graphics 3000? Intel® HD Graphics is the initial implementation of the graphics that was introduced with the Intel® Core™ i5-6xx Processor Series and the Intel® Core™ i3-5xx Processor Series. Intel® HD Graphics 2000 and Intel® HD Graphics 3000 is the second generation of processor graphics and was introduced with the Intel® Core™ i7-2xxx Processor series, Intel® Core™ i5-2xxx Processor Series, and Intel® Core™ i3-2xxx Processor Series. It is a much higher performing version than the initial implementation.
What is the difference between Intel® HD Graphics 2000 and Intel® HD Graphics 3000? The primary difference between Intel® HD Graphics 2000 and Intel® HD Graphics 3000 is the number of execution units contained in the processor. Intel HD Graphics 2000 contains six execution units, and Intel HD Graphics 3000 contains 12 execution units. This means that Intel HD Graphics 3000 is better suited for more graphics-intensive applications, such as those that use 3D.
Which Intel® Mobile Processors contain Intel® HD Graphics within the processor package? The information included in the articles below include version information on Intel® HD Graphics, processor specification information, socket information, and compatibility information on Intel® Desktop Boards.
Intel® Core™ i7 Mobile Processors that contain Intel HD Graphics
Intel® Core™ i5 Mobile Processors that contain Intel HD Graphics
Intel® Core™ i3 Mobile Processors that contain Intel HD Graphics
Where can I find out more information on the differences between the different versions of Intel® HD Graphics? Quick Reference Guide to Intel® Core™ Processors with Intel HD Graphics
Quick Reference Guide to Intel® HD Graphics 3000/2000
Quick Reference Guide to Intel® HD Graphics 4000/2500
Quick Reference Guide to 4th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Graphics (HD Graphics)
What is Dynamic Acceleration? This is a feature that is available with the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors. It works similar to Intel® Turbo Boost 2.0 in that the processor will dynamically boost the graphics frequency for graphically intensive applications, provided the processor is operating under power, thermal, and current specifications.
Where can I get graphics drivers for the processors that feature Intel® HD Graphics? For downloading these graphics drivers, use Intel® Driver Update Utility (Intel® DUU). When you run this utility, it informs you if you have the current Intel® Graphics Drivers or not. Intel® DUU not only incorporates an analysis of graphics drivers, but includes an analysis on other drivers such as audio and network drivers.
Where can I find out more about Intel® Graphics Drivers? Please visit the Intel® Graphics Driver frequently asked questions page for more information.
Where can I compare the features of Intel® Mobile Processors that support Intel® HD Graphics? Visit ark.intel.com to view the Intel product specification and comparison database. Choose your processor family to see the processor feature set.

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