Intel’s new laptop CPUs seem to have some very interesting details about these newer processors, such as their integrated GPU cores, as well as their fanless designs, and more importantly, better gaming performance compared to previous generations. It’s been a hot topic for anyone who enjoys playing games on laptops over desktops and as such you’re probably wondering how powerful they really are and if they can run the latest games, don’t worry, we’ll try to answer all of your questions. questions in this article.
So here’s everything we know about Intel’s latest batch of integrated laptop GPUs.
What is Intel Iris Plus Graphics?
According to Intel, Iris Plus aims to replace all those old discrete graphics solutions found in most laptops today. To do that, Intel has created a special family of processors called “Lakefield”. Subsequently, these processors were further divided into three different brands: Celeron, Pentium Gold, Silverthorn and finally Iris Pro. As you would expect, each part represents something important. For example, the premium Iris Pro 5200 model includes up to 24 execution units, while the Iris Mini 4870 model includes 6 EUs along with other improvements.
Now let’s talk specifically about Iris Plus. This is how Intel describes it when you talk to PC World:
On paper, there is nothing special about Iris Plus graphics. It uses the same 28nm process as regular UHD 600 parts, supports DirectX 12 Ultimate and is equipped with 3GB of GDDR6 memory running over 16 lanes. However, what sets Iris Plus apart is its speed, efficiency and overall power consumption. In fact, according to TechReport, the company claims to increase both the CPU frequency and number of cores over the current versions without any performance loss.
In addition, Iris Plus should offer longer battery life due to its lower power consumption. According to AnandTech, while Iris graphics do not have dedicated display controllers, they will consume less power and therefore last longer.
Is Intel Iris Plus Graphics Good For Gaming? – Our verdict
One thing that many people want to see before buying a new notebook is whether or not it performs well during gaming sessions. So we decided to try out a few games to find out just how powerful Iris Plus really is. Since I don’t currently own any game consoles, I had to rely only on computer platforms including Overwatch, Far Cry 5, Total War Series, Metro Exodus, Hitman 2, Call Of Duty Mobile, Shadow Warrior Classic, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Just Cause 3, Civilization VI, Total War Battles, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, Star Wars Battlefront II, Shadowrun Returns, Deus Ex GO: Human Revolution Edition, Ashes of Singularity, Darksiders Genesis, Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, Grand Theft Auto V, Red Dead Redemption 2, Middle Earth: Shadows of Mordor, Mortal Kombat 11, Prey, Ghost Recon Wildlands, Grid 2, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition, Watch Dogs Legion, and Hitman III. If you haven’t guessed, most of these titles are quite popular among gamers all over the world.
Most of these games ran smoothly on Iris Pro 4850H or 4960X with the minimum graphics settings, but at maximum settings the FPS was pretty atrocious in most of them. Even after rolling back every graphics option to medium settings, the frame rates left a bit to be desired. That said, it gets a lot better when you start mixing low and medium graphics settings. Keep in mind, though, that these games are all in-demand in terms of graphics, and as such, it really isn’t that bad for an integrated GPU, certainly better than previous generations.
Both managed to run Fortnite at 1080p resolution in a high detail setting. But again, neither card performed well enough to play titles over 1440p resolution.
Overall, I’d say these numbers represent solid base performance for Iris Pro 4850H and 4960X. This doesn’t mean they can’t get better, but right now they just can’t compete with desktop GPUs as expected, but then again they are integrated graphics cards, for the kind of performance they can give you it’s already very good .
As mentioned, the 4850H and 4960X are essentially just a faster version of the original HD Graphics 630 with integrated graphics in Intel Bay Trail Atom Z2760 and Cherry Trail Z68/8520 processor families, respectively. Therefore, they have nearly identical hardware specifications, except for minor differences in clock speeds. On average, Iris Pro offers about 15% – 20% better performance while consuming somewhere between 30% and 40% less power. It is also compatible with Thunderbolt ports, meaning users can connect external monitors via DisplayPort or HDMI connections.
Are they good for video editing – our verdict?
Video editors like to have a lot of processing power to render projects quickly. Especially those working with large image files that require heavy post effects and transitions. With Iris Plus, Intel says it has increased the total number of cores across the entire Lakefield lineup. However, I noticed that the 4850H and 4960X suffer from bottlenecks during real-time encoding processes if the resolution is 1440p or higher, but it’s fine for 1080p. When playing Full HD videos at 1440p encoded in MP4 format, the frames per second dropped significantly when I ramped up the audio and video encoder quality levels at the same time.
It seems like a minor issue, especially given Iris’ promise of better battery life, less heat buildup, and lower electricity bills. Nevertheless, this shouldn’t distract us from the main reason Iris Pro is so exciting: its potential for gaming.