Onboard Video Performance

Onboard performance isn’t something that you think about when it comes to high-end CPUs because I think the expectation is that you will be adding a dedicated GPU but there are situations where a dedicated GPU isn’t needed or you may need to run the integrated graphics while waiting on your video card to come in or be replaced. So I do still want to check out the performance of all three of the non-X CPUs when it comes to integrated GPU performance. For that, I have run a few basic tests with a mix of older and newer games and benchmarks. Integrated GPUs aren’t anywhere near the performance of even the lowest-end GPUs but it is still interesting to see what they can do. To start that I went with the older Cinebench R15 which has an OpenGL benchmark showing basic rendering performance. With all of the 7000 Series CPUs having the same integrated GPU the results weren’t a surprise at all with all of the CPUs right at the 101 FPS result with just small variations.

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Next, I defaulted to the always consistent 3DMark with both the older Fire Strike benchmark and the newer Time Spy which is DX12. I only used the graphics score, not the total score to take the CPU performance out of the equation as much as possible. In both tests, we see the same thing once again with all 7 of the CPUs all together with their results. The three non-X CPUs were all on top which may be an indication of a driver improvement or the lower power helping but it is such a small difference that it isn’t a big deal at all.

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In Unigine Superposition I ran the 1080p medium detail and 720p low detail tests and the results here weren’t much different than the previous tests. All three CPUs had the same score on the 1080p medium result and the 720p low would have been the same if not for the one higher score from the 7600.

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Then from there on, I jumped into game tests. Some of our tests are older games but I did also add in a few newer games as well to get an idea of newer games when tested at 1080p and low or medium settings. Like with the other onboard tests some of the results like both Tomb Raiders, Far Cry 5, and Borderlands the difference between any of the CPUs was minimal. But with a few like TF2, you can see the performance difference, but that was completely from the CPUs themselves, not the GPU. More importantly, what we can see is that none of the onboard GPUs tested can handle some of the modern games even at their lowest settings at 1080p. But they are capable of rendering video in Cinebench and can handle older games without any problems.

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