One of the first places Intel implemented its new Intel Xe architecture is on integrated GPUs, those that are built on the same silicon or chip as the CPU. The Rocket Lake-S architecture is the first Intel desktop processor architecture to incorporate the new GPU architecture.
Intel Xe-LP Integrated GPU Performance in Rocket Lake-S
The performance of the integrated GPU in the 11th generation Intel Rocket Lake-S processors has been tested. Specifically with the one that is built into the Core-i5 11500 model, which has a 6-core processor and 12 threads of execution. This processor operates at a base clock speed of 2.7 GHz, but the Boost speed of this processor is unknown.
The test was carried out on a PC with an MSI-Z590-A PRO card and 32 GB of DDR4-3200 memory, let’s not forget that in the case of integrated GPUs when sharing the data path with the CPU to system RAM, also the speed of DDR4 affects the GPU. On the other hand, we know that Intel’s Gen 11 Desktop PC does not support configurations higher than DDR4-3200.
Compared to the 3DMark result of the integrated GPU of the Core i5-10400, we saw an increase in the performance of the GPU, because according to the 3D Mark, the new Intel Xe takes 1053 points and the Intel UHD 630 stays on 693 points. A difference of 51% in favor of the new Intel Xe iGPU and which demonstrates very well the improvements that were only implemented in the Intel architecture in the first generation of Intel Xe.
That puts the Intel Xe iGPU on par with the NVIDIA GeForce 1030 GT, a very low-end graphics card and so we wouldn’t face a good enough jump just yet. Especially when you take into account that AMD Vega GPUs used in AMD SoCs are capable of reaching 1600 points.
How do Intel Xe-based iGPUs compare to others?
The integrated Intel Xe iGPU is also known as the Intel UHD 750 and it wouldn’t hurt to remember the internal configuration of the Intel Xe integrated in some models of Intel Gen 11 desktop processors. is not the full setup of the Intel Iris Xe Max, but they only carry a 32 EU setup.
If we do the raw comparison it is clear that AMD’s integrated GPUs win, but if we did the comparison in terms of equality of units, the difference would be small. We don’t know to what extent, but it would have been interesting to see a larger setup in terms of number of units in Rocket Lake-S.
From the perspective of Alder Lake, we expect an improvement in the graphics architecture of the iGPU, especially since Intel has been developing since all this time the second generation of its graphics architecture, including the future integrated GPUs of the iGPU. ‘Intel should also benefit.