Intel Graphics Technology

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Intel Graphics Technology
API support
Direct3D Direct3D 10.1+ (see capabilities) [1]
Shader Model 4.1+ (see capabilities) [1]
OpenCL Depending on version (see capabilities) [1]
OpenGL OpenGL 2.1+ (see capabilities) [1] [2] [3]
Vulkan Depending on version
Predecessor Intel GMA
Successor Intel Xe
Core i5 processor with integrated HD Graphics 2000 Intel core i5-2500 top IMGP9336 wp.jpg
Core i5 processor with integrated HD Graphics 2000

Intel Graphics Technology [4] (GT) [lower-alpha 1] is the collective name for a series of integrated graphics processors (IGPs) produced by Intel that are manufactured on the same package or die as the central processing unit (CPU). It was first introduced in 2010 as Intel HD Graphics.


Intel Iris Graphics and Intel Iris Pro Graphics are the IGP series introduced in 2013 with some models of Haswell processors as the high-performance versions of HD Graphics. Iris Pro Graphics was the first in the series to incorporate embedded DRAM. [5]

In the fourth quarter of 2013, Intel integrated graphics represented, in units, 65% of all PC graphics processor shipments. [6] However, this percentage does not represent actual adoption as a number of these shipped units end up in systems with discrete graphics cards.


Before the introduction of Intel HD Graphics, Intel integrated graphics were built into the motherboard's northbridge, as part of the Intel's Hub Architecture. They were known as Intel Extreme Graphics and Intel GMA. As part of the Platform Controller Hub (PCH) design, the northbridge was eliminated and graphics processing was moved to the same die as the central processing unit (CPU).

The previous Intel integrated graphics solution, Intel GMA, had a reputation of lacking performance and features, and therefore was not considered to be a good choice for more demanding graphics applications, such as 3D gaming. The performance increases brought by Intel's HD Graphics made the products competitive with integrated graphics adapters made by its rivals, Nvidia and ATI/AMD. [7] Intel HD Graphics, featuring minimal power consumption that is important in laptops, was capable enough that PC manufacturers often stopped offering discrete graphics options in both low-end and high-end laptop lines, where reduced dimensions and low power consumption are important.


Intel HD and Iris Graphics are divided into generations, and within each generation are divided into 'tiers' of increasing performance, denominated by the 'GTx' label. Each generation corresponds to the implementation of a Gen [8] graphics microarchitecture with a corresponding GEN instruction set architecture [9] [10] [11] since Gen4. [12]

Fifth generation (Gen5)


In January 2010, Clarkdale and Arrandale processors with Ironlake graphics were released, and branded as Celeron, Pentium, or Core with HD Graphics. There was only one specification: [13] 12 execution units, up to 43.2  GFLOPS at 900 MHz. It can decode a H264 1080p video at up to 40 fps.

Its direct predecessor, the GMA X4500, featured 10 EUs at 800 MHz, but it lacked some capabilities. [14]

Model numberTierExecution UnitsShading UnitsBase Clock (MHz)Boost Clock (MHz)GFLOPS (FP32)
HD Graphics ?122450090024.0 - 43.2

Sixth generation (Gen6)

Sandy Bridge

In January 2011, the Sandy Bridge processors were released, introducing the "second generation" HD Graphics:

Model numberTierExecution unitsBoost Clock (MHz)max GFLOPS (FP32)
HD GraphicsGT16100096
HD Graphics 20001350129.6
HD Graphics 3000GT2121350259.2

Sandy Bridge Celeron and Pentium have Intel HD, while Core i3 and above have either HD 2000 or HD 3000. HD Graphics 2000 and 3000 include hardware video encoding and HD postprocessing effects.

Seventh generation (Gen7)

Ivy Bridge

On 24 April 2012, Ivy Bridge was released, introducing the "third generation" of Intel's HD graphics: [15]

Model numberTierExecution unitsShading unitsBoost Clock (MHz)max GFLOPS
HD Graphics [Mobile]GT16481050100.8
HD Graphics 25001150110.4
HD Graphics 4000GT2161281300332.8
HD Graphics P4000GT2161281300332.8

Ivy Bridge Celeron and Pentium have Intel HD, while Core i3 and above have either HD 2500 or HD 4000. HD Graphics 2500 and 4000 include hardware video encoding and HD postprocessing effects.

For some low-power mobile CPUs there is limited video decoding support, while none of the desktop CPUs have this limitation. HD P4000 is featured on the Ivy Bridge E3 Xeon processors with the 12X5 v2 descriptor, and supports unbuffered ECC RAM.


Intel Haswell i7-4771 CPU, which contains integrated HD Graphics 4600 (GT2) Intel Haswell 4771 CPU.jpg
Intel Haswell i7-4771 CPU, which contains integrated HD Graphics 4600 (GT2)

On 12 September 2012, Haswell CPUs were announced, with four models of integrated GPUs:

MarketModel numberTierExecution
Boost Clock
ConsumerHD GraphicsGT11080N/A1150184
HD Graphics 4200GT220160850272
HD Graphics 4400950 – 1150304 – 368
HD Graphics 4600900 – 1350288 – 432
HD Graphics 5000GT3403201000 – 1100640 – 704
Iris Graphics 51001100 – 1200704 – 768
Iris Pro Graphics 5200GT3e1281300832
ProfessionalHD Graphics P4600GT220160N/A1200 – 1250384 – 400
HD Graphics P47001250 – 1300400 – 416

The 128 MB of eDRAM in the Iris Pro GT3e is in the same package as the CPU, but on a separate die manufactured in a different process. Intel refers to this as a Level 4 cache, available to both CPU and GPU, naming it Crystalwell. The Linux drm/i915 driver is aware and capable of using this eDRAM since kernel version 3.12. [16] [17] [18]

Integrated Iris Pro Graphics was adopted by Apple for their late-2013 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops (with Retina Display), which for a long time in the history of the series did not have discrete graphics cards, although only for the low-end model. [19] It was also included on the late-2013 21.5-inch iMac. [20]

Eighth generation (Gen8)


In November 2013, it was announced that Broadwell-K desktop processors (aimed at enthusiasts) will also carry Iris Pro Graphics. [21]

The following models of integrated GPU are announced for Broadwell processors: [22] [ better source needed ]

MarketModel numberTierExecution
Boost Clock
ConsumerHD GraphicsGT11296850163.2
HD Graphics 5300GT224192900345.6
HD Graphics 5500950364.8
HD Graphics 56001050403.2
HD Graphics 6000GT3483841000768
Iris Graphics 61001100844.8
Iris Pro Graphics 6200GT3e1281150883.2
ProfessionalHD Graphics P5700GT2241921000384
Iris Pro Graphics P6300GT3e483841281150883.2


Model numberCPU
Clock speed
HD Graphics 400E8000GT112320
N30xx320 – 600
N31xx320 – 640
J3xxx320 – 700
HD Graphics 405N37xx16400 – 700
J37xx18400 – 740

Ninth generation (Gen9)


The Skylake line of processors, launched in August 2015, retires VGA support, while supporting multi-monitor setups of up to three monitors connected via HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2 or Embedded DisplayPort (eDP) 1.3 interfaces. [23] [24]

The following models of integrated GPU are available or announced for the Skylake processors: [25] [26] [ better source needed ]

MarketModel numberTierExecution
Boost Clock
ConsumerHD Graphics 510GT11296950182.4
HD Graphics 515GT2241921000384
HD Graphics 5201050403.2
HD Graphics 5301150 [23] 441.6
Iris Graphics 540GT3e48384641050806.4
Iris Graphics 5501100844.8
Iris Pro Graphics 580GT4e7257612810001152
ProfessionalHD Graphics P530GT2241921150441.6
Iris Pro Graphics P555GT3e483841281000 [27] 768
Iris Pro Graphics P580GT4e7257610001152

Apollo Lake

The Apollo Lake line of processors was launched in August 2016.

Model numberCPU
Clock speed
HD Graphics 500E3930GT11296400 – 550
E3940400 – 600
N3350200 – 650
N3450200 – 700
J3355250 – 700
J3455250 – 750
HD Graphics 505E395018144500 – 650
N4200200 – 750
J4205250 – 800

Kaby Lake

The Kaby Lake line of processors was introduced in August 2016. New features: speed increases, support for 4K UHD "premium" (DRM encoded) streaming services, media engine with full hardware acceleration of 8- and 10-bit HEVC and VP9 decode. [28] [29]

MarketModel numberTierExecution
Base clock
Boost clock
Used in
ConsumerHD Graphics 610GT11296300−350900 − 1100172.8 – 211.2Desktop Celeron, Desktop Pentium G4560, i3-7101
HD Graphics 615GT224192300900 – 1050345.6 – 403.2m3-7Y30/32, i5-7Y54/57, i7-7Y75, Pentium 4415Y
HD Graphics 6201000 – 1050384 – 403.2i3-7100U, i5-7200U, i5-7300U, i7-7500U, i7-7600U
HD Graphics 6303501000 – 1150384 − 441.6Desktop Pentium G46**, i3, i5 and i7, and Laptop H-series i3, i5 and i7
Iris Plus Graphics 640GT3e4838464300950 – 1050729.6 − 806.4i5-7260U, i5-7360U, i7-7560U, i7-7660U
Iris Plus Graphics 6501050 – 1150806.4 − 883.2i3-7167U, i5-7267U, i5-7287U, i7-7567U
ProfessionalHD Graphics P630GT2241923501000 – 1150384 − 441.6Xeon E3-**** v6

Kaby Lake Refresh / Amber Lake / Coffee Lake / Coffee Lake Refresh / Whiskey Lake / Comet Lake

The Kaby Lake line of processors was introduced in October 2017. New features: HDCP 2.2 support [30]

MarketModel numberTierExecution
Base clock
Boost clock
Used in
ConsumerUHD Graphics 610GT112963501050201.6Pentium Gold G54**, Celeron G49**


UHD Graphics 615GT224192300900 – 1050345.6 – 403.2i7-8500Y, i5-8200Y, m3-8100Y
UHD Graphics 6171050403.2i7-8510Y, i5-8310Y, i5-8210Y
UHD Graphics 6201000 – 1150422.4 – 441.6i3-8130U, i5-8250U, i5-8350U, i7-8550U, i7-8650U, 3-8145U, i5-8265U, i5-8365U, i7-8565U, i7-8665U

i3-10110U, i5-10210U, i5-10310U, i7-10510U i7-10610U i7-10810U

UHD Graphics 63023 [31] 1843501100 – 1150404.8 – 423.2i3-8350K, i3-8100 with stepping B0
241921050 – 1250403.2 – 480i9, i7, i5, i3, Pentium Gold G56**, G55**

i5-10300H, i5-10400H, i5-10500H, i7-10750H, i7-10850H, i7-10870H, i7-10875H, i9-10885H, i9-10980HK

Iris Plus Graphics 645GT3e483841283001050 – 1150806.4 - 883.2i7-8557U, i5-8257U
Iris Plus Graphics 6551050 – 1200806.4 – 921.6i7-8559U, i5-8269U, i5-8259U, i3-8109U
ProfessionalUHD Graphics P630GT2241923501100 – 1200422.4 – 460.8Xeon E 21**G, 21**M, 22**G, 22**M, Xeon W-108**M

Gemini Lake

New Features: HDMI 2.0 support, VP9 10-bit Profile2 hardware decoder [32]

Model numberTierExecution
Clock speed
UHD Graphics 600GT11296N4000200 – 65038.4 – 124.8
N4100200 – 70038.4 – 134.4
J4005250 – 70048.0 – 134.4
J4105250 – 75048.0 – 144.0
UHD Graphics 605GT1.518N5000200 – 75057.6 – 216
J5005250 – 80072.0 – 230.4

Eleventh generation (Gen11)

Ice Lake

New features: 10 nm Gen 11 GPU microarchitecture, two HEVC 10-bit encode pipelines, three 4K display pipelines (or 2x 5K60, 1x 4K120), variable rate shading (VRS), [33] [34] [35] and integer scaling. [36]

While the microarchitecture continues to support double-precision floating-point as previous versions did, the mobile configurations of it do not include the feature and therefore on these it is supported only through emulation. [37]

Base clock
Boost clock
ConsumerUHD GraphicsG132256300900 – 1050921.6- 1075.2 [38] 460.8 – 537.6N/ACore i3-10**G1, i5-10**G1
Iris Plus GraphicsG448384300900 – 10501382.4 - 1612.8 [38] 691.2 – 806.4N/ACore i3-10**G4, i5-10**G4
G7645123001050 – 11002150.4 - 2252.8 [38] 1075.2- 1126.4N/ACore i5-10**G7, i7-10**G7

Xe (Gen12)

Intel Xe also known as Gen 12, [39] [40] is the name of a GPU architecture [41] and a general purpose GPU (GPGPU) and discrete GPU (dGPU) product line under development by Intel. New features include Sampler Feedback, [42] Dual Queue Support [43] DirectX12 View Instancing Tier2 [44] AV1 8-bit and 10-bit fixed-function hardware decoding [45]


Intel Insider

Beginning with Sandy Bridge, the graphics processors include a form of digital copy protection and digital rights management (DRM) called Intel Insider, which allows decryption of protected media within the processor. [46] [47] Previously there was a similar technology called Protected Audio Video Path (PAVP).


Intel Graphics Technology supports the HDCP technology, but the actual HDCP support is depend on the computer's motherboard.

Intel Quick Sync Video

Intel Quick Sync Video is Intel's hardware video encoding and decoding technology, which is integrated into some of the Intel CPUs. The name "Quick Sync" refers to the use case of quickly transcoding ("syncing") a video from, for example, a DVD or Blu-ray Disc to a format appropriate to, for example, a smartphone. Quick Sync was introduced with the Gen 6 in Sandy Bridge microprocessors on 9 January 2011.

Graphics Virtualization Technology

Graphics Virtualization Technology (GVT) was announced 1 January 2014 and introduced at the same time as Intel Iris Pro. Intel integrated GPUs support the following sharing methods: [48] [49]

Multiple monitors

Ivy Bridge

HD 2500 and HD 4000 GPUs in Ivy Bridge CPUs are advertised as supporting three active monitors, but this only works if two of the monitors are configured identically, which covers many [50] but not all three-monitor configurations. The reason for this is that the chipsets only include two phase-locked loops (PLLs) for generating the pixel clocks timing the data being transferred to the displays. [51]

Therefore, three simultaneously active monitors can only be achieved when at least two of them share the same pixel clock, such as:

  • Using two or three DisplayPort connections, as they require only a single pixel clock for all connections. [52] Passive adapters from DisplayPort to some other connector do not count as a DisplayPort connection, as they rely on the chipset being able to emit a non-DisplayPort signal through the DisplayPort connector. Active adapters that contain additional logic to convert the DisplayPort signal to some other format count as a DisplayPort connection.
  • Using two non-DisplayPort connections of the same connection type (for example, two HDMI connections) and the same clock frequency (like when connected to two identical monitors at the same resolution), so that a single unique pixel clock can be shared between both connections. [50]

Another possible three-monitor solution uses the Embedded DisplayPort on a mobile CPU (which does not use a chipset PLL at all) along with any two chipset outputs. [52]


ASRock Z87- and H87-based motherboards support three displays simultaneously. [53] Asus H87-based motherboards are also advertised to support three independent monitors at once. [54]

Capabilities (GPU hardware)

- Socket
BrandGraphics Vulkan OpenGL Direct3D HLSL shader model OpenCL
"Core""Pentium""Celeron"GenGraphics brandLinuxWindowsLinuxWindowsLinuxWindowsLinuxWindows
Westmere - 1156i3/5/7-xxx(G/P)6000 and U5000P4000 and U30005.5th [55] HDN/A2.1N/A10.1 [1] 4.1N/A
Sandy Bridge - 1155i3/5/7-2000(B)900, (G)800 and (G)600(B)800, (B)700, G500 and G4006th [56] HD 3000 and 20003.3 [57] 3.1 [1]
Ivy Bridge - 1155i3/5/7-3000(G)2000 and A1018G1600, 1000 and 9007th [58] [59] HD 4000 and 25001.0N/A4.2 [60] 4.0 [1] [61] (Beignet)1.2 [62]
Bay Trail - SoCsN/AJ2000, N3500 and A1020J1000 and N2000HD Graphics (Bay Trail) [63]
Haswell - 1150i3/5/7-4000(G)3000G1800 and 20007.5th [64] HD 5000, 4600, 4400 and 4200; Iris Pro 5200, Iris 5000 and 51004.6 [65] 4.3 [66] 12 (fl 11_1) [67]
Broadwell - 1150i3/5/7-500038003700 and 32008th [68] Iris Pro 6200 [69] and P6300, Iris 6100 [70] and HD 6000, [71] P5700, 5600, [72] 5500, [73] 5300 [74] and HD Graphics (Broadwell) [75] 4.4 [1] 9 [76] 1.2 (Beignet) / 2.1 (Neo) [77] 2.0
Braswell - SoCsN/AN3700N3000, N3050, N3150HD Graphics (Braswell), [78] based on Broadwell graphics1.2 (Beignet)
(J/N)3710(J/N)3010, 3060, 3160(rebranded)
HD Graphics 400, 405
Skylake - 1151i3/5/7-6000(G)40003900 and 38009thHD 510, 515, 520, 530 and 535; Iris 540 and 550; Iris Pro 5801.2 Mesa 20.0 [79] 1.2 [80] 4.6 [81] 12 (fl 12_1)6.02.0 (Beignet) [82] / 3.0 (Neo) [77]
Apollo Lake - SoCsN/A(J/N)4xxx(J/N)3xxxHD Graphics 500, 505
Gemini Lake - SoCsN/ASilver (J/N)5xxx(J/N)4xxx9.5th [83] UHD 600, 605
Kaby Lake - 1151m3/i3/5/7-7000(G)4000(G)3900 and 3800HD 610, 615, 620, 630, Iris Plus 640, Iris Plus 6502.0 (Beignet) [82] / 3.0 (Neo) [77] 2.1 [80]
Kaby Lake Refresh - 1151i5/7-8000UN/AN/AUHD 620
Whiskey Lake - 1151i3/5/7-8000UN/AN/A
Coffee Lake - 1151i3/5/7/9-8000
Gold (G)5xxx(G)49xxUHD 630, Iris Plus 655
Ice Lake - 1526i3/5/7-10xx(N)GxN/AN/A11thUHD, Iris Plus3.0 (Neo) [77]
Tiger Lake i3/5/7-11xx(N)GxGold (G)7xxxTBA12thIris Xe, UHD3.0 (Neo) [77] 3.0 (Neo)

OpenCL 2.1 and 2.2 possible with software update on OpenCL 2.0 hardware (Broadwell+) with future software updates. [84]

Support for Direct3D 9 in Mesa is only implemented for Gallium3D-style drivers, and is thus only available with the newer Gallium3D Iris driver, which is the default for Broadwell+ since Mesa 20.0. It is not supported in the classic Mesa i965 driver.

The classic Mesa i965 driver, which is the only one for Haswell and older on Linux, only supports core profile for OpenGL 3.1+, not compatibility profile. The Iris Gallium3D driver supports compatibility profile for OpenGL 4.6.

All GVT virtualization methods are supported since the Broadwell processor family with KVM [85] and Xen. [86]

Capabilities (GPU video acceleration)

Intel developed a dedicated SIP core which implements multiple video decompression and compression algorithms branded Intel Quick Sync Video. Some are implemented completely, some only partially.

Hardware-accelerated algorithms

hardware-accelerated video compression and decompression algorithms present in Intel Quick Sync Video
Stepsvideo compression and decompression algorithms
Westmere [87] Decode
Sandy Bridge DecodeProfilesConstrainedBaseline, Main, High, StereoHighSimple, MainSimple, Main, Advanced
Max. resolution
EncodeProfilesConstrainedBaseline, Main, High
Max. resolution
Ivy Bridge DecodeProfilesConstrainedBaseline, Main, High, StereoHighSimple, MainSimple, Main, AdvancedBaseline
Max. resolution
EncodeProfilesConstrainedBaseline, Main, HighSimple, Main
Max. resolution
Haswell DecodeProfilesPartial 8-bit [88] Main, High, SHP, MHPMainSimple, Main, AdvancedBaseline
Levels4.1Main, HighHigh, 3
Max. resolution1080/60p1080/60p16k×16k
EncodeProfilesMain, HighMainBaseline
Max. resolution1080/60p1080/60p16k×16k
Broadwell [89] [90] DecodeProfilesPartial 8-bit & 10-bit [88] MainSimple, Main, Advanced0Partial [88]
LevelsMain, HighHigh, 3Unified
Max. resolution1080/60p1080p
LevelsMain, High
Max. resolution1080/60p
Skylake [91] DecodeProfilesMainMain, High, SHP, MHPMainSimple, Main, AdvancedBaseline00
Levels5.25.2Main, HighHigh, 3UnifiedUnifiedUnified
Max. resolution2160/60p2160/60p1080/60p3840×384016k×16k1080p4k/24p@15Mbit/s
EncodeProfilesMainMain, HighMainBaselineUnified
Max. resolution2160/60p2160/60p1080/60p16k×16k-
Kaby Lake [92]
Coffee Lake [93]
Coffee Lake Refresh [93]
Whiskey Lake [94]

Ice Lake [95]
Comet Lake [96]

DecodeProfilesMain, Main 10Main, High, MVC, StereoMainSimple, Main, AdvancedBaseline00, 1, 2
Levels5.25.2Main, HighSimple, High, 3UnifiedUnifiedUnified
Max. resolution2160/60p1080/60p3840×384016k×16k1080p
EncodeProfilesMainMain, HighMainBaselineUnifiedSupport 8 bits 4:2:0
BT.2020 may be obtained
the pre/post processing
Max. resolution2160/60p2160/60p1080/60p16k×16k-
Tiger Lake [97] DecodeProfilesup to Main 4:4:4 12Main, HighMainSimple, Main, AdvancedBaseline0, 1, 20
Levels6.25.2Main, HighSimple, High, 3UnifiedUnified3
Max. resolution4320/60p2160/60p1080/60p3840×384016k×16k4320/60p4K×2K
16K×16K (still picture)
EncodeProfilesup to Main 4:4:4 10Main, HighMainBaseline0, 1, 2, 3
Max. resolution4320p2160/60p1080/60p16k×16k4320p

Intel Pentium and Celeron family

Intel Pentium & Celeron family GPU video acceleration
(Video Encode / Decode)
H.265/HEVC H.264/MPEG-4 AVC H.262
Braswell [98] [lower-alpha 2] [lower-alpha 3] [lower-alpha 4] DecodeProfileMainCBP, Main, HighMain, HighAdvanced850 MP/s 4:2:0
640 MP/s 4:2:2
420 MP/s 4:4:4
Max. resolution4k×2k/30p4k×2k/60p1080/60p1080/60p4k×2k/60p1080/30p
EncodeProfileCBP, Main, HighMain, High850 MP/s 4:2:0
640 MP/s 4:2:2
420 MP/s 4:4:4
Up to 720p30
Max. resolution4k×2k/30p1080/30p4k×2k/30p
Apollo Lake [99] DecodeProfileMain, Main 10CBP, Main, HighMain, HighAdvanced1067 MP/s 4:2:0

800 MP/s 4:2:2

533 MP/s 4:4:4

Max. resolution1080p240, 4k×2k/60p1080/60p1080/60p
EncodeProfileMainCBP, Main, High1067 MP/s 4:2:0

800 MP/s 4:2:2

533 MP/s 4:4:4

Max. resolution4kx2k/30p1080p240, 4k×2k/60p4k×2k/30p480p30 (SW only)
Gemini Lake [100] DecodeProfileMain, Main 10CBP, Main, HighMain, HighAdvanced1067 MP/s 4:2:0

800 MP/s 4:2:2

533 MP/s 4:4:4

0, 2
Max. resolution1080p240, 4k×2k/60p1080/60p1080/60p
EncodeProfileMainCBP, Main, HighMain, High1067 MP/s 4:2:0

800 MP/s 4:2:2

533 MP/s 4:4:4

Max. resolution4kx2k/30p1080p240, 4k×2k/60p1080/60p4k×2k/30p

Intel Atom family

Intel Atom family GPU video acceleration
(Video Encode / Decode)
H.265/HEVC H.264/MPEG-4 AVC MPEG-4 Visual H.263 H.262
Bay Trail-T Decode [101] ProfileMain, HighMain0
Max. resolution4k×2k/30p1080/60p4k×2k/30p4k×2k/30p
Encode [101] ProfileMain, HighMain--
Max. resolution4k×2k/30p1080/60p1080/30p-1080/30p
Cherry Trail-T [102] DecodeProfileMainCBP, Main, HighSimpleMainAdvanced1067 Mbit/s – 4:2:0

800 Mbit/s – 4:2:2

Max. resolution4k×2k/30p4k×2k/60p, 1080@240p480/30p480/30p1080/60p1080/60p4k×2k/30p1080/30p
EncodeProfileConstrained Baseline, Main, High (MVC)1067 Mbit/s – 4:2:0

800 Mbit/s – 4:2:2

Level5.1 (4.2)
Max. resolution4k×2k/30p, 1080@120p480/30p4k×2k/30p


Intel releases programming manuals for most of Intel HD Graphics devices via its Open Source Technology Center. [103] This allows various open source enthusiasts and hackers to contribute to driver development, and port drivers to various operating systems, without the need for reverse engineering.

See also


  1. The abbreviation "GT" appears in certain monitoring tools, such as Intel Power Gadget in reference to the graphics core on Intel processors.
  2. VP9 media codec GPU accelerator to be supported post TTM, for non-Windows operating systems only.
  3. Resolution details for media codec on open source Linux OS depends on platform features and drivers used. Decode/Encode features may not align to Table 8-4 that is specific to Win8.1 and Win7 operating systems.
  4. All capabilities dependent on OS. Here HW support is mentioned. For more info, see Table 8-4 on page 80 of PDF.

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Skylake (microarchitecture) CPU microarchitecture by Intel

Skylake is the codename used by Intel for a processor microarchitecture that was launched in August 2015 succeeding the Broadwell microarchitecture. Skylake is a microarchitecture redesign using the same 14 nm manufacturing process technology as its predecessor, serving as a "tock" in Intel's "tick–tock" manufacturing and design model. According to Intel, the redesign brings greater CPU and GPU performance and reduced power consumption. Skylake CPUs share their microarchitecture with Kaby Lake, Coffee Lake, Cannon Lake, Whiskey Lake, and Comet Lake CPUs.

Intel Quick Sync Video is Intel's brand for its dedicated video encoding and decoding hardware core. Quick Sync was introduced with the Sandy Bridge CPU microarchitecture on 9 January 2011 and has been found on the die of Intel CPUs ever since.

Radeon HD 8000 series Family of GPUs by AMD

The Radeon HD 8000 series is a family of computer GPUs developed by AMD. AMD was initially rumored to release the family in the second quarter of 2013, with the cards manufactured on a 28 nm process and making use of the improved Graphics Core Next architecture. However the 8000 series turned out to be an OEM rebadge of the 7000 series.

Broadwell (microarchitecture) Fifth model generation of Intel Processor

Broadwell is the fifth generation of the Intel Core Processor. It's Intel's codename for the 14 nanometer die shrink of its Haswell microarchitecture. It is a "tick" in Intel's tick–tock principle as the next step in semiconductor fabrication. Like some of the previous tick-tock iterations, Broadwell did not completely replace the full range of CPUs from the previous microarchitecture (Haswell), as there were no low-end desktop CPUs based on Broadwell.

Silvermont is a microarchitecture for low-power Atom, Celeron and Pentium branded processors used in systems on a chip (SoCs) made by Intel. Silvermont forms the basis for a total of four SoC families:

Goldmont is a microarchitecture for low-power Atom, Celeron and Pentium branded processors used in systems on a chip (SoCs) made by Intel. They allow only one thread per core.

AMD PowerTune Brand name by AMD

AMD PowerTune is a series of dynamic frequency scaling technologies built into some AMD GPUs and APUs that allow the clock speed of the processor to be dynamically changed by software. This allows the processor to meet the instantaneous performance needs of the operation being performed, while minimizing power draw, heat generation and noise avoidance. AMD PowerTune aims to solve thermal design power and performance constraints.

Vulkan is a low-overhead, cross-platform API for 3D graphics and computing. Vulkan targets high-performance real-time 3D graphics applications, such as video games and interactive media. Compared to OpenGL, Direct3D 11 and Metal, Vulkan is intended to offer higher performance and more balanced CPU and GPU usage. Other major differences from Direct3D 11 and OpenGL is Vulkan being a considerably lower-level API and offering parallel tasking. In addition to its lower CPU usage, Vulkan is designed to allow developers to better distribute work among multiple CPU cores.


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