Intel HD 620 Review – Graphics of 7th Gen Intel Core U CPUs

The Intel HD 620 is an integrated graphics processor. It is used in the widely adopted 7th Generation Intel Core “Kaby Lake” laptop processor family. Currently the most popular CPU with the Intel HD 620 is the mid-range 7th Gen Core i5-7200U, which we used for this review. The tested i5-7200U / HD 620-based Lenovo IdeaPad 310 laptop also includes 8GB of RAM in dual-channel mode (4GB x 2), and a 1-Terabyte 5,400rpm hard drive with Windows 10 Home operating system and Intel HD drivers (ver. 21.20.16.4550) installed on it. Please note that gaming performance of laptops with the HD 620 and single-channel RAM (like 8GB x 1 instead of 4GB x 2) will be noticeably lower than presented in this review. Also, different processor models like the 7th Gen Intel Core i3-7100U, i5-7200U and i7-7500U, different thermal designs of notebooks, BIOS settings, and other factors can influence performance of the Intel HD 620 and other integrated graphics processors. But generally, not as much as dual- or single-channel RAM factor.

Intel HD 620 Specifications - GPU-Z

Intel HD 620 Gameplay Benchmarks

With specifications of the 7th Gen Intel i5-7200U with HD 620 graphics being very similar to specs of the previous-generation i5-6200U / HD 520, the latest CPU / GPU chip doesn’t bring any significant performance boost over its precursor. In a greater scheme of things, the 620 is obviously a low-end graphics solution. It’s however capable of rendering many of the most popular game titles quite decently as you will see in the rest of this review.

Note: All gameplays in the videos below were recorded with separate video capture hardware, so recording didn’t influence shown performance.

 

In League of Legends you can max out all graphics settings on Full HD 1920×1080 resolution and still get flawless gameplay rendering with frame rates of around 75 fps, even in busy scenes. Therefore, the Intel HD 620 is an excellent solution for LoL.

 

DOTA 2 is a similar, but more hardware-demanding MMORPG game title. You’ll have excellent frame rates if you use a low resolution like 1280-by-720 pixels and low (“Fastest”) settings – mostly between 60 and 80 fps. Optionally, you can increase detail settings a notch and still have playable DOTA 2. Our test with that settings shows fps values of around 25 – 35. The good news is that increasing resolution to Full HD 1920×1080 while keeping everything else the same only slightly decreases smoothness.

 

The Intel HD 620 appears to be a no-brainer GPU choice for Minecraft. Frame rates were above 100 fps most of the time on high (“Fancy”) video settings with default render distance of 12 chunks.

 

Counter Strike: Global Offensive is among the most popular first person shooter games. It isn’t computing intensive by modern AAA game standards. The Intel HD 620 graphics can crunch it easily on 1280×720 pixels and medium or high settings, with around 65 and 55 fps respectively during most scenes. Or, you can put it for instance on 1920×1080 pixels and medium settings for about 45 fps most of the time.

 

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare first person shooter taxes hardware heavier than the games listed above. It’s playable on the Intel HD 620. If you put CoD: AW on minimal detail settings and 720p resolution you’ll get 30 – 60 fps, depending on a scene.

 

The ubiquitous Grand Theft Auto – GTA 5 is an overly heavy task for the Intel HD 620. With resolution set to 720p, DirectX setting on DX11, and the rest of graphics settings on minimum, frame rates in the built-in GTA 5 benchmark go between 20 and 25 fps with occasional drops below 20 fps. Overall, a choppy gaming experience. In this GTA 5 case, Choosing DirectX 10 instead of 11 only reduces graphics quality without improving rendering smoothness.

 

FIFA 2017 on the Intel HD 620 isn’t good either, but the game is playable on the lowest settings and 1280×720. During active parts of football actions which are the main part of the game, frame rates are around 30 fps. In scenes such as goal celebrations and replays, frame rates occasionally drop to only 10 fps.

 

The old but still very popular Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim runs flawlessly on 1280×720 / lowest settings, with fps of around 60. Increasing settings a step noticeably degrades smoothness, with a drop to around 35 fps. On 1920×1080 pixels and lowest settings, fps values mostly gravitate toward 40-45.

Specifications of the Intel HD 620

Here's the specs sheet of the Intel HD 620:

GPU Name

Intel HD 620 Graphics

GPU Type

Integrated graphics

Number or Cores (Shaders)

24 unified

ROPs / TMUs

8 / 16

Core Clock Speed

300 – 1,000 MHz on i3 and i5 CPUs / 300 – 1,050 MHz on i7 CPUs

Memory Bus Width

128-bit
64-bit

Video Memory Size

Shared main memory, depends on system

Memory Type

DDR3 or DDR4 shared

Video Memory Speed

Depends on system

Production Technology

14-nanometer

3D Mark 11 (Performance Mode) Score

1700 (dual-channel)

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Written by Dan Z on January 18, 2017

User reviews, comments, and Q&A on the Intel HD 620

Below you can read and submit user reviews, comments, questions, and answers regarding the graphics processor. Thank you for your contribution.

Rating:  

4.40 out of 5
(5 user reviews) Intel HD 620

  1. Ananth

    Hello, I am buying a laptop which I5-7200u, 8gb(1×8 ddr4) ram, 1tb(5400rpm) and intel hd graphics 620 and costs around 40k(india). My question is if this laptop will do good or should i go for i3s which comes with dedicated graphics? (Can cost around 44k)

    • Dan

      Hi, can you tell which i3 model is it (i3-7100U, i3-8130U, etc) and what is the dedicated card model?

    • Rated 4 out of 5

      aman

      it depends on ur usage , if you want to play high games then go for dedicated one instead of intel

  2. ngambifranck

    hi, i got an hp ay series with intel hd620 and core i5 7200u, fifa 18 is more than playable on the intel hd620. i want to increase my ram to 16gb, from the spec of my pc the ram inside is 1×8, got a spare ram 2×8, will like to know if it will work with my pc first before trying. both rams are ddr4

    • Dan Z

      Dan Z

      So, your laptop supports DDR4 and you have spare DDR4? If that’s correct, then you can add more DDR4 RAM, as long as it is SO-DIMM DDR4 laptop memory, not desktop-compatible DDR4. And of course, I hope you have checked whether your notebook model has two RAM slots inside.

  3. VARADHARAJAN K

    I would recommend to buy at least i5 7220u with 8gb ram ( two slots one free) with 940mx gddr5 or mx150 gddr5 .
    I am using asus vivobook 1 R542UQ-DM153 with Bios X542UQ it has 1tb hdd 1 dvd drive 1 M.2 slot. I have configured with 3 hdds

  4. Wendy

    This was a really helpful review. I was debating between a ThinkPad and an Alienware laptop, both at the same price point with similar builds, graphics card being the main difference. This cemented that the ThinkPad is the right choice because we do only light gaming (think Diablo, BloodBowl) on the laptop. After seeing this review I think the ThinkPad will give us plenty of performance for gaming, as well as serving as general use laptop.

  5. Thomas Tawiah

    My laptop features are i3 7100u, intel hd graphics 620, 8gb ram, 1TB memory can i play Pro 17 on this without any problem

  6. JJ

    Hi I have an LG gram (13ZD970-GX50K)

    Specs: i5-7200U and HD 620 with 8GB ram

    I am unable to run CS:GO at 20 fps when it’s at 720p and lowest settings possible.

    I don’t understand how this is possible given that all the other laptops are capable of running it at 60 fps with medium settings.

    If you could help me out at all that would be great.

  7. Akrem

    Hi I am about to buy this laptop and I need your advice I am not a gamer but I play some games like LoL DOTA2 NFS CoD games like this
    Lenovo ThinkPad13 Business Ultrabook ips 7th 10/10

    Core i5-7200U 7th Gens
    8gb ram ddr4
    SSD 256 M.2
    Double Carte Graphique Intel HD 620
    Écran 13.3 ips Full HD 1920x1080p”
    WiFi Hdmi 3*USB 3.0
    empreintes digitale
    4-en-1 (SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC)
    USB Type-C
    batterie +5 heures
    And thank you .

    • Danijel Z

      Hi, as you can see in the review above, a laptop with the i5-7200U and Intel HD 620 graphics can play many games (we tested LoL, DOTA2, CoD – AV and other), but mostly on low settings and resolution. The i5-7200U / HD 620 combo generally isn’t good for gaming and you would have a much smoother gaming on laptops with one of the Nvidia’s dedicated video cards, starting from the budget-class GeForce 930 / 940 and up.

      If you however still decide to get a laptop with the i5-7200U & Intel HD 620, make sure to get a laptop with dual channel RAM (like 2 x 4GB RAM instead of 1 x 8GB). I don’t know if the ThinkPad you mentioned has that. Single channel RAM on laptops with the Intel integrated graphics cripples their gaming performance.

      • Rated 5 out of 5

        Akrem

        and what about the screen display the 13.3 ips is it good for what I asked befor , and I forgot to say that I am a student and this laptop will be for my studies
        and thank you again

        • Danijel Z

          For the usual student work, the specs are quite good, including the 13.3″ IPS Full HD screen. It has wide viewing angles thanks to IPS and optimal sharpness for the 13.3″ size thanks to the FHD resolution.

          The i5-7200U isn’t as fast as the newer version – the i5-8250U, but in the day-to-day student, home, and office tasks it doesn’t lag behind.

          • Akrem

            THINKPAD L570
            Catégorie : Ordinateurs portables

            Sous Catégorie : Laptop (Pc Portable)

            Marque : LENOVO

            RAM : 8 GO

            Processeur : Intel Core i5-6200U @ 2.30GHz

            Dimensions écran : 15 ”

            Disque : 256 GO SSD

            Carte graphique : Integrée Intel HD 520

            Etat : Produit neuf jamais utilisé

            *** POUR LES PRO ***LENOVO THINKPAD L570 MODELE 2017 ****** ****VENU DE FRANCE

            1-CPU: iNTEL CORE I5 VPRO 6200U 2.3 GHZ (6EME GENERATION)
            2-MEMOIRE: 8Go DDR4 2133MHZ
            3-DISQUE DUR: 256G SSD
            4-CARTE GRAPHIQUE INTEL GRAPHIQUE HD 520 2Go MÉMOIRE
            6-ECRAN LED 15.6 FULL HD IPS RESOLUTION 1920*1080
            6-LECTURE PUCE INTÉGRÉ 4G/3G ET GPS
            7-WINDOWS 10PRO 64BIT ORIGINAL
            last Qst is this one better than the 1st one I asked you about , thank you a lot you’ve halped me so much .

            • Danijel Z

              Obviously, if you like a bigger screen the 15.6″ L570 is a better choice in that regard. But, the L570 has an older i5-6200U processor, which is slightly slower than the i5-7200U. The difference won’t be significant in the daily student tasks, but in heavier tasks like gaming or video editing, the difference can be noticable. Again, the difference is not big overall.

  8. Srijan

    Is Intel HD 620 Graphics is good for programmers or not..?

    • Danijel Z

      As far as I know, graphics performance doesn’t matter much for programming. The HD 620 is an entry-level graphics processor, but that’s not important for php, html, java… unless your programming involves 3D rendering / animations, like in some aspect of game programming. Then it is good to have a better (dedicated) video card, such as one of the Nvidia GeForce series.

    • Rudolf Olah

      For developers/programmers it works well, but for graphics especially on Linux I found that you have to turn down the graphics to low for almost everything.

  9. Sri mithra

    My laptop features are i3 7100u, intel hd graphics 620, 4 gb ram, 1TB memory can i play don bradman cricket 17 on this without any problem

  10. Nishant

    How can it be possible I can’t even get 20FPS in CS:GO on 768p lowest settings. Is there any solution for this ?
    Specs:
    Intel i5-7200u
    Intel HD 620
    8GBx1 Ram

    • jonathan

      update your drivers

    • Prince

      It could be that ur graphic driver is not installed

    • Ano

      Single ram slot if have 2 slot ram better

  11. Aswanth

    It’s supports 3d modelling software’s

  12. Ray Mark Dalaygon

    How to Upgrade intel Hd Graphics card to Nvidia Graphics card on laptop?

    • Danijel Z

      Danijel Z

      Hi, what laptop model is in question? Graphics processors on modern laptops are not upgradeable (except on a few high-end gaming laptop models which already have an Nvidia card).

  13. vaibhav kumar

    Hey, I bought a HP R15 Laptop Core i3 7020u ,4gb ram , Intel hd 620 ,
    1 tb hdd ,it can run games like sleeping dogs and csgo I played it on mid settings but I can’t play GTA 5 ,it is lagging very much even on lowest settings ,I even updated he 620 drivers but nothing helps

    • Danijel Z

      Danijel Z

      Hi, the Intel HD 620 graphics can barely run GTA 5 in my tests (20-25 fps) on lowest settings. On top of that, you have only 4GB RAM, which is too small for GTA 5. If you can upgrade your RAM by adding another 4GB or 8GB RAM stick besides the existing 4GB that would help. But even then, I wouldn’t expect smooth GTA 5 gameplay, because the Intel HD 620 is a very basic graphics processor.

    • daniel macaluso

      the problem is the amount of ram you have. To run GTA 5 your going to need at least 8 gb of memory or ram

  14. Godfred

    Hi I am currently deciding against three laptops which all have Intel HD 620. They are:
    DELL INSP I7 7500U 3.5GHz 15.6″ 8GB,2TB,4GB VGA DVD,WIN10P
    DELL LATITUDE 3580 I7-7500U 2.70GHz 15.6″ 8GB,1TB, W10P
    DELL VOSTRO I5-8250U 3.4GHz 15.6″ 8GB,1TB,2GB VGA WIN10P
    I want a laptop to play CoD and NFS and for work. Which of the above would be a good fit?
    Thanks.

    • Danijel Z

      Danijel Z

      Hi, what are 4GB VGA and 2GB VGA in your specs? Are they additional graphics processors besides the Intel HD? Also can you tell what CoD version is in question?

  15. Mario

    No se si a uds les pasara lo mismo con algunos juegos, pero tengo una lenovo ideapad 320 core i5 7th gen de 1 tb y 4 gb de ram con la placa de video Intel hd graphics 620 y no me corre una interfaz del Mu Online Season 12, se ven ventanas y/o objetos transparentes. Hay posible solucion?

  16. Sid

    Hi there,
    Im not a hardcore gamer but i do play a lot of rts and turn based strategy games(age of empires 3/medieval 2 total war) how will these hold up ?

    • Rated 5 out of 5

      Safi

      these game can be easily played …..
      This graphics card can handle GTA 5 , FIFA 18 and NFS payback

  17. Jeff

    I’m looking at a laptop with this “Integrated Intel® HD Graphics 620” for video, with one HDMI port and 1 VGA port. Is this video card capable of handling up to 3 displays(Main display and both HDMI and VGA outputs) at the same time?

    • Danijel Z

      Danijel Z

      Hi, I don’t have the tested laptop with the HD 620 anymore. Now I own an HP ProBook 470 G5 with basically the same UHD 620, one HDMI out and one VGA out. I’m able to use three Full HD displays simultaneously (the built-in laptop screen, an HDTV, and a monitor) without problems.
      Also the official specs sheets of the HD 620 claim it can support 3 displays (and it looks like it can also support 4):
      Max Resolution (HDMI 1.4) – 4096×2304@24Hz
      Max Resolution (DP) – 4096×2304@60Hz
      Max Resolution (eDP – Integrated Flat Panel) – 4096×2304@60Hz
      Max Resolution (VGA) – N/A (I think N/A only means they can’t provide info on max. resolution for VGA, not that HD 620 can’t support VGA out. Again, in my case at least Full HD is supported).

  18. Eho

    Is this good for android studio with emulator? and Dota2 some times?

    Intel® Core™ i5 Dual Core Processor 7200U
    Integrisana Intel HD 620 sa deljenom sistemskom memorijom
    8GB (8GB x 1) DDR4 2133MHz SDRAM
    SSD 256GB
    Thx

    • Danijel Z

      Danijel Z

      I don’t use Android Studio, so can’t comment on that (although I know programming suites can work well on the i5-7200U / 8GB RAM in general). Dota 2 can be played on that laptop on low settings and 720p resolution. But gameplay won’t be as smooth as shown in this review, because you have single-channel RAM. It would be beneficial to upgrade it with a second RAM module to get dual-channel memory.

  19. Len

    Do all 7th gen procs have 620 graphics?

    Per HP…
    Product number: 1KV35UA
    Product name: HP Notebook – 17-bs062st
    Microprocessor: Intel® Core™ i5-7200U (2.5 GHz base frequency, up to 3.1 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 3 MB cache, 2 cores)
    Memory, standard: 8 GB DDR4-2133 SDRAM (1 x 8 GB)
    Video graphics (Integrated): Intel® HD Graphics 520 (up to 4.07 GB)

    Per Intel…
    INTEL® CORE™ i5-7200U PROCESSOR
    (3M Cache, up to 3.10 GHz)
    Processor Graphics ‡ Intel® HD Graphics 620

    • Danijel Z

      It looks like a mistake in the HP’s specs sheet. Intel HD 520 belongs to the 6th Gen Intel Core U-series CPUs, such as the i5-6200U. The 7th Gen Core U chips such as the i5-7200U have the HD 620. Some 7th Gen CPUs (Y and HQ series) have the HD 615 and 630, but the 520 is only available on the 6th Gen Core CPUs.

      • Len

        thank you!

  20. Rated 3 out of 5

    nihha

    nope unacceptable lol

  21. Tan Pham

    I just bought a brand new Probook 450 G4 with these specs :

    Core i5 7200U
    Intel HD 620
    Ram 4GB
    SSD 256GB M.2
    Win 10

    I have extremely lag issue in any setting. Please help me. Sorry for my bad English

    • Danijel Z

      That model has two memory slots. Adding another memory module would make your memory dual-channel, which can noticeably improve frame rates in games. Also, you should check whether you have the latest Intel HD graphics drivers installed. But still, Intel HD 620 is just a basic graphics processor and it’s not intended for playing the latest demanding games.

      • Kevin100

        For a game like Dota 2 I’m thinkin if getting
        Hp bs015dx
        I57200u 2.5ghz (3.1ghz turbo)
        Intel HD graphics 620 intergrated up to 4.01gb

        8gb ram

        Is this enough or an I On for a world of hate

  22. hack5

    Hi im not a heavy gamer but i would like to get a Lenovo laptop 17 inch screen that could at least play classic ps2 or ps3 jrpgs on emulators what cpu/gpu would you recommend i was leaning towards i5 7200 intel graphics hd 620 is that good enough

    • Danijel Z

      Hi, i’m not a PS-on-PC gamer, but what I’ve found online is that many of the PS2 games will run on the HD 620 nicely. Info on PS2 and PS3 emulator performance on the Intel HD 620 is nowhere to be found, but I’ve found multiple videos by searching “Pcsx2 Intel HD” and “Pcsx3 Intel HD” on YouTube. They show the emulated PS2 games can run nicely on the older Intel HD GPUs like the 4400 series, and therefore will run on the latest HD 620 too, with better fps. The PS3 emulator seems to lag on the Intel HD GPUs in the available videos, so I assume you’ll need a dedicated video card for it to run properly. In general, if gaming is your main concern, you should get a laptop with a dedicated video card.

      • Rated 5 out of 5

        hack5

        Thank you for your reply,what laptop do you suggest? I prefer Lenovo 17 inch laptops but i wish to have one that is not expensive since im from Trinidad the conversion is already high not mentioning shipping charges

        • Danijel Z

          Well, laptops with a dedicated video card are usually pricey. The cheapest among them usually have the Nvidia GeForce 940M / 940MX video card (which is a lower-mid-range one), but I haven’t found any Lenovo 17″ model with it. Laptops with the 940M / MX can be found for around $600 and up. If you want a real and cheap gaming laptop with much better video card, the best choice currently seems to be the Dell Inspiron i5577-5328BLK-PUS 15.6″ with 1920×1080 Full HD display, Intel Core i5-7300HQ CPU, and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 4GB video card. It’s $739 on Amazon: http://laptoping.com/specs/buy/3209/

        • hack5

          Thanks again will look it up

  23. Mary

    I have the real question, I am looking for a computer with gaming capabilities but don’t have 900+ to spend. I see desktops and laptops that are around $500 to $700. I see that it either has a decent graphics card(like GeForce 1050) and an amd processor or an i5 or i7 processor with a lesser graphics card(LIKE THE 620 or GeForce 940mx). In your opinion is it better to go for a better processor, get a desktop and maybe switch out to a better graphics card later on?

    • Mary

      Sorry I wrote a general question not real question

      • Danijel Z

        Danijel Z

        The question is good and my answer is below. If you have further questions, feel free to ask. Regards.

    • Danijel Z

      Danijel Z

      Hi, if you assume you’ll need a better video card (and processor) in the future, a desktop PC with a discrete video card and a non-soldered processor is a better option. 99% of laptop models nowadays have video cards and processors soldered onto the motherboards, without upgrade possibility. So the only realistic upgrade options on laptops are larger / faster RAM and storage devices, which aren’t too important for gaming.

      A second option which seems to be good is to get a good deal on a laptop with an Intel quad-core CPU and a solid GPU like the Nvidia 1050. This deal for instance:
      Dell Inspiron i5577-5328BLK-PUS gaming laptop; 15.6″ 1920×1080 Full HD display; Intel Core i5-7300HQ CPU (quad-core); Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 4GB video card; 8GB RAM; 1TB HDD; no DVD; Windows 10 Home; $739.99
      http://laptoping.com/specs/buy/3209/

      The quad-core i5 CPU in this laptop is much better than the regular dual-core i5 chips and the 1050 has got great reviews.

  24. Melluu

    Hey, i own an asus laptop, with 4gb of soldered onto the motherboard, with two free slots for additional ram-sticks. If i were to put in another stick, of, lets say, 8gb of ram, would this then be dual channel?

    • Danijel Z

      Danijel Z

      Yes, your RAM would then be dual channel. But, as a side note, I think Asus laptops with 4GB of soldered RAM usually have only one additional slot, not two. Regardless of that, with 4GB of onboard RAM plus a standard RAM module you will have dual channel memory.

  25. Lynn Wilhelm

    Thanks for this review.
    I did have a question about this “The tested i5-7200U / HD 620-based Lenovo IdeaPad 310 laptop also includes 8GB of RAM in dual-channel mode (4GB x 2)”.
    I’m looking at an IdeaPad that seems similar, same CPU and GPU and storage. It has 8GB RAM DDR4 and I’m trying to figure out if it has more than one “channel”. I tried to find an answer at the Lenovo site (can’t find the same config) and similar configurations describe the memory like this: 8.0GB DDR4 2133 MHz (4GB onboard and 1 X 4GB DIMM). I’m trying to find out if that’s related to what you were trying to say.
    This seems like a good, budget setup for my teen, she plays Star Stable and Minecraft and I think it will do the job fine.

    • Danijel Z

      “8.0GB DDR4 2133 MHz (4GB onboard and 1 X 4GB DIMM)” means 4GB RAM is soldered onto the motherboard and additionally there’s a standard RAM slot which is populated with a 4GB RAM stick for a total of 8GB. So, this RAM setup means memory is dual channel.

      Anyway, even with single channel RAM, Star Stable and Minecraft should work decently good. These are not too demanding games, specs-wise.

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