Intel UHD 620 Graphics Review (8th Gen Intel Core)

The Intel UHD 620 Graphics is used in the widely adopted 8th Generation Intel Core U-series laptop processors. Specs-wise, the Intel UHD 620 is nearly identical to the previous HD 620 of the 7th Gen Core U. The new version has only 100 MHz higher clock speed as the main difference. Both of these basic integrated graphics processors are suitable for some entry-level casual gaming and multimedia, including Ultra High-Definition videos.

However, our test of the UHD 620 integrated in the popular 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8250U quad-core processor showed some noticeable performance improvements in some games when compared to our previous test of the i5-7200U dual-core / HD 620. In particular, in DOTA 2, GTA 5, and FIFA 2018. These improvements are rather a result of faster performance of the 8th Gen Core CPUs in general and other factors (like faster RAM, more optimized software and drivers) than speed of the graphics processor itself.

As a side note, the UHD 620 can be found in other 8th Gen chips, such as the i7-8550U. It’s marginally faster than the i5-8250U. Graphics performance of both is very similar, with a slight advantage of the i7 variant.

For gaming benchmarks of the UHD 620, we used an HP ProBook 470 G5 laptop with the Intel Core i5-8250U processor, 16GB of dual-channel DDR4 2,400MHz RAM, a 256GB solid state drive, and Windows 10 Home operating system with the latest Intel graphics drivers installed. Please note that on laptops with single-channel system memory (i.e. a single 16GB RAM module as opposed to 2x8GB), performance is noticeably weaker.

Note: This review is written simply, to make it easily understood by the average home & office user. If you need some of the more technical details of the test, feel free to ask for that in the Q & A section of this page.

Intel UHD 620 Benchmark

Here’s User Benchmark ranking of the UHD 620 compared to other popular notebook GPUs:

Intel UHD 620 Graphics Benchmark

Please keep in mind that the results displayed in the chart are approximate averages across various laptop models. Graphics performance can vary depending on a laptop, its processor, RAM, and other factors. But generally, these benchmark results are good indicators of performance differences between the tested GPUs.

Game Tests

Our selection of PC games for this review includes some of the most popular titles at the time of this writing – League of Legends, Dota 2, Minecraft, Counter Strike – Global Offensive, GTA 5, FIFA 2018, Fortnite, and Realm Royale. Most of these are non-demanding games, usually played on laptops with basic integrated graphics processors. Playing the latest blockbuster titles with spectacular graphics requires a laptop with a full-blown dedicated video card.

Let’s dive in.

League of Legends is the most popular MMORPG game and probably the most popular PC game in general. A laptop with Intel’s UHD 620 graphics can easily run League of Legends. On our test laptop with maxed out in-game graphics detail settings and Full HD (1920×1080) resolution, we got between 60 and 80 frames per second. That’s a very smooth gaming experience.

 

DOTA 2 is a similar game, but with higher hardware demands. The optimal settings appear to be HD (1280×720 or similar) resolution and lower-mid game rendering quality. In that case, frame rates are between smooth 50 and 80 fps. If you want to have above 50 fps on Full HD resolution, you have to put rendering quality on the lowest settings.

As a CPU-dependent game, it looks like DOTA 2 takes advantage of the new 8th Gen Intel Core chips. On the previous 7th Gen Core with HD 620 graphics, we had for instance to use the lowest settings and HD for frame rates above 50 fps.

 

As for Minecraft, the Intel UHD 620 can easily crunch it with very high frame rates, hoovering around 100 fps. And all that with graphics details set to maximum (and default rendering distance of 12 chunks).

 

The traditionally most popular first person shooter game Counter Strike – Global Offensive ran very well on the tested laptop. With resolution set to HD 1280×720 and graphics on high, frame rates were mostly between 50 and 70 fps, resulting in a smooth gameplay. For smoothness on higher Full HD 1920×1080 resolution, you have to dial down graphics settings to medium. With that configuration, you can get a gameplay with mostly between 40 and 50 fps, which is again decently smooth. Improving graphics detail quality with anti-aliasing will degrade frame rates up to 50 percent.

 

GTA 5 is another game which saw noticeable improvement from 7th Gen / HD 620 to 8th Gen / UHD 620 update. We can’t definitely tell what enabled higher frame rates we achieved in this review in comparison to our review of the previous generation. But on a laptop with the i5-8250U and UHD 620, you can expect GTA 5 to be playable (versus previously barely playable). GTA 5 is a demanding game for the mainstream non-gaming laptops. On UHD 620, GTA 5 requires all settings to be on the lowest and low HD resolution for playable experience of 25-30 fps (and even well above 30 fps in some parts of the game).

 

Another game that works noticeably better on the 8th Gen Intel i5 / UHD 620 than on 7th Gen Intel i5 / HD 620 is FIFA soccer simulation. The latest FIFA 2018 can be played reasonably smooth on the lowest settings and HD resolution, with frame rates around 40 fps most of the time. That’s better than around 30 fps on the older i5 / HD 620.

 

Fortnite: Battle Royale is a big hit and currently one of the most popular “sandbox survival” games. We tested Fortnite: Battle Royale and found that you can play the game on the UHD 620 if you use lowest graphics detail settings and 1280×720 resolution. Frame rates vary greatly depending on a scene, ranging from around 30 – 50 fps. If you put detail settings on medium, frame rates drop to around 20-30 fps. Still playable, but choppy.

 

Realm Royale is an emerging game similar to Fortnite: Battle Royale, but it is more laptop-friendly. On the lowest settings (named “High” in the game) and 720p, the UHD 620 can achieve smooth gameplay at around 60fps. You can also put it on high “Maximum” settings and still have a fluid ~40-50 fps gameplay. The game is even playable on “Maximum” and 1080p resolution (around 30-40 fps), but turning anti-aliasing on severely reduces frame rates on all settings.

 

Conclusion

As you can see, the Intel UHD 620 can play very well many of the most popular games. Sure, a dedicated video card is still needed for fluid playing of the latest hardware demanding titles with graphics quality set on high. But, the UHD 620 which is embedded in every 8th Gen Intel Core U processor doesn’t increase overall price of a laptop, doesn’t produce excessive heat, and doesn’t consume battery much, as opposed to dedicated video cards.

Specifications of the Intel UHD 620

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

GPU Name

Intel UHD 620 Graphics

GPU Type

Integrated graphics

Shaders

24 unified

ROPs / TMUs

8 / 16

Core Clock Speed

300 – 1,100 MHz on i5 CPUs / 300 – 1,150 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 Clock Speed

Depends on system

Production Technology

14-nanometer

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Written by on February 9, 2018

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

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

Rating:  

5.00 out of 5
(2 user reviews)

  1. Eric Mamroth

    Will UHD 620 coupled with a quad core i7 run Magix Video editor, at enthusiast / youtube level?

  2. Vipul Kapoor

    Great review Z. May I pick your brains for a moment?

    UHD 620 with Core i5 8250U. Would it get me through basic Photoshop, Illustrator, Android Studio while keeping a few browser tabs open? I should mention that the laptop I’m looking at has SSD, if that makes a difference.

    • Danijel Z

      Danijel Z

      The Core i5-8250U is an excellent processor and it’s a good solution for Photoshop, Illustrator, and Android Studio. However, a better graphics processor (such as the Nvidia GeForce MX150, 1050, 1060 etc.) instead of the basic UHD 620 can improve speed of some Photoshop and Illustrator features that use GPU acceleration. As for Android Studio, the GPU isn’t that important, unless you make apps with 2D/3D rendering (i.e. games). In that case a dedicated graphics card is recommended.

      But overall, the Core i5 8250U is among the best laptop processors in general and for the programs you mentioned.

      https://laptoping.com/cpus/product/intel-core-i5-8250u/

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mae Waga

    Very helpful!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Business application

    Elitebook 840 g5 i7-8550u 16 ram 14 inch 4k configuration:
    For simple 4k playback say from Netflix on a 27 inch 4k monitor, would it be sufficient?
    For running dual 4k monitor in an typical office setting, no gaming, no video rendering, just approx 10 different applications running, excel, outlook, couple RDP, local clients, Snagit, misc applications, would it do well?

    • Danijel Z

      Danijel Z

      Yes, the i7-8550U & UHD 620 can easily run 4K videos, including 4K at 60Hz. Do you know if the USB-C port on that EliteBook model has video output capability? If it says it’s Thunberbolt 3-compatible in the specs sheet then it can output video as well, including 4K at 60Hz. Besides that, there’s only an HDMI 1.4 port for video output on the 840 G5 as far as I know and according to the specs sheet on HP’s site. HDMI 1.4 can also output 4K, but only at 24 Hz, so moves on the screen won’t be as smooth as on 4K 60Hz (assuming your 4K monitor supports 60Hz, if its 24 Hz there will be no difference). So, yes, if your configuration has Thunderbolt 3, you will be able to connect and run two 4K monitors, but the HDMI 1.4 port doesn’t support 60Hz.

  5. Dyuthi Priya

    Can Intel UHD 620 graphics is used to run ANSYS and Solidworks?

    • Danijel Z

      Danijel Z

      I’m not an expert for ANSYS and Solidworks, but I know dedicated video cards are recommended for both programs. The UHD 620 integrated graphics is much weaker for 3D applications than any mid-range or higher-end dedicated video card. From my research I have learned that ANSYS and Solidworks will be able to run on the Intel UHD 620, but parts of the programs that rely on graphics rendering will be slow. Such as rotate, zoom, pan and other actions in 3D model viewing.

  6. shubham satpute

    which graphics card is having greater quality

    • Danijel Z

      Danijel Z

      Here are some of the latest popular video cards, which are better than the UHD 620 (from lowest to highest quality):

      Nvidia GeForce MX150, GTX 1050, GTX 1050 Ti, GTX 1060, GTX 1070, GTX 1080

      Every of these cards is noticeably better, although the MX150 is for example considered to be an entry-level card. That’s because the UHD 620 is a very basic graphics solution. The GeForce GTX 1050 and above are way better, but they consume noticeably more battery power.

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