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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Intel HD Graphics 2500 Desktop Intel HD Graphics 4600 Desktop
Cyberpunk 2077 3253% 1313%
Hitman 3 4262% 1738%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 2967% 1192%
The Medium 4084% 1663%
Resident Evil 8 3253% 1313%
FIFA 21 1591% 613%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 2867% 1150%
Grand Theft Auto VI 4618% 1888%
Genshin Impact 3253% 1313%
Far Cry 6 4752% 1944%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Intel HD Graphics 4600 Desktop are massively better than the Intel HD Graphics 2500 Desktop.

The Graphics 2500 has a 250 MHz higher core clock speed than the Graphics 4600, but the Graphics 4600 has 3 more Texture Mapping Units than the Graphics 2500. As a result, the Graphics 4600 exhibits a 0.9 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the Graphics 2500. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The Graphics 2500 has a 250 MHz higher core clock speed than the Graphics 4600, but the Graphics 4600 has 1 more Render Output Units than the Graphics 2500. As a result, the Graphics 4600 exhibits a 0.1 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the Graphics 2500. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The Graphics 4600 was released over a year more recently than the Graphics 2500, and so the Graphics 4600 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the Graphics 2500.

The HD Graphics 2500 Desktop and the HD Graphics 4600 Desktop have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The Graphics 4600 has 12.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Graphics 2500, which means that the memory performance of the Graphics 4600 is slightly better than the Graphics 2500.

The HD Graphics 2500 Desktop has 24 Shader Processing Units and the HD Graphics 4600 Desktop has 20. However, the actual shader performance of the Graphics 2500 is 76 and the actual shader performance of the Graphics 4600 is 100. The Graphics 4600 having 24 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the Graphics 4600 delivers a slightly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the Graphics 2500.

The HD Graphics 4600 Desktop requires 88 Watts to run but there is no entry for the Graphics 2500. We would recommend a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the Graphics 4600, but we do not have a recommended PSU wattage for the Graphics 2500.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed650 MHzvs400 MHz
Boost Clock-vs1250 MHz
ArchitectureIvy BridgeHaswell GT2-MB
OC Potential None vs None
Driver Support - vs Ok
Release Date01 Apr 2012vs03 Jun 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

1366x768 - vs green tick
1600x900 - vs green tick
1920x1080 - vs green tick
2560x1440 - vs green tick
3840x2160 - vs green tick

GPU Memory

Memory Speed800 MHzvs800 MHz
Memory Bus64 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsDDR3
Memory Bandwidth12.8GB/secvs25.6GB/sec
L2 Cache - vs green tick 1024 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units24vs20
Actual Shader Performance4%vs5%
Texture Mapping Units1vs4
Texture Rate0.7 GTexel/svs1.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units1vs2
Pixel Rate0.7 GPixel/svs0.8 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)-vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs0
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power-88 Watts
Recommended PSU-300 Watts & 22 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.0vs4.0
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor--
Recommended RAM2 GBvs4 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1024x768vs1366x768

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewIntel HD Graphics 2500 DEsktop are the successors of Intel HD Graphics 2000.
They come embedded on the new Intel Core i-5 Ivy Bridge CPUS.
The new features include DirectX 11 support, Shader Version of 5.0 and openGL Version of up to 4.0.
They offer 6 Execution Units (24 Shader Processing Units) and are manufactured with a 22nm technology.
Benchmarks indicate that today's games can be played at the lowest settings smoothly.
Intel HD Graphics 4600 Desktop are Integrated Graphics in some of Intel's Desktop Haswell Processors.

The Haswell GT2 Core includes support for DirectX 11.1, OpenCL 1.2 and OpenGL 4.0. Additionally, it also offers better Decoding Performance, when compared to its Predecessors.

It equips a GPU Codenamed GT2 which offers 20 Shader Processing Units, 4 TMUs and 2 ROPs. The Central Unit Initially Runs at 200MHz and goes up to 1250MHz, in Turbo Mode.

The GPU Shares the System's RAM which varies from System to System. Typically, the GPU reserves 1.7GB. Depending on whether or not the system's RAM is Dual-Channeled, it can access either a 64-bit or 128-bit memory interface. The operating memory clock also depends on which speed the System's RAM is running and is limited by the highest operating speed that the Processor supports. In this case, it is 800MHz.
It is then obvious the Memory Bandwidth depends on a lot of factors and thus this Graphics Card performance may vary heavily from system to system.

The Most Powerful Variant Offers Performance similar to a dedicated GeForce GT 220.
Select the Specific Version you have of this Graphics Card According to your Processor for a more Accurate Rank and experience using our tools.

System Suggestions
We recommend 4GB of RAM for a system with Intel HD Graphics 4600 Desktop.
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