Are Intel Integrated Graphics Good? [Things You Should Know]

Whether an integrated graphics card is good enough for you or not depends upon the nature of your work and your requirements.

An integrated graphics card is good enough if you use your PC for casual and office tasks like browsing, word processing, casual photo, video editing, etc.

If you are a professional or an enthusiast gamer, you may find an Intel Integrated Graphics seriously lacking in power. Integrated Graphics are not a substitute for dedicated graphics cards that cost a bit high. Take, for instance, the G3DMark scores.

Whereas the top of the line AMD RX Vega 8 (5000 series) Intel Integrated Graphics scores a cool 2764, a high-end dedicated NVIDIA RTX 3080Ti scores a whopping 26,639!

So while an Intel Integrated Graphics is good enough for light and casual gaming, it is in no way near the power of an excellent high-end dedicated graphics card.

Is Intel Integrated Graphics Good Enough?

Again, it depends upon your use case. For AAA and high-level gaming, Intel GPUs are certainly not sufficient. Neither are they suitable for professional designing and editing work.

However, an integrated graphics card is more than sufficient for day-to-day use, casual gaming (gaming on popular online games at low graphics), and casual editing.

At the same time, it should also be noted that not all Intel Integrated Graphics are created equally. While recent iGPUs are great for casual gaming, some of the older Intel Integrated Graphics, such as Intel HD 5000 and 4000, should not be used for gaming at all.

If your work involves day-to-day home use, office work, casual use of photo and video editing software such as Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Premiere, and casual gaming, then an Intel Integrated Graphics is excellent.

In fact, in this case, it is recommended that you do not waste your hard-earned money on an expensive dedicated graphics card that you will not use to its full potential.

An integrated GPU serves the purpose of adding video output and essential graphics rendering capability to your PC.

In the absence of a dedicated graphics card, the video output ports that you find in the back I/O panel of a motherboard or on your laptop are powered by the Integrated GPU.

If your CPU lacks an iGPU, the video output ports on the back I/O panel of your motherboard will NOT work.

Hence, adding basic video output capability to your PC and Intel Integrated Graphics is not just good enough; it is essential.

Are Intel Integrated Graphics Good For Gaming?

It’s tough to figure out what kind of performance you will get for a specific game. If you look at the minimum graphics settings for popular games, they always recommend a discrete graphics card, while Integrated Graphics are largely ignored.

That means you either have to figure out which graphics card your built-in GPU performs close to or get an idea of performance on a per-game basis. The latter is the method we’d recommend, as the information is more readily available and will be generally more reliable.

This is a very common question asked by those who want to make a very basic gaming PC build.

There is good news and bad news for you.

The bad news is that Intel IGPUs are NOT really built for gaming in mind. They are great for very light gaming, but if you are an enthusiast gamer, you would want to look into a dedicated graphics card.

The good news is that integrated graphics cards have come a long way in terms of their prowess in recent years.

So much so that most popular online games such as League of Legends, Fortnite, World of Warcraft, Minecraft, Dota 2, CS: GO, FIFA, etc., can easily work on an iGPU (albeit on low graphics).

The top of the line iGPUs such as Vega 8 graphics found on the AMD Ryzen 5000 series CPUs can even allow you to play AAA games such as Days Gone, Monster Hunter Stories 2, Far Cry New Dawn, GTA V, etc (at low graphics).

Depending on how up-to-date your CPU is, some games will surprise you by running at high or even ultra settings. These will largely be older games that are no longer a challenge to modern graphics cards, but many classics are well worth playing.

Most games will automatically choose the appropriate graphics settings for you, and you can start tweaking from there.

For example, you can try turning off extra effects, reducing the resolution, or lowering the graphics settings another notch or two.

Those last two decisions can often trade places. Some games may be worth it, for example, playing at 1080p on low graphics, while other games may offer a better experience at 720p with medium graphics.

This depends entirely on how the game performs on your system and what you can accept as playable.

Is Intel Integrated Graphics Good For Video Editing?

For the majority of the cases, Intel Integrated Graphics should be good enough. This is particularly true if you are a casual photo/video editor.

If you’re going to be editing 4K footage – we would now usually opt for a 6 or 8-core AMD processor or above. However, this isn’t as important as memory and graphics – see below. We’d recommend the 8th generation quad-core Core i5 as a minimum.

You don’t need a workstation-level machine – running Intel Xeon processors or similar – to edit 4K video. In fact, you need a lot less than that. But to get the best out of your laptop for video, you’ll want a Core i7 or equivalent.

Newer Core i9 processors are desirable for out-and-out performance, but you don’t necessarily need to move up from a Core i7.

However, a few 3D features can get disabled if you lack a dedicated graphics card. For instance, on Adobe Photoshop, you may notice the entire 3D menu get disabled along with a few filters that use 3D rendering.

As for video editing, most software like Adobe Premiere Pro is increasingly using the GPU for playback and encoding.

If you have GPU accelerated effects and are particularly interested in using Hardware-based encoding, then a good GPU is instrumental.

As far as my experience, I’ll always recommend using AMD Integrated Graphics rather than Intel. AMD’s iGPU comes with lots of unique modern features and high-tech, whereas Intel iGPUs cannot serve this. So it is worth investing some extra money on AMD iGPUs.