Best CPU with Integrated Graphics

Today we will explore the best CPUs that contain an integrated graphical component. Perfect for building on a budget.

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What’s the best CPU with integrated graphics? You might assume that all modern PC builds need a powerful dedicated GPU to chew through the most demanding triple-A titles, you wouldn’t be wrong. But just as good of an experience can be had with an iGPU, playing the same games with a similar FPS, only with less visual fidelity. 

Now read: AMD Zen 4 everything we know.

iGPUs have been around for the better part of 27 years with the first iGPU being released in June 1995, when Taiwan-based Silicon Integrated Systems introduced the SiS6204 into the world. This was the first-ever desktop IGC (integrated graphics controller). 

There are many CPUs with integrated graphics available on the market in 2022, but which is the best? That’s exactly what we’re here to find out. Here’s our best CPU with integrated graphics article. 

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What is an iGPU? 

Essentially, an iGPU is another portion of the CPU separate from the CPU die. The CPU die contains all the CPU cores and everything that makes the CPU tick. The GPU also has a die separate from the CPU die in which all the GPU cores sit. 

This means that there’s no room for any VRAM, so the iGPU shares memory resources with the CPU and uses standard system memory as VRAM. The amount of VRAM can be set or can be dynamically allocated based on the current needs of the iGPU. 

If you want to know more about how CPUs work, check out our “What is a CPU” article.


How we choose

Making the right choice isn’t always simple. It requires expert knowledge coupled with countless hours of research, benchmarking, and trawling through user feedback to come even remotely close to pinpointing the best-integrated graphics on the market.

For someone without in-depth knowledge of the topic or the requisite time to dedicate to the topic, the task will almost invariably result in a choice that will leave one disappointed.

Fret not, as we, here at WePC, have done the hard work for you and morphed it into a digestible guide that takes all the stress out of making that all-important choice.


How We Test

Testing forms a big part of our validation process and forms a central pillar of the top picks found in our best guides. By doing the testing in-house, we can formulate a hands-on take on how well a component performs and compare it side by side with competitor models.

While testing, we look for our best performers based on performance in tests, features that will appeal to readers, and any benefits they may have over the competition.

The overwhelming majority of the products we recommend here at WePC have undergone this strict vetting process, which includes factors such as quality, efficiency, design, performance, and, of course, price.

By abiding by this strict process, we can produce the most accurate review of a product and determine whether it is worth the money.

Check out our “how we test CPUs” page to learn more.


Best CPU with integrated graphics: Things To Consider

Here’s what you need to consider when eyeing up a new CPU with integrated graphics. These should help get a firm idea of what a particular model can offer.

AMD VS Intel 

When it comes to choosing a CPU, you’re going to be faced with the most important question that will define the way you build the rest of your PC. AMD or Intel? 

It’s best you read our full article: AMD Vs Intel if you want to know the full story.

AMD vs Intel

Both companies have their own advantages and disadvantages, we’ve written a full article around this topic and we encourage you to check out our AMD vs Intel article. 

The short answer is, that if you want single-core performance then you’re going to want to choose an Intel CPU. If you want multi-core performance, however, AMD is the team you want to be joining. Intel, even with all its recent efforts toward hybrid-core technology, still seems to be lacking behind in the efficiency department, making AMD the CPU of choice again if power efficiency matters to you. 

Gaming or non-intensive tasks 

Initially, iGPUs was designed to be the bare minimum. Allowing a display output for office and word processing machines doesn’t require a lot of power. It’s only recently that CPU manufacturers have made the decision to develop iGPUs more focused on gaming and more intensive workloads. 

Literally, any modern iGPU will work for video streaming, word processing, web browsing, or any other day-to-day tasks. If you’re looking for an iGPU that can handle gaming, then there are some tricks you can deploy to get the most out of your iGPU. These tricks will also have a bearing on the CPU manufacturer you choose, more on this later. 

Budget 

As with anything, there’s a budget. Both AMD and Intel have created CPUs with iGPUs to fit most price points on the market, however. We’d always recommend saving up to get the better component than cheap out now and end up stuck with a component you aren’t completely happy with. 

Core speed and IPC

Best CPU with integrated graphics  Core speed and CPU IPC

Just because a CPU from 4 years ago has a higher clock speed, does not mean it will be faster than a modern CPU with a lower clock speed. Here’s why. 

Core speed is defined by how many cycles per second a CPU can perform. A full CPU cycle is referred to as the instruction cycle, which follows three actions. The actions of the instruction cycle run in the order of fetch, decode and execute. These three actions comprise the instruction cycle.

Not surprisingly, a higher clock speed is superior. However, not all clock speeds are created equal.

Many factors can affect the metrics of clock speed. One of these is the ‘nm process’ a CPU is built on, which refers to the size of the transistors that make up the logical components of a CPU. There are billions of these microscopic transistors all capable of very simple yes/no outputs, which together equate to more complex logical executions.

7nm transistors are much smaller than 12nm transistors, for example. And this is what we mean when we said not all clock speed is created equal.

Clock speed refers to how many cycles a CPU can perform per second, not how many instructions can be executed per second. This is another measurement known as IPC (instructions per clock).

IPC and clock speed are somewhat intertwined. People are easily fooled into thinking that a CPU with a better clock speed, no matter how old, will always be faster than a new CPU with a lower clock speed. And this simply isn’t true.

APU VS CPU 

So, is an APU better than a CPU? Well, no. Where it shines is having an iGPU enabling it to render and process graphical workloads, and it technically works in place of a dedicated GPU up to a point. But APUs aren’t great at being CPUs. Allow us to explain. 

An APU is a CPU with a GPU component. In fact, APU actually stands for ‘accelerated processing unit’. We know this already, so what does that mean? It means that we have a CPU die and a GPU die on the same chip. 

The CPU has to be compromised to reduce its physical size on the chip to accommodate a GPU die. The CPU is made smaller, therefore less powerful. If you want to make space for something there has to be some sort of compromise. 

This makes APUs less than ideal if you’re planning to upgrade to a dedicated GPU soon. Because you’re intentionally acquiring a compromised CPU with a graphical component you’re just going to replace later. Leaving your compromised CPU to support a full dedicated GPU. 

If you know you’re going to upgrade to a GPU soon after acquiring the APU, just save. If you want to use the APU for a cheap all-in-one package for word processing and office work, then great – an APU is right for you.  


AMD VS Intel: iGPUs

Here we will compare Intel and AMD APUs (accelerated processing units) and outline what they offer individually. 

First, we will outline every APU available from both AMD and Intel

Intel tables

AMD table 

Best CPU with integrated graphics R 5000 series

As you can see, Intel has a monopoly on iGPUs. Not only that, thanks to the popularity of Intel CPUs and the fact that most of them contain a graphical component, Intel also has the largest market share of CPUs. Their share is way larger than AMDs and even Nvidias. 


AMD Vs Intel: iGPU

The two AMD and two Intel CPUs we have selected today all have different graphics processors, we’re going to explain below what those graphics engines are, and the difference between them. 

Radeon RX Vega 7 

Vega 7 is an integrated GPU, mostly for notebooks. It’s also used in the Ryzen 5 5600G. The GPU is based on the Vega architecture and has 7 Compute Units (= 448 shaders) clocked at up to 1,800 MHz each. The iGPU’s performance depends on the TDP of an APU, the clock speed, the cooling, and the memory configuration. The GPU should benefit from fast dual-channel DDR4-3200 RAM, as Ryzen performance is directly tied to RAM speed.

Radeon RX Vega 8 

Vega 8 is an integrated GPU, again mostly used for notebooks. It’s also used in the Ryzen 7 5700G. The GPU is based on the Vega architecture, and has 8 Compute Units (= 512 of the 704 shaders) clocked at up to 2,100 MHz in the Ryzen 9 5980HX. The performance depends on the TDP, which was 12-25 W at launch, the clock speed, the cooling, and the memory configuration. The GPU should benefit from fast dual-channel DDR4-3200 RAM. As again, AMD Ryzen core speed is directly correlated with RAM speed. 

Intel UHD 730 

UHD 730 is the graphics processor used inside the i5-11400. Unlike the fully unlocked UHD Graphics 750, which uses the same GPU but has all 256 shaders enabled, Intel has disabled some shading units in the UHD 730 to reach the target shader count. The 730 features 192 shading units, 12 texture mapping units, and 8 Render output units. The GPU is operating at a base frequency of 300 MHz, but it can be boosted up to 1300 MHz.

Its power draw is rated at a maximum of 15W

Intel UHD 750 

The UHD 750 iGPU is the one that sits inside the i7-11700. This GPU has all of its 256 shaders enabled unlike the UHD 730. As well to its 256 shading units, the UHD 750 features 16 texture mapping units and 8 Render output units. The GPU is operating at a base frequency of 300 MHz, similar to the UHD 730. It can also be boosted up to 1300 MHz.

Its power draw is rated at a maximum of 15 W. 


AMD VS Intel: software 

AMD has been given advantages over Intel in the iGPU space, these advantages come in the form of FSR and RSR. 

FSR and RSR do fundamentally the same thing, just their point of integration is different. This is a gross oversimplification but it’ll do for the purposes of this article. 

FSR stands for Fidelity FX Super-Resolution, and it’s the software responsible for using AI to upscale images to a better quality. How it does this is FSR renders the image or frame at a lower internal resolution and then uses AI to upscale the image to your desired output resolution. This technology is amazing and can result in massive FPS gains. 

Best CPU with integrated graphics  FSR 2.0

FSR requires developers to integrate support into their games directly, this may present a problem for older games as there may not be a way to add support, or the demand may simply not be high enough to spend the resources to do so. 

This is where RSR comes in. RSR stands for Radeon Super-Resolution, and it’s essentially FSR implemented at a driver level. This means that all games can support RSR technology as developers do not need to add native compatibility for RSR into their games. All you need is a compatible APU or GPU, and the latest driver update – then you’re good to go. 


Best CPU with integrated graphics 

Here we will list off our best CPU with integrated graphics, in no particular order. 

Ryzen 5 5600G 

Best AMD CPU with integrated graphics
Ryzen 5 5600G

AMD Ryzen 5 5600G

AMD Ryzen 5 5600G

Speed

3.9GHz – 4.4GHz

Core (threads)

6 (12)

Socket

AM4

Graphics

Vega 7

5
/5
Editor’s Rating

The Ryzen 5 5600G is one of the best budget APUs on the market, the CPU portion itself comes packed full of the latest Ryzen technology. With six CPU cores multithreaded to produce 12 threads, you’ll never be short of computing power. The 5600G has a total L3 cache size of 16MB, leaving plenty of room for instructions and calculations to be stored. 

The clock speeds of the 5600G can reach an astonishing 4.4GHz when boosted, but for the base frequency they hover around 3.9GHz – still a respectable speed. All this is achieved within a TDP of 45-65W configurable TDP. Proving once and for all that big things can come in small packages. 

Pros
  • Inexpensive
  • Powerful
  • Wide range of compatibility
Cons
  • GPU component means CPU components get less resources

Ryzen 7 5700G 

Runner-up best Ryzen CPU with integrated graphics
Ryzen 7 5700G

AMD Ryzen 7 5700G

amd ryzen 7 5700g

Speed

3.8GHz – 4.6GHz

Core (threads)

8 (16)

Socket

AM4

Graphics

Vega 8

4.8
/5
Editor’s Rating

The Ryzen 7 5700G is another force to be reckoned with on the AMD APU market, improving on its little brother in every way. This brazen bull features eight multithreaded CPU cores to provide 16 threads. Despite the larger number of CPU cores, the L3 cache size is the same leaving less cache per core. But this shouldn’t be too much of a problem, 16MB is still plenty. 

The clock speeds of the 5700G boost up to a massive 4.6GHz under AMD’s Precision boost overdrive. The base frequencies aren’t too shabby either, coming in at 3.8GHz. All this performance is once again packed into a configurable TDP range of 45-65W. AMD is the king of providing efficiency without sacrificing performance. 

Pros
  • Powerful
  • High-performance GPU
  • Lots of compatability
  • High multi-core performance
Cons
  • Less value for money than 5600G

I5-11400

Best Intel CPU with integrated graphics
i5-11400

Intel Core i5-11400 Desktop Processor

11400

Clock speed (boost)

4.4GHz

Cores / Threads

6 / 12

Socket

LGA 1200

4.6
/5
Editor’s Rating

The i5-11400 is the Intel equivalent to the 5600G and it’s easy to see why, as on paper they are almost identical. The 11400 has a total of six hyperthreaded CPU cores, totaling 12 threads. Despite having the same number of cores as the 5600G the cache is smaller, the 11400 only has 12MB of L3 cache. 

The core speed of the 11400 is the same too with the CPU topping out at 4.4GHz, the base frequency is only 2.6GHz in the i5, however, making it a little more efficient at idle. All of this performance is packed into a respectable TDP of 65W, this is again the same as the 5600G. Only this time, the TDP is not configurable. 

Pros
  • High boost speed
  • High single core performance
  • powerful
Cons
  • Power-hungry

i7 -11700

Runner up best Intel CPU with integrated graphics
i7-11700

Intel Core i7-11700

i5 11700

Core count

8

Thread count

16

Base speed

2.5 GHz

Boost speed

Up to 4.9 GHz

TDP

65W

4.5
/5
Editor’s Rating

The 11700 is a beast in its own right, featuring eight hyperthreaded CPU cores totaling 16 threads, this CPU is exactly on par with the 5700G in terms of raw resources. This CPU has plenty of cache capacity, boasting 16MB on the L3 stack. This cache capacity is pretty standard in an 8C/16T configuration. 

The core speed of the 11700 almost touches the 5GHz mark coming in at a massive 4.9GHz. That’s the highest clock speed of any CPU on today’s list. The base frequency is a little less impressive coming in at 2.5GHz but we’ll cut it some slack. All of this is packed inside a 65W TDP, just as efficient as the 5700G. 

Pros
  • High clock speed
  • High core boost speed
  • Great value for money
Cons
  • Power-hungry

Thinking of upgrading? 

Here’s our best motherboard from both AMD and Intel. 

Asus ROG Hero X570

ASUS ROG X570 Crosshair VIII Hero

Intended Build
AMD – High-end
Form Factor
ATX
Overclocking Support
Yes
Socket
AM4
Chipset
X570
ASUS ROG Maximus Z690 Hero WiFi

ASUS ROG Maximus Z690 Hero WiFi

Form Factor
ATX
Socket
LGA 1700
Chipset
Z690
DDR5?
Yes

Check out our latest best of articles surrounding motherboards if the ones here don’t tickle your fancy. 


Best CPU with integrated graphics: Final word 

So you know our opinion. We favor the Ryzen CPUs for their versatility and the boost they’re given through recent software and driver enhancements. Intel is still a great way to go if you’re already rocking an Intel platform and don’t want to upgrade. But if you want raw performance then you should consider the Ryzen lineup of APUs. Their superiority, better GPU components, higher IPCs, and more make them the better choice in our opinion. We hope you enjoyed this Best CPU with integrated graphics article.

The Author Who Worked On This Article

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After taking apart and tinkering with the home PC and other electronics, Seb went to study Mechanical Engineering at the University of Manchester to try and explore everything in parts. After he graduated he realised how different the adult world was and decided to pursue work in the tech industry after spending too much time playing games (mostly CS:GO), keeping up with everything tech, and being everyone’s go-to for PCs.

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