Intel UHD Graphics 610 Review: Is it any good?

Looking to buy a PC, Laptop or a processor having the Intel UHD Graphics 610?

Then you’ve come to the right place.

The UHD 610 is an Entry-Level Integrated GPU from Intel. It comes integrated with some of the Pentium & Celeron CPUs belonging to the 9th Generation. It is a successor to Intel’s previous-gen HD Graphics 610.

Being an Integrated GPU, it is inferior in performance when compared to the dedicated Graphics Card from Nvidia and AMD. In fact, it is the weakest Intel iGPU in this generation.

Intel’s UHD 620, UHD 630 and the Iris lineup outperform it by a good margin. If you want to learn more about Intel’s Integrated Graphics Cards, check out this article.

Here are the CPUs on which you can find this iGPU:

  • Pentium G5400
  • Pentium G5400T
  • Celeron G4920
  • Pentium G5420
  • Celeron G4900
  • Celeron G4900T
  • Pentium G5420T
  • Celeron G4950
  • Celeron G4930
  • Celeron G4930T
  • Pentium 5405U
  • Celeron 4205U

But how well does it really perform and is it enough for your needs? Let’s find out.

But before moving any further, here’s a short summary for those of you who need a quick answer.

Pros
  • Decent choice for Light Users
  • Good for Video Playback
  • Power Efficient
  • Older Non-Graphics intensive Games are playable at 720p
Cons
  • Not good for Productivity (Editing)
  • Not for Heavy Users
  • Struggles to run modern games even at 720p

While it is a good choice for Video playback and non-graphics intensive workloads, the same cannot be said for Photo/Video Editing & Gaming. If you’re buying a system just for basic office work, video playback, and basic programming such as Web Development, you can consider it without any second thoughts.

But for heavier tasks such as Gaming, Image Processing/Editing, Video Editing, Deep Learning, Computer-aided design (CAD), 3D Animation or anything that can be accelerated using a GPU, you should choose a GPU that is way more powerful.

    Specification

Name Intel UHD Graphics 610
Type Integrated Graphics
Tier GT1
Execution Units 12
Shading Units 96
Base Frequency 300-350 MHz
Boost Frequency 900-1050 MHz
4K Support Yes, at 60 Hz
Max number of Display Supported 3
Max Resolution 4096 X 2304
QuickSync Support Yes

The Intel UHD Graphics 610 belongs to the GT1 tier which is Intel’s lowest tier in every generation. It has 12 execution units and 96 shading units which are exactly half that of the UHD 620. The base frequency of this chip ranges between 300-350 MHz and the max frequency is between 900-1050 MHz.

The base and the boost frequency vary between different CPU models and here are the exact frequencies for the corresponding CPU.

CPU Base/Boost Frequency
Pentium G5400 350 MHz / 1050 MHz
Pentium G5400T
Pentium G5420
Pentium G5420T
Celeron G4900
Celeron G4920
Celeron G4950
Celeron G4930
Pentium 5405U 300 MHz / 950 MHz
Celeron G4900T 350 MHz / 1000 MHz
Celeron G4930T
Celeron 4205U 300 MHz / 900 MHz

It also supports 4K displays. While it does support up to three displays at once, you will require your Laptop or PC’s Motherboard to have 3 external ports (Display Port/DVI/HDMI/Thunderbolt/VGA) in order to connect with the displays. The max resolution supported is 4096 X 2304.

Intel’s QuickSync Technology is also supported which is a hardware encoder and accelerates the transcoding process. Adobe Premiere is one such software that can make use of this feature but considering the subpar CPU Performance, I wouldn’t recommend it for Video Editing.

You can still do Video Editing but the experience wouldn’t be that great and the time to render will be significantly high.

As it is an integrated GPU, it does not have any Graphics Memory (VRAM) of its own. It uses the System Memory (RAM) as its Video memory. Not having their own memory is one of the primary reasons that make the Integrated Graphics incompetent against the discrete ones.

    Synthetic & Gaming Benchmarks

Now let’s take a look at some benchmarks to evaluate its performance.

UHD 610 Geekbench 5 Compute

On Geekbench 5 Compute test, the Intel UHD Graphics scored 3,221 points. The score was substantially lower than other Integrated Cards. The entry-level discrete card MX150 scored more than thrice its score.

Intel’s high-end iGPUs like Iris Plus 655 scored more than twice that of UHD 610.

UHD 610 PassMark G3D

On PassMark’s G3D, it scored 789 points. While the HD Graphics 620 and UHD Graphics 630 scored 934 and 1,342 points respectively. A lower-midrange desktop GPU like Radeon RX 570 got a score that is nearly 9 times as high as the UHD 610.

Now, let’s check out some real-world gaming tests.

CSGO Performance

At 720p Resolution on a mix of High-Medium Settings, it averaged around 67 FPS on CS:GO. While the FPS is substantially good, the visual quality won’t be that impressive. AMD’s Integrated GPUs like the RX Vega 11 can go well above 160 FPS at the same settings.

Fortnite FPS with Intel UHD Graphics 610

On Fortnite, you can expect FPS around 30-35 on 720p Low preset. Playing Fortnite on this GPU wouldn’t be a great experience but yes, it is playable. You can also use our guide to improve the FPS on Fortnite.

GTA 5 Average FPS

For GTA V, this card was averaging around 22 FPS and the game was unplayable with consistent frame drops. For a better gaming experience, either you should go with a better Integrated GPU (Vega 11) or an entry-level discrete GPU (MX150).

Older games that are less graphically intensive (most games launched before 2012-13) should be playable at a decent frame rate. However, if gaming is your primary concern, I wouldn’t recommend this GPU.

    Comparison with other GPUs

Here’s a brief comparison with other iGPUs from Intel and AMD.

Comparison with Intel HD 610

While both the cards have similar specs, the UHD 610 brushes past it due to a newer architecture. However, the difference between the two isn’t substantial.

Winner
  • Intel UHD 610

Comparison with Intel HD 620, HD 630, UHD 620 & UHD 630

When compared to higher-end Intel’s iGPUs, it has lower execution units and is considerably weaker. However, the difference isn’t as big as the difference between an Integrated and a dedicated GPU.

Winner
  • Intel HD 620, HD 630, UHD 620 & UHD 630

Comparison with Vega 8 & Vega 11

AMD Radeon Vega 8 & Vega 11 are way faster than the UHD 610 in both productivity and gaming performance.

Winner
  • Vega 8 & 11

    Final Words

I hope this article helps you out in making the right choice.

To sum up, for any professional GPU-intensive work and gaming, you should avoid it. But for entertainment, video consumption, and non-GPU intensive tasks, it will do the job just fine.

Integrated GPUs are also very power-efficient so if that is one of your requirements, you can consider it.

Intel UHD Graphics 610
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But I’ll highly recommend choosing a system that has a better-integrated GPU. A discrete GPU will be an even better choice.

If you plan on buying a discrete Graphics Card, you can check out our GPU Rankings to find out the right card.




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