Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655/ 650/ 600 : Which Model Is Right For You?

 The Intel Iris Plus Graphics series is a great option for those looking for an integrated graphics processing unit designed for lightweight gaming and everyday graphics handling. But, with so many models to choose from, it can be hard to determine which one is the right one for you. That's why we created this in-depth guide to compare the differences between the four models: Iris Plus Graphics 655, 650, 600, and 550, and help you decide which one to choose.

Let's start with the Iris Plus Graphics 655, the latest model in the series. It doubles the eDRAM cache of the previous model, the Iris Graphics 650. It also supports advanced movie decoding and has a more advanced video engine that supports smoother HDR media playback while consuming less power during encoding and decoding. If you are a gamer or graphic designer looking for the best performance, the Iris Plus Graphics 655 is the way to go.



The Iris Plus Graphics 650 is a great option too. It boasts a 64MB eDRAM cache, 48 execution units, and supports the dual-channel memory controller for DDR4 and DDR3 operation. It can handle video decoding and encoding including VP9 and HEVC.

If you're looking for a laptop for everyday tasks or lightweight graphics processing, the Iris Plus Graphics 600/605/610/615 is sufficient for getting the job done. They have lower performance but still benefit from performance-improving techniques based on eDRAM cache.

Finally, the Iris Plus Graphics 550 is an older model that is primarily designed for high-performance users of PCs such as gamers and graphic designers. It was the first in the series and offers a smaller eDRAM cache but is still an excellent option if you don't mind using an older card.

In conclusion, if you want the best performance, choose the Iris Plus Graphics 655. If you're on a budget, go for the Iris Plus Graphics 600/605/610/615. And if you're a high-performance user, Iris Plus Graphics 650 or higher is the way to go. No matter which model you choose, Intel's Iris Plus Graphics series is an excellent choice for your integrated graphics processing unit needs.

Model

Date released

eDRAM Cache

Execution Units (EUs)

Maximum Frequency

Memory Controller

Video Codecs

Iris Plus Graphics 655

2017

128 MB

48

1200 MHz

Dual-channel DDR3L-2133/DDR4-2400

H.265/HEVC, Google’s VP9

Iris Plus Graphics 650

2016

64 MB

48

1100 MHz

Dual-channel DDR4/DDR3

H.265/HEVC, VP9

Iris Plus Graphics 600/605/610/615

2017

No eDRAM
or 64 MB eDRAM

18/24/48

900-1050 MHz

Dual-channel DDR4

H.265/HEVC, VP9

Iris Plus Graphics 550

2016

16 MB

48

1050 MHz

Dual-channel DDR4/DDR3

H.265/HEVC, VP9

 


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