AMD Radeon 520 vs Intel Iris Graphics 6100

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General info

GPU architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters compared.

Place in performance ranking807805
Value for money0.052.81
ArchitectureGen. 8 Broadwell (2014−2015)GCN 1.0 (2012−2020)
GPU code nameBroadwell GT3Oland
Market segmentLaptopLaptop
Release date5 January 2015 (8 years old)21 March 2017 (6 years old)
Current price$854 $140
Value for money

Performance to price ratio. The higher, the better.

Radeon 520 has 5520% better value for money than Iris Graphics 6100.

Technical specs

General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core base clock and boost clock speeds, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their benchmark and gaming test results. Note that power consumption of some graphics cards can well exceed their nominal TDP, especially when overclocked.

Pipelines / CUDA cores48320
Core clock speed300 MHz1030 MHz
Boost clock speed1100 MHzno data
Number of transistors189 million1,040 million
Manufacturing process technology14 nm28 nm
Power consumption (TDP)28 Watt50 Watt
Texture fill rate52.8020.60
Floating-point performanceno data659.2 gflops

Size and compatibility

Information on Iris Graphics 6100 and Radeon 520 compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For notebook video cards it's notebook size, connection slot and bus, if the video card is inserted into a slot instead of being soldered to the notebook motherboard.

InterfacePCIe 2.0 x1PCIe 3.0 x8
Supplementary power connectorsNoneNone

Memory

Parameters of VRAM installed: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Integrated GPUs have no dedicated VRAM and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory typeSystem SharedDDR3, GDDR5
Maximum RAM amountSystem Shared2 GB
Memory bus width64/128 Bit64 Bit
Memory clock speedSystem Shared2250 MHz
Memory bandwidthno data16 GB/s
Shared memory+-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on the reviewed GPUs. As a rule, data in this section is precise only for desktop reference ones (so-called Founders Edition for NVIDIA chips). OEM manufacturers may change the number and type of output ports, while for notebook cards availability of certain video outputs ports depends on the laptop model rather than on the card itself.

Display ConnectorsNo outputs1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x VGA
HDMIno data+

Technologies

Supported technological solutions. This information will prove useful if you need some particular technology for your purposes.

Quick Sync+no data

API support

List of supported graphics and general-purpose computing APIs, including their specific versions.

DirectX12 (11_1)12.0
Shader Model5.15.0
OpenGL4.44.6
OpenCL2.01.2
Vulkan1.1.80+

Synthetic benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. The combined score is measured on a 0-100 point scale.


Combined synthetic benchmark score

This is our combined benchmark performance score. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

Iris Graphics 6100 2.01
Radeon 520 2.02
+0.5%

Passmark

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

Benchmark coverage: 25%

Iris Graphics 6100 913
+16%
Radeon 520 787

Iris Graphics 6100 outperforms Radeon 520 by 16% in Passmark.

3DMark Vantage Performance

3DMark Vantage is an outdated DirectX 10 benchmark using 1280x1024 screen resolution. It taxes the graphics card with two scenes, one depicting a girl escaping some militarized base located within a sea cave, the other displaying a space fleet attack on a defenseless planet. It was discontinued in April 2017, and Time Spy benchmark is now recommended to be used instead.

Benchmark coverage: 16%

Iris Graphics 6100 6531
+24%
Radeon 520 5266

Iris Graphics 6100 outperforms Radeon 520 by 24% in 3DMark Vantage Performance.

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

3DMark 11 is an obsolete DirectX 11 benchmark by Futuremark. It used four tests based on two scenes, one being few submarines exploring the submerged wreck of a sunken ship, the other is an abandoned temple deep in the jungle. All the tests are heavy with volumetric lighting and tessellation, and despite being done in 1280x720 resolution, are relatively taxing. Discontinued in January 2020, 3DMark 11 is now superseded by Time Spy.

Benchmark coverage: 16%

Iris Graphics 6100 1695
Radeon 520 2017
+19%

Radeon 520 outperforms Iris Graphics 6100 by 19% in 3DMark 11 Performance GPU.

3DMark Fire Strike Score

Benchmark coverage: 14%

Iris Graphics 6100 865
Radeon 520 1233
+42.6%

Radeon 520 outperforms Iris Graphics 6100 by 43% in 3DMark Fire Strike Score.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

Iris Graphics 6100 874
Radeon 520 1319
+50.9%

Radeon 520 outperforms Iris Graphics 6100 by 51% in 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics.

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

Cloud Gate is an outdated DirectX 11 feature level 10 benchmark that was used for home PCs and basic notebooks. It displays a few scenes of some weird space teleportation device launching spaceships into unknown, using fixed resolution of 1280x720. Just like Ice Storm benchmark, it has been discontinued in January 2020 and replaced by 3DMark Night Raid.

Benchmark coverage: 13%

Iris Graphics 6100 7798
Radeon 520 8413
+7.9%

Radeon 520 outperforms Iris Graphics 6100 by 8% in 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU.

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

Ice Storm Graphics is an obsolete benchmark, part of 3DMark suite. Ice Storm was used to measure entry level laptops and Windows-based tablets performance. It utilizes DirectX 11 feature level 9 to display a battle between two space fleets near a frozen planet in 1280x720 resolution. Discontinued in January 2020, it is now superseded by 3DMark Night Raid.

Benchmark coverage: 8%

Iris Graphics 6100 89341
+15.2%
Radeon 520 77543

Iris Graphics 6100 outperforms Radeon 520 by 15% in 3DMark Ice Storm GPU.

Gaming performance

Let's see how good the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Average FPS across all PC games

Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular games across different resolutions:

Full HD14
−7.1%
15
+7.1%

Performance in popular games

Full HD
Low Preset

Cyberpunk 2077 4−5
+0%
4−5
+0%

Full HD
Medium Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 3−4
+0%
3−4
+0%
Battlefield 5 3−4
+0%
3−4
+0%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 10−12
+0%
10−12
+0%
Cyberpunk 2077 4−5
+0%
4−5
+0%
Far Cry 5 2−3
+0%
2−3
+0%
Far Cry New Dawn 1−2
+0%
1−2
+0%
Forza Horizon 4 4−5
+0%
4−5
+0%
Hitman 3 2−3
+0%
2−3
+0%
Horizon Zero Dawn 0−1 0−1
Red Dead Redemption 2 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 8−9
+0%
8−9
+0%
Watch Dogs: Legion 0−1 0−1

Full HD
High Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 3−4
+0%
3−4
+0%
Battlefield 5 3−4
+0%
3−4
+0%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 10−12
+0%
10−12
+0%
Cyberpunk 2077 4−5
+0%
4−5
+0%
Far Cry 5 2−3
+0%
2−3
+0%
Far Cry New Dawn 1−2
+0%
1−2
+0%
Forza Horizon 4 4−5
+0%
4−5
+0%
Hitman 3 2−3
+0%
2−3
+0%
Horizon Zero Dawn 0−1 0−1
Metro Exodus 4−5
+0%
4−5
+0%
Red Dead Redemption 2 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 8−9
+0%
8−9
+0%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 5−6
−100%
10
+100%
Watch Dogs: Legion 0−1 0−1

Full HD
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 3−4
+0%
3−4
+0%
Battlefield 5 3−4
+0%
3−4
+0%
Cyberpunk 2077 4−5
+0%
4−5
+0%
Far Cry 5 2−3
+0%
2−3
+0%
Far Cry New Dawn 1−2
+0%
1−2
+0%
Forza Horizon 4 4−5
+0%
4−5
+0%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 5−6
−20%
6
+20%
Watch Dogs: Legion 0−1 0−1

1440p
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4−5
+0%
4−5
+0%
Hitman 3 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Horizon Zero Dawn 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Metro Exodus 2−3
+0%
2−3
+0%
Red Dead Redemption 2 1−2
+0%
1−2
+0%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 4−5
+0%
4−5
+0%

1440p
Ultra Preset

Cyberpunk 2077 1−2
+0%
1−2
+0%
Far Cry 5 4−5
+0%
4−5
+0%

4K
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2−3
+0%
2−3
+0%
Hitman 3 2−3
+0%
2−3
+0%
Horizon Zero Dawn 4−5
+0%
4−5
+0%
Red Dead Redemption 2 1−2
+0%
1−2
+0%

4K
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 0−1 0−1
Cyberpunk 2077 0−1 0−1
Far Cry 5 4−5
+0%
4−5
+0%
Far Cry New Dawn 6−7
+0%
6−7
+0%
Forza Horizon 4 1−2
+0%
1−2
+0%

This is how Iris Graphics 6100 and Radeon 520 compete in popular games:

1080p resolution:

  • Radeon 520 is 7.1% faster than Iris Graphics 6100

Here's the range of performance differences observed across popular games:

  • in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, with 1080p resolution and the High Preset, the Radeon 520 is 100% faster than the Iris Graphics 6100.

All in all, in popular games:

  • Radeon 520 is ahead in 2 tests (4%)
  • there's a draw in 43 tests (96%)

Advantages and disadvantages


Performance score 2.01 2.02
Recency 5 January 2015 21 March 2017
Pipelines / CUDA cores 48 320
Chip lithography 14 nm 28 nm
Power consumption (TDP) 28 Watt 50 Watt

We couldn't decide between Iris Graphics 6100 and Radeon 520. The differences in performance seem too small.


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