Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 vs AMD Radeon RX Vega 5

General info

Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.

Place in our rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
0.40
 
1.42
Architecture
Gen. 9.5 Kaby Lake
 
Vega
GPU code name
Kaby Lake GT3e
 
Vega
Market segment
Laptop
 
Laptop
Release date
1 September 2017 (4 years ago)
 
7 January 2020 (1 year ago)
Price now
$999
 
$287

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 cores
48
 
320
Core clock speed
300 MHz
 
no data
Boost clock speed
1200 MHz
 
1400 MHz
Number of transistors
189 million
 
no data
Manufacturing process technology
14 nm
 
7 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)
15 Watt
 
no data
Texture fill rate
50.40
 
no data

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Iris Plus Graphics 655 and Radeon RX Vega 5 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.

Interface
PCIe 3.0 x1
 
no data

Memory

Parameters of memory installed: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated VRAM and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory type
DDR3/DDR4
 
no data
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 Connectors
No outputs
 
no 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

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX
12 (12_1)
 
DirectX 12_1
Shader Model
6.4
 
no data
OpenGL
4.6
 
no data
OpenCL
2.1
 
no data
Vulkan
1.1.103
 
-

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. 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 Plus Graphics 655 10.29
RX Vega 5 10.58 +2.8%

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.

Iris Plus Graphics 655 14714
RX Vega 5 18282 +24.2%

3DMark Fire Strike Score

Iris Plus Graphics 655 1839
RX Vega 5 2232 +21.4%

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 enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

Iris Plus Graphics 655 1959
RX Vega 5 2438 +24.5%

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.

Iris Plus Graphics 655 2947
RX Vega 5 3535 +20%

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.

Iris Plus Graphics 655 12093 +3.3%
RX Vega 5 11704

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.

Iris Plus Graphics 655 143400 +11.5%
RX Vega 5 128628

Gaming performance

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

Both graphics cards satisfy the 84% minimum and 71% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
84%
Recommended
71%
Minimum
84%
Recommended
71%

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

 
Iris Plus Graphics 655
RX Vega 5
1080p
 
24 +4.3%
23 −4.3%
1440p
 
15
no data
4K
 
18
no data

1920x1080
Medium Settings

Far Cry 5
 
11 −36.4%
 
15 +36.4%
Far Cry New Dawn
 
11
 
no data

Competitors of Radeon RX Vega 5 from NVIDIA

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon RX Vega 5 from NVIDIA is GeForce GT 750M SLI, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 3 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest NVIDIA rivals to Radeon RX Vega 5:

Advantages of Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655

We are unaware of any advantages of Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 over AMD Radeon RX Vega 5.

Advantages of AMD Radeon RX Vega 5

2.8% higher performance in benchmarks

Much newer (7 January 2020 vs 1 September 2017)

Cheaper ($287 vs $999)

More pipelines (320 vs 48)

Finer manufacturing process technology (7 vs 14 nm)

So, which one is the better GPU?

Technical City couldn't decide between Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 and AMD Radeon RX Vega 5. The differences in performance seem too small.

Should you still have questions concerning choice between the reviewed GPUs, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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