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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Intel HD Graphics Desktop (Sandy Bridge) HD i5 2500K
Red Dead Redemption 2 3363% 4047%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3363% 4047%
Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip 3136% 3776%
Cyberpunk 2077 4657% 5598%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 4657% 5598%
Borderlands 3 3557% 4280%
FIFA 20 1745% 2109%
The Outer Worlds 3072% 3698%
eFootball PES 2020 2262% 2729%
Ghost Recon Breakpoint 5143% 6179%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Intel HD Graphics Desktop (Sandy Bridge) are noticeably better than the Intel HD i5 2500K.

The Graphics Desktop was released less than a year after the HD i5 2500K, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

Both GPUs exhibit very poor performance, so rather than upgrading from one to the other you should consider looking at more powerful GPUs. Neither of these will be able to run the latest games in any playable way.

Neither the Graphics Desktop nor the HD i5 2500K have an entry for video memory, so the two GPUs cannot be compared in this area.

The Graphics Desktop has 6 Shader Processing Units but the HD i5 2500K does not have an entry, so the two GPUs cannot be reliably compared in this area.

The HD Graphics Desktop (Sandy Bridge) requires 65 Watts to run and the HD i5 2500K requires 95 Watts. The HD i5 2500K requires 30 Watts more than the Graphics Desktop to run. The difference is not significant enough for the HD i5 2500K to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the Graphics Desktop.

GPU Architecture

Core Speed850 MHzvs850 MHz
Boost Clock1300 MHzvs-
ArchitectureSandy BridgeSandy Bridge
OC Potential None vs None
Driver Support - vs -
Release Date01 May 2011vs30 Mar 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

GPU Memory

Memory Speed800 MHzvs667 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs64 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsDDR3
Memory Bandwidth25.6GB/secvs10.7GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB green tick vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units6vs-
Actual Shader Performance1%vs-
Texture Mapping Units1vs-
Texture Rate0.9 GTexel/svs-
Render Output Units1vs-
Pixel Rate0.9 GPixel/svs-

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)-vs-
VGA Connections0vs-
DVI Connections0vs-
HDMI Connections0vs-
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power65 Wattsvs95 Watts
Recommended PSU--

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs4.1
Open GL4.0vs3.1
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor--
Recommended RAM4 GB-
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768-

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewIntel HD Graphics Desktop (Sandy Bridge) are integrated graphics in the budget Celeron and Pentium Sandy Bridge Desktop processors.
Their performance depends on the processor they are integrated on, as the latter defines the Base and Boost Clock, as well as on the SYSTEM RAM, which defines the operating memory clock, and whether the GPU accesses a 64-bit or 128-bit memory interface.
More details to be added soon.
HD i5 2500K is specific version of Intel HD 3000 graphics that is built into the 'Intel Core i5 2500K' processor. You can only play most of the latest games like Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Saints Row The Third, Battlefield 3, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on the lowest settings, but you might experience a small lag. Less demanding games will run from medium to high settings.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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