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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Iris i7 5950HQ GeForce GT 445M v2
Cyberpunk 2077 465% 707%
Hitman 3 635% 950%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 417% 638%
Resident Evil 8 465% 707%
FIFA 21 185% 307%
Grand Theft Auto VI 695% 1036%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 400% 614%
The Medium 605% 907%
Genshin Impact 465% 707%
Far Cry 6 718% 1068%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Intel Iris i7 5950HQ are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GT 445M v2.

The GT 445M has a 270 MHz higher core clock speed and 16 more Texture Mapping Units than the Iris i7 5950HQ. This results in the GT 445M providing 11.3 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GT 445M has a 270 MHz higher core clock speed and 14 more Render Output Units than the Iris i7 5950HQ. This results in the GT 445M providing 8.5 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The Iris i7 5950HQ was released over three years more recently than the GT 445M, and so the Iris i7 5950HQ is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the GT 445M when running the latest games.

The GT 445M has 896 MB more video memory than the Iris i7 5950HQ, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GT 445M also has superior memory performance overall.

The GT 445M has 10.1 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Iris i7 5950HQ, which means that the memory performance of the GT 445M is slightly better than the Iris i7 5950HQ.

The Iris i7 5950HQ has 48 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GT 445M v2 has 144. However, the actual shader performance of the Iris i7 5950HQ is 442 and the actual shader performance of the GT 445M is 164. The Iris i7 5950HQ having 278 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the GT 445M performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The Iris i7 5950HQ transistor size technology is 26 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GT 445M. This means that the Iris i7 5950HQ is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GT 445M.

The Iris i7 5950HQ requires 47 Watts to run and the GeForce GT 445M v2 requires 35 Watts. The Iris i7 5950HQ requires 12 Watts more than the GT 445M to run. The difference is not significant enough for the Iris i7 5950HQ to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GT 445M.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed300 MHzvs570 MHz
Boost Clock1150 MHzvs-
ArchitectureBroadwell GT3-EFermi GF106-N11E-GE-A1
OC Potential None vs Fair
Driver Support Ok vs Poor
Release Date02 Jun 2015vs03 Sep 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

MemoryN/Avs1024 MB
Memory Speed933 MHzvs625 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth29.9GB/secvs40GB/sec
L2 Cache 1024 KB green tick vs 384 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units48vs144
Actual Shader Performance21%vs8%
Texture Mapping Units8vs24
Texture Rate2.4 GTexel/svs13.7 GTexel/s
Render Output Units2vs16
Pixel Rate0.6 GPixel/svs9.1 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2304vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs1
HDMI Connections0vs1
DisplayPort Connections0vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power47 Wattsvs35 Watts
Recommended PSU--

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUyesyes

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-5950HQ 4-Core 2.9GHzvsIntel Core i5-540M 2.53GHz
Recommended RAM4 GBvs4 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768vs1600x900

Gaming Performance Value

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Intel Iris i7 5950HQ is the Specific Version of Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200 Mobile that is Integrated in the Core i7-5950HQ Processor.

The Broadwell Architecture Succeeds the Haswell Architecture and offers Faster & More Efficient Integrated Graphics. Additionally, it also offers better Decoding Performance, when compared to its Predecessors.
The GPU Codenamed GT3-U offers 48 Shader Processing Units, 8 TMUs and 2 ROPs.

The Central Unit Initially Runs at 300MHz and goes up to 1150MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory: Speed
The Operating Memory Clock depends at which speed the System's RAM is running and which Memory Type is installed and is ultimately limited by the highest operating speed that the Processor supports. In this case, it is 933MHz.
Depending on whether or not the System's RAM is Dual-Channeled, it can access either a 64-bit or 128-bit Memory Interface.
An addition to the Iris Graphics is the access to a L4 Cache of 128MB eDRAM which further increases the Memory Performance.

Memory: Frame Buffer
The GPU Shares the System's RAM which varies according to the System. The GPU may reserve up to 2GB.

Because Performance depends heavily on the Memory Bandwidth, it may vary heavily from System to System.
Best Case Scenario, expect Performance Identical to a dedicated GeForce 940M.

System Suggestions
Intel Iris i7 5950HQ is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1366x768. We recommend 4GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
GeForce GT 445M v2 is a Fast-Middle-Class Mobile Graphics Card based on the first revision of the Fermi Architecture.

The Fermi Architecture is manufactured with a 40nm technology and uses a technique known as Hot Clocking: The Shaders are clocked twice as fast as the Central Unit. While this leads to a reasonable performance boost, it causes enormous amounts of energy dissipation, leading, ultimately, to a significantly higher operating temperature.
Fermi is also the first GPU architecture with fully cached memory access which increases memory performance.

It equips a GPU Codenamed GF106-N11E-GE-A1 which has 3 Stream Multiprocessors activated and thus offers 144 Shader Processing Units, 24 TMUs and 16 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 570MHz.

The GPU accesses a 1GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 128-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 625MHz.

DirectX 11.0 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for Optimus, 3D Vision Surround, PhysX, Realtime Raytracing and other technologies

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 35W, it is suited for 15" or larger laptops.

Gaming benchmarks put its performance almost on level with the desktop GeForce GT 450 v4.

System Suggestions
We recommend a decent processor (Intel Core i5 Mobile) and 4GB of RAM for a system with GeForce GT 445M v2.
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