Do All CPUs Have Integrated Graphics Card?

If you do not want to go through the hassle of reading the entire article, then then the short and simple answer to the question “Do all CPUs have integrated graphics cards?” is a no.

Both Intel and AMD have CPU series that do and do NOT feature an integrated graphics card. The best way to know this is through the suffixes the CPU models use.

With Intel, CPUs with the “F” suffix DO NOT feature an integrated graphics cards. Whereas with AMD, only the CPUs with “G” suffix feature an integrated graphics card.

Perhaps the best way to check if your CPU has an integrated graphics card or not is to look up its technical data sheet online.

However, by the end of this article, you should have a very clear idea regarding which CPUs DO and DO NOT feature an integrated graphics card.

The Importance of Integrated Graphics Card

Integrated graphics cards have distinct but critical uses on desktops and laptops.

Critical for Motherboard I/O Ports on Desktop

On Desktops, the integrated graphics cards play the critical role of powering up the video output ports located on the back I/O panel of your motherboard.

Do Motherboards have Integrated Graphics
The back I/O ports on this board are powered by the iGPU as the motherboard itself does not have any graphics processing chip. Image: Asrock AMD A320M-HDV R4.0.

This is a very important concept to understand. If you DO NOT have a CPU with an integrated graphics cards, then the motherboard’s video output ports will NOT work.

As such, in order to have a video output display for your PC, you will then have to procure a dedicated graphics card for your desktop PC.

Motherboards do not have onboard graphics processing chips and hence, they rely on the CPU integrated graphics card to powerup the video output ports.

I have an in-depth article on this: Do Motherboards Have Integrated Graphics?

On Laptops Integrated Graphics Cards Conserve Battery

As a rule of thumb, all laptop based CPUs DO feature an integrated graphics card.

On certain high end laptops, such as gaming and designing laptops, you may find a laptop with a dedicated graphics card as well.

On such laptops, the integrated graphics card is used for conserving battery in the sense that when a laptop is performing a strenuous task like gaming or designing, the power demanding dedicated graphics card takes the helm.

However, when working on low demanding tasks, the iGPU kicks in to conserve battery.

Also Read: Do I Need Integrated Graphics?

So Do All CPUs Have Integrated Graphics Card?

When talking about desktop-based CPUs then no. Not all CPUs come with an integrated graphics card.

Again if your CPU DOES NOT feature an iGPU, then your motherboard’s built in video output ports will not.

Let us look at Intel and AMD CPU line ups separately.

Intel CPUs With and Without Integrated Graphics Card

With Intel, most of their desktop-based CPUs DO feature an integrated graphics card.

To understand if your particularly Intel CPU does or does not have an integrated GPU, is to look at its model name and understand the naming convention Intel uses. 

Basically, all Intel models EXCEPT for those with the “F” suffix LACK an integrated graphics card. 

As such, Intel Core i7-12700F, Core i7-12700KF, Core i5-10400LACK and integrated graphics card.

The following table further explains the Intel naming conventions better.

do all cpus have integrated graphics
Intel Naming Convention. Source: Intel

Take note of the “F” suffix. It says that it “requires a discrete graphics”. Which is basically telling you that you will need to buy a separate standalone graphics card for video output as the CPU itself does not have graphics processing capability (Note: discrete and dedicated graphics are the same thing).

Also Read: How to Check What Integrated Graphics Do I Have?

AMD CPUs With and Without Integrated Graphics Card

With AMD desktop-based CPUs, things get a bit interesting.

With AMD desktop CPUs, only the CPU with “G” suffix DO feature an integrated graphics card.

The rest of the CPU such as those with no suffix, X suffix, or XT suffix LACK an integrated graphics. 

The following table shows the AMD Desktop-CPUs that DO feature an integrated graphics card and the iGPU model. 

SeriesCPUiGPU
Ryzen 2000
Series
Ryzen 3 2200GRX Vega 8
(2000 Series)
Ryzen 5 3400GRX Vega 11
(2000 Series)
Ryzen 3000
Series
Ryzen 3 3200GRX Vega 8
(3000 Series)
Ryzen 5 3400GRX Vega 11
(3000 Series)
Ryzen 3000
Series
Ryzen 3 4300RX Vega 6
(4000 Series)
Ryzen 3 4350RX Vega 6
(4000 Series)
Ryzen 5 4600GRX Vega 7
(4000 Series)
Ryzen 5 4650GRX Vega 7
(4000 Series)
Ryzen 7 4700GRX Vega 8
(4000 Series)
Ryzen 7 4750GRX Vega 8
(4000 Series)
Ryzen 5000
Series
Ryzen 3 5300GRX Vega 6
(5000 Series)
Ryzen 5 5600GRX Vega 7
(5000 Series)
Ryzen 7 5700GRX Vega 8
(5000 Series)

Note that while the AMD iGPU may share the same name across different generations, they are not the same in terms of performance. An RX Vega 7 found on AMD 5000 series CPUs is far more powerful compared to that on the AMD 2000 series CPUs.

AMD’s iGPUs are generally more powerful compared to Intel iGPUs. Read in Detail: Does Ryzen Have Integrated Graphics?

AMD’s CPU with iGPU are Weaker Than Their Non-GPU Counterparts

With Intel, things are bit a uniform. An Intel CPU without an iGPU has more or less the same CPU PROCESSING power as compared to its counterpart CPU with an integrated graphics.

Take for instance, the Intel Core i7-12700F (without iGPU) and Intel Core i7-12700 (with iGPU). They score 31,869 and 31,512 respectively on Passmark Benchmark. As such, as far as CPU performance goes, they are more or less the same.

With AMD, however, that is NOT the case.

AMD’s CPUs with an integrated graphics cards are weaker as compared to their non-iGPU counterparts when looking at sheer CPU performance.

The following graph shows the Passmark scores of AMD CPUs with and without iGPUs.

Does Ryzen Have Integrated Graphics
CPU Passmark

You can see here that in a given series and generation, AMD CPUs WITHOUT iGPU i.e those with X suffix or no suffix, perform far better as compared to those WITH an iGPU i.e those with “G” suffix.

Also Read: Can You Replace an Integrated Graphics Card?

FAQ

Does Intel Core i5 Have Integrated Graphics?

Most Intel Core i5 models DO feature an integrated graphics. Only the Intel Core i5 with the “F” suffix DO NOT feature an integrated graphics. These include:

  • Intel Core i5-12600KF
  • Intel Core i5-12400F
  • Intel Core i5-11600KF
  • Intel Core i5-11400F
  • Intel Core i5-10600KF
  • Intel Core i5-10400F

Does Ryzen 7 3700X Have Integrated Graphics?

No, Ryzen 7 3700X DOES NOT have an integrated graphics card.

Does Ryzen 7 5800X Have Integrated Graphics?

No, Ryzen 7 5800X DOES NOT have an integrated graphics card.

Does AMD Ryzen 9 Have an Integrated Graphics?

None of the desktop based Ryzen 9 CPUs feature an integrated graphics cards.

Laptop based Ryzen 9 CPUs DO have an integrated graphics card.

Do Motherboards Have Integrated Graphics?

No, motherboard do not have an onboard graphics processing chip built-in. They use the CPU’s integrated graphics card to power up the video output ports located on the back I/O panel.

Also Read: Do Motherboards Have Integrated Graphics?

Final Words

TL:DR; the answer to the question “do all CPUs have integrated graphics card?” is a no. 

While all laptop based CPUs DO come with an integrated graphics card, the same is not true for desktops.

Also Read: Why Do Laptops have Two Graphics Cards?

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Atif Qazi
Atif Qazi is the founder of PCGuide101. He is a digital nomad who loves everything PC. He is a PC builder, tech enthusiast, engineer, and a lover of single player lore-rich RPG games.

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