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.
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.
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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 i5-10400F LACK and integrated graphics card.
The following table further explains the Intel naming conventions better.
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).
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.
|Ryzen 2000 |
|Ryzen 3 2200G||RX Vega 8
|Ryzen 5 3400G||RX Vega 11
|Ryzen 3000 |
|Ryzen 3 3200G||RX Vega 8
|Ryzen 5 3400G||RX Vega 11
|Ryzen 3000 |
|Ryzen 3 4300||RX Vega 6
|Ryzen 3 4350||RX Vega 6
|Ryzen 5 4600G||RX Vega 7
|Ryzen 5 4650G||RX Vega 7
|Ryzen 7 4700G||RX Vega 8
|Ryzen 7 4750G||RX Vega 8
|Ryzen 5000 |
|Ryzen 3 5300G||RX Vega 6
|Ryzen 5 5600G||RX Vega 7
|Ryzen 7 5700G||RX Vega 8
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.
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.
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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?
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.
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