The short and simple answer to the question, “Do all CPUs have integrated graphics cards?” is a NO.
Intel and AMD have CPU series that do not feature an integrated graphics card. The best way to know this is through the CPU models’ suffixes.
With Intel, CPUs with the “F” suffix DO NOT feature integrated graphics cards. Whereas with AMD, only the CPUs with the “G” suffix feature an integrated graphics card.
The best way to check whether your CPU has an integrated graphics card is to look up its technical data sheet online.
However, by the end of this article, you should have a clear idea regarding which CPUs DO and DO NOT feature an integrated graphics card.
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The Importance of Integrated Graphics Cards
Integrated graphics cards have different 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 fundamental concept to understand. If you DO NOT have a CPU with integrated graphics cards, then the motherboard’s video output ports will NOT work.
To have a video output display for your PC, you must procure a dedicated graphics card for your desktop PC.
Motherboards do not have onboard graphics processing chips; hence, they rely on the CPU-integrated graphics card to power up 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.
You may find a laptop with a dedicated graphics card on particular high-end laptops, such as gaming and designing laptops.
On such laptops, the integrated graphics card is used for conserving battery. When a laptop performs a strenuous task like gaming or designing, the power-demanding dedicated graphics card takes the helm.
However, the iGPU kicks in to conserve battery when working on low-demanding tasks.
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So Do All CPUs Have Integrated Graphics Cards?
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 lineups separately.
Intel CPUs With and Without Integrated Graphics Cards
With Intel, most of their desktop-based CPUs DO feature an integrated graphics card.
To understand if your particular Intel CPU does or does not have an integrated GPU is to look at its model name and understand the naming convention Intel uses.
All Intel models, except those with the “F” suffix LACK, have an integrated graphics card.
As such, Intel Core i7-12700F, Core i7-12700KF, and Core i5-10400F LACK integrated graphics cards.
The following table further explains the Intel naming conventions better.
Take note of the “F” suffix. It says that it “requires discrete graphics.” This tells you that you must buy a separate standalone graphics card for video output as the CPU does not have graphics processing capability (Note: discrete and dedicated graphics are the same thing).
AMD CPUs With and Without Integrated Graphics Cards
With AMD desktop-based CPUs, things get interesting.
With AMD desktop CPUs, only the CPU with the “G” suffix DO features an integrated graphics card.
The rest of the CPU lacks integrated graphics, such as those with no suffix, X suffix, or XT suffix.
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
While the AMD iGPU may share the same name across different generations, they are not the same in performance. An RX Vega 7 found on AMD 5000 series CPUs is far more powerful than 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 CPUs with iGPU are Weaker Than Their Non-GPU Counterparts
With Intel, things are uniform. An Intel CPU without an iGPU has more or less the same CPU PROCESSING power compared to its counterpart CPU with integrated graphics.
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. Regarding CPU performance, they are more or less the same.
With AMD, however, that is different.
Regarding CPU performance, AMD’s CPUs with integrated graphics cards are weaker than their non-iGPU counterparts.
The following graph shows the Passmark scores of AMD CPUs with and without GPUs.
You can see here that in a given series and generation, AMD CPUs WITHOUT iGPU, i.e., those with the X suffix or no suffix, perform far better than those WITH an iGPU, i.e., those with the “G” suffix.
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Frequently Asked Questions
1. Does the Intel Core i5 Have Integrated Graphics?
Most Intel Core i5 models DO feature integrated graphics. Only the Intel Core i5 with the “F” suffix does not feature 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
2. Does the Ryzen 7 3700X Have Integrated Graphics?
No, the Ryzen 7 3700X DOES NOT have an integrated graphics card.
3. Does the Ryzen 7 5800X Have Integrated Graphics?
No, the Ryzen 7 5800X DOES NOT have an integrated graphics card.
4. Does AMD Ryzen 9 Have Integrated Graphics?
None of the desktop-based Ryzen 9 CPUs feature integrated graphics cards.
Laptop-based Ryzen 9 CPUs DO have an integrated graphics card.
5. Do Motherboards Have Integrated Graphics?
No, the motherboard does not have an onboard graphics processing chip built-in. They use the CPU’s integrated graphics card to power up the video output ports 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 valid for desktops.
Also Read: Why Do Laptops Have Two Graphics Cards?