Seeing the gen-over-gen improvement shows how much effort Intel put into improving their GPU architecture, particularly the Meteor Lake Arc graphics jump.

A notable enhancement brought about by Intel’s Meteor Lake launch is the significant increase in integrated graphics power and efficiency. This may be the first time Intel has beaten AMD in integrated graphics, since the Arc graphics inside the newest Intel CPU can outperform the rival Radeon 780M iGPU.

In light of this, how much is Intel’s Meteor Lake integrated graphics system an upgrade over earlier models? In order to provide an answer, Phoronix collected and released a set of iGPU benchmarks for five different generations of Intel laptop CPUs. Like their previous iGPU testing and on-launch Meteor Lake Linux CPU testing, all testing was done in Linux.

The GPU testing being discussed here isn’t quite as thorough as that prior 370 CPU benchmark run, but still varied enough to paint a clear picture of Intel iGPU evolution from late 2018 to late 2023.

Below, we’ll be including two key graphics from Phoronix’s testing: one for power consumption from each CPU during testing, and another providing the geomean average of all test results combined for each CPU. Afterward, we’ll discuss some of the specific games and synthetic benchmarks used, with full results available at the original source if they’re needed.

Intel Meteor Lake CPUs' Integrated Graphics are 33 Percent Faster Than Prior Gen, Linux Benchmarks Show

First, the main benchmarking results show some truly impressive generational gains from Intel. 

This is actually Intel’s biggest iGPU jump in quite some time, and the combined test results of games and staple 3D benchmarks help paint a clear picture of that difference. Overall, the Core Ultra 7 155H‘s Arc graphics are 33% faster than the Core i7 1280P’s on average. Compared to the old Core i7 8565U, it’s more than quintupled.

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