Gaming With Xe On The Intel i9-11900K
It’s Still Intel UHD Graphics 750 Even By Any Other Name
The FPS review is revisiting Intel’s new Core i9-11900K, this time without a GPU installed in the system to give a better idea what you can expect when gaming with Xe. This iGPU contains 32 execution units and can boost up to 1300MHz, with support for DX12.1, Vulkan, OpenCL 3.0, and OpenGL 4.5 as well as Intel QuickSync. We won’t know what performance the eight graphics cores running at 2000 MHz on the newly announced Ryzen 7 5700G will offer but after reading this review you will know what AMD has to beat.
The FPS Review covers all of the settings you can adjust in the current driver version, including a Smart VSYNC option to reduce tearing on non-adaptive sync monitors, but don’t expect an iGPU to push the adaptive sync monitors with high refresh rates. The performance difference between UHD 750 and the previous UHD 630 is impressive, in just about every game tested the UHD 750 beats the previous model by 50% or more.
It is more than possible to game on Xe, newer titles such as Far Cry 5, Wolfenstein Youngblood, and Assassins Creed Valhalla are playable at 720p, with normal or low graphics settings depending on the specific game. When looking at older games such as GTA V, you can actually play at 1080p with normal settings or boost the quality to high at 720p.
For the most part 1080p gaming is still out of the reach of both AMD and Intel’s integrated GPUs but we are getting much closer.
When it comes to gaming performance, however, we tested both CPUs linked above with a dedicated video card, the GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition. The goal of those reviews was to look specifically at how the CPU itself affected game performance. However, there is another aspect to Intel desktop CPUs, and that is its Intel Integrated Graphics.