Intel Ivy Bridge HD Graphics 4000 GPU: OpenGL 4 Tessellation Tested


Intel Ivy Bridge HD Graphics 4000 GPU: OpenGL 4 Tessellation Tested


The version 2729 of Intel HD Graphics driver has been released with OpenGL 4 support. It’s rather a big surprise even if it was somewhat foreseeable. So let’s see how the HD Graphics 4000 GPU (Ivy Bridge processor) handles the OpenGL 4 tessellation in the following tests: TessMark 0.3.0 and Unigine Heaven 2.1.

– Testbed for discrete graphics cards: Asus Z77
– Testbed for Ivy Bridge CPU/GPU: Gigabyte Z77


1 – TessMark: OpenGL 4 Tessellation Benchmark

Intel HD Graphics 4000, TessMark, OpenGL 4

TessMark works like a charm with the version 2719 of Intel HD Graphics driver. This is really a good start for next versions of the OpenGL 4 driver.

Settings: 1920×1080 fullscreen, map set 1, no postfx, no AA.

Tessellation level: moderate (X8)

– EVGA GeForce GTX 680, R301.24 (Win 7 64-bit)
65742 points, 1097 FPS
– MSI Radeon HD 7970, Cat 12.4 (Win 7 64-bit)
61961 points, 1032 FPS
– ATI Radeon HD 5770, Cat 12.4 (Win 7 64-bit)
23436 points, 391 FPS
– Intel Ivy Bridge Core i7 (2.2GHz), HD 4000, driver v8.15.10.2729 (Win 7 64-bit)
6337 points, 106 FPS,

Intel HD Graphics 4000, TessMark, OpenGL 4



Tessellation level: normal (X16)

– EVGA GeForce GTX 680, R301.24 (Win 7 64-bit)
46521 points, 776 FPS
– MSI Radeon HD 7970, Cat 12.4 (Win 7 64-bit)
38583 points, 643 FPS
– ATI Radeon HD 5770, Cat 12.4 (Win 7 64-bit)
10974 points, 183 FPS
– Intel Ivy Bridge Core i7 (2.2GHz), HD 4000, driver v8.15.10.2729 (Win 7 64-bit)
3300 points, 55 FPS,

Tessellation level: extreme (X32)

– EVGA GeForce GTX 680, R301.24 (Win 7 64-bit)
24641 points, 411 FPS
– MSI Radeon HD 7970, Cat 12.4 (Win 7 64-bit)
14802 points, 247 FPS
– ATI Radeon HD 5770, Cat 12.4 (Win 7 64-bit)
2885 points, 48 FPS
– Intel Ivy Bridge Core i7 (2.2GHz), HD 4000, driver v8.15.10.2729 (Win 7 64-bit)
1565 points, 26 FPS,

Tessellation level: extreme (X64)

– EVGA GeForce GTX 680, R301.24 (Win 7 64-bit)
10446 points, 174 FPS
– MSI Radeon HD 7970, Cat 12.4 (Win 7 64-bit)
4373 points, 73 FPS
– Intel Ivy Bridge Core i7 (2.2GHz), HD 4000, driver v8.15.10.2729 (Win 7 64-bit)
767 points, 13 FPS,
– ATI Radeon HD 5770, Cat 12.4 (Win 7 64-bit)
611 points, 11 FPS

Incredible! Ivy Bridge HD 4000 GPU is faster than the Radeon HD 5770 for high level of tessellation. This is a very nice result!





2 – Unigine Heaven: OpenGL 4 Benchmark

Unigine Heaven




Unigine Heaven is a Direct3D 11 and OpenGL 4 benchmark. So let’s test the OpenGL 4 version.

Settings: 1920×1080 fullscreen, tessellation: normal, shaders: high, AA: 4X MSAA, 16X anisotropic filtering.

– EVGA GeForce GTX 680, R301.24 (Win 7 64-bit)
1661 points, 65.9 FPS
– MSI Radeon HD 7970, Cat 12.4 (Win 7 64-bit)
1199 points, 47.6 FPS
– ATI Radeon HD 5770, Cat 12.4 (Win 7 64-bit)
351 points, 13.9 FPS
– Intel Ivy Bridge Core i7 (2.2GHz), HD 4000, driver v8.15.10.2729 (Win 7 64-bit)
108 points, 4.3 FPS,

Unigine Heaven, OpenGL 4, Intel Ivy Bridge HD Graphics 4000


5 thoughts on “Intel Ivy Bridge HD Graphics 4000 GPU: OpenGL 4 Tessellation Tested”

  1. Corwin

    yeah, prfectly. I have problems with my 560Ti, streaming textures, poor image quality, etc.

  2. fen

    I’ve installed the driver on my sandy bridge – HD 2000 – but GPU caps viewer still says it is only OpenGL 3.1.
    Another thing is that even simple demo “Simple mesh” does not work.
    I’ve returned to previous driver: 8.15.10.2712 (3-26-2012) – it is OpenGL 3.1, but somehow GLSL 330 can be used!

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