How good is Intel Iris Pro?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by nph, Dec 1, 2016.

  1. nph, Dec 1, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2016

    nph macrumors 6502a

    Feb 9, 2005
    I have today an iMac 2011 with 6770 graphic card.
    Would a MBP or iMac with Intel Iris Pro be an upgrade or do I need to get a discrete graphic card to see an upgrade in capabilities?
    Also compared to the 370 which is in the 2015 MBP.

    I was really hopin the iMac 21 with retina would have a discrete graphic card but to my disappointment you can even BTO one. In the past you could so I wonder if that option will return or if it is gone forever.

  2. kschendel macrumors 6502a

    Dec 9, 2014
    What sort of GPU capabilities do you want improved? Computation, resolution, gaming frame-rate, ???

    At least one of the comparison sites turned up by a Google search lists the Iris Pro 5200/6200 as moderately slower than an HD 6770. Whether that's an accurate comparison, or relevant to your needs, I've no idea.
  3. iWombBanger, Dec 1, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2016

    iWombBanger macrumors member

    Jul 15, 2016
    All Intel GPUs are not really great. Might be a tad better/worse than the 6770. Gotta remember that the 6770 is also over 5 years old, but still capable of playing games. The 370 will kill the Intel GPU in (just about) everything.
  4. padams35 macrumors regular

    Nov 10, 2016
    The Iris Pro 6200 should offer a small boost over the 6770M in the 2011 21" iMac. I'm not sure if is enough of a jump to justify upgrading though.

    I think there is a good chance dGPU options will return. The 21" iMacs are usually better than entry level 15" MBPs, so since the new MBPs all have dGPUs the 2017 iMacs might also all have dGPUs.

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