Playing Genshin Impact on the Intel HD 520 and 620

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  • Playable on lower settings

  • lock 30FPS @ 720p

  • Not suited for Competitive gameplay  

Genshin Impact on Intel HD 520 and 620

Genshin Impact exploded in popularity in 2020 shortly after its release 2020. Developed and published by MIhyu a Chinese company, this open world action adventure fantasy is available on a long list of devices including: Andriod, IOS, PC, PS4 and PS5. This action adventure fantasy explorer features a stunning visuals thanks to it’s anime style graphics that is reminiscence of Fortnite, but only better.

Genshin impact luckly isn’t a particularly difficult game to run, given the developer’s decision to go with a cartoonish visuals as against a more detailed and higher fidelity render, which would have made the game less accessible  to more people, uping the minimum requirement to only mid range dedicated graphic cards from Nvidia and AMD. 

    The Intel HD 520 and 620 are integrated graphics processing Unit located on the CPU die. The Intel HD 520/620 isn’t what you can call exactly powerful. With very little processing power and literally no dedicated VRAM, it is lacking in most area’s when it comes to gaming, however, with genshin impact, it manages to deliver an acceptable gaming experience perform.

     The Intel HD 520 and 620 were combined in this post because of their similarity in both architecture and performance, although their various performance figures are given below.

Settings/Configuration on Genshin Impact

Here is the minimum requirement to play Genshin Impact on pc, gotten from the developers website

  • Operating System: Windows 7 SP1 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, or Windows 10 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 or equivalent
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 1030 and higher or AMD Radeon™ R7 260X and higher
  • DirectX Version: 11
  • Storage: At least 30 GB of free space
However, despite the mention of the Nvidia 1030 in the minimum requirement. Since we are aiming for a lower resolution setting, that can be disregarded. 

NOTE: The 8GB minimum RAM should be running in dual channel, as running a GPU intensive task on any Integrated graphics with only one stick of RAM could easily tank the performance by even up to halp.

The game was benched mark with the following settings

Genshin Impact Performance on the Intel HD 520/ 620

On the lowest settings at 720, the game hovered between 55 – 32 on both Integrated graphics,

Genshin Impact performance on Intel HD 620

Genshin Impact is indeed playable on both the Intel HD 520 and intel HD 620. A locked 30 FPS performance can be had on either of these integrated graphics, although the framerate does spike considerably, from the high 50’s to the low 30’s. This is possibly a result of on screen objects needed to be rendered, as the framerate remain considerably high when exploring the environment, given that there isn’t any complex details to render without any other high detail characters or enemys being on screen or display. However, the moment enemies appear on screen, giving the intel HD more to process, the framerate immediately plummets. This frame spikes make the game feel completely inconsistent and stuttery. Capping the framerate to just 30 FPS is highly advised as it’s although it will give an overall lower framerate, it will make that up in the fluid consistency it will give.

Valorant on Intel HD 520: Genshin Impact is playable on the Intel HD 520 with the following benchmarks figures

  • Framerate range 52 – 30
  • Average FPS: 36
  • VRAM Usage: 1164MB
  • RAM Usage: 7639

Valorant on Intel HD 620: Genshin Impact is playable on the Intel HD 620 with the following benchmarks figures

  • Framerate range 55 – 33
  • Average FPS: 38
  • VRAM Usage: 1231MB
  • RAM Usage: 7721
Both the Intel HD 520 and 620 can play Genshin Impact as long as one’s expectations are kept in check, a locked 30 FPS on low settings is the sweet spot. Any dreams of competitve gameplay on either of these integrated graphics will leave one very disappoined, 60 FPS or higher are simply no feasible on any sane settings or resolution. 
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