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Windows 7: Game Playability on Intel HD Graphics

15 Apr 2011   #11
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

This should help give an idea as to what it is like in games (different make laptop with the same CPU/GPU combo),

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator HD - Notebookcheck.net Tech

As for the memory Intel uses what they call "Dynamic Video Memory Technology",

Dynamic video memory technology - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

which will use system memory starting at a base amount and up to a set amount based on total system memory. Be nice if they updated it to include the new i3/i5/i7 CPU's with the integrated graphics, but you can get a better idea if interested from some of the whitepapers here,

Graphics — Dynamic Video Memory Technology (DVMT) - How much video memory do I have?


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15 Apr 2011   #12
biggles1000

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Yeah, they aren't bad specs. You should be able to play games from around 2008 seamlessly, probably the sims 3 so some 2009 ones. For example, saints row 2 will probably run (dependent on shaders, you may want to find out what pixel shader support it has as that would be crucial for most modern games) but Mafia 2 may be a bit slow/need lower settings.
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16 Apr 2011   #13
Scouser

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by biggles1000 View Post
Yeah, they aren't bad specs. You should be able to play games from around 2008 seamlessly, probably the sims 3 so some 2009 ones. For example, saints row 2 will probably run (dependent on shaders, you may want to find out what pixel shader support it has as that would be crucial for most modern games) but Mafia 2 may be a bit slow/need lower settings.
Yeah, however, I'm slightly worried about running the World of Warcraft expansions as I dunno if they are too detailed for the GPU.
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16 Apr 2011   #14
biggles1000

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

ah. According to this: Tom's Hardware US (which I think is a similar-ish one) you will need to run it on very low settings with a low resolution, so much so that 'the experience would not be enjoyable'. Some answers sites say that it should run, but the graphics won't be great. If you intend to mainly game on this laptop, I would recommend you consider replacing it (which would be a pity).
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16 Apr 2011   #15
Scouser

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by biggles1000 View Post
ah. According to this: Tom's Hardware US (which I think is a similar-ish one) you will need to run it on very low settings with a low resolution, so much so that 'the experience would not be enjoyable'. Some answers sites say that it should run, but the graphics won't be great. If you intend to mainly game on this laptop, I would recommend you consider replacing it (which would be a pity).
Yeah, I actually just ran the game, and I can deal with it being on low. However, there are times when the pointer becomes unresponsive. I wonder whether it's because of just how the game is designed or because my GPU can't handle the cursor moving while the character is turning.

Anyways, one question. I have been looking at a replacement, would you guys say it is prudent for me to get Newegg.com - ASUS K52 Series K52JE-XN1 NoteBook Intel Pentium dual-core P6100(2.00GHz) 15.6" 4GB Memory 320GB HDD 5400rpm DVD Super Multi ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470 and return this one? I dunno if losing CPU power for more GPU power is worth it. Moreover, the screen doesn't seem to be HD.
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16 Apr 2011   #16
biggles1000

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

yeah, thats a tough one. stepping down from an i5 to a pentium would be a major loss, but an ATI crad would be perfect for your needs. also (in my opinion) Asus are better quality than HP. Which do you think is the 'better of two evils', would you rather possibly better graphics, or better, say, multi tasking. i guess a pentium wouldn't be too bad, as it is dual core.
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16 Apr 2011   #17
Scouser

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by biggles1000 View Post
yeah, thats a tough one. stepping down from an i5 to a pentium would be a major loss, but an ATI crad would be perfect for your needs. also (in my opinion) Asus are better quality than HP. Which do you think is the 'better of two evils', would you rather possibly better graphics, or better, say, multi tasking. i guess a pentium wouldn't be too bad, as it is dual core.
well, im not running an i5, im running an i3. Just as a point of reference, would say the pentium be comparable to HP Pavilion dv6871us Entertainment Specs (Core 2 Duo T5550 1.83 GHz, 15.4" TFT) - Laptops - CNET Reviews ?

Sorry for being annoying
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16 Apr 2011   #18
biggles1000

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

A pentium dual core would be the worse of the two as pentiums weren't originally designed to ever be dual core. however, the core 2 duo is slightly slower.
it's an HP, which isn't too good
no, you're not being annoying. i find it dull when there are no subscribed threads to answer to, and I enjoy trying to help people
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16 Apr 2011   #19
Scouser

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by biggles1000 View Post
A pentium dual core would be the worse of the two as pentiums weren't originally designed to ever be dual core. however, the core 2 duo is slightly slower.
it's an HP, which isn't too good
no, you're not being annoying. i find it dull when there are no subscribed threads to answer to, and I enjoy trying to help people
Do you think 512 MB of vRAM is a good enough benefit for giving away computing power? I've looked at the tests for specific games, like it doesn't blow the intel hd graphics out of the water?
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16 Apr 2011   #20
biggles1000

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Since it has dedicated video RAM and blizzard say the recommended is 256MB, it should play it better than your current laptop.
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