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post #1 of 9
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Hello all!

In searching for a new laptop lately it seems like I can't even find one that doesn't have the Intel HD Graphics 3000 embedded GPU... My nerd instincts tell me that embedded GPU = no no.... but they are so widespread and I'm really just curious. Has anyone had any experience playing games on the Intel GMA 3K? I wouldn't be doing anything heavy on it, just some really low end stuff... WoW, etc.

Thanks for opinions!

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Its pretty bad, not any better than the old integrated GPUs. AMD fusion mobile cpus should be out soon, those are almost as good as an independent card, not quite, but close. You can find a cheap independent gpu laptop on newegg, my bro just got a phenom 2 quad core and radeon 6K something independent for 550$
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The newest iteration, the HD Graphics 3000, isn't bad. It's probably the best IGP that Intel has put out to date. It can run older games with relative ease, but it often struggles with newer games. My sister has a Toshiba notebook equipped with one.

Don't get anything that isn't Sandy Bridge... all of the older chipsets are quite poor from a performance standpoint.
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it would do its job if you put it on low settings, medium might get tricky(on wow). if it fits your budget try to get a laptop with an nvidia gt520m/gt540m that supports optimus. keeps battery life pretty high and it does a way better job with gaming.
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Look for MSI laptops, they always have ATI Radeon gpu.

Never buy a laptop with intel gpu, they can't even beat the old 6600GT
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post #6 of 9
I have both the hd3k and a 6770 in my rig, and the amd software automatically switches between them when needed.

However, sometimes it will not switch.
The hd3k is good enough that in some games I won't even notice that I am using it.

That said, I have never played wow, so I can't really help you there, but it should be good for light gaming, as it is about equal to a desktop 5450.
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Intel HD Graphics have always been bad for gaming. I cant imagine the 3000 been any better.
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Bit_reaper;14354509 
Intel HD Graphics have always been bad for gaming. I cant imagine the 3000 been any better.

It is significantly better than the old HD graphics.
It is no match for low-midrange cards like the GT430 or HD6570 though.
The performance is comparable to an HD5450.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by edalbkrad;14354339 
Look for MSI laptops, they always have ATI Radeon gpu.

Never buy a laptop with intel gpu, they can't even beat the old 6600GT

Actually, they can. But the 6600GT is over seven years old, so beating something like that isn't precisely a neat feat.
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