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The Quadro NVS 4200M/GT 520M is a surprisingly capable chip.

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My Thinkpad T420 came in the mail yesterday, and I tried a handful of games on the Quadro NVS 4200M (consumer version is GT 520M). It has a 64-bit memory bus, 1GB of DDR3 memory, and 48 CUDA cores. The results are pretty good:

1. Dragon Age: Origins

Resolution: 1600x900
Settings: Highest settings, no AA
Average FPS: 20-25

2. Battlefield: Bad Company 2

Resolution: 1600x900
Settings: Lowest settings, no AA, no AF
Average FPS: 20

3. Half-Life 2

Resolution: 1600x900
Settings: Highest settings, no AA, 16xAF
Average FPS: 55 (can fluctuate depending on the map)

I am glad I picked the NVS 4200M and skipped the Intel integrated solution. Though the NVS 4200M is only 20% faster than the integrated solution on average, the minimum framerates are already so low that 20% is often a significant boost in most games.
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There are some really good integrated GPUs on some laptops.

I used to have a Radeon 9000 in my Dell D610 which ran most games at the time. I've also got a X1270 in my Dell D631 which does okay for the most part.

The Quadro's are good for games though even though they are more designed for the workstation/3D Modelling market.
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The HD 3000 is actually pretty solid, but I was looking for better minimum framerates and better driver support, so I opted for a discrete chip.

I hear AMD's new Fusion APUs sport some really good integrated solutions.
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You know... my 2500k got the same fps and settings as you on BFBC2... before i had my GPU (so the HD3000)... In any case, BFBC2 seems to be more CPU dependent (although with these two gpus, i don't think the CPU difference will help much)
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So the 4200M is definitely better than the intel HD 3000? (Shouldn't it be a lot better since it has a gig of dedicated memory) Will it be in the long run? I was wondering because the drivers and stuff that release for it won't be gaming oriented and this might lead to a fall in performance later...compared to the 3000. I need to buy a new light laptop for college, and my dad is leaning towards thinkpads. The t420s is pretty much my only option...unless you know of another light laptop with a better graphics card (No alienware).

Thanks !
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The NVS 4200 offers a 20% performance boost over the integrated graphics and better driver support. Considering the low framerates, this is a major boost. I would recommend it if you plan to game.

I have a Thinkpad T420 myself.
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what overclock options do i have for the nvs 4200m? I have the optimus version that switches between the hd3000 and the quadro nvs 4200m and it really preforms like crap in deus ex hr.
    
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