Originally Posted by Dimaggio1103
It was close to stock. 3.2GHz. I will do both after I bench BF3 later tonight.
Are you saying that your Intel HD 2000 iGP is comparable? there is no way you are playing 2v2 with a 200/200 battle and getting playable frame rates at the same graphic settings. No offense but HD 2000 pails in comparison to a 6550d not even their new 4000 igp can match it. So how bout running a benchmark for us to compare igp's. run Unigen Heaven 3.0 and post results? Would be really beneficial in this thread I think.
I'm saying I'm playing 2v2 with a 200/200 battle and I'm getting zero slowdown with custom graphics settings. I bumped textures up to ultra, turned terrain up to ultra, turned reflections on, put post-processing at medium, set physics to ultra, and model quality to high (top setting). It's only shaders & the associated settings that absolutely destroys the HD2000. As a result, shaders, lighting, shadows, and effects are set to lowest because in that respect the HD 2000 just can't cut it.
I'm not saying HD 2000 is anywhere near as good as an APU's graphics. An APU should be able to set pretty much every SC2 graphics setting to ultra. But like I said, SC2 can be run on a gpu drawn on a napkin if you don't want to max graphics settings. And if you want to max them, it requires 6670, maybe 6770 -equivalent graphics. It's a CPU-limited game, and can only use 2 cores. Hence the g850, a relatively fast pure dual core, is uniquely suited to it. One would expect even before benchmarking that I'd get better fps than you in late-game scenarios. And I do. It's just the nature of the processors. Of course a game like BF3 wouldn't be playable at any settings on my computer.
Some games just require different hardware than others. SC2, in general, doesn't give a crap what GPU you have, it only cares about the CPU. Similarly, a intel HD 2000 unique heaven benchmark would be moronic. You can just google search the result and see that is vastly inferior to the AMD integrated graphics. But that means precisely nothing for a game like SC2.