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I read an article that shows how to find how fast a GPU is. It said that the first digit refers to the generation and the second number refers to the target use (as in 1-9 for barebones graphics to heavy gaming). I have a motherboard with Radeon HD 3000 integrated graphics. It does not have any more information about the exact model number. Do integrated graphics generally have a specific model number (e.g., 3420), or is that just for discrete GPUs?
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Can you link me to this article? (When comparing the same "brand" of video card...) The first number is the generation, and the higher the number the more powerful the card is a very general rule. Their is no set in stone rule that this number is good for gaming, or this number is always slower, or this number is always barebones, ect. Sometimes generations skip numbers, sometimes a lower number is faster, ect.

Yes, integrated graphics have a more specific number (Except Intel integrated graphics, which only has a few products).

HD 3000 is the generation. You can use a information utility like PC Wizard for free to tell you more information about the hardware --> http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/pc-wizard.html .

If you want to know what's faster, look at benchmarks. (The numbers on the card are not a very accurate description of the performance.) Your 3D Mark GPU Benchmark score is much better indicator of performance than the numbers on your card. 3D Mark is free benchmarking software utility. Tomshardware.com (as well a TON of other web sites) have charts of 3D mark score charts for pretty much every card in existence, this makes it easy to compare the actual power.
Edited by crimsontears809739 - 3/27/13 at 9:47am
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Here is the link.
http://blog.kingj.net/2008/10/20/uncategorized/a-guide-to-graphics-card-model-numbers/

Thanks for the info. I've been getting low fps playing Minecraft, and I was thinking that I could find a good card by looking at model numbers. But benchmarks should tell me all I need to know.
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If you are looking at a video card for a desktop, this is a excellent buying guide --> http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107.html

Something along the lines of a 650 Ti would be all the power you would ever need for minecraft.

P.S. ... the Radeon HD 3000 series was released back in 2007, six something years ago. Chances are if your running a computer with six year old technology, you might be better off building a modern one from scratch if you are in a good financial position. We here at OCN can help you custom build a computer. Just say'n. ^__^
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