Intel improves the graphics integrated in their processors with each generation and the result is that many games are now playable with Intel HD Graphics. The important questions you might ask are "Which games can be played with my Intel HD Graphics" and "How well will they run on it?". If that is what you wonder, then you have come to the right place, because this article answers both of these questions by providing a table of many popular games and the graphics quality settings that each generation of Intel HD Graphics can handle for each of the games.
If you are not sure which version of Intel HD Graphics you have, check out the Intel HD Graphics FAQ for instructions how to find out. Note that if your Intel HD Graphics does not have a model number like 4000, 4400, 5500, etc. and is simply labeled "Intel HD Graphics", this most probably means that it is integrated in a Pentium, a Celeron or an Atom processor. These Intel HD Graphics are usually the weakest in their generation with Intel Atom's integrated graphics being the weakest and Celeron's and Pentium's graphics being a bit better than it.
The table below shows how well many popular games run on Intel HD Graphics.
|Game||HD 2500||HD 3000||HD 4000||HD 4400||HD 4600||HD 5500||HD 520|
|Call of Duty: Ghosts||No||No||No||Low||Low||Low||Low|
|Civilization: Beyond Earth||No||Low||Low||Med||Med||Med||Med|
|Counter Strike: GO||Low||Med||Med||High||High||Ultra||Ultra|
|Far Cry 3||No||No||Low||Low||Low||Low||Low|
|Need for Speed: Most Wanted||No||No||No||No||Low||Low||Low|
|The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim||No||Low||Low||Low||Low||Low||Low|
|Tomb Raider (2013)||No||No||Low||Low||Low||Med||Med|
|World of Tanks||Low||Low||Low||Low||Med||Med||Med|
- No - the game is not playable even at the lowest possible settings, i.e. it does not achieve 30 FPS or doesn't run at all
- Low - the game runs with at least 30 FPS at low graphics settings on 1024x768 or similar low resolution
- Med - the game runs with at least 30 FPS at medium graphics settings on 1366x768 resolution
- High - the game runs with at least 30 FPS at high graphics settings and AA on 1366x768 resolution
- Ultra - the game runs with at least 30 FPS at high/ultra graphics settings and AA on Full HD (1920x1080) resolution