Thursday, October 9, 2014

Games Playable on Intel HD Graphics

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 2500HD 3000HD 4000HD 4400HD 4600HD 5500HD 520
Call of Duty: Ghosts No No No Low Low Low Low
Civilization 5 No Low Med Med High Med High
Civilization: Beyond Earth No Low Low Med Med Med Med
Counter Strike: GO Low Med Med High High Ultra Ultra
Diablo 3LowLowLowMedHighHighHigh
Dota 2 Low Low Med Med Med Med Med
Far Cry 3 No No Low Low Low Low Low
Fifa 14 Med High Ultra Ultra Ultra Ultra Ultra
Fifa 15 No Low Low Med High High High
Fifa 16 No No Low Low Med Med Med
GRID Autosport Low Low Low Med Med Med Med
GTA 5 No No Low Low Low Low Med
Metro 2033 No No No Low Low Low Med
Need for Speed: Most WantedNo No No No Low Low Low
Sims 4 Low Low Med Med High High High
StarCraft 2 Low Low Low Med Med Med High
Titanfall No No No No Low Low Low
The Elder Scrolls V: SkyrimNoLowLowLowLowLowLow
Tomb Raider (2013) No No Low Low Low Med Med
World of Tanks Low Low Low Low Med Med Med

Legend:

  • 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

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64 comments:

  1. i have an Intel(R) graphics is it better than a HD 2000 or worse?^^' i've played Metro 2033 and Tomb Raider with 800x600 resolution + med or low config please help xD

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    1. Hi, if your integrated graphics is called "Intel HD Graphics" with no model number, this means that it's the graphics integrated in a Celeron or a Pentium processor. It's weaker than the integrated graphics of the core i processors of the same generation. For example, the integrated graphics in Haswell Pentiums (e.g. Pentium G3220, Pentium G3240) is weaker than Intel HD 4400/4600, which is integrated into Haswell core i CPUs. I recommend you do a search for your processor model number to find out of which generation it is and then refer to the table of this article knowing that your graphics is slower than the core i graphics of the same generation.

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  2. here it is Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU P6100 @ 2.00GHz 2.00 with 4gb of ram ( 2.43Go usable )

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    1. This Pentium is of the Arrandale generation, i.e. the first generation of core i CPUs, so its integrated graphics are considerably slower than Intel HD 2000, which is included in CPUs of the second generation (Sandy Bridge). That is why I recommend you try only old games on your laptop (released before 2010). It will definitely struggle with newer games.

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  3. I have an intel hd 3000. I ran metro last light, BF 4 and AC 4 black flag almost smoothly. The games i can't run are Nfs the run and Bf 3. I know intel is abit crappy but why the hell it can't run a 2007 and 2011 game when it can run 2014 and 2013 fast as hell. I've tried everything patches, tweaks and driver updates but unfortunately no use.

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    1. Hi, there are 2 reasons why an old game may not run properly on Intel HD Graphics - either Intel HD Graphics driver has an issue with that specific game or the game is not optimized to run properly on integrated graphics (i.e. graphics with shared memory).

      Fortunately as Intel HD Graphics becomes both more powerful and more widely used with each new generation (thanks to the ultrabooks, too), I believe that in the near future every new game will run fine on Intel HD Graphics at least at low settings and resolution. For now I recommend your browse the forums related to the game you are interested in, because someone may have found a solution there. You can also check out my article about increasing the performance of Intel HD Graphics, which may help, too.

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  4. Bro I can see that my graphic card is Intel HD Graphics (Core i3) and there is no model number like 2000, 2500 etc. So what are the games that I can play

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    1. Hi, if you are with core i CPU (i3 in your case) and your Intel HD Graphics has no model number, then this means that it is the first generation of Intel HD Graphics. Unfortunately they are weaker than even Intel HD 2000, so refer to it in the table above. I recommend you try only old games (released before 2010) or light games like FIFA. Newer or more graphics intensive games will not be playable on your computer.

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  5. I have intel pentium G640T 2.4Ghz, Intel hd graphics, 2Gb ram, windows 7 professional. I want to know what intel hd graphics it is. When I go into my computer and check properties, it just says intel hd graphics. When I go into graphics properties, it says intel hd family. What is hd family?

    1. Is it good or bad?
    2. Will i be able to play modern warfare 3?
    3. Will it be possible to put in a new graphics card?
    4. What's the difference between Intel hd and Intel hd family, which is better.

    sorry for rumbling so many questions, just very curious. I have a desktop if that's important.

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    1. Hi, Intel Pentium and Celeron processors have an integrated graphics card labeled only "Intel HD Graphics" with no model number. It is usually weaker or at most on par with the weakest variant with model number of the same generation. Your CPU (Pentium G640T) is of the Sandy Bridge generation, which means its integrated video is equivalent to Intel HD Graphics 2000, so refer to that value in the table of this article.

      Regarding your other questions:

      1. Is it good or bad?
      Depends on what you want to do, but for gaming it's not a good choice unless you want to play only old games or only light ones like Fifa.

      2. Will i be able to play modern warfare 3? - I doubt it, you may be able to run it at the lowest settings and resolution but it will get choppy in more intense scenes.

      3. Will it be possible to put in a new graphics card?
      If your motherboard has a PCI Express slot and you power supply is good enough, you will be able to put a dedicated graphics card, which is the best choice for gaming.

      4. What's the difference between Intel hd and Intel hd family, which is better?
      As far as I know they are the same thing - Intel HD Graphics (with no model number) and Intel HD Family both refer to the graphics integrated in Pentium and Celeron CPUs.

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  6. I need help with a couple of question because I want to buy an external graphics card for my laptop and the processor is an Intel(R) Core (TM) i3-3110M CPU @ 2.40GHz 2.40 GHz (not sure if this is enough info to get any help) and I don't intend on building a computer as of yet just because I'm in college and majority of my funds are being spent toward my schooling. I don't mind buying external parts for better gaming performance because compared to building an actual computer it's much cheaper to buy an external part for now. Anyhow if anyone could help me I would really appreciate it.

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    1. Hi, sorry to disappoint you, but you won't be able to insert a dedicated video card in your laptop, because laptop video cards are not upgradable (with the exception of some expensive custom built laptops). If you laptop has an ExpressCard slot you may try an eGPU solution, but it gets rather expensive and for just a little more money you can get a custom built desktop with a dedicated video card. More info here: How to Upgrade Intel HD Graphics in a laptop.

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  7. I am considering between i3-3110M and i3-4000M laptops. I won't be playing FPS such as COD advanced warfare and BF4. I will be playing games such as Civilization Beyond Earth, Minecraft and Never Alone. I'm a college student so I have a limited budget. Around $400. Refurbished of course. Should I get the HD 4000 with the third gen i3 or spend a bit more and get the HD 4600 with the fourth gen i3? I'm hoping that the laptop that I get will last about 4 years.

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    1. Hi Daniel. I strongly advise you to get the 4-th gen i3 (i.e. the Haswell i3 4000m), because its integrated graphics Intel HD 4600 is about 40-50% faster than Intel HD 4000. This will let you play much more games on it and enjoy better video settings on some of them.

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    2. Thank you or replying.
      I am considering a Lenovo ThinkPad e540 for the refurbished price of $400. Would you recommend that I buy this laptop or do you have other recommendations? I intend to make the final purchase on Black Friday in hopes of cheaper prices.

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    3. Hi, Lenovo ThinkPad e540 looks like a solid choice in your budget. Just make sure before purchasing that it has 2 identical RAM sticks installed (i.e. 2x2GB or 2X4GB), if not I recommend you pay a little extra for it. This will make the RAM work in dual channel mode and both the memory and the integrated graphics will become about 15-25% faster (depending on the application/game you run). Here are some more tips on how to boost Intel HD Graphics.

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  8. My current specs are an i3 with an M370 @ 2.4GHz and i run League of Legends at 60+ (Except for random drops to sub 15, doesn't happen every game) and WoW around 30 except for graphically demanding fights (ex. Elegon) I'm looking for a laptop that can run both at 60+ with no drops below 60. One I am looking at is "HP - Pavilion 15.6" Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 6GB Memory - 750GB Hard Drive" with the HD 4400. Would this be good for what I want, or is it way over what i need? Lowest settings are what I use and am comfortable on them.

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    1. Intel HD 4400 is 3 generations newer than the integrated graphics in i3 370m, so as you might expect it's much better and I think that it will provide enough power for the games you've mentioned (i.e. at least 60 FPS on low to medium settings). However, I recommend you do not get an HP Pavillion, if you like HP, you'd better get an HP ProBook, because ProBooks are more stable and durable. You also don't need an i7, go for an i3 or an i5, because i7-s in budget laptops get a bit hot due to the cheap cooling system manufacturers usually put in budget laptops.

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  9. Hi Pavel.

    I'm considering the HP ENVY TouchSmart 17-j135cl 17.3" Touchscreen Notebook - Intel Core i7 Haswell / 16GB DDR3L SDRAM / 1TB HDD / Windows 8.1 / Intel HD graphics 4600 and am planning on installing a Crucial M500 240 GB SSD. Would this system be able to run 2012/2013/2014 games on Medium-High settings?

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    1. Hi Sam, if you want to enjoy medium-high settings on 2013/2014 games at 1366x768 resolution, I recommend you get a laptop with a dedicated video card like GeForce 840m or better. Intel HD 4600 is simply not powerful enough to run most current games at medium-high settings. It will be able to run most of them fluently but only if you lower the settings or the resolution.

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    2. I'm looking into another model that has a Nvidia GeForce 820M Card. I've been reading that this is roughly equivalent to the Intel HD 4600, is that correct? The computers with the higher-end cards are probably out of my price range so I was hoping this card would be an affordable solution. Also, would adding RAM improve gaming performance? Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions, you're awesome.

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    3. Hi, you got it right, GeForce 820M is roughly equivalent to Intel HD 4600, maybe slightly better in some cases, but I vote against getting a laptop with such low end dedicated video card. If that's your only option, you'd better get a laptop with Intel HD 4600, because a dedicated video card generally creates more heat and is one more component that could fail in your laptop and that is why I don't think it's worth to risk it for a low end dedicated video card.

      Regarding more RAM - it may improve performance, but only when going from single channel to dual channel memory mode, for example from one stick of 4GB RAM, to two identical sticks of RAM like 2x2GB or 2x4GB. For more info check out the article about increasing Intel HD Graphics performance.

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  10. hi ! i have a Lenovo T440s, intel i5-4300u chip, with 4400 graphics. ram is double chanel, 4gb ddr3l soldered on moterboard, and other 4gb on the only space. i have ssd 180gb drive, win 7, a hd+ screen at 1600x900 pixels, im planning to buy a ips full hd of 1920x1080. im asking two things. i just have 1 slot to change the ram, so, its better to have dual channeled 8gb ram or like 10gb ram 6gb plus the 4gb soldered ? and, how much the double channeled memory improves graphics ?

    for example, dota 2 is ranked here at MED, and im able to play it in battery mode, at full settings, my native resolution and all turned on. even i turned at max the settings on intel graphics manager. how much it differs on this table ?? thanks !!

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    1. Hi, you cannot insert 6GB of RAM in a single RAM slot, because RAM sticks are always a power of two, for example 2GB, 4GB, 8GB, etc. I don't see a point you upgrade your RAM at this time, because you already have 2x4GB, so it works in dual channel mode and 8GB or RAM is more than enough for more applications and games currently. Dual channel mode improves the performance of both the RAM and the integrated graphics (as it uses it extensively) by about 15 - 25% depending on the application.

      Regarding the ranking in this table, it is based on the average results achieved by various generations of Intel HD Graphics, so a particular laptop may be a little better (as it is in your case) or a little worse. It depends on a lot of factors such as whether the RAM works in dual channel mode, what is the CPU (some games are CPU intensive), is the cooling system of the laptop good enough, so it does not throttle and so on.

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  11. Which is better: Intel Core i5-4210U Processor (3M Cache, up to 2.70 GHz), 4GB SDRAM/500GB HDD 5400 RPM with NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 820M with 2GB DDR3 VRAM or Intel Core i5-4210U Processor (3M Cache, up to 2.70 GHz), 8GB 2 DIMM (2x4GB) DDR3L 1600Mhz, 1TB 5400 rpm SATA Hard Drive with Intel HD Graphics 4400 for most games? Thanks for your help.

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    1. Hi, GeForce 820m is noticeably better than Intel HD Graphics 4400 (about 20-30% in most games) and will let you play many games at better settings/resolutions than Intel HD 4400. Actually the performance of GeForce 820m is comparable to Intel Iris Graphics 5100. Anyways, this still means that you are getting entry level gaming performance, so do not expect high settings on current games, low to medium settings is what you will get with both cards - Intel HD 4400 and GeForce 820m, but the GeForce will be better. If you want more performance you should consider something like GeForce 840m or better.

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  12. Hi Pavel, I was wondering which RAM configuration would be better, 1x2GB + 1x4GB or 2x2GB. I read somewhere that the first configuration's 4GB would run in dual channel and the other 2GB single channel, they call it asymmetrical. I plan on using my laptop (HP Probook 4530s, Intel (R) HD Graphics Family, Core I3 @2.1 Ghz) for The Sims 3 and all its expansion packs and stuff packs only so can you please tell me which configuration is best for me? Thank you so much.

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    1. Hi, you heard it right, in both cases - 2 x 2GB and 2GB + 4GB RAM you will only have 4GB (2 x 2GB) RAM working in dual channel mode. However, I'm not sure which part of RAM the integrated GPU uses for graphics need and that is why I recommend you use 2 identical RAM sticks - either 2 x 2GB or 2 x 4GB. In this way you will avoid the chance that Intel HD Graphics uses the memory that works in single channel mode and is thus slower.

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    2. Pavel, so 4GB+8GB will work in gaming same as 4GB+4GB? I have Asus Zenbook UX303AL (i7-5500U/Intel HD 5500), and 4GB DDR3L is soldered to the motherboard. Does it even work in dual channel if both SODIMM modules are not the same, or it works as 8GB in dual channel mode? Thank you in advance for your response...

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    3. Bambola, as far as I know the soldered RAM works fine in dual channel mode with the RAM stick in the slot. You also got it right that for 12GB RAM (4GB + 8GB) only 8GB (4GB + 4GB) will work in dual channel mode and the other 4GB will work in single channel. So for gaming you won't get any performance benefit by having 12GB RAM instead of 8GB.

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  13. Hi Pavel Vladov, I am currently testing a laptop that has an i7 2620m at 2.7 ghz, 4gb ram and an intel hd 3000 on it.

    I have tried 2 games so far, FEAR 3 and Sniper Elite 2. They run pretty smooth on the lowest settings, but get laggy sometimes. I just found another laptop with the same cpu and ram but has an Nvidia Quadro 4200m with 512mb on it. Do you think it will be better than the intel hd 3000?

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    1. Hi, Nvidia Quadro 4200m (and the Quadro series in general) is a workstation graphics and as such is optimized for engineering and modelling software, not for gaming. Regarding its gaming performance it's faster than Intel HD 3000, but not by much, maybe 10-20% depending on the game. If you are planning to also use CAD or modeling software on your laptop, then go for the Quadro, but for gaming I doubt you will notice any significant difference.

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  14. Hi Pavel, I don't play games. I like watching videos online. Do you think HD 4400 could deal with it? Because right now I'm having a 14' laptop from 5 years ago with a Nvidia G105M graphics card, when I play some youtube video at 45fps 720p, it starts to struggle. Actually I want to buy Lenovo Z50 with following specs:
    Processor: 4th Generation Intel Core i7-4510U Processor (2.00GHz 1600 MHz 4MB)
    Operating system: Windows 8.1 64
    Display: 15.6" FHD LED Glossy Wedge (1920x1080)
    Graphics: Intel® HD Graphics 4400
    Memory: 8.0GB PC3-12800 DDR3L SDRAM 1600 MHz
    Hard Drive: 1TB 5400 RPM

    Do you think this laptop could deal with youtube video at 45fps 1080p or even higher quality?

    Thanks!

    Mike

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    1. Hi Mike, Intel HD Graphics 4400 is significantly better than GeForce 105M, especially for multimedia, because Intel HD Graphics has a very good video decoder implemented on hardware level. My laptop with Intel HD 3000, which is 2 generations behind the Intel HD 4400 plays without any problems Full HD (1080p) YouTube videos and, when downloaded locally, even Ultra HD 4K videos, so I'm pretty sure Intel HD 4400 will be at least that good, but most probably even better. Integrated graphics are more than good enough for watching videos these days.

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  15. I have a Dell Inspiron 15 (5537) with an Intel 4400 Graphics Display and I CAN actually play Titanfall... Granted that it kicks me out but that is only because i have 32MB of dedicated memory. But it will play with at least 30 FPS on Low quality.

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  16. I have an intel Hd 2500 in a core i5 3330, and i can play skyrim with medium/high settings, fifa 14 with high settings, nfs mw on low settings and the intel web site says that hd 2500 can run civ5 among other games. Also i recently tryied MGS V: ground zeroes and it plays smooth at low/medium settings and a 1280x720p resolution.

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    1. Hi Carlos, thank you for reporting that. The integrated graphics in desktop processors are indeed a bit more powerful than their laptop counterparts because of the higher frequency and the better cooling. That is why on a desktop Intel HD Graphics usually performs better than the same version of Intel HD Graphics on a laptop.

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  17. I wanted to play Skyrim. I have a brand new Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Series Touch. Has Intel Core i7 inside with Intel HD 5500 graphics. A TB of memory with 8.1 gb of ram. I think I am able to, but it says I have 0mb of Dedicated Video Memory. Will I still be able to run Skyrim on Low settings. Also, Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, and both The Sims 3 and 4. Am I good? Any help would be great, thanks.

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    1. Hi, don't worry about dedicated memory, too much. Intel HD Graphics does not have dedicated memory anyways, bu rather uses a portion of system RAM for graphics needs, so as long as a game is not coded poorly to explicitly require a certain amount of dedicated video memory, you should be able to run it, at least on low settings.

      Regarding the games you have mentioned, you should be able to play fluently most of them with Intel HD Graphics 5500 on low to medium settings at 1366x768 or a lower resolution. I also recommend you take a look at the following article: 4 Ways to Improve Intel HD Graphics Performance.

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  18. Hello! I was hoping to be able to pay Morrowind (2003 game) on my laptop, which is not at all upgraded for gaming. I have the Intel HD Graphics labeled simply as "Intel HD Graphics", which I believe you said above was not that great, and which I think is integrated. I also have a Intel Pentium CPU 2127U @ 1.90GHz, and 4GB RAM (3.88 usable). Free disk space is 408GB, and my operating system is Windows 8.1. I've never tried playing anything other than Armorgames on this laptop. Thanks for any help!

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    1. Hi Tim, you got it right, Intel HD Graphics, which do not have a model number like 3000, 4000, 4400, etc. are the ones integrated in Pentium, Celeron and Atom processors and are usually the weakest ones in the Intel HD Graphics family. Fortunately, the game you are interested in (Morrowind) is a pretty old one, so you should be able to play it even on high settings. I believe that with your laptop you will be able to play fluently even its sequel - The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion on medium settings. Only the fifth game in the series (Skyrim) may give you laptop a hard time and lag.

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  19. hey i have pc specs
    i3 4150
    4gb ddr3 ram
    geforce gt610 2gb
    my processor also have integrated chip intel hd4400(1.75gb)
    i know the gt610 is a low end card but i wonder whether the hd4400 and gt610 synchronise together to perform like a high end gpu, if not a mid end gpu. the only upgrade i can afford is doubling the ram. i really want to know whether the new high end games like gta5 and arkham knight would work on my computer. any help would be appreciated

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    1. Hi, in the given configuration the integrated Intel HD Graphics and the dedicated Nvidia GeForce 610 does not and cannot work together. Depending on your computer configuration either the Intel or the Nvidia video card is working. Unfortunately, they are both pretty weak for gaming with the Intel HD 4400 being slightly faster.

      Getting another stick of RAM will make your computer's memory run in dual channel mode and as a result you can expect about 15-25% performance improvement for your Intel HD 4400, but that won't help much with the games you are interested in. I recommend you save up for a better dedicated video card like GeForce 750 or at least GeForce 730. Thus you will increase your computer's graphics power several times and you will be able to enjoy smooth game play in many more games at better video settings and larger resolutions.

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  20. Hi! i wanted to know whats the equivalent of intel hd 4400 in nvidia geforce

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    1. Hi, Intel HD Graphics 4400 is roughly equivalent to Nvidia GeForce 710M. For more information, check out the following article: Intel HD Graphics - Nvidia and AMD Equivalents.

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  21. Hi Pavel, i am planning to buy a Thinkpad Yoga 14, Core I7, 8 GB Ram, 256 SSD, and HD Intel 5500 most for work and from time to time for gaming, fifa 16 or Need for speed, Do you think it will work well?

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    1. Hi, I guess you will be able to play both games at HD resolution (1366x768) with Intel HD 5500. Fifa 16 on low to medium settings, and Need for Speed: Most Wanted on low settings. Don't forget to check out the ways to increase Intel HD Graphics performance in order to get the most out of your integrated graphics.

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  22. Hi I am new to PC gaming but I am also stuck with intel so I wanted to know if I can still make due with what I have. I have a Core i7 2.4Ghz that has 16Gb of RAM. I also have an Intel HD 5500 graphics card but when I ran a benchmark test on another website I found out that my laptop only has 128Mb of video RAM. Will this affect my ability to play the games in this table or is my ability to play games not related to the amount of video RAM that I have?

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    1. Hi, Intel HD Graphics takes memory from system RAM dynamically when needed, so do not worry, it won't affect performance in game. What will make Intel HD Graphics faster is to make sure your computer's memory works in dual channel mode and the power saving features of the integrated graphics are turned off. For more information check out the article about the ways to increase Intel HD Graphics performance.

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  23. Very informative discussions
    I think finally I will get complete solution to my query only here
    I have short listed two configuration
    1: i5 5200u with Intel HD 5500 (acer e5-573 (nx.mvhsi.042)

    2. i3 5010 with AMD radeon r5 m330 or nvidia 820m hp (15-AC025TX) and hp portable r series r245tx

    Main requirement is to run catia, creo, ansys, solid works, and other cadd software. As I am a student I am not going to model fighter jet or Lamborghini or some thing like that and I have tight budget too I just need to create a model which are simple (may be little complex). As every one suggest graphic card I am confused does i5+Intel HD 5500 is OK or I must go for i3 5th gen with radeon r5 or nvidia 820m.
    note: all the three models have same price (500dollar or 30000 Indian rupees)

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    1. Hi, Amit. I'll focus on the graphics cards you have listed.

      The advantages of the GeForce 820m are:
      - The applications you have listed can definitely take advantage of a better GPU and a lot of RAM, so the GeForce 820m offering takes the lead here. It's not much better than Intel HD 5500, but as a dedicated graphics card it will not take a portion of the system RAM, leaving all the memory available to your applications.
      - GeForce 820m drivers are in most cases better optimized for both gaming and calculations than those of the Intel offering.

      The advantages of Intel HD 5500 are:
      - Laptops with integrated graphics only have one less part, which can break as they do not have a dedicated graphics card.
      - Laptops with integrated graphics usually run cooler and their battery life is better, because integrated graphics use less power and produce less heat than dedicated ones.

      Considering the points above and your usage scenario I believe that the GeForce 820m offering will suit you better, but ultimately it's your call. Good luck!

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  24. Hello, I have a Broadwell Celeron notebook (Celeron 3205U) with Intel HD Graphics, I want to know to what GPU (numbered) from intel he is equivalent to and what level of performance boost I can expect from Dual Channel, Like on this situation: I want so much to play Darksiders 2 but I only get like 20 FPS on the game, I can expect a reasonable Frame Rate gain (like 5 or 10 FPS) from Dual Channel? (Sorry for my bad english, I am from Brazil).

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    1. Hi, the performance of the Intel HD Graphics embedded in the Broadwell Celeron 3205U is similar to Intel HD 4000, so you can refer to that column in the table of the article.

      Regarding the Dual Channel upgrade - you can expect about 20-25% performance increase on average, but it strongly depends on the game. In some games the gain may be more and in others it may be less. Also please note that Celeron is not a very powerful CPU (only the power efficient Intel Atom CPU-s are slower), so not only the video, but also the processor may limit the performance in some games.

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  25. * Windows 8.1 Standard 64 - English

    * Intel® Core™ i7-5500U Processor,2.4GHz

    * 8GB PC3-12800 DDR3 1600MHz SDRAM SODIMM Memory

    * 1TB+8GB SSHD


    * Intel HD Graphics 5500
    I just recently purchased the sims 3 and about five expansion packs for it.
    Supernatural, pets, generations, world travel and nightlife
    I haven't downloaded anything to my computer yet but do you think that I should be able to play the game with the expansion packs I have bought without too much lag?

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    1. Intel HD 5500 should be good enough to even play Sims 4 at medium to high graphics settings on HD resolution (1366 x 768), so I'm pretty sure you won't have any problems with Sims 3.

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  26. Hi there, I have a HP notebook ac127la with Intel HD Graphics on Celeron N3050 (dual core) but like the first comment, it only appears "Intel HD Graphics" on the adapter info. What model of HD Graphics am I using referring to this table?

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    1. Hi, Celeron N3050 is a low end dual core CPU part of the Braswell platform. Its integrated graphics are called "Intel HD Graphics (Braswell)" with no model number as with all other Intel Celeron and Pentium processors. The performance of Intel HD Graphics (Braswell) depends on the processor. With Celeron N3050 you can expect graphics performance similar to Intel HD Graphics 3000 so refer to that column in the table of this article. Please note that in some games the Celeron N3050 processor may limit performance, too.

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  27. Hello,

    Thank you for this very interesting job, Mr. Vladov.

    Just for adding data to it, I am currently playing some of the Assassin's Creed series (1, 2, Brotherhood and Revelations) with an i5 4690 (HD Graphics 4600), at medium-high settings on 1280x720, and the frame rate rarely falls from 30fps, being 35-45 the average rate.

    Regards from Spain,
    Sigfried Sámano

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  28. hi i looked up my intel hd graphics card and it seems to be the bay trail what is that the equivelant of in the table?

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    1. Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail) is a low-end integrated graphics card found in some Intel Atom (Z3735F, Z3740, Z3770), Celeron (N2805, N2840, N2940) and Pentium (N3510, N3540) processors. Its performance is roughly equivalent to Intel HD Graphics 2500.

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  29. Just wondering, I have an new Intel Pentium G3260? Is it in the middle of the Intel HD Graphics at around 4000~4400? This would really help me. Thanks

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    1. Hi, Pentium G3260 is of the Haswell generation, but because it is a Pentium it has slower integrated graphics than the Haswell core i processors. Pentium G3260's integrated graphics performance lies in the range of Intel HD Graphics 3000 to Intel HD Graphics 4000, so refer to those columns in the table of this article. Don't forget to also check out how to improve Intel HD Graphics Performance.

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  30. I have an HP Pavilion i5 5200u @2.20ghz with 16gb ram and HD 5500 and play GTA online @30fps. Always make sure to go into the XML settings and disable shadows and vsync and lower other settings and the game runs just fine.I would still like to know how to increase my dedicated graphics. Dont have the BIOS option i need to do that.

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    1. Hi Marc, unfortunately laptop BIOSes rarely have a setting to change the memory allocated to Intel HD Graphics. For more info and possible workarounds for laptop users, check out my article: How to Increase Intel HD Graphics "Dedicated" Video Memory.

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