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September 2, 2013 1:24:39 PM

I'm wondering if the Intel Graphics Hd 4000 graphics card with Intel core i3-3120, 2.50 GHz CPU, with 4gb RAM would be able to run games like syrim and portal 2 on low settings. And what settings would be best to run it. I know this isnt a good gaming card or processor but I was given this laptop so I can't really do anything about it. I want to know if games would even be worth buying/ playable enough on low settings. thanks
September 2, 2013 1:49:48 PM

It wouldn't be very good at all. Skyrim is more CPU dependent than other games, and the i3 is just a dual core with HT. I don't know about Portal 2.

Since you were given it, and it's pretty low end I would stick to classic games like GTA: San Andreas/ Vice City or stuff of that era. You can still have fun (and it's pretty cheap) but the newer stuff will struggle.

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September 2, 2013 2:03:35 PM

That processor will run some games at around 30 FPS as long as you adjust the presets to low and set the game resolution somewhere around 1280x720. It definitely isn't designed for gaming but a co-worker of mine plays GW2 on his laptop at work (i3 w/HD 4000) with low settings and resolution and gets around 30-45 FPS.
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September 2, 2013 3:48:50 PM

The Intel HD 4000 will be able to play some games. I briefly had a laptop with the i5-3210m CPU and the HD 4000 graphics core. It was capable of running Dragon Age and Tomb Raider 2013 @ 1600x900 resolution. I tried Mass Effect 3, but the game simply crashed and I didn't have enough time to troubleshoot the issue, but it should work since I played Mass Effect 3 from beginning to end with my laptop that had an Intel HD 3000. Similarly, the Intel HD 4000 should be able to handle Fallout 3 since the Intel HD 3000 can handle that game as well. I was testing the Intel HD 3000 capabilities in my Lenovo IdeaPad Y470 so I disabled the nVidia GT 550m.

I'm kinda curious to see how Skyrim will perform with the Intel HD 3000. I think I install it and tweak for the next couple of days....
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September 2, 2013 3:53:10 PM

nosupport4u said:
It wouldn't be very good at all. Skyrim is more CPU dependent than other games, and the i3 is just a dual core with HT. I don't know about Portal 2.



Both games only use two cores. Any Valve game should be playable on low/medium graphics depending on the resolution. The Source Engine is pretty forgiving since it is pretty dated. Also, just about any game running with the Unreal 3 Engine such as the Mass Effect series should run decently as well.
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September 3, 2013 10:00:01 PM

Well for the hell of it I just tried Skyrim on the Intel HD 3000 and more or less found it to be playable as long as expectations are kept low. I did a pretty decent amount of play through getting up to level 10. Since the Intel HD 4000 is in general 30% more powerful than the HD 3000 playing Skyrim is doable as long as expectations are still kept a bit low.

Running Skyrim on an Intel HD 3000 takes some work though; meaning you need to make some modification even after setting the game to the lowest resolution of 1280 x 720 and everything set to low settings, but textures are kept at high since below that it simply looks terrible with everything set to low as well.

Without getting into too many specifics the SkyrimPref.ini file needs to be edited to turn of shadows and lower water quality settings. A google search will help you out with that. You also should google for reduced sized texture mods to help improve performance as well.

Anywaste, as stated I found the game to be playable enough with decent frame rates ranging from about 22 - 45 FPS in most cases, but rainfall & snowfall can drop it below 20s so you also need to google for a mod that lowers the performace impact as well. This is plain vanilla Skyrim and none of the DLCs. The Intel HD 4000 should give you roughly high 20s to low 50s FPS. Skyrim is one of the more intensive / demanding PC games currently out.
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September 4, 2013 12:39:14 AM

jaguarskx said:
Well for the hell of it I just tried Skyrim on the Intel HD 3000 and more or less found it to be playable as long as expectations are kept low. I did a pretty decent amount of play through getting up to level 10. Since the Intel HD 4000 is in general 30% more powerful than the HD 3000 playing Skyrim is doable as long as expectations are still kept a bit low.

Running Skyrim on an Intel HD 3000 takes some work though; meaning you need to make some modification even after setting the game to the lowest resolution of 1280 x 720 and everything set to low settings, but textures are kept at high since below that it simply looks terrible with everything set to low as well.

Without getting into too many specifics the SkyrimPref.ini file needs to be edited to turn of shadows and lower water quality settings. A google search will help you out with that. You also should google for reduced sized texture mods to help improve performance as well.

Anywaste, as stated I found the game to be playable enough with decent frame rates ranging from about 22 - 45 FPS in most cases, but rainfall & snowfall can drop it below 20s so you also need to google for a mod that lowers the performace impact as well. This is plain vanilla Skyrim and none of the DLCs. The Intel HD 4000 should give you roughly high 20s to low 50s FPS. Skyrim is one of the more intensive / demanding PC games currently out.


Called it. The integrated video on these new Intel chips is good, for laptops or just limping along until you get a dedicated card. Gaming on them, at least with newer generation games (yes I still consider Skyrim a newer generation game, despite it's now about 2 years old?) isn't going to work out too well. I play WoW, and when I had to RMA my video card I was stuck using the HD4000 on my 3570K it was a lousy experience, and WoW is (as far as I can tell) much lighter on resources as far as video is concerned.

Anyhow, all I can say is good luck to LRogers170. Like I said in my previous posts, with that laptop you might just want to stick to PS2/XBOX era games for really good performance (unless you like modding or tweaking games. Personally I don't.)
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September 4, 2013 11:46:36 AM

Just a bit more info...

I ran this on my 14" Lenovo Y470 with the GT 550m disabled. It has a dual core i5-2410m and I ran it with Turbo Boost disable so the CPU maxed out at 2.3GHz instead of around 2.6GHz with both cores under load. The CPU temp was 81C after a few hours of gameplay. It has 4GB of RAM (2 x 2GB sticks). The Intel drivers was set to Performance.

Additionally, I ran the game with SKSE (Skyrim Script Extender) which gives more functionality to mod designers beyond the creation kit released by Bethesda; I'm pretty sure it imposes a little bit of CPU overhead. I use this to run a mod called "SkyrimUI" or Skyrim User Interface; it is much better than the menu interface the standard game has. Much better. On my desktop, I run another mod called UFO which also requires SKSE. That's Unlimited Followers Overhaul which allows you to have more than one follower at a time. I typically have 2 or 3 followers at any given time. However, I did not install it on my laptop; I don't bother with followers until I reach higher levels. Also, the more followers you have the more of a load UFO will place on the CPU.
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February 17, 2014 12:19:49 AM

lrogers170 said:
I'm wondering if the Intel Graphics Hd 4000 graphics card with Intel core i3-3120, 2.50 GHz CPU, with 4gb RAM would be able to run games like syrim and portal 2 on low settings. And what settings would be best to run it. I know this isnt a good gaming card or processor but I was given this laptop so I can't really do anything about it. I want to know if games would even be worth buying/ playable enough on low settings. thanks


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March 17, 2014 12:31:56 PM

lrogers170 said:
I'm wondering if the Intel Graphics Hd 4000 graphics card with Intel core i3-3120, 2.50 GHz CPU, with 4gb RAM would be able to run games like syrim and portal 2 on low settings. And what settings would be best to run it. I know this isnt a good gaming card or processor but I was given this laptop so I can't really do anything about it. I want to know if games would even be worth buying/ playable enough on low settings. thanks


I'v got both of those games skyrim runs on medium with 20fps and portal 2 runs high (for me) 30fps a good another game to play is dead spac2 2 30fps to 50fps.

My specs are:

Operating System
Windows 8.1 64-bit
CPU
Intel Core i5 3320M @ 2.60GHz
Ivy Bridge 22nm Technology
RAM
8.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 798MHz (11-11-11-28)
Motherboard
TOSHIBA Portable PC (U3E1)
Graphics
Generic PnP Monitor (1366x768@60Hz)
Intel HD Graphics 4000 (Toshiba)
Storage
931GB TOSHIBA MQ01ABD100 (SATA)
Optical Drives
TSSTcorp CDDVDW SN-208AB
Audio
Realtek High Definition Audio
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July 10, 2014 12:58:56 PM

lrogers170 said:
I'm wondering if the Intel Graphics Hd 4000 graphics card with Intel core i3-3120, 2.50 GHz CPU, with 4gb RAM would be able to run games like syrim and portal 2 on low settings. And what settings would be best to run it. I know this isnt a good gaming card or processor but I was given this laptop so I can't really do anything about it. I want to know if games would even be worth buying/ playable enough on low settings. thanks


Hey bro I have that exact specs on my laptop except double the ram. I can run portal 2 on maximum without lag, and skyrim on medium with a bit of lag that's barely noticeable.
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