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Should I be expecting better performance in Dota 2? (i3 4000m, hd4600)

Hi all,

About a month ago I got a new laptop. The computer I bought is the Lenovo Thinkpad L440.
One of the reasons I bought it was that I was under the impression that the i3 4000M cpu with it's integrated HD4600 gpu was sufficient to play my favourite PC game, Dota 2 at a good framerate at low settings.

I have been rather disappointed with the performance I have been getting.
With the game running at 1600x900 with all settings to their lowest value except for render quality at 100%, I got an average FPS of 37. When I tested the game on highest settings with AA disabled, the average framerate was 27.

This is rather concerning because the Dota 2 benchmark on this site shows an intel HD4000 achieving higher framerates than what I am getting, even though I have a better integrated card and am running at lower resolution and settings than the benchmark.


When I was testing the game, I had the laptop plugged in, the power profile in windows was set to high performance (min cpu frequency at 100% and graphics set to max performance). I have the latest Intel graphics driver installed. Is there any other setting, perhaps in Windows or the BIOS that I may be missing that is hindering my performance?
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    Well the 4600 isn't better than the 4000. Just because numbers are bigger, not always better.

    http://ark.intel.com/products/67355/intel-core-i5-3210m-processor-3m-cache-up-to-3_10-ghz-rpga The i5 used in the benchmark

    http://ark.intel.com/products/75104/Intel-Core-i3-4000M-Processor-3M-Cache-2_40-GHz your cpu.

    Scroll down and look at the GPU specs. yours is 250mhz or 38% slower.

    Might have something to do with it.
  2. The i5 in that review is 2.5GHz (turbo to 3.1GHz) - the i3-4000m tops out at 2.4GHz.

    I'd wager a guess that the CPU is to blame as difference between lowest to highest detail settings only make a ~33% difference in framerates.
  3. getochkn said:
    Well the 4600 isn't better than the 4000. Just because numbers are bigger, not always better.

    http://ark.intel.com/products/67355/intel-core-i5-3210m-processor-3m-cache-up-to-3_10-ghz-rpga The i5 used in the benchmark

    http://ark.intel.com/products/75104/Intel-Core-i3-4000M-Processor-3M-Cache-2_40-GHz your cpu.

    Scroll down and look at the GPU specs. yours is 250mhz or 38% slower.

    Might have something to do with it.


    The base frequency of 400/650MHz doesn't matter as this is to achieve low power at idle/low load. The max frequency of 1100MHz for both puts them at even footing.
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