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

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Last response: in PC Gaming
February 6, 2014 2:04:43 PM

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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February 6, 2014 2:27:20 PM

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.
February 6, 2014 2:30:51 PM

getochkn said:
Well the 4600 isn't better than the 4000. Just because numbers are bigger, not always better. The i5 used in the benchmark 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.