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Review: Overclocked Intel HD 3000 Graphics Performance

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a b å Intel
a c 150 K Overclocking
May 7, 2012 2:08:08 AM

Unfortunately my graphics card blew up today so I was stuck with a system that couldn't game! Or that's what I thought! Today, I decided to fool around with the Intel HD 3000 graphics, and see what performance I could get out of it. The HD 3000 is roughly equivalent to the Amd Radeon 5450, which is a $30 dollar graphics card. While owning a 5450, I investigated overclocked performance of the HD 3000. It was surprising that I was able to overclock the IGP (Integrated Graphics on Processor) from a stock 850mhz to a whopping 1700mhz! This is a 100% overclock, but what performance gains does this bring us?

System Specifications:
i7-2600k @4.5ghz 1.31vcore
Asrock z68 Extreme 4 Gen 3
16gb Patriot Sector 7 ram
Antec HCG 620W psu
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
Intel HD 3000 Graphics 1.7ghz

Unfortunately I do not own that many games, so I will be reviewing games that only run on Direct X 9, which is the sweet spot of the HD 3000.


Gaming Performance:

All games are played at 1920x1080 (1080P)

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3


This game runs on Direct X9 and is fairly new, however what performance does the HD 3000 bring us in this game?

Settings used:
*note* if you can't see the settings, CLICK on the image!


These are high details, but you may think the HD 3000 can't handle these settings! This is surprisingly not true! I was also surprised that we were able to get these framerates:

Results gotten from a 120 Second Fraps Benchmark.

MW3 Multiplayer:
Min, Avg, Max,
23, 38.6, 61

MW3 Singleplayer:
Min, Avg, Max,
32, 42, 61


Not only was I able to play the game pretty smoothly, image quality was also pretty good!
The only noticeable thing was anti-aliasing, however FPS games move so quickly it is something that can be ignored.



Portal


Like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Portal runs also on Microsoft's Direct X 9. This allows the HD 3000 to run games easily!

Settings used:
*note* if you can't see the settings, CLICK on the image!


Performance:

Min, Avg, Max
29, 46, 65
a b å Intel
a c 150 K Overclocking
May 7, 2012 2:15:14 AM

Reserved.
a b K Overclocking
May 7, 2012 4:22:23 PM

LOL IGP is pretty powerful!
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a b å Intel
a b K Overclocking
May 7, 2012 5:37:30 PM

nice oc, amuffin.
good job with the game tests. :) 
can you give the gaming temps, power consumtions too? (if the monitoring programs reorded).
a b å Intel
a c 150 K Overclocking
May 7, 2012 7:35:09 PM

Sure, I am going to change that reserved spot to a 1.9ghz oc and bios settings, temps etc.
a b K Overclocking
May 10, 2012 2:01:40 PM

great work ;) 
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a b K Overclocking
May 15, 2012 5:30:05 AM

amuffin said:
Sure, I am going to change that reserved spot to a 1.9ghz oc and bios settings, temps etc.

whats taking you so long?
good job btw, i love the "what people think is cr4p but runs good" stuff
a b å Intel
a c 150 K Overclocking
May 15, 2012 5:57:02 AM

School has been having too many tests/projects :( 
May 18, 2012 3:43:08 AM

do you have any QuickSync benchmarks for this?
a b å Intel
a c 150 K Overclocking
May 18, 2012 5:07:43 AM

How do I get quicksync benchies? :o 
a b å Intel
a c 150 K Overclocking
May 19, 2012 5:42:17 AM

hot? Not very hot, igpu temps are determined based on CPU package temps. Even during an intense gaming session, igpu doesn't get very hot! Usually 40-50C!
May 19, 2012 6:39:37 AM

amuffin said:
hot? Not very hot, igpu temps are determined based on CPU package temps. Even during an intense gaming session, igpu doesn't get very hot! Usually 40-50C!


Lol. Nice :D 
May 20, 2012 9:01:13 AM

amuffin said:
How do I get quicksync benchies? :o 



by using mediaespresso/arcsoft and converting vids and noting the times taken for stock igpu and OC igpu.
a b K Overclocking
May 26, 2012 3:19:47 PM

Good stuff. Good stuff. I wonder how HD 4000 fares at OC... 0.o

I might use this for future budget builds...

What are the methods you used to overclock this?
a b K Overclocking
May 26, 2012 4:26:14 PM

Quote:
Here, check out my latest game..... i am apparently a hacker..



Not really on topic... but i just had to share it, i got wound up lol.
Hate these people who think good gamers hack.

Nearly all games i go into i get called a damn hacker lol.


awesome music :lol: 
a b å Intel
a c 150 K Overclocking
May 27, 2012 2:31:00 AM

samuelspark said:
Good stuff. Good stuff. I wonder how HD 4000 fares at OC... 0.o

I might use this for future budget builds...

What are the methods you used to overclock this?

I found out overclocking the IGP is based on CPU VOLTAGE. So higher vcore=higher igp clock attainable.
a b K Overclocking
May 28, 2012 3:45:12 PM

Lol. So this means I would need a P67/Z68/Z77 motherboard and a CPU cooler to cope with the higher CPU temperatures.
a b å Intel
a c 150 K Overclocking
May 29, 2012 12:29:33 AM

Not exactly, temperatures are usually 50-55C. That is with a hyper 212 Evo. You would need a board with video out, so no P67.
July 13, 2012 5:53:09 AM

So, is there a guide for over-clocking the Intel HD 3000? I would really appreciate everything!
a b å Intel
a c 150 K Overclocking
July 13, 2012 6:18:26 AM

Nope, well not yet :p 
July 13, 2012 6:38:40 AM

amuffin said:
Nope, well not yet :p 

Could you make a guide? Or how did you do it?
November 4, 2012 2:33:01 AM

Imma keep an eye on this.. I'm forced to game on an hd3000 because I bought a 1,200$ laptop that turned out to be "for business"... It was a few months ago, and I didn't know at the time lol.

It's pretty hard to get any help or benchmarks because everytime I ask a question that has "gaming" and "hd3000" in it I get flamed or ignored....

Like, goddamnit I know it isn't for gaming GEEZ! lol

Edit: Oh crap I didn't relise this was an old post... Well hopefully you have that guide by now? :p 
a b å Intel
a c 150 K Overclocking
November 4, 2012 3:28:29 AM

Well, I haven't made a guide....and I really don't plan on either.

Regardless, you can't overclock the HD 3000 that is on your laptop.
November 9, 2012 4:10:15 AM

Oh, well, I did manage to "lock" it at its highest state for playing games (1300mhz) so I guess that's the best I can get :/ 
!