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Intel i7 2600k Graphics

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January 19, 2011 4:56:40 AM

Can the Intel i7 2600k Sandy Bridge intergrated graphics alone handle Starcraft 2 on 1920x1080 on at least medium or high settings?

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January 19, 2011 6:10:32 AM

Umm....

No.

The new integrated Intel video is twice as powerful as the previous GMA 4500MHD, but that only puts a little faster than the HD 5450. See below benchmarks for SC2 with mainstream video cards. The HD 5450 isn't even listed 'cause it is a value level card.



Source: http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/video/display/starcraf...
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January 19, 2011 6:18:21 AM

Not really, plus you'd need to buy an H67 board instead of a P67 which forbids real overclocking. That would defeat the purpose of a K model chip
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January 19, 2011 2:15:50 PM

bearclaw99 said:
Not really, plus you'd need to buy an H67 board instead of a P67 which forbids real overclocking. That would defeat the purpose of a K model chip


Which is why the engineering of these chips and motherboards is the stupidest thing ever. In order to use the integrated video on the unlocked chips (K), you must have a H-series motherboard, which defeats the purpose of buying a K series chip because the H series motherboard won't let you overclock it. However the best video chips are on these higher end unlocked cpu's, however you cannot use the video if you have the motherboard that allows you to overclock it (p67). Makes no sense whatsoever.

Intel engineers are smoking crack these days I think.
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January 19, 2011 2:49:52 PM

geekapproved said:
Which is why the engineering of these chips and motherboards is the stupidest thing ever. In order to use the integrated video on the unlocked chips (K), you must have a H-series motherboard, which defeats the purpose of buying a K series chip because the H series motherboard won't let you overclock it. However the best video chips are on these higher end unlocked cpu's, however you cannot use the video if you have the motherboard that allows you to overclock it (p67). Makes no sense whatsoever.

Intel engineers are smoking crack these days I think.

Its not the most intuitive design descision :)  I guess they're just saying the unlocked processors have 'everything' and charging you an extra $30... and sending you on your way...

I was going to say that the predicted X68 chipset motherboards are supposed to be like mash-up of the good features of H67 and P67, but when I looked at the wikipedia entry for it, it looks like its going to be a LGA2011 chipset... which doesn't do any good for a 2500K/2600K. Found a picture to confirm... a pile of posts here we pitching the X68 as the OC with integrated graphics savior... it appears its not (unless you buy an unlocked LGA2011 CPU in half a year... :p ). I'm even more baffled now... :) 

Other than the fact that most H67 boards are $30+ cheaper... you'd really want a P67 for your discrete graphics usage.
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January 19, 2011 4:05:16 PM

Yes s2011 (X68) replaces 1366 (X58).

A smarter decision would have been to make all the processors unlocked and then have separate models (ex: 2600G) with integrated graphics for $20 more. That would have made much more sense.
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January 19, 2011 8:08:16 PM

Back to the question definite no I don't think it will play at all at 1920x1080 even at lowest settings. You will be able to just about play at lower resolutions with low-medium settings.
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January 19, 2011 9:31:42 PM

Z67 chipset - overclocking AND integrated graphics.

Just gotta wait until the end of the year.

But that being said, you really want a proper graphics card anyway if you're playing any fairly recent games, so P67 it is.
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January 20, 2011 6:34:04 PM

LePhuronn said:
Z67 chipset - overclocking AND integrated graphics.

Just gotta wait until the end of the year.

But that being said, you really want a proper graphics card anyway if you're playing any fairly recent games, so P67 it is.

Ahhhh.... *that's* the one I was hearing about. Thanks!

I agree. For the OP's situation, its definitely a discrete card... then the P67 is the obvious choice.
A H67 could work, just to save $20-30, but the features and freedom of the P67 boards are worth it. Go P67.

Good luck!
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