Yes, I know what you're all thinking, but please no flaming. This laptop is for school and I don't have another 600 to spend to get a laptop with a 560m.
I recently bought an Asus x44h-bbr5 for $400 from best buy (yes, I know what you're thinking; they have good laptop deals), and I thought for the longest time that the i3-2350m had hd graphics 3000, which is nearly double the performance (12 cores vs 6) of the 2000. But after running some games (cs:s, aoe3, dirt3), I'm not convinced. Is this true? Does the i3-2350m really only have hd graphics 2000? What processors have 3000? Is there any way I can overclock it without the bios, since the laptop's bios doesn't allow overclocking? Would that be a good idea? I didn't buy this primarily for gaming, as I have a radeon 5750 and an i5 2500k @ 4.2ghz in my desktop, but it would be nice to play with friends who don't have computers with them and occasionally play on the go.
Notebookcheck says i should be getting nearly 60fps on dirt3 on low, and I'm not getting 30 at 1366x768
I saw a furmark bench that said 720p hd 3000 over 400 pts. I got 162 at 720p. Clock was around 1ghz, mine's apparently at minimum 650 according to intel's site.
Any ideas? I updated to the latest drivers on Intel's site...
Furmark and GPU-Z identify it as a hd 3000
Kombustor identifies it as a hd 2000
That processor has the HD3000 graphics, however vs the I5 line for laptops, there IS a slight difference. The i3 you have will overclock itself up to 1150mhz, but the i5 will hit 1300mhz, a very small difference.
The Intel HD series are NOT overclockable, aside from their "Turbo Boost"