How good/bad is the HD4000 graphics?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by ChancyJohn, Jun 12, 2012.

  1. ChancyJohn macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2007
    How good/bad is the Intel integrated HD4000 Graphics card? ... I know MBA is not intended for gaming but how much worse would the gaming performance be compared to iMac 2007 with its AMD HD2600 discrete graphics?

    I am hoping to get a notebook ... The all gorgeous 15.4" Retina MBP is unfor. too expensive esp in my country :( esp cos of a fat import tax ... So looking @ mba 13"

    Thanx in advance :)
  2. RocketRed macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2012
    The 2011 macbook air's (HD3000) runs Left 4 Dead 2 flawlessly. No lag or stuttering. It can also play the Grand Theft Auto series perfectly fine too.
  3. Senseotech macrumors 6502a


    Nov 23, 2009
    I'm curious on this as well. The only thing I want to play on it is Diablo 3, and as long as its smooth, I don't even care if everything is turned to low.
  4. angelmouse macrumors newbie

    Jun 27, 2010
    Same here. Curious about the performance of Diablo 3 on the new MBA.
  5. Senseotech macrumors 6502a


    Nov 23, 2009
  6. aleni macrumors 68020

    Jun 2, 2006
    grand theft auto 4?
  7. ChancyJohn thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2007
    @rygamble ... thanks for the link ...

    hmmm the article mentions -> [ ... Beware, that the HD Graphics 4000 is used with different clock speeds depending on the CPU model. The ULV CPUs (Core ix-3xx7M) for example feature lower clock speeds and cant maintain the Turbo frequency as good as the 35 - 55 Watt models. Therefore, the ULV version is about 30% slower on average... ] ...

    any idea whats in the MBA?? ... would be the low Watt models?
  8. Oli3000 macrumors regular

    Apr 20, 2009
    Yes it's the ULV version, I think they run at 1200mhz if I remember correctly.
  9. kamgr macrumors newbie

    Sep 1, 2008
    The below works fine for me in single player mode (these were auto set after installation). The only small downside is the mba is warm in my lap (which of course can be easily resolved).

    Display: fullscreen
    Resolution: 1280 x 800
    Letterbox: off
    Vertical Sync: off
    Max Foreground FPS: on, 150
    Max Background FPS: on, 8
    Textures: high
    Shadows: medium
    Physics: high
    Clutter density: medium
    Anti-Aliasing: off
    Low FX: off
  10. Richiehd macrumors newbie

    Jun 13, 2012
    What are the best setting for multiplayer and how does it run?
  11. RocketRed macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2012
    I meant Grand Theft Auto 3, Vice City and San Andreas on the Mac App Store~

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