Intel HD 3000 wow...

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by hcho3, Jun 28, 2011.

  1. hcho3 macrumors 68030

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    Just used Intel HD 3000 graphic card to play Left 4 dead. The result was awful. It was wayyyyy worse than I expected. The core i5 is so freaking useless with GPU like this.

    Tested in MY friend's MBP and my Samsung Series 9 laptop. They both have Intel HD 3000. I hope MBA gets a better luck.
     
  2. jlblodgett macrumors 6502a

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    Pretty sure that's the only option for the Sandy Bridge chip.
     
  3. axu539 macrumors 6502a

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    Did you have the settings adjusted accordingly? You can't expect to be playing on high settings with either of those machines...
     
  4. housecat macrumors newbie

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    what settings were you on? L4D is a pretty taxing game.
     
  5. Xgm541 macrumors 6502a

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    unless he was playing on high, its not a taxing game. My OLD laptop ran it on medium and had a nvidia geforce 8400gs. The intel is better than that.
     
  6. Cali3350 macrumors regular

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    Multiple reviews have shown the terrible performance is mostly due to Intels windows drivers. In OSX the HD 3000 usually eeks out a win vs some other lower end cards like the 320m. Apple writes the OSX drivers and appear much better at it.
     
  7. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    I agree it's downright dreadful. I can get a constant 20-30fps in Rift, with most settings on high, with my 6630m, but if it runs off of the IIG 3000, I get around 0 fps, with the occasional spike to 1 :p

    I'm sure if I dropped all the settings down to low, it would do better, but where's the fun in that!

    However, for 80% of the population, it'll be more than adaquite.
     
  8. fs454 macrumors 65816

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    I just don't get what the use is of such a configuration. It's like going backwards to the days where laptops had extremely crippled GPUs....Intel Extreme Graphics!


    I'd much rather have a CPU that benches ~1400 points lower in Geekbench, still is adequate for what one might be using an 11" ultraportable for, and a killer GPU for the size. L4D and Portal 2 run absolutely maxed out averaging 35-45fps on my 1.6ghz Core 2 Duo, 4GB RAM and 320m. You're telling me the new i5/i7 configs with the 3000HD will run this much worse?


    Despite the rumors, I really, really, really still don't see Apple using Sandy Bridge in these computers anytime soon. They'll wait for Ivy. Calling it.
     
  9. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    yaaa.. it runs better on your Air than it does on a clean install of Windows, with a 3000.

    See? It's that bad. :mad:
     
  10. Dark Void macrumors 68030

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    i realize that there is a more pressing issue at hand, but with its subtle mention, is there something i missing about the negative opinions on the hd3000 in windows laptops? every laptop at a common comparing price (say around $400) to a laptop that would run the hd3000 is running some ati gpu that scores at least 2k lower on 3dmark06 than the hd3000 does. laptops around a $400 price point (at least on newegg) are running either the hd3000 (3.6k 3dmarks with a faster cpu) or an ati gpu up to 2k (and that's with the A-350 APU i.e. amd 6310), in which contest any hd3000 model with a faster cpu would be better, yes?

    what is the obvious thing that i am missing here? my numbers are according to notebook check. do i have to look beyond the numbers, er?
     
  11. Capt Underpants macrumors 68030

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    Apple may offer an external graphics solution like Sony.

    One can dream...
     
  12. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    Apple isn't forcing anyone to buy it. Plus it's not like they really had a choice, seeing as they don't have the option to continue with the Core 2 Duo (which really is too old to put in a computer that expensive). I also don't think it was intended to be a gaming computer at all.
     
  13. Smurfed macrumors regular

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    Lol, a company's whole reason for making a product is for people to buy them. :rolleyes:
     
  14. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    I'm not saying they don't want people to buy it, but some posts I have seen are as though they have to buy it
     
  15. KnightWRX macrumors Pentium

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    Hum, no, the 3000 UD scores between the 320M and the 9400m on OS X.

    Are you talking about the lame Anand benchmark where he posted numbers for a CPU bound scenario where it was Sandy Bridge that was barely beating out Core 2 Duo and not the 3000 HD vs the 320 M ? All other graphics benchmarks show the Intel 3000 HD being a significant downgrade to the 320M, and that's for normal voltage applications.
     
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    Did you have the opportunity to run Hello Kitty Island Adventure?
     
  17. clockwise33 macrumors newbie

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    Standard voltage HD3000 a significant downgrade from 320m?

    HD3000 showed an average 8% increase in FPS in six popular, modern games. -> http://www.anandtech.com/show/4084/intels-sandy-bridge-upheaval-in-the-mobile-landscape/5
     
  18. hcho3 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    maybe YOUR laptop is the problem here. can it play hd videos flawlessly? does everything else work as it should? and if it plays l4d like crap on low settings, there's something strange with your laptop...
     
  20. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    In most games, the GPU is the bottleneck, not the CPU. That's why games like Portal can run on a Macbook Air, but fail spectacularly on a PC with an i7 but only a IIG 3000.

    Check out the new AMD cpu series, probably standard in all notebooks by x-mas.. it's a faster CPU that's about i3 speeds, plus a 6xxx series GPU that'll out-perform any intel setup, and it's priced for the $400 laptops.
     
  21. jmpnop macrumors 6502a

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    I was disappointed when MBP 13 didn't get dedicated graphics card. MBA neither will, expect the same gaming performance on the next MBA:(
     
  22. mark28 macrumors 68000

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    Apple writes worse drivers in OSX than the drivers from Nvidia on Windows.
     
  23. AdrianK macrumors 68020

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    Meh. Apple's 13" laptops have always had crappy GPUs (Intel GMA X3100 until early '09, 9400M until mid 2010 etc), it's a good way to pull customers towards the 15".
     
  24. NutsNGum macrumors 68030

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    Regardless, they're still not forcing them to buy it.

    Agreed. Some people don't seem to be able to distinguish between need and want.
     

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