Is this graphics card good?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by macuser1232, Oct 3, 2012.

  1. macuser1232 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 20, 2012
    I have an Intel HD 3000 graphics card. Is this any good? Could this be the reason why my Early 2011 Macbook Pro i5 8gb of ram running Mountain Lion is getting the spinning beachball sometimes and freezing(twice since ML)?
  2. w00t951 macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2009
    Pittsburgh, PA
    There are many possible causes of your Mac's slowdown, but it's definitely not the Intel HD3000. Graphics lag would present itself as choppy GUI animations, not beachballs.
  3. macuser1232 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jan 20, 2012
    hm ok. And my Mac has pretty much nothing wrong with it and I really only get the beachball when i'm opening big applications such as Adobe software. I just have this paranoia that something is wrong with my Mac.
  4. davidlv macrumors 65816

    Apr 5, 2009
    Kyoto, Japan
    You didn't say what MBP you have, if it is the 15" you have 2 graphic cards:
    13": has one gfx card.
    In my experience using a 2011 Mac mini, the HD 3000 gfx card does quite well for most applications. Of course, the discrete cards in the MBP 15" are better for more demanding situations, but in general the HD3000 is enough. Don't worry so much.
    OS 10.8.x is still being improved, probably won't settle down until 10.8.6 or so...
    still early days.
    Check your console logs after you see the beachball, may be able to get a hint on what is causing that.
  5. Mr MM macrumors 65816

    Mr MM

    Jun 29, 2011
    simple put an ssd in there and see the beachballs disappear
  6. boto macrumors 6502


    Jun 4, 2012
    I'm pretty confident that he has the 13" i5 2011 model based on his signature.

    As for the lag it could be your hard drive that's slowing you down. I'm almost certain the 5400 RPM hard drive is ruining your performance in opening apps.
  7. macuser1232 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jan 20, 2012
    So, is it normal for me to get a spinning beachball every now and then?
  8. mankar4 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 23, 2007
    Yes, of course.
  9. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    So long as it doesn't occur every other click, then yes, a beach ball once in a while is nothing to worry about.
  10. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030


    Mar 22, 2011
    Tokyo, Japan
    Install a SSD.
    It stopped giving beach balls to me.

    Its not the graphics card.
    Even though HD3000 is horrible.
  11. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    You;re not alone! There seems to be a connection between knowing too much and thinking that something is horribly wrong every time something minor happens. I have the same problem from time to time.
  12. macuser1232 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jan 20, 2012
    Wow, you can relate then! Yeah, I'm waiting to get my external hard drive so I can complete reinstall of OS X and everything else(User,Library, etc) to relieve my paranoia! Then I will put certain things back on my Mac. Can't wait!

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