Gaming with an Intel HD 4000 iGPU?

The ubiquitous Intel HD 4000 iGPU is still ranking high in Steam surveys. It was part of the 3rd Gen Intel Core-i architecture and was quite a jump from earlier generations. Seeing is believing, so check out the gameplay video which will give you more details about fps, resolution and detail settings.

Most games ran fine as long as you are satisfied with 30fps, somewhat lower resolutions and low/mid detail settings. Obviously you can play games that are older than the ones I’ve tested here. You should be able to play all AAA games from the PS3/XB360 generation better than on the consoles.

Check out my blog about dual-channel RAM, it will give you a big boost in performance for gaming.

Our laptop is a Lenovo Thinkpad T430s with shared video RAM.

  • GPU Intel HD 4000
  • CPU Intel Core i5 3320M dual core (2/4)
  • 16 GB DDR3 dual-channel
  • SSD Toshiba 256 GB

Twelve games were tested, all of them are playable, some run very nice, check out the video above:

  • Skyrim
  • Assassin’s Creed II
  • Tomb Raider Underworld
  • Dirt 3
  • Half-Life 2
  • MGS V
  • Rayman Origins
  • Portal II
  • Crysis
  • Dear Esther
  • Trine II
  • Monkey Island

Some preview of what to expect in performance.

Gaming T430s fps HD 4000
Gaming ThinkPad T430s Intel HD 4000 iGPU

Thanks for reading! You can check out more of this blog or my YouTube channel.


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