Can Intel HD 4000 Run Battlefield 3
Written by Paulo Proenca on 27 August 2012 at 17:51

Battlefield 3 is one of the biggest games from 2011 and unsurprisingly interest in this shooter title is still strong.

Its mind numbing to consider just how many multiplayer hours the world has clocked up on BF3 since its release 10 months ago, but the question we are asking today is - Does a gamer need a dedicated graphics solution to enjoy BF3? Let's find out...

This test was made with 8GB of DDR3-1600 RAM and the CPU Core i7-3770 4-Core 3.4GHz. The GPU in question, can be specificly called Intel HD i7 3770 and these are its specs:

Core-Clock: 650MHz (up to 1300MHz)

Memory Clock: 800MHz (due to system ram being DDR3-1600)

Bus Width: 128-bit (due to having dual channel memory installed (2 x 4GB)

Shader Processing Units: 16 (same for all Ivy Bridge GPUs)

These benchmarks were done with  a resolution of 1024x768.

BattleField 3 (Multiplayer) Results:

Low Preset Veredict:

Comment: Battlefield 3's amazing Multiplayer is playable at Intel HD 4000 - but just barely. The average FPS was 30 (30,1 to be more precise) which falls just a little above the playable to non-playable threshold. It's worth pointing out there was a minimum of 24 FPS, meaning on some parts and during intense situations, performance hindered.

Medium Preset Veredict:

Comment: Unfortunatelly, it seems things a little bit more complicated for Intel HD 4000 on medium settings. Probably because the medium preset includes a considerable high amount of AA, deadly for most integrated solutions. The average FPS fall behind the playable threshold (27.1 FPS) meaning most of the time players will experience lousy frame rates and will have a tough time keeping up with BF3's MP's insane competition.

High Preset Veredict:

Comment: Not much to say in here. It was expected. Even the Maximum FPS (which might be a single occurence) fall beneath the threshold line. Only players really used to very lousy frame rates will manage to play BF3 MP this way and even they would probably stick with low, let alone high.

Ultra Preset Veredict:

Comment: It's crazy to even make this benchmark. Only a high-end GPU can pull ultra settings with fluent Frame Rates. On the ultra preset, BF3 MP is completly unplayable and playing it this way is totally out of the question. Even the Maximum FPS registered (17) are ridicously low.

Final Comment: Unfortunately, I was hoping for better results. Even on the lowest settings and a low resolution, Intel HD 4000 has some difficulties when trying to get BF3 to perform. Battlefield 3's MP is graphically impressive experience that needs to be played with smooth frame rates (above 40) to be enjoyed to its full. It's safe to say players will require a dedicated graphics solution if they want to enjoy BF3's MP.

 


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Before I bought my 7950, my Intel HD 4000 could play fine on low settings, at 800x600. 60 FPS

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Hi buddy, I see HD 4000 has 54% powerfull than mine, and GeForce GT 610M just 34% powerfull than mine … !, But I test it for gaming, and you now GT 610M has powerfull for gaming than HD 4000 …, so what advantages HD 4000 ??? :)

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So for me it would be playable on low?

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so its playable? at low?

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Unplayable on medium with 1024x768 HD4000 seems too weak. :/

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Considering that it doesn't even need a separate PCB, power, or anything apart from the CPU itself, that's pretty darn good :D

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Mazasrb
00:11 Sep-02-2012

Someone could even play it on med (28FPS) .That card would be a good boost to dedicated one if could be paired.

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VirtuMVP Hyperformance for Z77/Ivy Bridge CPUs does that :D

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Why do people expect integrated gpus to be powerful? You dont pay extra money for them and you should be thankful if you can even run the game…

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Mazasrb
12:11 Sep-02-2012

I don't expect i just say ;)

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I didnt mean you exactly but most people :D

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Mazasrb
12:55 Sep-02-2012

OK bud,i know that little integrated chip can't be that fast xD

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tzzsmk
10:43 Sep-05-2012

@express1337 …exactly:Đ
@Mazasrb …integrated chip is very fast, even HD7970 has only 925MHz core speed, my HD2000 has 1450MHz turbo clock!!, problem is that igpu has only 6 shader units unlike HD7970 which has 2048:Đ

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Mazasrb
15:28 Sep-05-2012

I did't say that it's slow :D

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In my opinion, Don't buy Intel Graphics.

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Pip
08:01 Sep-01-2012

They already come with the CPU. It's not like you go to a store and say "Hey, I want an Intel HD" lol

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Oratane
09:57 Sep-01-2012

Yeah intel HD GPU's should not be bought as they are a wast of money (IMO) XD

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It would cost around $70 so it would be a good opportunity for someone

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Mazasrb
17:21 Sep-01-2012

It's good, considering that you get it for free.

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Oratane
17:44 Sep-01-2012

well everything has a price =/

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Pip
22:05 Sep-01-2012

everything and everyone lol

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Not me

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Pip
22:07 Sep-01-2012

Yes you do, even if it's incalculable lol

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Oratane
22:09 Sep-01-2012

Well I got a price as I was sold once to some people in Israel =/

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You were a slave?

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Pip
08:49 Sep-02-2012

come again?

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Oretane said that he was sold to some people in Israel

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Mazasrb
13:34 Sep-02-2012

To SauceBoss? :D

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Tero
20:25 Sep-02-2012

Ahahahahhahaha :D :D
I bet SB enjoyed his little African slave ;)

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Oratane
22:36 Sep-04-2012

Well he was genital ;)

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22:37 Sep-04-2012

OMG I spelled it wrong XD

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Watch your language, mister :)

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14:55 Sep-05-2012

Ahahahahahhaaaa, another epic typo on GD :D :D
I don't think I want to know any more… ;)

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Aaaahaha a hahah 43mins later…. aaaahahahah :D

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This HD 4000 already good for non-hardcore gamer, my friends have same CPU. He satisfied with HD 4000 performance but for hardcore gamer (Like me?), this CPU only good for video/photo editing or conversion & some small works. Use LogixVirtu give you extra advantages to play games & do work at same times.

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Mazasrb
01:22 Aug-30-2012

Serious video editing is pretty demanding though.

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Mainly on the CPU, that's why Macs use mediocre mobile GPUs in all their models but i5 and above processors.

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tzzsmk
08:04 Aug-30-2012

i5 laptops cpus are just like desktop i3,
laptop equivalent to destop i5 doesn't exist at all,
and laptop i7 is just underclocked desktop i7 :)

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I have a question, could I play Battlefield 3 online with an internet connection of .85 megabytes per second?

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Pip
07:46 Aug-29-2012

Hi,
I think so. Tero used to with 1MB lol

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What was the framerate on high settings? You didn't mention it.

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tzzsmk
09:18 Aug-29-2012

it is in the picture:Đ

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Oh. I didn't see. Thanks XD

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Mazasrb
11:25 Aug-29-2012

@Pip 1Mb :D Yes,yes :D

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Thanks, I am planning to get the game then soon. I know I can play the game on at least low setting and get 60 fps.

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Mazasrb
11:43 Aug-29-2012

I think you can play it on med tweaked and get 60 FPS.

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Oratane
16:24 Aug-29-2012

Lol I got 1meg and BF3 can be played on it will ease ;D

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Tero
20:27 Sep-02-2012

I can vouch for that, it was totally playable with a 1 Mbps connection ;)

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I have to admit this is a bit surprising. While you will get better graphics on the console than playing this game on low settings with Intel HD 4000, I have to admit that for a processor with integrated graphics card to be able to handle this game on any setting is quite the feat. Can't wait to see what Intel will offer in the years to come.

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Pip
07:47 Aug-29-2012

Yes, people have no idea how much integrated graphics have changed. Playing this with a chipset would be hilarious lol

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tzzsmk
08:30 Aug-29-2012

I do know how it is,
even you Pip didn't want to believe me months ago when I told you I could play all those games on my i3-2130 :Đ

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Pip
10:54 Aug-29-2012

Yeah but Intel HD 4000 is much superior and I didn't believe it because I also had an Intel HD 3000 on my laptop.

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Mazasrb
12:08 Aug-29-2012

But that was mobile on laptop.

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tzzsmk
13:04 Aug-29-2012

yup, that HD4000 seems to be significantly better, especially because completely different arrangment of cpu chip…

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tzzsmk
08:29 Aug-29-2012

I think new Xbox will be a surprise for everyone (either positive or negative:)

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Have you seen the new Sony phones today on IFA? If all of their products are going to be that good, PS4 will rule the world (but Sony must drop the stupid ideas of no offline play and games that can be used only on one PS4)! On the other side, I didn't hear many good things about Xbox 720. I heard it won't have a DVD drive and its games will be on some… cards or something! LOL! One of the main things I use my PS3 for is DVD playback, and if the Xbox 720 is going to be without a DVD drive, there is no force that could make me buy it.

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tzzsmk
20:43 Aug-29-2012

I use my very old laptop for DVD playback (connected with TV via S-Video :)

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Blu-Rays are overpriced in my country

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Mazasrb
13:49 Sep-04-2012

Yeah,pretty expensive ;)

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Tero
16:52 Sep-04-2012


Plus the quality is so much better that I'm not touching DVDs anymore ;)

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Mazasrb
17:27 Sep-04-2012

I mean Blu-Ray players ;)

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Pip you are the King by the way nice article :D

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Pip
07:48 Aug-29-2012

Where is my crown? :P

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Tero
20:28 Sep-02-2012

Right here, come and pick it up ;)

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