Gaming with my Intel HD 4000
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It's been about 4 months since I finished the first phase in building my new gaming PC. I want to write this post with hopes that it may help others in the same situation as me. When building my PC I knew to stay on budget, but without compromising long-term performance, that I had to decide between a Video Card and my Steering Wheel (as I didn't have one that was PC compatible). After a few tests, I ordered my new Fanatec wheel... this is my experience gaming with the Intel HD 4000 (Intel i5 3570K Ivy Bridge).

Racing was my number one priority with coming back to PC gaming (after being on consoles for past 8 years). I will touch on a few other non-racing titles that I do enjoy to play.

Live For Speed (S2 Latest Build) - 1080x1920, 4x AA, all other settings maxed, never drops off 60 FPS (v-sync).

Richard Burns Rally (base game w/ latest patches) - 1080x1920, all settings maxed, never drops off 60 FPS (v-sync).

iRacing - 1080x1920, default graphics level 2 (one from top), 80+ when hot lapping, 50-70 in race situations.

F1 2012 (demo) - 720x1280, medium settings, no AA, 45-60 FPS.

FIFA 2013 - 720x1280, medium settings, no AA, 50 (crowd shots) to 90 (gameplay camera).

Counter Strike: GO - 1080x1920, medium settings, no AA, 50-75 FPS.

XCOM (demo) - 720x1280, medium settings, no AA, 20 (close up action) to 35 (primary game camera)

There's more I could list... but I've been really impressed overall. Very few games I have tried to play have been unplayable, or requiring sub-par graphical settings to be playable. I will be picking up a video card (GTX 680) before the end of the year... but I'm very happy that I stayed with in my original budget, and made the right decision to get my wheel first. It's been very enjoyable to be back to PC gaming.

Build as of current:
Windows 7 x64 SP1
HX650w Corsair Professional
ASUS Sabertooth Z77 Motherboard
Intel i5 3570K (Ivy Bridge w/ Intel HD 4000 Graphics)
8 GB RAM (1.5 assigned to video)
256 GB OCZ Vertex 4 SSD
LG DVD-RW
24" LG LED Monitor
Fanatec Porsche GT3 RS V2 w/ CSR Elite Pedals

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Im no computer wiz so correct me if im wrong. with the Intel i5 3750K you dont need a video card? Im just wondering because im in the process of putting a computer together and that would save me a chunk of money to start out with until i can save up to get the video card i really want.

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That is correct. Just get a decent motherboard that supports the Core series chip set, and you will be good to go with most of the Core series processors. The current generation of the most Core i5 and all Core i7 get you the Intel HD 4000 graphics. Lower models (of Ivy Bridge processors) use Intel HD 2500 level graphics, and I can't comment on the difference of quality as I don't know.

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Thanks for the reply. Now im wondering, I was planing on getting the Core I5 2500K but since i dont need a video card right away, Now im thinking get an I7. I know the I5 is pretty much the best chip for the I5 series but what about the I7 chips. any recomendations on that.

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One note is the i5 2500K is Sandy Bridge and uses the Intel HD 3000 series, which will have lower performance then mine... don't know exacts on how much. I'm not 100% sure of exact details of difference between the i3, i5 & i7 series... but on their fact sheets from Intel will show the graphics capabilities.

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Added note. iRacing may see lower performance on some tracks. I just did a race at Bristol... empty track 45 FPS, in race 30-40... never dropped below 30 at least.

WRC 3 demo appears to be running well at 720p (didn't check actual frame rate).

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So... I decided to bump this thread.  My motherboard's PCI slots have decided to fry on me.  After a long process of deduction, and now long "express" RMA wait with ASUS.... I've now been playing games on my Intel HD 4000 on-board graphics again for the past few weeks.  Here's more modern titles (and few older) I've been playing using this on-board chip set.

 

Assetto Corsa - 900p, Lowest Visuals.  Holy crap this works, including with a grid of 7 cars.  Never below 30 FPS, avg 40.

 

GRID Autosport - 720p, Medium Visuals.  Codemasters is still amazing with optimization for quality of visuals seen here on low hardware.  Never below 35 FPS, avg 45.

 

SpinTires - 720p, Low Preset.  Works, but knowing that this game looks amazing maxed out kind of took away from it's charm.  Never saw below 40 FPS, avg 48.

 

Wreckfest (Early Access, as of time of this writing) - 720p, Lowest Settings.  Looks almost too nice for low settings.  Low was 18 FPS, avg 25.  Wouldn't recommend, but does "work".

 

Geometry Wars 3 - 1080p, full settings - locked at 60 FPS.  Still looks beautiful.

 

Plants Vs Zombies Garden Warfare - 720p, low settings.  Had some issues with going full screen.  Looks extra blah compared to full visuals.  Playable always above 30, avg 45.

 

SimCity (2013) - 1080p, Medium Settings (except Lowest on Lighting).  Working really well, 40 FPS avg, chose to lock at a steady and smooth 30 FPS.

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