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#1 2012-12-12 14:00:32

scket
#! CrunchBanger
From: West Midlands
Registered: 2009-01-16
Posts: 221

Intel HD 4000 v nVidia 610M Graphics

Hi everyone, windows only question I'm afraid. If anyone can offer advice I'd really appreciate it.

Santa is doing some research for a present for my son. A new laptop with a budget of under £500.

He's recently started getting into games and his old laptop struggles a little and he's thinking of upgrading.

I thought a separate graphics chip would give better performance for him but looking on-line it looks as if the latest HD 4000 chip gives as good a performance as a low end nVidia.

This laptop seemed a good buy  Lenovo IdeaPad Z380 (only a 13" screen), but I'm now having second thoughts.

All help appreciated.

All the best.

Craig

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#2 2012-12-12 14:06:16

el_koraco
#!/loony/bun
From: inside Ed
Registered: 2011-07-25
Posts: 4,749

Re: Intel HD 4000 v nVidia 610M Graphics

Depends on the kind of games. The HD4000 is good enough for stuff like Diablo 3 on low settings, not so good for those ultramodern first person shooters where you can see a guy's brain splash in vivid detail.

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#3 2012-12-12 14:17:03

scket
#! CrunchBanger
From: West Midlands
Registered: 2009-01-16
Posts: 221

Re: Intel HD 4000 v nVidia 610M Graphics

Thanks el_koraco.

Right, I forgot to mention he's using Steam and wants to play games like Lego Batman 2. That's one he can't play on his current laptop.

Steam - Lego Batman 2: wrote:

System Requirements

Minimum
OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ - 2x 2000 MHz
Memory: 1 GB RAM
Hard Disk Space: 10 GB
Video Card: NVIDIA 7600, 7800, 8xxx or better, ATI 1950 or better
DirectX®: 100% DirectX 9.0c compatible Audio Device
Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible
Additional: 100% DirectX 9.0c compatible computer required

Recommended
Processor: Quad core CPU 2.7 GHz
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 or better; ATI HD3870 or better
Additional: 100% DirectX 9.0c compatible computer required

I'm not sure what he might play in the future but he understands he'd be struggling with high end games on a laptop with that budget.

Last edited by scket (2012-12-12 14:17:32)

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#4 2012-12-12 14:27:14

el_koraco
#!/loony/bun
From: inside Ed
Registered: 2011-07-25
Posts: 4,749

Re: Intel HD 4000 v nVidia 610M Graphics

Well, any laptop made in the last five years will work for the Lego Batman 2. If gaming is the main concern, I'd skip the business type machines, and go for something like a HP dv6 or whatever that line is called. As far as prices go, you'll see some discounts for the holidays for sure.

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#5 2012-12-12 14:31:39

scket
#! CrunchBanger
From: West Midlands
Registered: 2009-01-16
Posts: 221

Re: Intel HD 4000 v nVidia 610M Graphics

Hmmmm, his laptop is only 3 years old. Perhaps there's another error, not just the graphics!

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#6 2012-12-12 15:21:14

cchhrriiss121212
#! Junkie
Registered: 2010-03-26
Posts: 357

Re: Intel HD 4000 v nVidia 610M Graphics

For playing games you should look at a desktop, you get far more flexibility and performance at the same price.

Unless of course you don't have the space for one...

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#7 2012-12-12 15:26:01

scket
#! CrunchBanger
From: West Midlands
Registered: 2009-01-16
Posts: 221

Re: Intel HD 4000 v nVidia 610M Graphics

@Chris

Thanks, I realise this, but he hasn't got room in his bedroom for a desktop and he likes moving around the house with it!

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#8 2012-12-12 17:53:52

cchhrriiss121212
#! Junkie
Registered: 2010-03-26
Posts: 357

Re: Intel HD 4000 v nVidia 610M Graphics

In that case the one you linked to up there seems like a solid buy. Just keep the settings on low.

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