How good is an Intel GMA 4500 video card for gaming?

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  1. HerrKaputt

    HerrKaputt Elite Notebook User

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    Hello,

    I use a laptop mostly for work, but enjoy playing games. I am very happy with my Fujitsu Lifebook s6120, but it has been getting quite slow for my work needs (needless to say it is VERY slow for games). So I am going to buy a new one, and was looking at the Lifebook s7220.

    So I would like to know: how good is it for games? Naturally it is worse than a notebook with a dedicated video card, but I've heard that Intel's GMA 4500 chipset is actually surprisingly good for gaming. I don't want to play games like Crysis, but would like to play Guild Wars and Age of Empires III, for example. I would like to play also Oblivion and Fallout 3, even if at medium or low settings. I am very happy with framerates of 30, I don't need 60+.

    So, all of you who have a laptop with this videocard, please let me know how good it is. Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Melody

    Melody How's It Made Addict

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    By general terms, the HD4500 is a bad bad gaming GPU. The HD4500 is only able to run older games comfortably. Guild Wars and Age of Empire should run without much issue, but Oblivion and Fallout 3 will struggle, even at the lowest settings.

    I believe the HD3200 was the IGP with the "surprisingly good gaming performance", not the GMA4500.
     
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    Okay, thanks for the tips. +rep :)

    By the way, how about the Nvidia 9300? I know it is also integrated, but since a) it's Nvidia and b) it has some dedicated memory, is it any better?
     
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    Go for the NVIDIA 9300, if into mild gaming, though battery life would be much better with the GMA.
     
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    Isn't the 9300M GS dedicated though? I think it's the 9200M GS which is integrated >.>

    But yeah, the 9300M GS will provide a definite improvement over the HD4500.

    Intel just isn't really into the GPU business. They mostly stick to CPUs and let Nvidia and ATI make GPUs lol :p
     
  7. IntelUser

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    I saw a review about the GMA X4500HD desktop motherboard review and they said it ran oblivion decent at medium settings.

    http://www.trustedreviews.com/motherboards/review/2008/08/07/Intel-DG45ID/p2

    "Just for larks we decided to see whether the extra performance of G45 yielded any tangible benefits apart from an inflated score in a benchmark and were staggered to find that we were able to play Elder Scrolls:Oblivion at 1,280x1,024 on Medium Quality settings."
     
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    Hmm well admittedly an integrated GPU's desktop and laptop counterparts must be similar(as compared to a desktop dedicated GPU and a notebook dedicated GPU) so maybe that also applies to the HD4500, but I've heard stories from friends who had trouble running Oblivion on an HD4500.
     
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    Both 9200M and 9300M have their own dedicated memory. The 9100M is a mGPU, without dedicated memory.
     
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    I get 50-100 fps in CS 1.6 and about 40avg on Source with the x4500. With the 7150go, I got 40-60fps in 1.6 and 15-30 with Source.
     
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