Integrated Graphics Gaming Performance
I took a little detour from my normally testing approach here. The 3DMark Vantage test would not run on any of the three boards. This led me to believe it’s a driver bug, or a bug within 3DMark Vantage. After doing some research on the Futuremark forums, I discovered a hot fix was in the mix, but I would have to abandon the new 3DMark test for this go around. Besides the normal 3DMark06 run, I decided to run the games at different resolutions and record the results. This is will show how the IGP HD3200 matches up across the three different brands, in varying game environments and resolutions.
Now for the games. To insure consistency of the scores the Crysis 1.05 benchmark took and Hardware OC’s benchmark tools were used to ensure the same game environment was created on each run.
The ECS was right in the mix in each game. While the IGP solution can’t be considered an adequate substitute for a high-end discrete GPU, it does show some ability to play games. However, as you can see, if you require high resolutions or detail settings, a dedicated GPU solution will still be your preferred choice. Even though a benchmark tool was used to help insure consistency, slight fluctuations will be present, and that’s apparent in the three way comparison of the onboard HD3200 IGP.