Intel HD Graphics 4000 Performance

With respectable but still very tick-like performance gains on the CPU, our focus now turns to Ivy Bridge's GPU. Drivers play a significant role in performance here and we're still several weeks away from launch so these numbers may improve. We used the latest available drivers as of today for all other GPUs.


A huge thanks goes out to EVGA for providing us with a GeForce GT 440 and GeForce GT 520 for use in this preview.

Crysis: Warhead

We'll start with Crysis, a title that no one would have considered running on integrated graphics a few years ago. Sandy Bridge brought playable performance at low quality settings (Performance defaults) last year, but how much better does Ivy do this year?

Crysis: Warhead - Frost Bench

In our highest quality benchmark (Mainstream) settings, Intel's HD Graphics 4000 is 55% faster than the 3000 series graphics in Sandy Bridge. While still tangibly slower than AMD's Llano (Radeon HD 6550D), Ivy Bridge is a significant step forward. Drop the quality down a bit and playability improves significantly:

Crysis: Warhead - Frost Bench

Crysis: Warhead - Frost Bench

Over 50 fps at 1680 x 1050 from Intel integrated graphics is pretty impressive. Here we're showing a 41% increase in performance compared to Sandy Bridge, with Llano maintaining a 33% advantage over Ivy. I would've liked to have seen an outright doubling of performance, but this is a big enough step forward to be noticeable on systems with no discrete GPU.

Power Consumption Intel HD 4000 Performance: Metro 2033
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  • Articuno - Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - link

    Except the quality is the same as competing AMD products if not worse because of driver issues, but you lose 20-30% performance in every scenario versus the last gen Llano APU. The facts are in this very review.
  • Articuno - Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - link

    Sure sounds like Bulldozer at this point, doesn't it?

    ""It's just a driver issue, AMD/Intel will fix it!"
    "It's just the review units sent out, AMD/Intel will have a BIOS update at the official release that improves performance!"
    "If you overclock it to hell and back, it can almost sort of maybe compete with Intel/AMD!"
    "Oh look, there's a new update out that improves performance! Sure it's only 1% performance, applicable in only certain scenarios, but it's better than nothing!"
  • Articuno - Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - link

    Aside from that NOT being what I said at all... you do realize you justified the reasoning in your post, right? They're bribing Intel. That doesn't mean they did nothing wrong, it's a BRIBE. Besides, Intel is just as guilty as Microsoft of OEM threatening and hand-holding in the 90s.
  • Makaveli - Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - link

    Who the hell is this Sans2212 troll.

    Dude please do all of us a favour on this site and STFU.

    90% of the people reading this site know more than you.

    Take your bad english GTFO.

    +1 for ban!
  • Articuno - Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - link

    If you Google his handle you'll find out he's been doing this for a while now (and that he's probably Japanese, which would explain the poor English).

    +2 for ban.
  • m.amitava - Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - link

    I don't think he's serious....reading come of his comments...nobody with a human brain can reason like that...

    If he IS serious, opens up the possbility of creating an online zoo exhibit out of him with an AMD logo and he'll roar, shout, roll and snap :)
  • tipoo - Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - link

    Poes law in full swing. The morons are indistinguishable from the people trying to look like them.
  • silverblue - Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - link

    Awww I missed it... I usually like reading his rants, especially his obsession with "amd craps". He filled the void SiliconDoc vacated.
  • Jamahl - Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - link

    Wake me up when intel does something interesting again.
  • MJG79 - Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - link

    2009 - $35B in revenue
    2010 - $44B (1st $40B year)
    2011 - $54B (1st $50B year)
    $20B revenue growth in 2 years

    You wake me up when there is competition again.

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