Can anyone please tell m whether the Intel HD Graphics 3000 is a good graphics card? Are there any drawbacks?
iis an integrated graphics card in the Sandy Bridge codenamed processors. The HD Graphics 3000 has no dedicated memory but shares the Level 3 / LLC Cache with the CPU cores and also part of the main memory. Due to TurboBoost, the GPU can be overclocked depending on the current CPU load and power consumption. The base speed and the turbo boost speed of the HD Graphics 3000 depend on the processor:
•ULV processors Core ix-2xx7 (base 350MHz, Turbo 900-1000MHz)
•LV processors Core ix-2xx5 (base 500MHz, Turbo 1000MHz)
•Mainstream and high-end Dual und Quad-Core Core ix-2xx0 (base 650MHz, Turbo 1100-1200MHz)
•Desktop K processors (base 850, Turbo 1100-1350MHz)
Hello, the 3000 series are a good graphics when compared with the previous versions.
That does not mean that it would perform better than a middle/high quality discreet card. If you only want to use if for the odd video game and transcoding is good enough.
The main drawback that you had before with incorporated graphics card, was that if it died, most times you had to change the whole motherboard. With the 3000 series, the graphics card is directly integrated in the processor core of the Sandy-Bridge processor.
Another drawback was the fact that incorporated graphic cards could only compete with cheap discreet graphic cards. The performance of the 3000 is a lot better than the older integrated video cards because it has a unit dedicated to decoding and encoding of HD
videos. It also supports DirectX 10.1, Shader Model 4.1 and HDMI
1.4. The new HDMI 1.4 supports 3d.
The 3000 series, allows older games to be played at high graphics
settings and current games mostly at low graphics details. If your cpu has turboboost capabilities, it will allow your card to perform better.
you dint mention in what respect .
check here --- http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/the-sandy-bridge-review-intel-core-i7-2600k-i5-2500k-core-i3-2100-tested/11