Preliminary benchmarks put Intel HD 4000 up to 84 percent faster than HD 3000

The successor to the ubiquitous Intel HD 3000 could provide performance boosts averaging about 50 percent better than its 32nm big brother

Although still months away, Intel’s highly anticipated Ivy Bridge platform has purportedly already been leaked online in the form of early benchmarks and performance analyses. Or, more specifically, the chipset’s integrated Intel HD 4000 GPU has been put into some real-world gaming tests.

According to, Chinese website was able to grab hold of an unlocked Ivy Bridge i5-3570K desktop CPU with integrated HD 4000 graphics and compared it to the gaming performance of a current-gen Sandy Bridge i5-2500K with integrated HD 3000 graphics. In their tests, the third generation Core i CPU swept the floor on all benchmarks, be it gaming or synthetic.

For example, at a video resolution of 1280x720 pixels, the HD 4000 was able to provide a 30 percent boost in frame rate performance in Starcraft 2 and an even larger 84 percent in the FPS Far Cry 2 compared to the Core i5-2500K. In 3DMark Vantage, the source claims an almost 89 percent higher GPU score from the 22nm microarchitecture.

As expected, real-world performance gains from the HD 3000 successor will be highly dependent on the software at hand. But, with supposed average improvements of about 50 percent, the HD 4000 is looking quite promising for even better gaming on-the-go for future ultrathin Ultrabooks based on the Ivy Bridge chipset.


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Allen Ngo, 2012-02-26 (Update: 2012-05-26)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.