Lost Planet 2
The results in Lost Planet 2 are particularly interesting because they show very well show the differences in performance of two Sandy Bridge graphics core versions with 6 and 12 execution units. But even a non-overclocked Intel HD Graphics 2000 is significantly faster than any of the previous-generation graphics cores out there.
Notebooks based on Sandy bridge processors that use their integrated graphics core will most likely deliver acceptable gaming performance. As we see, Intel HD Graphics 3000 graphics core can provide decent performance in 1680x1050 resolution in this popular racing game, just like in many other games. The only thing you will need to do is to set the image quality to the minimum.
H.A.W.X. 2 proves to be a not very demanding game. Even the owners of previous-generation integrated graphics will be able to enjoy it. Intel HD Graphics 3000 and Intel HD Graphics 2000 compete successfully against discrete graphics cards in this game.
Contemporary strategies rarely require high-performance graphics cards. And this is exactly the case here. If we do not set the image quality settings too high, then Civilization V will run perfectly fine on both Intel HD Graphics modifications in Sandy Bridge and will even allow using HD resolutions.
Starcraft II is not a typical application: this is where new Intel integrated graphics loses drastically even to the Radeon HD 5450. However, it doesn’t mean that the integrated graphics in Sandy Bridge is not powerful enough for this game. if you set low image quality Intel HD Graphics 3000 will be fast enough in 1680x1050, and Intel HD Graphics 2000 will deliver acceptable fps rate in simpler modes.