Gaming test on my new laptop

Hi again all. So I installed Steam on my new Dell Inspiron so I could see how well it could handle some gaming, and I thought I’d share the results, because I’m sure you guys are just salivating for some info.

Well, the reason I think this is interesting is because of the fact that it’s integrated graphics. The Core i5 in the machine has UHD 620 graphics, so obviously I wasn’t expecting too much, but here’s what I discovered: I installed Unreal Tournament 3, set the resolution to 1600 x 900, and the details to medium, and the result? Between 30 and 40 frames per second most of the time, with dips to the upper 20’s when there were a lot of explosions going on and stuff.

I guess you could say I’m rather pleased, because I don’t think of this as a gaming laptop obviously (it’s really not marketed or meant to be one). But UT3 is probably my favorite game of all time, and the fact that it plays it well with a few compromises makes me pretty happy. Not only that, it makes me believe that some of the other classic games that I love that don’t tax the GPU as much, such as Left 4 Dead or UT2004, are going to run without any issues whatsoever.

So anyway, feel free to share your recent gaming experiences on portable hardware.

Conversation 2 comments

  • Thom77

    05 November, 2019 - 12:05 pm

    <p>The following is what I got to run on a Microsoft Go with slightly lower resolution and lowered graphical settings.</p><p><br></p><p>MLB 2k11/2k12</p><p>FIFA 12</p><p>Civlization 5 (havent tested late game though, been play CIv6 on Ipad mostly)</p><p>Nascar 2003 (best racing sim ever created period of any genre)</p><p>Ashes Cricket 2009</p><p>Skyrim (on low with various fps and lower texture mods)</p><p>Madden 08</p><p>PPSSPP emulator (mostly play NCAA Football 07 but in my experience if it run that game as well as it does, it will run most other games fine too)</p><p>NHL 09 (there is a widescreen patch floating around on the internet, a Youtube video has a link to it also)</p><p>NHL 04 w/ Rebuilt Mod (better gameplay than 09 with mod)</p><p><br></p><p><br></p>

    • ErichK

      Premium Member
      05 November, 2019 - 5:09 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#486612">In reply to Thom77:</a></em></blockquote><p>Yep, as is the case most of the time with integrated graphics, it seems like games that are more than six or seven years old are within reach, sometimes even with medium settings. Obviously I'm not even going to try running any very recent AAA titles — that's not what I bought the laptop for. But then again … hmm? Curiosity might get the better of me and I might try it anyway.</p><p><br></p><p>One of the other laptops that I was looking at in my price range was actually a dedicated gaming laptop — not particularly high end, but it did have a better dedicated graphics chip, a GeForce of some variety. It was tempting to go with that option, but again, portable gaming is just not a priority for me.</p><p><br></p><p>I thought of getting a Surface Go as well, but I wanted something bigger with at least 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of disk space, and I think on the Go that would have bumped the price up quite a bit.</p>

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