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AMD Radeon HD 6490M vs Intel HD Graphics 3000

AMD  Radeon HD 6490M is better than the Intel’s integrated graphics solution using HD Graphics 3000. The Radeon HD 6490M is, however and external discrete graphics and therefor adds to the cost of the system. Intel did make a significant progress with HD 3000 in Sandy Bridge processors, but it is still short of the capability to allow many games to be playable.

Perhaps we need to wait till the launch of Ivy Bridge.

Table : AMD Radeon HD 6490M Vs Intel HD Graphics 3000

Feature AMD Radeon HD 6490M
Intel HD Graphics 3000
Core / Shader Frequency 700 to 800 MHz 350-1350 MHz
No. of Pipeline / Shaders/Cores
160 12
Direct X Support
DirectX 11, Shader 5.0 DirectX 10.1, Shader 4.1
Lithography 40 nm 32 nm

Table : AMD Radeon HD 6490M Vs Intel HD 3000 Benchmarking Comparison

Benchmarks AMD Radeon HD 6490M Intel HD 3000
3DMark 03- 1024×768 resolution
14700 8600
3DMark 05- 1024×768 resolution 9700 6400
SPECviewperf 11 – SolidWorks 1920×1080
12.6 3.6
Cinebench R11.5 8.8

Clearly the Radeon HD 6490M is about twice fast as the Intel’s HD Graphics 3000.
Table : Table : AMD Radeon HD 6490M Vs Intel HD 3000 gaming Benchmarking Comparison

Benchmarks AMD Radeon HD 6490M Intel HD 3000
World of Warcraft (2005) – High resolution
19 fps 12 fps

 fps  fps
Crysis – GPU Benchmark (2007) – High


24.7 fps 10.6 fps

Further Reading

Since HD Graphics 3000 is part of the Sandy Bridge architecture, we strongly suggest that you check out – Sandy Bridge Architecture.

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