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I have a Thinkpad with i5 3.0Ghz and 6GB of ram. The only thing I'm concerned is that i don't have any dedicated graphics card. Will my Intel HD 4000 suffice?

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closed as too localized by Journeyman Geek, HackToHell, Oliver Salzburg Oct 30 '12 at 11:06

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Yes. There is no Aero at all for example. Even a low-end card could provide that experience with ease. :) – Shiki Oct 30 '12 at 10:55
I'm running it on a GMA3100 (not even the X3100). I do believe this question is a little localised - you could easily check the system specs, and its only relevant to this graphics adaptor – Journeyman Geek Oct 30 '12 at 10:56
@Shiki - can you provide some proof for that? as far as I know aero is cropped by win8, regardless of graphics card. – Jook Oct 30 '12 at 11:01
Run the upgrade assistent and check what it tells you. – Oliver Salzburg Oct 30 '12 at 11:06
@Jook - That's what I meant. There is no Aero present at all, and a HD4000 would run Windows 7 with ease. (It does for me.) And Windows 8 worked for me with the same card too. Proof... I can't think any other proofs. – Shiki Oct 30 '12 at 14:21
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Considering that Microsoft itself is going to use it on the "pro" version of it Surface tablet, I'd most definitely say that not only it will suffice, but it will be more than enough.

Of course if you'll need to use more graphic-intensive applications than windows 8 itself, a dedicated graphic card might be necessary.

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Windows 8 will be able to run on Intel HD 4000 all right, but you will not be able to run games properly.

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Actually, many games run just fine with the HD4000. It is more powerful then it seems. – Michael K Oct 30 '12 at 10:56

I definetly would say YES.

Tested the HD4000 of my i5, was able to play Crysis 2 and Assasins Creed2 on medium settings.

Did not even bother the CPU-Boxed-Heatsink that much ~50.

look here:

this is not my test, but you will find many other like it ;) also HD-Movies and the overall Windows-Experience would have not much difference to a dedicated graphics card.

I would even suggest to spare a dedicated card, if you don't want to play excessivly high graphics.

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