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I want to get a Windows 8 "ultrabook" that I can also use for gaming. Most seem to have Intel HD Graphics 4000 (integrated) or NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M (dedicated).

From experience, are they any good? Things I enjoy playing are Call of Duty, Fifa and Skyrim for example.

I'm looking for a device that will work on the next generation of those games as well, so it shouldn't just barely work on the current versions that exist now.

So, would those two cards suffice?

Any advice is much appreciated. Thank you.

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I think Surface Pro with Intel Core i5 inside is all what you want (if you buy it with keyboard) –  SEARAS Nov 3 '12 at 17:46
The one with Win 8 Pro might, but I'm not sure if it's graphics card is strong enough. Thanks. –  Francisc Nov 3 '12 at 22:11
It's already Core i5. You don't need graphics card, and also you can use SwiftShader. It's a powerful tool which will bring you very fast graphics. Try googling SwiftShader. –  SEARAS Nov 4 '12 at 5:49
Thanks, I'll look into that, but I usually don't look below i7 and saying that you don't need a graphics card for gaming doesn't sound very... normal. –  Francisc Nov 4 '12 at 15:59
Yes, it doesn't sound normal... but is a good fact:) –  SEARAS Nov 5 '12 at 11:29
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Ultrabooks (and laptops in general) have rather underpowered graphics cards compared to desktop computers.

That said more modern mobile graphics cards are reasonably powerful. I found a video on Youtube of Skyrim on a GT 620M and they appear to be getting approximately 20-40 FPS (frames per second) which may be playable depending on your requirements. I do not know what detail level they are using in the game, but I doubt it is particularly high. I would consider this the minimum level of playability.

I would expect slightly lower performance from Intel HD 4000 graphics. It might be playable, but never great.

If your requirements are to (barely) play current games and have enough power to play newer games then you may be out of luck.

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Thank you, Mokubai. That helps. –  Francisc Nov 3 '12 at 22:10
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