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Batman Arkham Asylum on Intel Integrated Graphics

I recently saw a forum thread where someone was claiming to have run Batman: Arkham Asylum on an Intel 4500HD integrated graphics chipset with no problems.  Based on my past experience, I didn’t quite buy that.  I got a copy of Batman:AA for Christmas so I decided to give it a shot on my Toshiba Laptop w/ Intel 4500MHD graphics.

I tested using Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit on a Toshiba Satellite L505 w/ 3GB of RAM and 2GHz Core 2 Duo.  I ran Batman on the 1.1 update and used the included Benchmark for testing.

Using the default settings:

Max – 168
Min – 2
Avg – 8
Result: Unplayable

I tested on many in between settings, but ended up putting everything down to the minimum setting in an attempt to get somewhere near a smooth 30FPS. 

At minimum settings:
Max – 117
Min – 3
Avg – 20 
Result: Playable (barely)

I have to call BS on the forum posters who think this game runs great on notebooks. It’s not completely unplayable, but it’s not smooth at all. I was able to get through to the hospital levels on these settings.  Things seem to get choppy during scenes with a lot of scripted actions and dialog.  The opening scene with Joker seemed to take forever. 
I also tried updating my Intel drivers, turning Windows Aero support on and off, and running windowed or full screen, changing the power, 3d scheme, or memory footprint of the Intel GMA control panel.  None of these changed the Average framerate more than 1-2 FPS.  I consistently benchmarked the game at 19-20 FPS average.




1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the information.

    Was trying to find out whether my Intel 4500MHD supports this game or not... :)