View Full Version : The Sims Medieval on Intel(R) HD 4000

30th Jan 2016, 8:37 AM
I did the testing for all the other Sims game, might as well make one for TSM. This purpose is to test how well the Intel HD works on Sims games. I'm actually a big fan of Intel HD, despite having a Nvidia, so I like trying to push the GPU to the limit and see how well it performs.

For the TS2 Test: TS2 on Intel(R) HD 4000 (http://www.modthesims.info/showthread.php?t=571520)
For the TS3 Test: TS3 on Intel(R) HD 4000 (http://www.modthesims.info/showthread.php?t=548106)
For the TS4 Test: TS4 on Intel(R) HD 4000 (http://www.modthesims.info/showthread.php?t=548392)

The Sims Medieval on Intel(R) HD 4000


Base game + Pirates & Noble EP
0 CC and mod
Running a clean game

i7-2.60GHz (turbo at 3.6GHz)
Win 7-64bit

Game Setting:
Max Graphics Setting

Open Broadcaster - 30 FPS
Video - MP4, 2959 kbps
Audio - AAC, 44 khz, 128 kbps, CBR

Intel(R) HD 4000 GPU performance:
GPU Core Clock - 1250 MHz
GPU Memory Clock - 800 MHz
GPU Temperature - 80 *C (Average)
GPU Power - 14.9 W (Average)
GPU Load - 99% (Average)
Memory Usage (Dedicated) - 64 MB
Memory Usage (Dynamic) - 945 MB

Indicated in the game on the corner ~ 8-10 FPS
This game does not like being recorded. Without recording, it gains another 5-7 FPS. Tried it both with OBS and Frap.

1) On laptop, make sure power setting is set on max performance
2) CPUs are unparked.
3) In Intel Graphics Control Panel, make sure the power setting is set on max performance.
4) User folder is on a RAMdisk.

Game Note:
TSM has the best graphics in the Sims series. It has the fine detailed polys of TS3 and the high particle counts of TS4. So it is understandable it has a much higher demand on the GPU, and thus Intel(R) HD 4000 is pushed harder in this game than TS2-TS4.

However, the video is still quite misleading. TSM does not like being recorded and actual gameplay is vastly different than the video. It can hit up to 20FPS and runs quite smoothly without recording.

To improve the performance, changing the resolution would be the first advice, then followed by detail adjustment.