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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game HD i7 3770S HD i3 540
Cyberpunk 2077 2252% 4275%
Call of Duty Warzone 1612% 3085%
Grand Theft Auto VI 2516% 4766%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 2252% 4275%
Minecraft: Dungeons 1708% 3263%
Maneater 1372% 2638%
Valorant 68% 213%
Saints Row 3 Remastered 903% 1766%
Doom Eternal 1644% 3144%
Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord 1548% 2965%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Intel HD i7 3770S are significantly better than the Intel HD i3 540.

The HD i7 3770S was released over a year more recently than the HD i3 540, and so the HD i7 3770S is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the HD i3 540.

The HD i7 3770S and the HD i3 540 have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The HD i7 3770S has 14.9 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD i3 540, which means that the memory performance of the HD i7 3770S is slightly better than the HD i3 540.

The HD i7 3770S has 16 Shader Processing Units but the HD i3 540 does not have an entry, so the two GPUs cannot be reliably compared in this area.

The HD i7 3770S requires 77 Watts to run but there is no entry for the HD i3 540. We would recommend a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the HD i7 3770S.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed650 MHzvs733 MHz
Boost Clock1150 MHzvs-
ArchitectureIvy Bridge GT2Clarkdale
OC Potential None vs None
Driver Support Good vs -
Release Date29 Apr 2012vs30 Mar 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory Speed800 MHzvs667 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs64 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsDDR3
Memory Bandwidth25.6GB/secvs10.7GB/sec
L2 Cache 1024 KB green tick vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units16vs-
Actual Shader Performance4%vs-
Texture Mapping Units4vs-
Texture Rate2.6 GTexel/svs-
Render Output Units4vs-
Pixel Rate2.6 GPixel/svs-

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs1
DVI Connections0vs0
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power77 Watts-
Recommended PSU300 Watts & 22 Amps-

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs4.0
Open GL4.0vs2.1
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor--
Recommended RAM4 GB-
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1024x768-

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Intel HD i7 3770S is the specific version of Intel HD Graphics 4000 Desktop that is Integrated in the Core i7-3770S Processor.

The Central Unit Initially Runs at 650MHz and goes up to 1150MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Frame Buffer: Up to 1.7GB.

Memory Channel: 64-bit Or 128-bit.

Memory Clock: Up to 800MHz.

Memory Bandwidth: It is then obvious the Memory Bandwidth depends on a lot of factors and thus this Graphics Card performance may vary heavily from system to system.

Gaming Benchmarks Indicate its Performance is Similar to of a Dedicated GeForce GT 620.

System Suggestions
We recommend 4GB of RAM for a system with Intel HD i7 3770S.
HD i3 540 is the specific version of the 'GMA/Intel Media Graphics Accelerator' that comes with the CPU 'Core i3-540 3.06GHz'. With no dedicated memory, it uses system memory up to 1 GB on Windows XP and 1.7GB on Windows Vista/7. Unlike the second gen 'Intel HD Graphics 2000/3000', very demanding games might not run at all and only very old games will run on high settings smoothly.
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