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Gaming on HD3000

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drivers from Intel are inside the MacOS. So they cannot be updated alone. The MacMini 2011 comes with HD3000 graphics. The VRAM is shared memory from the RAM itself. My machine has 8GB RAM, so 512MB VRAM for the HD3000. The VRAM can be upgraded via patch. But I did not get it done. It does not work, because I don't understand what exactly has to be done and what tools are needed. The process also depends on the MacOS which is used. My MacMini server comes with 2x500GB SATA HDD's standard, so it's easy to install 2 MacOS. I installed 10.13.6 and 10.7.5.


What is the best driver for my HD 3000 or in other words what MacOS is best. Do you have any advises for me?


I did some testing with mixed results.




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Thx, I am a Retro-Gamer and I have lot's of great games for that machine. I own two of that MacMini 2011. One ist standard, the other has RX470 eGPU. I will upgrade to newer Macmini that is not limited to 10.13+ (with dosdude-script more is possible, but I have not tried it), because I would love to play games that are ported from opengl to metal I will have to use 10.14+.


So I dedicated this MacMini to "retro-gaming", which means L367 Eizo 15" nativ 1024x768.


I did lots of testing between 2009-9400m/2010-320m/2011-3000...and in most parts the HD3000 wins.


Upgrading 512 to 1024 VRAM let's me choose ultra textures im D3-engine-games (D3/Q4/PREY), that's the only reason I would make this patch, but I don't understand what kext etc is. This simply tells me nothing. What tools do I need, how can this be done.


==8gb user==

N: com.apple.driver.AppleIntelSNBGraphicsFB

F: c745bc00 000020

R: c745bc00 000040

MacOS: 10.7.x,10.8.x,10.9.x,10.10.x,10.11.x


"I found HD3000 got worse & buggy from El Capitan but that's just my opinion & general experience."


On the "retro-rig" I am mostly in 10.7.5 that was released 10/2012, the mini came out 03/2011. Without prove I am thinking that intel-drivers are supporting all features of the HD3000. in 2012 the HD4000 mini came out, so I would assume that there was no performance and feature-tweaks after 10.7.5, but I could be wrong. I read on SCII forums that there was a bug in the driver that was fixed in 10.13.2, but don't know what bug this was and if SC2 was effected in earlier versions.


Interestingly steam-games do not work on 10.7.x but they do work on 10.13...I have to investigate this.



Edited by dr.zeissler

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HD3000 Testing:

Halo 2.04 CE (Shaders and Shadows wrong)
MaxPayne3 (does not start, hangs in initializing)
Batman Arkym Asylum DVD-Version (runs only once, generates a "specifcations.xml" in application-support/feral/Batman Arkym Asylum/cache that prevents the second start. Delete this file before you start and you are good to go. Steam-Version (1.02) is not effected on this)
HL2 Series (some shaders do not look as good as on 320m)
COD4 works good, but stutters more than with 320m. Has no shadow option, 320m has shadow option
COD2 in High-Details has no stutterung, no Lags, just perfect. (some effects are missing, but I think these cause the Langs and low-framerates on all other machines with high-details on)

Can confirm the DeusEX Human Revolution is working on HD3000. Looks beautifull, but framerates are 5-20fps in 1024x768.
Bioshock1+2 are playable. Bioshock1 runs good on HD3000. Recommended settings: shaders high, reflections on, rest off. 

Listing I found in the Internet:

Asphalt 6: Adrenaline  Intel HD 3000 or greater. GREEN MAS
Real Racing 2 Intel HD 3000 or greater. GREEN MAS
Batman Arkham Asylum Intel HD 3000 or greater. [Supported] GREEN MAS
Battlestations: Pacific MAS
BioShock MAS
BIT.TRIP BEAT Intel HD 3000 or greater.GREEN MAS
BIT.TRIP RUNNER Intel HD 3000 or greater. GREEN MAS
Borderland GOTY MAS
Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood MAS
Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 MAS
Call of Duty Intel HD 3000 or greater. GREEN MAS
Call of Duty 2 Intel HD 3000 or greater. GREEN MAS
Call of Duty 4 Intel HD 3000 or greater. GREEN MAS
Car 2: The Video Game MAS
Cave Story+ Intel HD 3000 or greater. GREEN MAS
Civilization IV MAS
Civilization V: Campaign Edition MAS
Cities in Motion Intel HD 3000 or greater. GREEN Steam
Colin McRae: DiRT 2 Intel HD 3000 or greater. [Supported] GREEN MAS
Counter-Strike Source Intel HD 3000 or greater. [Supported] GREEN Steam
Deus Ex: Human Revolution Coming Soon
Duke Nukem Forever MAS
Doom 3 Intel HD 3000 or greater. [Supported] GREEN MAS
Half-Life 2 Intel HD 3000 or greater. [Supported] GREEN Steam
Half-Life 2: Deathmatch Intel HD 3000 or greater. [Supported] GREEN Steam
Half-Life 2: Episode One Intel HD 3000 or greater. [Supported] GREEN Steam
Half-Life 2: Episode Two Intel HD 3000 or greater. [Supported] GREEN Steam
Grand Theft Auto 3 Intel HD 3000 or greater. GREEN MAS
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Intel HD 3000 or greater. GREEN MAS
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Intel HD 3000 or greater. GREEN MAS
Killing Floor Intel HD 3000 or greater. GREEN Steam
Left 4 Dead Intel HD 3000 or greater. [Supported] GREEN Steam
Left 4 Dead 2 Intel HD 3000 or greater. [Supported] GREEN Steam
LEGO Batman Intel HD 3000 or greater. GREEN MAS
LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4 MAS
LEGO Indiana Jones 2 MAS
LEGO Star Wars Saga MAS
LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars MAS
LIMBO Intel HD 3000 or greater. GREEN MAS
Mafia II Director's Cut Intel HD 3000 or greater. [Supported] GREEN MAS
Mini Ninjas MAS
Modern Combat: Domination MAS
NeverWinter Nights 2 Intel HD 3000 or greater. [Supported] GREEN MAS
Portal Intel HD 3000 or greater. [Supported] GREEN Steam
RAGE Intel HD 3000 or greater. [Supported] GREEN MAS
Portal 2 Intel HD 3000 or greater. [Supported] GREEN Steam
Prey Intel HD 3000 or greater. [Supported] GREEN MAS
Puzzler World Intel HD 3000 or greater. GREEN MAS
Rome Total War Gold Edition Intel HD 3000 or greater. GREEN MAS
Sid Meier's Pirates! MAS
Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Colonization Intel HD 3000 or greater. GREEN MAS
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic MAS
Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast MAS
Star Wars: Empire At War MAS
Toy Story 3 Intel HD 3000 RED MAS
Team Fortress 2 Intel HD 3000 or greater. [Supported] GREEN Steam
Trine MAS
Trine 2 Intel HD 3000 or greater. [Supported] GREEN MAS
The Movies: Superstar Edition Intel HD 3000 or greater. GREEN MAS
The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition Intel HD 3000 or greater. GREEN MAS
Tomb Raider II Intel HD 3000 or greater. [Supported] GREEN MAS
Torchlight Intel HD 3000 or greater. GREEN Steam
Unreal Tournament 2004* Intel HD 3000 or greater. GREEN
The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Director's Cut Intel HD 3000 or greater. GREEN
Worms Reloaded Intel HD 3000 or greater. GREEN Steam
Zen Bound 2 Intel HD 3000 or greater. [Intel HD IS minimum and supported!] GREEN Steam

*Intel patch is available! It works with Lion. 

Edited by dr.zeissler

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