Once upon a time Humberto was trying to choose a laptop. The sky was singing and the birds were blue, or something. He had decided to go mid-range - i5, 8gb, that sort of thing - but his mind dwelt on GPUs. He wondered how noticeable the benefits would be from a low-end GPU as compared with dull old integrated graphics. Low-end as in, say, a Radeon 8670K or 8650G or (slightly better) a GeForce GT 740M. Would even low-end GPUs afford a considerable benefit over integrated, or were the low-end GPUs not really worth the bother, when considered against older games such as HL2 or Doom 3? "If you're going to have a GPU, get a mid-to-high-end one," offered his pet tortoise, Alan. Humberto noted the advice but wondered as to its validity. He deferred to the expertise of the good people at TechPowerUp in order to arrive, he hoped, at a conclusive answer. So decided, he continued humming - a theme from Rimsky Korsakov's Arabian Nights, in fact - and waited for replies.