Several months ago, I built a home desktop computer using a Core i3-540 CPU and a DH57DD motherboard. (This was my very first build, and I’m still a novice.) I'm finally getting around to looking for solutions to some "glitches" that I've encountered, one of which is that the integrated graphics does not seem to support anti-aliasing or anisotropic filtering. My guess is that this lack of support is a well-known fact, but I wanted to double-check in case it indicates a problem with my motherboard or CPU.
I see that questions similar to mine have gone unanswered for a long time, so I invite comments from people with similar systems -- this would be any system using the integrated graphics (no graphics card), using a Core i3-530 through i3-560 CPU, or a Core i5-650 through i5-680, and with a motherboard using either the H55, H57, or Q57 chipset (an Ibex Peak chipset). I'd like to know if your system does support either anti-aliasing or anisotropic filtering, or if it does not.
I have a second question: is there an information source that would answer my first question without my needing to post in this discussion group? (I’m finding web searches to be more-and-more unproductive.) I’d like to believe that technical information of this sort is available at an Intel website, but I’ve had no luck in finding it.
Just to be clear, I’m talking about support of 3D graphics when running programs like Google Earth or computer games. Google Earth does not even offer the option of anti-aliasing, and, although it offers the option of selecting anisotropic filtering, changing that setting has no effect. Similarly, the Intel Graphics and Media Control Panel lets you select the degree of anisotropic filtering you want -- up to 16x -- but I can’t see any change in appearance (in Google Earth, say) after adjusting that value.
I’m using a Core i3-540 CPU and a DH57DD motherboard, BIOS version JGIBX10J.86A.0625.2010.1219.2132, running Windows 7 (64-bit). The Intel Graphics and Media Control Panel reports, in part:
Intel® HD Graphics (Core i3)
Report Date: 3/29/2011
Report Time[hr:mm:ss]: 21:11:14
Driver Version: 188.8.131.522
Operating System: Windows 7 Service Pack 1(6.1.7601)
Default Language: English (United States)
DirectX* Version: 10.0
Physical Memory: 7990 MB
Minimum Graphics Memory: 32 MB
Maximum Graphics Memory: 1696 MB
Graphics Memory in Use: 57 MB
Processor: Intel64 Family 6 Model 37 Stepping 2
Processor Speed: 3066 MHz
Vendor ID: 8086
Device ID: 0042
Device Revision: 12
* Accelerator Information *
Accelerator in Use: Intel(R) HD Graphics
Video BIOS: 2086.0
Current Graphics Mode: 1920 by 1080
Please let me know if it would help to provide any further information, or if my question is in some way unclear.