I own an Acer Aspire V5-171-6867 (http://www.cnet.com/laptops/acer-aspire-v5-171/4505-3121_7-35412281.html
), but something appears to be wrong. I am 100% happy with it given the price (I have an extremely powerful desktop, so I like something for work and low end games), but my friend's laptop with an i5-2450M, a Sandy Bridge chip with Intel Graphics 3000, seems to be able to get vaguely playable frame rates in games like Tribes: Ascend and Planetside 2. However, when my computer, with Intel Graphics 4000, which gets rave reviews from everyone about being 50% more powerful than the 3000 chips, tries to run Tribes : Ascend (I didn't even dream of running PS2), I get 30-11 FPS. And when I Google "Intel Graphics 4000 running X" I get a video of somebody running something ridiculous like Metro 2033 (however, a bit more digging reveals it's always a desktop chipset, but that usually doesn't amount to an 80% increase in performance).
Now I have messed around with the settings to some degree (I am quite sure that I have set the graphics within the Intel driver to run full bore), and I have the thing sitting on a cooling pad, so heat doesn't seem to be an issue. Are there any esoteric settings I missed? Should I try the highly controversial art of perma-unparking cores? Am I just stupid/crazy/oxygen deprived?