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How to Play the Latest PC Games Without a Graphics Card

Updated on November 21, 2015

Introduction

Have you guys wondered which graphics card to get? Well I have found a real alternative to a new graphics card here, with a software called SwiftShader 3. Using this software I have have been able to play Crysis with only a g31/g33 express chipset: the default graphics on a laptop. Without a graphics card, I have played Pro Evolution Soccer, Fear, and many more graphics-intensive games.

I tested a number of games after installing SwiftShader and recorded my results below. You can judge how well Swiftshader will work for your system. Then I go through the easy steps for how to find, download, and install the software.

Testing Conditions for SwiftShader 3

My PC specs are:

  • Intel core 2 duo @ 2.70 GHz
  • Win XP SP3
  • 1 GB RAM
  • And Intel G33 Chipset graphics card with 256 MB VRAM


After downloading and installing SwiftShader 3, I tested out the following games:

  • Crysis—runs on lowest settings.
  • Need For Speed: Undercover—runs on low settings.
  • Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands—runs on medium settings.
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2011—runs on medium settings.
  • Burnout Paradiseruns on lowest settings but a bit laggy.

How to Use SwiftShader 3 (Download and Tutorial)

Step-By-Step Guide for Installing SwiftShader

Downloading and installing SwiftShader is easy. Just follow these steps:

  1. Download SwiftShader from its official site: http://transgaming.com/swiftshader.
  2. Extract the .zip file after the download is completed.
  3. Right-click the d3d9.dll file.
  4. Paste the file into your game folder.

When you open the game to play it, you'll see a SwiftShader logo in the bottom left-hand corner. You can't get rid of the logo because it's a demo; if you want to play logo-free, then you'll need to actually purchase the software.

A number of players also report lag with this method. But there's another easy fix to this problem. Just take the following steps.

How To Get Rid of SwiftShader Gameplay Lag

This fix requires downloading another piece of software, 3D Analyzer, which can emulate many of the key features of 3D games.

  1. Download 3D Analyzer here.
  2. Extract the .zip file after download completes.
  3. After extraction, open the file titled 3danalyzer-v236.exe.
  4. It will ask for a "Destination Folder." Give the location you want the file to be located.
  5. When completed, go to the Destination Folder and open the application called "3DAnalyze."
  6. When the application, click the "Select" button under the "File Selection" tab.
  7. Then, in the selection window, locate the original .exe of the game you wish to play (not the shortcut!)
  8. Below the "File Selection" tab, there are two text boxes, one labeled "VendorID" and the other "DeviceID." Next to them is a pull-down menu with the Vendor and Device IDs of four graphic cards. Select the desired graphics card you wish to simulate.
  9. Click "Run" and enjoy your game!

If you want to see the difference that SwiftShader 3 makes, check out the video below, which shows the gameplay of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas before and after installing SwiftShader.

More Graphics Cards Alternatives

There are also a number of other ways to boost your PC's graphics. Here are some of the other methods.

  1. Razer Game Booster. A free and easy to install downloadable software. This software boosts performance by turning off all the applications and programs running in the background.
  2. Adjust Settings. Try de-fragging your hard-drive once a week. That will help the game run faster by keeping all the files close together. Also, try lowering the resolution to 800x600.

Does SwiftShader 3 work for you?

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      Tarang 17 months ago

      I dont have graphic card also ,i can run fifa 14 on my pc ...RAM is 4Gb

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      zubair 24 months ago

      in my g31 motherboard the graphic is only 128 mb what can i do for 256mb graphic

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      kanewei 2 years ago

      Intel (R) Pentium(R) Dual CPU @ 2.00GHz 2.00GHz

      Installed Memory : 2.00GB

      32-bit operating system

      can i play fifa online 3?

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      kanewei 2 years ago

      My com don't have graphics card can I play fifa online 3?

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      Litam 2 years ago

      Hey i hv fifa 14 but there is no response to the game when i click on play

      Can u help to run it

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      Avi 2 years ago

      my pc configuration is-

      Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-3110M CPU @ 2.40GHz

      Video Card Intel(R) HD Graphics 4000

      Memory 4.0 GB

      Operating System Microsoft Windows 8 (build 9200), 64-bit

      how can i play games like you do??

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      BBB 3 years ago

      hey i played nfs undercover but the menu is invisible

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      imtiyaaz 3 years ago

      I do not have graphics card can still play with swiftsharder if I can you plz help me

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      sadasdasdsada 3 years ago

      Can we use 3D Analyze

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      sagar 3 years ago

      can i play fifa 14 by this softwear

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      anantha krishnan 3 years ago

      thank u it was very useful

      l am really thankful for u.

      it only works in window mod for pes 13

      but its dosent matter its great

      thanku

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      1loyatri 3 years ago

      can i play fifa 14 with it

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      guy 3 years ago

      3gb RAM

      Pentium Dual Core E6300, 2.80gHz

      32 bit system

      intel G33 express chipset family.

      can i run fifa online 3 ??

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      guy 3 years ago

      3gb RAM

      Pentium Dual Core E6300, 2.80gHz

      32 bit system

      intel G33 express chipset family.

      can i run fifa online 3 ??

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      asif618 3 years ago

      How to Play Fifa 13/14 without Graphics Card + my diwnload link is broken so go to this YouTube and check description to download swiftshader 3

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      asif618 3 years ago

      Hey guys..the swiftshader logo cannot be removed since it's a demo version..hv to purchase full..if you guys feel the game is slow try change game setting to the lowest like resolution and graphic to low..if the speed is slow im sorry...the high ended games are tough unless u have better ram and peocessor...I hvnt check all the games..every game there is swiftshader setting for some games google it...:)

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      asif 3 years ago

      Hey guys..the swiftshader logo cannot be removed since it's a demo version..hv to purchase full..if you guys feel the game is slow try change game setting to the lowest like resolution and graphic to low..if the speed is slow im sorry...the high ended games are tough unless u have better ram and peocessor...I hvnt check all the games..every game there is swiftshader setting for some games google it...:)

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      daksh 3 years ago

      can it be compatible with 1.8 ghz processor?

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      Asif 3 years ago

      Guys if u have better ram then it is worth to check and if it works just tell us and share..admins cannot check each anf every game with different specs

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      Sumit 3 years ago

      Can I play Spiderman Shattered Dimensions Game On My PC With Shift Shader.My System Req. are-

      500 gb HDD

      4gb Ram

      Intel Duo Dual Core processor

      Intel G41 Chipset with D3 Enabled

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      Sumit 3 years ago

      Can I Play Spiderman Shattered Dimensions in my pc With Shift Shader

      My System Req. are-

      500 gb Hard Disk

      4 gb Ram

      Processor-Intel Duo Dual Core

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      Shubham 3 years ago

      my laptop configuration is 1tb hard disk 4gb ram and 32 mb default garhics can i play amazing spider man

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      shankar 3 years ago

      I want to play gta-4 but while playing i can't see any building,cars,streets etc.

      I have an hp laptop with 4 GB RAM, intel core i3 processor, 32-bit operating system

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      akash jadhav 3 years ago

      MY GRAPHICS CARD IS n/a AND MY RAM IS 2GB WILL IT WORK IN THIS CONFIG

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      Nehanshu 3 years ago

      can i play mafia 2 with swift shader 3 .before this i have tried 3d analyser but that did not work.

      i have 4 gb ram , 500 gb hd, window 7, intel core3 processor.

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      Makin 3 years ago

      i have 1.4ghz

      and i can run pes 2010 tnx

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      sachin 3 years ago

      How to copy d3dll file and how to paste

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      ram 3 years ago

      can i play total overdose

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      surojdey 3 years ago

      I can play alan wake but its too lagy help.... plz

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      Manaal 3 years ago

      I wanted to run wwe 09 raw vs. smackdown without graphic card using swift shader 3.0 but it didn't work pls sort it out

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      soheb 3 years ago

      i have no graphic card can i run swiftshader

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      Rohit 3 years ago

      how to remove swiftshader 3 logo from game

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      yoyoo 3 years ago

      can i play spider man shattered dimensions with swiftshader 3.0

      i have-

      RAM 2 GB

      PROCESSOR-Intel core 2 duo 2.80 Ghz

      GPU-intel GMA 3100

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      klien klvin 3 years ago

      can i play prototype 2 using it

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      mubashir 3 years ago

      can i play hitman 5 , maxpaney 3 , mafia 2 , GTA 4 , resident evil 4 ??

      my processer is 3.00 core2duo with 1.5 RAM ...........????

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      hakrabakra 3 years ago

      nfs undercover is really slow with swiftshader in 1gb ram

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      shreyas nk 3 years ago

      dude, i am not able to play amazing spiderman with this.

      whenever i start the game, in the intro, there is an icon down on the left of the screen saying "swift shader" and after the intro, the game stops working.

      Please help me sort it out.

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      Bhushan 3 years ago

      Can I play wwe 2010 and fifa 10 without graphics card in my pc?

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      yoges 3 years ago

      can i play fifa online 3 ?

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      sasi 3 years ago

      can i play ashes2009 with this software....my configuration is 2gb ram

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      vivek 3 years ago

      CAN I PLAY GAMES LIKE COD?

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      Varun 3 years ago

      slows down my game please help................

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      SAM 3 years ago

      1 GB RAM

      INTEL DUAL CORE PROCESSOR 3.20 G Hz

      WINDOWS XP SP 3

      BUT THEN ALSO PES 10 IS NOT WORKING :-(

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      piyush 4 years ago

      Intel core 2 duo @ 2.70 GHz

      Win XP SP3

      1 GB RAM

      And Intel G33 Chipset graphics card with 256 MB VRAM

      these r my requiremnts and still i m not able to play pop sandof time

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      kkk121131 4 years ago

      i don't have a graphic card....what can i do....!!???

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      asif618 4 years ago

      if i know ur specs i might able to tell you..if you have good ram like 2gb above then it will be smooth

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      asif618 4 years ago

      i think you can check this video proof

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVeSfaZhyX8

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      asif618 4 years ago

      did you paste the swiftshader to the inside location of the spiderman game folder

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      asif618 4 years ago

      My youtube video rejected as i open a game...LOL..so try to google it...but anyway here is one youtube video and the download is in the discription http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Txvv4fXZECc

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      asif618 4 years ago

      I think u can :)

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      asif618 4 years ago

      try it and let me know...the games that works in swiftshader 3.0 check this https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!topic/intel9x-gaming/AfPIfWoJEgo

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      asif618 4 years ago

      This will try to smooth but im not sure it will help the lags...try to lower the resolution with medium graphics setting

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      asif618 4 years ago

      try with any crap graphic card...but im not sure with speed unless if you have better ram orelse try to lower the graphic settings the game

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      asif618 4 years ago

      The downloaded one is in the description of this video...somehow my video got rejected :(

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      asif618 4 years ago

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      Anuj 4 years ago

      Can I Play Darksiders II

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      avinash 4 years ago

      can i run fifa 09 with 64mb graphics and 2gb ram

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      madhusudan 4 years ago

      it cannot run spiderman shattered dimension

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      vishwesh 4 years ago

      where to download my friend

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      prashant 4 years ago

      can i play wwe 13 with 256 mb video memory

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      ABBY 4 years ago

      can i run nfs shift 2009 with this software

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      Raj Chopra 4 years ago

      my system properties are:

      dual-core @2.70GHz

      Ram 2GB and

      graphics card :nvidia geforce biostar 1GB ddr3.

      In my computer gta4 runs but it runs slow when i make its graphics high and it run normal when i make them low. the thing i want to know is,that can i play it fast at full graphics???

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      Paras Pandey 4 years ago

      I am Just Downloading It .I hope it will surely help me.Does it works with 256 MB Graphics?

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      asif618 4 years ago

      It depends how much ram and processor. You can low your setting in your game like resolution to lowest (800*600). Type the (game name ) swiftshader 3 settings in google to search. You might find some setting just edit using notepad on the file swfit shader.ini

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      Pawan 4 years ago

      hey swift shader makes the game slow .....do you have any idea to play the game using swift shader smoothly.

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      asif618 4 years ago

      If anyone have problem with swiftshader 3 then ask here. I can help