Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150 vs Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3600

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150

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The Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 or GMA 3150 is an integrated (shared memory) graphics card that is located on the processor package of the Intel Atom N4xx processors. The graphics core is based on a GMA X3100 design (according to Intel) but features only two processor cores clocked at 200 MHz. Therefore, the performance is only a bit better than the old GMA 950 found in many Netbooks with N270 Atom CPUs.

The 3D performance of the GMA 3150 is therefore only suited for some low demanding 3D games in low details. In our tests only the old Quake 3 Arena ran fluently (even with high detail settings). Furthermore, Torchlight ran more or less fluently in 800x600 - low, but Fraps only showed 10fps. More modern low demanding games like Trackmania Nations Forever or Left 4 Dead only showed a slideshow. In our tests with the Dell Mini 1018 many modern games didn't even start (driver 8.14.10.2117):

  • Crysis
  • Anno 1404
  • Supreme Commander
  • Need for Speed Shift
  • Mafia II
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2

According to Intel, the GMA 3150 can help the CPU decode MPEG2 videos. The DXVAChecker shows hooks for MPEG2 (VLD, MoComp, A, and C) up to 1920x1080.  Therefore, the performance of the N450 and N470 with GMA 3150 is currently not sufficient to watch H.264 encoded HD videos with a higher resolution than 720p. HD flash videos (e.g. from youtube) are also not running fluently on the Atom CPUs.

Another drawback of the GMA 3150 are the supported display types and resolutions. The GMA 3150 supports one digital LVDS port (to connect the internal display) with resolutions up to 1366x768. Furthermore, an external analog VGA port with resolutions up to 1400x1050 (according to Intel, 1680x1080 reported on a Samsung NC10) is supported. DisplayPort, HDMI or DVI are not possible (no SDVO ports to connect them). Therefore, AtomN450 Netbooks with HDMI ports will only be possible with the upcoming ION 2 GPU.

The main advantage of the new GMA 3150 is the low power consumption as it is integrated in the Atom CPU.

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3600

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The Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3600 or GMA 3600 is an integrated processor graphics card (e.g. in the Atom N2600) without dedicated memory. It is based on a PowerVR SGX 545 design similar to the GMA 500 (SGX 535). In theory the GPU should support DirectX 10.1 but at launch only DirectX 9 support was available.

The gaming performance is very bad and many games are not even running at all.

Compared to the HD 3650, the 3600 is clocked slower (400 vs 640MHz).

The GMA 3600 also includes an integrated video decoder to handle some types of HD videos and supports an HDMI output.

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3600
ManufacturerIntelIntel
Graphics Media Accelerator 3000 Series
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3650 compare 4/0 cores @ 0.64 GHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3600 4/0 cores @ 0.4 GHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150 2/0 cores @ 0.2 GHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3650 compare 4/0 cores @ 0.64 GHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3600 4/0 cores @ 0.4 GHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150 2/0 cores @ 0.2 GHz
CodenamePineviewCedar Trail
ArchitectureGen. 4PowerVR SGX5
Pipelines2 / 0 Pixel- / Vertexshader4 / 0 Pixel- / Vertexshader
Core Speed200 MHz400 MHz
Shared Memoryyesyes
DirectXDirectX 9c, Shader 3.0DirectX 9.1
Transistors123 Million
technology45 nm32 nm
FeaturesOpenGL 1.5, Clear Video HD (SD Videos only), MPEG-2 Decode, Adaptive Interlacing, OpenGL 3.0
Date of Announcement10.01.2010 01.11.2011
Link to Manufacturer Pagehttp://www.intel.com/products/processor/...
CPU in Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3600GPU Base SpeedGPU Boost / Turbo
Intel Atom N26502 x 1733 MHz, 3,6 W400 MHz? MHz
Intel Atom N26002 x 1600 MHz, 3.5 W400 MHz? MHz
min. - max.400 MHz? MHz

Benchmarks

3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance GPU
-1 Points (-0%)
3DMark Vantage
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3600
3DMark 2001SE - 3DMark 2001 - Standard
min: 2255     avg: 2544     median: 2483.5 (3%)     max: 3211 Points
3514 Points (4%)
3DMark 03 - 3DMark 03 - Standard
min: 588     avg: 693     median: 693 (0%)     max: 842 Points
min: 1833     avg: 1926     median: 1925.5 (1%)     max: 2018 Points
3DMark 05 - 3DMark 05 - Standard
min: 245     avg: 295     median: 299 (0%)     max: 332 Points
min: 704     avg: 738     median: 738 (1%)     max: 772 Points
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Score Unknown Settings + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150
3DMark 06 - Score Unknown Settings + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3600
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3600
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x800 + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x768 + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150
3DMark 06 - Standard 1024x768 + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 Gaming graphics
min: 2.9     avg: 3     median: 3 (38%)     max: 3 Points
3.2 Points (41%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 Graphics
min: 2.8     avg: 3     median: 3 (38%)     max: 3.1 Points
min: 5.6     avg: 5.7     median: 5.7 (72%)     max: 5.8 Points
Cinebench R10 Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150
Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3600

Average Benchmarks Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150 → 100% n=8

Average Benchmarks Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3600 → 201% n=8

- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

Game Benchmarks

The following benchmarks stem from our benchmarks of review laptops. The performance depends on the used graphics memory, clock rate, processor, system settings, drivers, and operating systems. So the results don't have to be representative for all laptops with this GPU. For detailed information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

Fifa 12

Fifa 12

2011
low 800x600
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3600:
-1  fps
F1 2011

F1 2011

2011
low 800x600
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3600:
12  fps
Dirt 3

Dirt 3

2011
low 800x600
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3600:
-1  fps
Fifa 11

Fifa 11

2010
low 800x600
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3600:
-1  fps
Mafia 2

Mafia 2

2010
low 800x600
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3600:
-1  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150:
3.5  fps
Sims 3

Sims 3

2009
low 800x600
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150:
5.3  fps
Left 4 Dead

Left 4 Dead

2008
low 640x480
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150:
2.5 2.7 ~ 3 fps
Trackmania Nations Forever

Trackmania Nations Forever

2008
low 640x480
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150:
12 12.9 ~ 12 fps
105%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3600:
12.6  fps
high 1024x768
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150:
3.1 3.2 ~ 3 fps
103%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3600:
3.1  fps
World in Conflict - Benchmark

World in Conflict - Benchmark

2007
low 800x600
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150:
5 5 ~ 5 fps
med. 1024x768
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150:
1 1 ~ 1 fps
Half Life 2 - Lost Coast Benchmark

Half Life 2 - Lost Coast Benchmark

2005
high 1024x768
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150:
4.4 5.2 ~ 5 fps
160%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3600:
8  fps
F.E.A.R.

F.E.A.R.

2005
low 640x480
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150:
22  fps
med. 800x600
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150:
5  fps
high 1024x768
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150:
3  fps
World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft

2005
low 800x600
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150:
4.9 5 ~ 5 fps
med. 1024x768
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150:
3.4 3.5 ~ 3 fps
Counter-Strike Source

Counter-Strike Source

2004
low 640x480
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150:
8.4 8.5 ~ 8 fps
Doom 3

Doom 3

2004
low 640x480
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150:
5.4 5.5 ~ 5 fps
med. 640x480
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150:
5.1 5.1 ~ 5 fps
high 800x600
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150:
4.3 4.4 ~ 4 fps
Quake 3 Arena - Timedemo

Quake 3 Arena - Timedemo

1999
high 1024x768
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150:
53.7  fps

Average Gaming Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150 → 100%

Average Gaming 30-70 fps → 100%

Average Gaming Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3600 → 123%

For more games that might be playable and a list of all games and graphics cards visit our Gaming List

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