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

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) 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) 3600Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150
ManufacturerIntelIntel
Graphics Media Accelerator 3000 Series
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3650 (compare) 4/0 cores @ 640 MHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3600 4/0 cores @ 400 MHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150 2/0 cores @ 200 MHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3650 (compare) 4/0 cores @ 640 MHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3600 4/0 cores @ 400 MHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150 2/0 cores @ 200 MHz
CodenameCedar TrailPineview
ArchitecturePowerVR SGX5
4 / 0 2 / 0
Core400 MHz200 MHz
yesyes
DirectXDirectX 9.1DirectX 9c, 3.0
Technology32 nm45 nm
FeaturesOpenGL 3.0OpenGL 1.5, Clear Video HD (SD Videos only), MPEG-2 Decode, Adaptive Interlacing, 
Introduced01.11.2011 10.01.2010
Transistors123 Million
Manufacturerhttp://www.intel.com/products/processor/...
CPUGPU 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 - 400 MHz? - ? MHz

3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
0 points (0%)
3DMark Vantage
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3600
3DMark 2001SE - Standard 1024x768
3514 Points (4%)
min: 2255     avg: 2544     median: 2483 (3%)     max: 3211 Points
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
min: 1833     avg: 1925.5     median: 1925 (1%)     max: 2018 Points
min: 588     avg: 693.2     median: 693 (0%)     max: 842 Points
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
min: 704     avg: 738     median: 738 (1%)     max: 772 Points
min: 245     avg: 295.1     median: 299 (1%)     max: 332 Points
3DMark 06 + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3600
+ Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150
Windows 7 Experience Index - Gaming graphics
3.2 points (46%)
min: 2     avg: 3     median: 3 (43%)     max: 3 points
Windows 7 Experience Index - Graphics
5.7 points (81%)
min: 2     avg: 3     median: 3 (43%)     max: 3 points
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3600
Shading 32Bit + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150

Average Benchmarks Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3600 → 100%

Average Benchmarks Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150 → 57%

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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

Fifa 12

Fifa 12

2011
low 800x600
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3600:
-1  fps
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3600:
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F1 2011

F1 2011

2011
low 800x600
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3600:
12  fps
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3600:
»
Dirt 3

Dirt 3

2011
low 800x600
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3600:
-1  fps
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3600:
»
Fifa 11

Fifa 11

2010
low 800x600
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3600:
-1  fps
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3600:
»
Mafia 2

Mafia 2

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

Sims 3

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

Left 4 Dead

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

Trackmania Nations Forever

2008
low 640x480
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3600:
12.6  fps
95%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150:
12 12.9 ~ 12 fps
high 1024x768
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3600:
3.1  fps
97%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150:
3.1 3.2 ~ 3 fps
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3600:
»
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150:
»
World in Conflict - Benchmark

World in Conflict - Benchmark

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

Half Life 2 - Lost Coast Benchmark

2005
high 1024x768
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3600:
8  fps
63%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150:
4.4 5.2 ~ 5 fps
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3600:
»
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150:
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F.E.A.R.

F.E.A.R.

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

World of Warcraft

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

Counter-Strike Source

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

Doom 3

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

Quake 3 Arena - Timedemo

1999
high 1024x768
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150:
53.7  fps
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150:
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Average Gaming Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3600 → 100%

Average Gaming Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150 → 85%

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