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Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M vs Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900 vs Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M

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The Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500M (GMA 4500M) (sometimes also called GMA X4500 M) is a DirectX 10 capable integrated shared memory graphic card for laptops. The mGPU is integrated in the Intel GM40 and GL40 chipsets and designed for cheap laptops. The graphics card is also called Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family in the Intel drivers.

Compared to the GMA 4500M HD, the 4500M features a slower core clock (400 MHz versus 533MHz) and is thus a bit slower in games.

The chip itself is capable of supporting the CPU to decode HD videos, but because of the slower clock rate, the 4500M has troubles decoding 1080p videos fluently and therefore has no full Blu-Ray logo support.

The gaming performance of the 4500M is not really good. Only less demanding 3D games and very old games may run fluently in low detail settings. Sims 3 and F.E.A.R. for example achieved 30 fps (with stutters) in low deatails and low resolustions (combined with a fast CPU). 2D applications, games and Windows Vista / Windows 7 Aero are supported without any performance problems.

Compared to other modern integrated chipsets like the GeForce 9400M or the Radeon HD 3200, the 4500M is clearly the slowest especially for 3D games. Still the power consumption of the chip is quite competitive, so it may be the right choice for office tasks.

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900

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The Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 (also known as GMA 900) is an integrated (onboard) graphic chip on the Mobile Intel 915GM chipset for Intel processors. It does not support hardware T&L (Transform & Lightning) calculations (which is required for some games).

It supports DirectX 9.0 with Shader Model 2.0 (Vertex Shader are calculated in Software - by the CPU) and OpenGL 1.4. Furthermore, the chip is able to accelerate the decoding of MPEG2 videos and supports Motion Compensation.

The GMA 900 can not be described as a graphics card that is sufficient for gamers. Still Intel published a list  of games that will run (not needingly beautiful) on the notebook. Some old 3D games and especially 2D games should run without problems. The advantage of integrated graphics cards, is that they have a low power consumtion and therefore save battery life. Furthermore, the laptop may stay cooler and more silent than laptops with dedicated graphics cards. For office programs and surfing the performance is more than sufficient.

Currently there are no drivers that support Aero Glass for Windows Vista.

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950

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The Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 (also known as Intel GMA 950) is an integrated (onboard) graphic chip on the Mobile Intel 945Gx chipset for Intel processors. It is a faster clocked version of the GMA 900 and does not support hardware T&L (Transform & Lightning) calculations (which is required for some games). Compared to the GMA 900 it now supports Shader Model 3.0 (instead of 2.0) and can decode 2 HD Streams simultaneously.

It supports DirectX 9.0 with Shader Model 3.0 (Vertex Shader are calculated in Software - by the CPU) and OpenGL 1.4. Furthermore, the chip is able to accelerate the decoding of MPEG2 videos and supports Motion Compensation (2 HD Streams simultaneously). Modern HD videos in MPEG 4 or VC-1 can not be decoded with the graphics card. 

The GMA 950 is integrated in the following chipsets with different rendering clock rates (that affect the 3D performance):

  • 945GU: 133 MHz (Lakeport for Intel A100 and A110)
  • 945GSE: 166 MHz (for Atom)
  • 945GMS: 166 MHz / 250 MHz (1.05V)
  • 940GML 166 MHz / 200 MHz (1.05V) - Celeron M (ULV)
  • 943GML: 200 MHz
  • 945GM: 250 MHz (Calistoga)
  • 945G, 945GC, 945GZ: 400 MHz (Lakeport)

Using the GMABooster tool, slower variants can be clocked to 400 MHz to increase the 3D performance (use at your own risk, not supported by Intel!).

The GMA 950 can not be described as a graphics card that is sufficient for gamers. Still Intel published a list  of games that will run (not needingly beautiful) on the notebook (list is for the GMA 900). Some old 3D games and especially 2D games should run without problems. The advantage of integrated graphics cards, is that they have a low power consumtion and therefore save battery life. Furthermore, the laptop may stay cooler and more silent than laptops with dedicated graphics cards. For office programs and surfing the performance is more than sufficient.

The newest drivers support Windows Vista with Aero Glass effects and according to some of our readers it should run fluently.

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MIntel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
GMA Series
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4700MHD 10 @ 0.64 GHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD 10 @ 0.53 GHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M 10 @ 0.4 GHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100 8 @ 0.5 GHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950 4/0 cores @ 0.25 GHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900 4/0 cores @ 0.4 GHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 600 4 @ 0.4 GHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500 4 @ 0.2 GHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4700MHD 10 @ 0.64 GHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD 10 @ 0.53 GHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M 10 @ 0.4 GHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100 8 @ 0.5 GHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950 4/0 cores @ 0.25 GHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900 4/0 cores @ 0.4 GHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 600 4 @ 0.4 GHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500 4 @ 0.2 GHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4700MHD 10 @ 0.64 GHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD 10 @ 0.53 GHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M 10 @ 0.4 GHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100 8 @ 0.5 GHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950 4/0 cores @ 0.25 GHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900 4/0 cores @ 0.4 GHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 600 4 @ 0.4 GHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500 4 @ 0.2 GHz
CodenameGL40GMA 900GMA 950
ArchitectureGen. 4.5Gen. 3Gen. 3
Pipelines10 - unified4 / 0 Pixel- / Vertexshader4 / 0 Pixel- / Vertexshader
Core Speed400 MHz400 MHz250 MHz
Shared Memoryyesnono
APIDirectX 10, Shader 4.0DirectX 9c, Shader 2.0DirectX 9c, Shader 2.0
technology65 nm130 nm130 nm
FeaturesEnhanced Intel Clear Video Technology, HD Video Decoder (VC/VC2/MPEG2), HDMI mit HDCP Support, Display Refresh Rate Switching Technology, Render StandbyNo Hardware Transform and Lightning Support (T&L), MPEG2 acceleration, Motion CompensationNo Hardware Transform & Lightning (T&L), Hardware Motion Compensation, Hardware MPEG2 acceleration
Date of Announcement01.10.2008 01.03.2005 01.03.2005
Link to Manufacturer Pagehttp://www.intel.com/products/centrino/c...http://www.intel.com/products/chipsets/g...http://www.intel.com/products/chipsets/g...
Power Consumption7 Watt
InformationWindows Vista Premium Ready

Benchmarks

min: 1726     avg: 3330     median: 4000 (4%)     max: 4264 Points
min: 653     avg: 3857     median: 3009 (3%)     max: 6992 Points
min: 289     avg: 736     median: 877.5 (0%)     max: 900 Points
min: 165     avg: 932     median: 751 (0%)     max: 1626 Points
min: 200     avg: 234     median: 223 (0%)     max: 279 Points
min: 0     avg: 407.3     median: 424 (0%)     max: 664 Points
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Score Unknown Settings + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M
3DMark 06
min: 645     avg: 696     median: 687.5 (1%)     max: 765 Points
3DMark 06 - Score Unknown Settings + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900
min: 54     avg: 57     median: 57 (0%)     max: 60 Points
3DMark 06 - Score Unknown Settings + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
min: 86     avg: 140.1     median: 134 (0%)     max: 223 Points
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M
3DMark 06
min: 515     avg: 594     median: 612.5 (1%)     max: 636 Points
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
min: 107     avg: 121.7     median: 107 (0%)     max: 151 Points
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x768 + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M
3DMark 06
min: 533     avg: 700     median: 698.5 (1%)     max: 871 Points
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x800 + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
3DMark 06
min: 91     avg: 113     median: 113 (0%)     max: 135 Points
3DMark 06 - Standard 1024x768 + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
3DMark 06
min: 73     avg: 132.6     median: 122.5 (0%)     max: 243 Points
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - 3dsmax
0.8 Points (2%)
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - EnSight
0.4 Points (1%)
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - Maya
1.4 Points (1%)
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - Pro/Engeneer
0.5 Points (1%)
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - SolidWorks
0.8 Points (1%)
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - UGS Teamcenter
0.1 Points (0%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 Gaming graphics
3.3 Points (42%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 Graphics
min: 3.2     avg: 3.4     median: 3.4 (43%)     max: 3.6 Points
Windows Vista Experience Index - Windows Vista Leistungsindex - Grafik (Spiele)
3.8 Points (56%)
2.6 Points (38%)
Windows Vista Experience Index - Windows Vista Leistungsindex - Grafik
4.1 Points (60%)
3.5 Points (51%)
Cinebench R10 Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M
Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900
149 Points (0%)
Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
min: 30     avg: 274.5     median: 274 (0%)     max: 444 Points
Cinebench R11.5 Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit
1.1 fps (0%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M → 100% n=5

Average Benchmarks Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900 → 42% n=5

Average Benchmarks Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950 → 45% n=5

- 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.

Sims 3

Sims 3

2009
low 800x600
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M:
34  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M:
11.4  fps
Left 4 Dead

Left 4 Dead

2008
low 640x480
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950:
2  fps
Crysis - GPU Benchmark

Crysis - GPU Benchmark

2007
high 1024x768
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M:
3.5  fps
Half Life 2 - Lost Coast Benchmark

Half Life 2 - Lost Coast Benchmark

2005
high 1024x768
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950:
2  fps
F.E.A.R.

F.E.A.R.

2005
low 640x480
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M:
28 40 ~ 34 fps
112%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950:
19 25 70 ~ 38 fps
med. 800x600
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M:
12 15 ~ 14 fps
21%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950:
2 3 5 ~ 3 fps
high 1024x768
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M:
5 5 ~ 5 fps
20%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950:
1 1 2 ~ 1 fps
World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft

2005
low 800x600
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M:
15 29.4 30 ~ 25 fps
60%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950:
14 16.3 ~ 15 fps
med. 1024x768
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M:
6 9.9 21 ~ 12 fps
high 1280x1024
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M:
1 4 ~ 3 fps
Counter-Strike Source

Counter-Strike Source

2004
high 1024x768
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M:
23.6  fps
Doom 3

Doom 3

2004
low 640x480
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900:
2.8  fps
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950:
2.9 5.5 ~ 4 fps
Quake 3 Arena - Timedemo

Quake 3 Arena - Timedemo

1999
high 1024x768
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M:
59.9 84.5 ~ 72 fps
45%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900:
32.1  fps
122%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950:
6.1 24.1 57.2 58.2 59 59.8 60.1 72.6 89.1 99.5 108.1 115.5 117.7 118.3 119.6 120.1 123.5 128 130.1 ~ 88 fps

Average Gaming Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M → 100%

Average Gaming 30-70 fps → 100%

Average Gaming Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900 → 45%

Average Gaming 30-70 fps → 45%

Average Gaming Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950 → 67%

Average Gaming 30-70 fps → 112%

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

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