Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4700MHD vs Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500 vs Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4700MHD

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The Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4700MHD (sometimes also called GMA X4700 HD or other combinations) is a DirectX 10 capable onboard graphics adapter in the GM47 chipset of the Centrino 2 platform (Montevina). The chip has no dedicated graphics memory, but takes dynamically an amount from the main memory (up to 384 MB).

Compared to the GMA 4500MHD, the 4700MHD features a higher core clock (plus 107 MHz) and is therefore a bit faster. Compared to the predecessor GMA X3100, the GMA 4500MHD has two more shaders and a 33 MHz higher core clock speed. Therefore, the chip is noticable faster than the older one (especially in 3DMark06). Still, the performance is just on par with the entry level dedicated graphics cards and therefore not suited for demanding games.

A new feature of the GMA chip, are the integrated HD video-decoding functions. The GM45 is able to decode HD-videos in the formats AVC, VC-2, and MPEG-2 to help the CPU. This way a Blu-Ray playback should also be possible with a low end CPU.

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500

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The Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 500 (also called GMA 500) is a graphics card for embedded products (e.g. MIDs), netbooks and other small mobile devices. It is usually paired with an Intel Atom CPU and designed for video playback tasks (even HD content). The integrated video decoder is able to accelerate MPEG-2, VC-1, and AVC HD videos.

The graphics core is based on a licensed PowerVR SGX core (Power VR SGX535 as in the Apple A4) and is clocked with 100 (UL11L) or 200 MHz (US15L, US15W chipset). The GMA 500 is compatible with DirectX 10.1 and features 4 unified shaders. Still the performance wont be sufficient for playing 3D games.

The chipsets that integrate the GMA 500 (UL11L, US15L, and US15W) support

GMA 500 chipset comparison
UL11LUS15LUS15W
Core Speed100200200 MHz
Max RAM512 MB1024 MB1024 MB
max Displays122
PCIe Slots122

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) 4700MHDIntel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M
ManufacturerIntelIntelIntel
GMA Series
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4700MHD 10 @ 640 MHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD 10 @ 533 MHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M 10 @ 400 MHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100 8 @ 500 MHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950 4/0 cores @ 250 MHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900 4/0 cores @ 400 MHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 600 4 @ 400 MHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500 4 @ 200 MHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4700MHD 10 @ 640 MHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD 10 @ 533 MHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M 10 @ 400 MHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100 8 @ 500 MHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950 4/0 cores @ 250 MHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900 4/0 cores @ 400 MHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 600 4 @ 400 MHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500 4 @ 200 MHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4700MHD 10 @ 640 MHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD 10 @ 533 MHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M 10 @ 400 MHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100 8 @ 500 MHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950 4/0 cores @ 250 MHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900 4/0 cores @ 400 MHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 600 4 @ 400 MHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500 4 @ 200 MHz
CodenameMontevinaGMA 500GL40
ArchitectureGen. 4.5PowerVR SGX5Gen. 4.5
10 - 4 - 10 -
Core640 MHz200 MHz400 MHz
yesyesyes
DirectXDirectX 10, 4.0DirectX 10.1, 4.1DirectX 10, 4.0
Technology65 nm130 nm65 nm
FeaturesEnhanced Intel Clear Video Technology, HD Video Decoder (VC/VC2/MPEG2), HDMI mit HDCP Support, Display Refresh Rate Switching Technology, Render Standby
OpenGL 2.0, PowerVR SGX Kern, Screen Tiling, Internal True Color Processing, Zero overhead AA, 32 Bit floating-point operations.
Enhanced Intel Clear Video Technology, HD Video Decoder (VC/VC2/MPEG2), HDMI mit HDCP Support, Display Refresh Rate Switching Technology, Render Standby
Introduced01.10.2008 01.11.2008 01.10.2008
Manufacturerhttp://www.intel.com/products/centrino/c...http://download.intel.com/design/chipset...http://www.intel.com/products/centrino/c...

3DMark 2001SE - Standard 1024x768
min: 679     avg: 997     median: 1016 (1%)     max: 1335 Points
min: 3335     avg: 4018     median: 3882 (4%)     max: 5389 Points
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
min: 142     avg: 665     median: 395 (0%)     max: 4113 Points
min: 1136     avg: 1676     median: 1650.5 (1%)     max: 2373 Points
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
min: 120     avg: 133     median: 129 (0%)     max: 150 Points
min: 470     avg: 987     median: 1037 (2%)     max: 1277 Points
3DMark 06 + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500
+ Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M
Windows 7 Experience Index - Gaming graphics
min: 2.3     avg: 2.4     median: 2.4 (30%)     max: 2.4 points
3.3 points (42%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Graphics
min: 2.9     avg: 4.2     median: 4.5 (57%)     max: 4.5 points
min: 3.2     avg: 3.4     median: 3.4 (43%)     max: 3.6 points
Windows Vista Experience Index - GPU Games
min: 2.4     avg: 2.7     median: 2.7 (40%)     max: 3 Points
3.8 Points (56%)
Windows Vista Experience Index - GPU
min: 4.5     avg: 5.2     median: 5.2 (76%)     max: 5.9 Points
4.1 Points (60%)
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500
Shading 32Bit + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M

Average Benchmarks Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500 → 100%

Average Benchmarks Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M → 542%

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

Sims 3

Sims 3

2009
low 800x600
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M:
34  fps
med. 1024x768
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M:
11.4  fps
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M:
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Crysis - GPU Benchmark

Crysis - GPU Benchmark

2007
high 1024x768
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M:
3.5  fps
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M:
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F.E.A.R.

F.E.A.R.

2005
low 640x480
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500:
16  fps
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M:
28 40 ~ 34 fps
med. 800x600
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500:
2  fps
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M:
12 15 ~ 14 fps
high 1024x768
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500:
1  fps
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M:
5 5 ~ 5 fps
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500:
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Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M:
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World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft

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

Counter-Strike Source

2004
high 1024x768
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M:
23.6  fps
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M:
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Quake 3 Arena - Timedemo

Quake 3 Arena - Timedemo

1999
high 1024x768
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M:
59.9 84.5 ~ 72 fps
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M:
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