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Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500 vs Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M vs Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100

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) X3100

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Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100 is an integrated (onboard) graphic chip on a Mobile Intel 965GM (with 500 MHz core speed) and 960GM (400 MHz) chipset (for Merom = Core 2 architecture). It is the successor of GMA 950. Most interesting is the integration of a fully programmable pipeline. Due to the integration of DirectX9 and DirectX 10 features (with drivers later than 15.9.0.1472), HDR and Hardware Transform & Lighning (T&L) - predecessor only had Software T&L - should be ready for Windows Vista Premium (support Aero Glass fully). Respective the data, the peformance should be clearly better than GMA 950.

The 13.5 Watt current consumption is relatively low, because it includes all chipset functions (therefore, this value is not compareable to dedicated graphics cards).

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MIntel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100
ManufacturerIntelIntelIntel
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
CodenameGMA 500GL40Crestline
ArchitecturePowerVR SGX5Gen. 4.5Gen. 4
Pipelines4 - unified10 - unified8 - unified
Core Speed200 MHz400 MHz500 MHz
Shared Memoryyesyesno
DirectXDirectX 10.1, Shader 4.1DirectX 10, Shader 4.0DirectX 10, Shader 3.0
technology130 nm65 nm90 nm
Features
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 StandbyTransform and Lighting Hardware Support, 32 Bit Floating Point Precision, 16xAF, Occlusion Query, Hardware Clipping, DX10, DirectX9, OpenGl 2.0, Hardware MPEG2 und WMV9 acceleration, 300 MHz RAMDAC, 2 25-112 MHz LVDS Transmitter, 2 DVO Encoder, TV Encoder
Date of Announcement01.11.2008 01.10.2008 09.05.2007
Link to Manufacturer Pagehttp://download.intel.com/design/chipset...http://www.intel.com/products/centrino/c...http://www.intel.com/cd/products/service...

Benchmarks

min: 2012     avg: 4319     median: 4117 (4%)     max: 6839 Points
min: 751     avg: 1520     median: 1600 (1%)     max: 2916 Points
min: 446     avg: 805     median: 848 (1%)     max: 997 Points
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Score Unknown Settings + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500
3DMark 06
min: 72     avg: 75.5     median: 75.5 (0%)     max: 79
3DMark 06 - Score Unknown Settings + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M
min: 645     avg: 696     median: 687.5 (1%)     max: 765
3DMark 06 - Score Unknown Settings + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500
3DMark 06
68 Points (0%)
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M
min: 515     avg: 594     median: 612.5 (1%)     max: 636 Points
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100
3DMark 06 - Standard 1024x768 + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500
3DMark 06
88 Points (0%)
3DMark 06 - Standard 1024x768 + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100
min: 413     avg: 528     median: 527.5 (1%)     max: 642 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 1280x768 + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100
min: 426     avg: 488     median: 506 (1%)     max: 533 Points
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x800 + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 Gaming graphics
min: 2.3     avg: 2.4     median: 2.4 (30%)     max: 2.4 Points
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 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 - Windows Vista Leistungsindex - Grafik (Spiele)
min: 2.4     avg: 2.7     median: 2.7 (40%)     max: 3 Points
Windows Vista Experience Index - Windows Vista Leistungsindex - Grafik
min: 4.5     avg: 5.2     median: 5.2 (76%)     max: 5.9 Points
Cinebench R10 Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500
Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M
Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100
min: 76     avg: 647     median: 665 (3%)     max: 1143
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) 500 → 100% n=8

Average Benchmarks Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M → 750% n=8

Average Benchmarks Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100 → 653% 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 11

Fifa 11

2010
low 800x600
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100:
-1  fps
Sims 3

Sims 3

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

Left 4 Dead

2008
low 640x480
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100:
6  fps
Trackmania Nations Forever

Trackmania Nations Forever

2008
low 640x480
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100:
48.6  fps
high 1024x768
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100:
2  fps
Crysis - GPU Benchmark

Crysis - GPU Benchmark

2007
high 1024x768
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) X3100:
1.6  fps
F.E.A.R.

F.E.A.R.

2005
low 640x480
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500:
16  fps
213%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M:
28 40 ~ 34 fps
331%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100:
43 44 47 47 48 50 50 51 56 56 70 75 ~ 53 fps
med. 800x600
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500:
2  fps
700%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M:
12 15 ~ 14 fps
500%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100:
8 8 8 8 10 10 10 11 11 13 14 14 ~ 10 fps
high 1024x768
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500:
1  fps
500%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M:
5 5 ~ 5 fps
300%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100:
3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 5 ~ 3 fps
Quake 4

Quake 4

2005
low 640x480
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100:
14  fps
med. 800x600
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100:
12  fps
World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft

2005
low 800x600
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M:
15 29.4 30 ~ 25 fps
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100:
19  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
Counter-Strike Source

Counter-Strike Source

2004
low 640x480
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100:
30  fps
high 1024x768
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M:
23.6  fps
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100:
4  fps
Doom 3

Doom 3

2004
low 640x480
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100:
5.2 8 8 8.4 8.7 9.6 9.7 12.6 12.6 13.4 15 ~ 10 fps
med. 640x480
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100:
8.5 9.9 13.3 ~ 11 fps
high 800x600
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100:
8.4 9.8 12.2 ~ 10 fps
ultra 1024x768
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100:
7 8.2 9.5 ~ 8 fps
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) X3100:
43.6 52 53.9 58 62.6 65.3 67.1 68.5 70 73 77.7 81 82.1 82.6 83.4 101.7 120.9 ~ 73 fps

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

Average Gaming Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M → 471%

Average Gaming 30-70 fps → 213%

Average Gaming Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100 → 377%

Average Gaming 30-70 fps → 331%

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

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