Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500 vs Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900

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) 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) 500Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900
ManufacturerIntelIntel
GMA Series
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4700MHD compare 10 @ 0.64 GHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD compare 10 @ 0.53 GHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M compare 10 @ 0.4 GHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100 compare 8 @ 0.5 GHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950 compare 4/0 cores @ 0.25 GHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900 4/0 cores @ 0.4 GHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 600 compare 4 @ 0.4 GHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500 4 @ 0.2 GHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4700MHD compare 10 @ 0.64 GHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD compare 10 @ 0.53 GHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M compare 10 @ 0.4 GHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100 compare 8 @ 0.5 GHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950 compare 4/0 cores @ 0.25 GHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900 4/0 cores @ 0.4 GHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 600 compare 4 @ 0.4 GHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500 4 @ 0.2 GHz
CodenameGMA 500GMA 900
ArchitecturePowerVR SGX5Gen. 3
Cores4 - unified4 / 0
Core200 MHz400 MHz
Shared Memoryyesno
DirectXDirectX 10.1, 4.1DirectX 9c, 2.0
Technology130 nm130 nm
Features
OpenGL 2.0, PowerVR SGX Kern, Screen Tiling, Internal True Color Processing, Zero overhead AA, 32 Bit floating-point operations.
No Hardware Transform and Lightning Support (T&L), MPEG2 acceleration, Motion Compensation
Introduced01.11.2008 01.03.2005
Manufacturerhttp://download.intel.com/design/chipset...http://www.intel.com/products/chipsets/g...

3DMark 2001SE - 3DMark 2001 - Standard
min: 679     avg: 997     median: 1016 (1%)     max: 1335 Points
min: 1726     avg: 3330     median: 4000 (4%)     max: 4264 Points
3DMark 03 - 3DMark 03 - Standard
min: 142     avg: 665     median: 395 (0%)     max: 4113 Points
min: 289     avg: 736     median: 877.5 (0%)     max: 900 Points
3DMark 05 - 3DMark 05 - Standard
min: 120     avg: 133     median: 129 (0%)     max: 150 Points
min: 200     avg: 234     median: 223 (0%)     max: 279 Points
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Score Unknown Settings + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500
3DMark 06 - Score Unknown Settings + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500
3DMark 06 - Standard 1024x768 + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500
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
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) 900

Average Benchmarks Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500 → 100% n=5

Average Benchmarks Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900 → 276% n=5

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

F.E.A.R.

F.E.A.R.

2005
low 640x480
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500:
16  fps
med. 800x600
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500:
2  fps
high 1024x768
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500:
1  fps
Doom 3

Doom 3

2004
low 640x480
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900:
2.8  fps
Quake 3 Arena - Timedemo

Quake 3 Arena - Timedemo

1999
high 1024x768
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900:
32.1  fps

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

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