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Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 600 vs Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500 vs Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 600

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The Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 600 (also called GMA 600) is a graphics cards for embedded products (e.g. MIDs), netbooks and other small mobile devices. It is integrated in the Atom Z600 series CPUs and compared to the GMA 500 it features a twice as high clock speed of max. 400 MHz. 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 and is clocked with max 400 MHz. The GMA 600 should be theoretically compatible with DirectX 10.1 and features 4 unified shaders. Because of the missing Windows BIOS support, the Lincroft SOC is currently not able to run Windows (only CE) and therefore supports OpenGL ES 2.0, Open VG 1.0, DirectX 9.L. Another restriction is the max. resolution support of 1366x768 with LVDS and 1024x600 with MIPI.

The performance wont be sufficient for playing demanding 3D games.

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) 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) 600Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500Intel 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
CodenameGMA 600GMA 500GMA 950
ArchitecturePowerVR SGX5PowerVR SGX5Gen. 3
Pipelines4 - unified4 - unified4 / 0 Pixel- / Vertexshader
Core Speed400 MHz200 MHz250 MHz
Shared Memoryyesyesno
APIDirectX 9.0c, Shader 3.0DirectX 10.1, Shader 4.1DirectX 9c, Shader 2.0
technology45 nm130 nm130 nm
FeaturesOpenGL, PowerVR SGX Kern, Screen Tiling, Internal True Color Processing, Zero overhead AA, 32 Bit floating-point operations.
OpenGL 2.0, PowerVR SGX Kern, Screen Tiling, Internal True Color Processing, Zero overhead AA, 32 Bit floating-point operations.
No Hardware Transform & Lightning (T&L), Hardware Motion Compensation, Hardware MPEG2 acceleration
Date of Announcement01.05.2010 01.11.2008 01.03.2005
Link to Manufacturer Pagehttp://download.intel.com/design/chipset...http://www.intel.com/products/chipsets/g...
Power Consumption7 Watt
InformationWindows Vista Premium Ready

Benchmarks

3DMark 2001SE - 3DMark 2001 - Standard
min: 1549     avg: 1562     median: 1562 (2%)     max: 1575 Points
min: 653     avg: 3857     median: 3009 (3%)     max: 6992 Points
3DMark 03 - 3DMark 03 - Standard
min: 249     avg: 564     median: 697 (0%)     max: 747 Points
min: 165     avg: 932     median: 751 (0%)     max: 1626 Points
3DMark 05 - 3DMark 05 - Standard
min: 253     avg: 259.3     median: 260 (0%)     max: 265 Points
min: 0     avg: 407.3     median: 424 (0%)     max: 664 Points
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 600
3DMark 06
119 Points (0%)
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500
68 Points (0%)
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
min: 107     avg: 121.7     median: 107 (0%)     max: 151 Points
3DMark 06 - Score Unknown Settings + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500
3DMark 06
min: 72     avg: 75.5     median: 75.5 (0%)     max: 79 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 1024x768 + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500
3DMark 06
88 Points (0%)
3DMark 06 - Standard 1024x768 + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
min: 73     avg: 132.6     median: 122.5 (0%)     max: 243 Points
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x800 + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
3DMark 06
min: 91     avg: 113     median: 113 (0%)     max: 135 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
min: 3     avg: 3.4     median: 3.6 (46%)     max: 3.6 Points
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 Graphics
min: 2.9     avg: 3.5     median: 2.9 (37%)     max: 4.8 Points
Windows Vista Experience Index - Windows Vista Leistungsindex - Grafik (Spiele)
min: 2.4     avg: 2.7     median: 2.7 (40%)     max: 3 Points
2.6 Points (38%)
Windows Vista Experience Index - Windows Vista Leistungsindex - Grafik
min: 4.5     avg: 5.2     median: 5.2 (76%)     max: 5.9 Points
3.5 Points (51%)
Cinebench R10 Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 600
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit)
min: 100     avg: 105     median: 107 (0%)     max: 108 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500
Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
min: 30     avg: 274.5     median: 274 (0%)     max: 444 Points

Average Benchmarks Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 600 → 100% n=5

Average Benchmarks Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500 → 51% n=5

Average Benchmarks Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950 → 162% 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.

Fifa 12

Fifa 12

2011
low 800x600
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 600:
-1 (!)  fps
Resident Evil 5

Resident Evil 5

2009
low 800x600
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 600:
-1 (!)  fps
Left 4 Dead

Left 4 Dead

2008
low 640x480
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950:
2  fps
Trackmania Nations Forever

Trackmania Nations Forever

2008
low 640x480
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 600:
-1 (!)  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
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500:
16  fps
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950:
19 25 70 ~ 38 fps
med. 800x600
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500:
2  fps
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950:
2 3 5 ~ 3 fps
high 1024x768
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500:
1  fps
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950:
1 1 2 ~ 1 fps
World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft

2005
low 800x600
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 600:
2 (!)  fps
750%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950:
14 16.3 ~ 15 fps
Counter-Strike Source

Counter-Strike Source

2004
low 640x480
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 600:
-1 (!)  fps
Doom 3

Doom 3

2004
low 640x480
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) 600:
24  fps
367%
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) 600 → 100%

Average Gaming Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950 → 558%

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

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