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

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) 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) 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) 900Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MIntel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
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
CodenameGMA 900GL40GMA 950
ArchitectureGen. 3Gen. 4.5Gen. 3
Cores4 / 0 10 - unified4 / 0
Core400 MHz400 MHz250 MHz
Shared Memorynoyesno
DirectXDirectX 9c, 2.0DirectX 10, 4.0DirectX 9c, 2.0
Technology130 nm65 nm130 nm
FeaturesNo Hardware Transform and Lightning Support (T&L), MPEG2 acceleration, Motion CompensationEnhanced Intel Clear Video Technology, HD Video Decoder (VC/VC2/MPEG2), HDMI mit HDCP Support, Display Refresh Rate Switching Technology, Render StandbyNo Hardware Transform & Lightning (T&L), Hardware Motion Compensation, Hardware MPEG2 acceleration
Introduced01.03.2005 01.10.2008 01.03.2005
Manufacturerhttp://www.intel.com/products/chipsets/g...http://www.intel.com/products/centrino/c...http://www.intel.com/products/chipsets/g...
Windows Vista Premium Ready

3DMark 2001SE - 3DMark 2001 - Standard
min: 1726     avg: 3330     median: 4000 (4%)     max: 4264 Points
min: 3335     avg: 4018     median: 3882 (4%)     max: 5389 Points
min: 653     avg: 3857     median: 3009 (3%)     max: 6992 Points
3DMark 03 - 3DMark 03 - Standard
min: 289     avg: 736     median: 877.5 (0%)     max: 900 Points
min: 1136     avg: 1676     median: 1650.5 (1%)     max: 2373 Points
min: 165     avg: 932     median: 751 (0%)     max: 1626 Points
3DMark 05 - 3DMark 05 - Standard
min: 200     avg: 234     median: 223 (0%)     max: 279 Points
min: 470     avg: 987     median: 1037 (2%)     max: 1277 Points
min: 0     avg: 407     median: 424 (1%)     max: 664 Points
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Score Unknown Settings + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900
3DMark 06 - Score Unknown Settings + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M
3DMark 06 - Score Unknown Settings + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
Cinebench R10 Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900
Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M
Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950

Average Benchmarks Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900 → 100% n=5

Average Benchmarks Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M → 483% n=5

Average Benchmarks Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950 → 154% n=5

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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
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
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
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M:
28 40 ~ 34 fps
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950:
19 25 70 ~ 38 fps
med. 800x600
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M:
12 15 ~ 14 fps
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950:
2 3 5 ~ 3 fps
high 1024x768
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M:
5 5 ~ 5 fps
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950:
1 1 2 ~ 1 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) 950:
14 16.3 ~ 15 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
high 1024x768
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M:
23.6  fps
Doom 3

Doom 3

2004
low 640x480
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900:
2.8  fps
143%
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) 900:
32.1  fps
224%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M:
59.9 84.5 ~ 72 fps
274%
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) 900 → 100%

Average Gaming 30-70 fps → 100%

Average Gaming Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M → 224%

Average Gaming Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950 → 209%

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