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Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900 vs Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 600

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) 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) 900Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 600
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 4 @ 0.4 GHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500 compare 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 4 @ 0.4 GHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500 compare 4 @ 0.2 GHz
CodenameGMA 900GMA 600
ArchitectureGen. 3PowerVR SGX5
Pipelines4 / 0 Pixel- / Vertexshader4 - unified
Core Speed400 MHz400 MHz
Shared Memorynoyes
APIDirectX 9c, Shader 2.0DirectX 9.0c, Shader 3.0
technology130 nm45 nm
FeaturesNo Hardware Transform and Lightning Support (T&L), MPEG2 acceleration, Motion CompensationOpenGL, PowerVR SGX Kern, Screen Tiling, Internal True Color Processing, Zero overhead AA, 32 Bit floating-point operations.
Date of Announcement01.03.2005 01.05.2010
Link to Manufacturer Pagehttp://www.intel.com/products/chipsets/g...

Benchmarks

3DMark 2001SE - 3DMark 2001 - Standard
min: 1726     avg: 3330     median: 4000 (4%)     max: 4264 Points
min: 1549     avg: 1562     median: 1562 (2%)     max: 1575 Points
3DMark 03 - 3DMark 03 - Standard
min: 289     avg: 736     median: 877.5 (0%)     max: 900 Points
3DMark 05 - 3DMark 05 - Standard
min: 200     avg: 234     median: 223 (0%)     max: 279 Points
min: 253     avg: 259.3     median: 260 (0%)     max: 265 Points
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Score Unknown Settings + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900
3DMark 06
min: 54     avg: 57     median: 57 (0%)     max: 60 Points
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 600
3DMark 06
119 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
Cinebench R10 Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit)
149 Points (1%)
Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 600

Average Benchmarks Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900 → 100% n=4

Average Benchmarks Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 600 → 77% n=4

- 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
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 600:
-1 (!)  fps
Resident Evil 5

Resident Evil 5

2009
low 800x600
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 600:
-1 (!)  fps
Trackmania Nations Forever

Trackmania Nations Forever

2008
low 640x480
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 600:
-1 (!)  fps
World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft

2005
low 800x600
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 600:
2 (!)  fps
Counter-Strike Source

Counter-Strike Source

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

Doom 3

2004
low 640x480
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900:
2.8  fps
Quake 3 Arena - Timedemo

Quake 3 Arena - Timedemo

1999
high 1024x768
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900:
32.1  fps
75%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 600:
24  fps

Average Gaming Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900 → 100%

Average Gaming 30-70 fps → 100%

Average Gaming Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 600 → 75%

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

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