Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100 vs Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950

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) 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) X3100Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
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 8 @ 0.5 GHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950 4/0 cores @ 0.25 GHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900 compare 4/0 cores @ 0.4 GHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 600 compare 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 8 @ 0.5 GHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950 4/0 cores @ 0.25 GHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900 compare 4/0 cores @ 0.4 GHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 600 compare 4 @ 0.4 GHz
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500 compare 4 @ 0.2 GHz
CodenameCrestlineGMA 950
ArchitectureGen. 4Gen. 3
Pipelines8 - unified4 / 0 Pixel- / Vertexshader
Core Speed500 MHz250 MHz
Shared Memorynono
DirectXDirectX 10, Shader 3.0DirectX 9c, Shader 2.0
technology90 nm130 nm
FeaturesTransform 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 EncoderNo Hardware Transform & Lightning (T&L), Hardware Motion Compensation, Hardware MPEG2 acceleration
Date of Announcement09.05.2007 01.03.2005
Link to Manufacturer Pagehttp://www.intel.com/cd/products/service...http://www.intel.com/products/chipsets/g...
InformationWindows Vista Premium Ready

Benchmarks

3DMark 2001SE - 3DMark 2001 - Standard
min: 2012     avg: 4319     median: 4117 (4%)     max: 6839 Points
min: 653     avg: 3857     median: 3009 (3%)     max: 6992 Points
3DMark 03 - 3DMark 03 - Standard
min: 751     avg: 1520     median: 1600 (1%)     max: 2916 Points
min: 165     avg: 932     median: 751 (0%)     max: 1626 Points
3DMark 05 - 3DMark 05 - Standard
min: 446     avg: 805     median: 848 (1%)     max: 997 Points
min: 0     avg: 407     median: 424 (1%)     max: 664 Points
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Score Unknown Settings + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100
3DMark 06 - Score Unknown Settings + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x800 + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x800 + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x768 + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100
3DMark 06 - Standard 1024x768 + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100
3DMark 06 - Standard 1024x768 + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - 3dsmax
0.8 (2%)
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - EnSight
0.4 (1%)
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - Maya
1.4 (1%)
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - Pro/Engeneer
0.5 (1%)
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - SolidWorks
0.8 (1%)
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - UGS Teamcenter
0.1 (0%)
Windows Vista Experience Index - Windows Vista Leistungsindex - Grafik (Spiele)
min: 3.3     avg: 3.4     median: 3.5 (51%)     max: 3.5 Points
2.6 Points (38%)
Windows Vista Experience Index - Windows Vista Leistungsindex - Grafik
min: 3.1     avg: 3.3     median: 3.5 (51%)     max: 3.5 Points
3.5 Points (51%)
Cinebench R10 Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100
Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950

Average Benchmarks Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100 → 100% n=10

Average Benchmarks Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950 → 48% n=10

- 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
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100:
-1  fps
Left 4 Dead

Left 4 Dead

2008
low 640x480
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100:
6  fps
33%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950:
2  fps
Trackmania Nations Forever

Trackmania Nations Forever

2008
low 640x480
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100:
48.6  fps
high 1024x768
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100:
2  fps
Half Life 2 - Lost Coast Benchmark

Half Life 2 - Lost Coast Benchmark

2005
high 1024x768
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100:
1.6  fps
125%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950:
2  fps
F.E.A.R.

F.E.A.R.

2005
low 640x480
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100:
43 44 47 47 48 50 50 51 56 56 70 75 ~ 53 fps
72%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950:
19 25 70 ~ 38 fps
med. 800x600
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100:
8 8 8 8 10 10 10 11 11 13 14 14 ~ 10 fps
30%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950:
2 3 5 ~ 3 fps
high 1024x768
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100:
3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 5 ~ 3 fps
33%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950:
1 1 2 ~ 1 fps
Quake 4

Quake 4

2005
low 640x480
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100:
14  fps
med. 800x600
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100:
12  fps
World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft

2005
low 800x600
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100:
19  fps
79%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950:
14 16.3 ~ 15 fps
Counter-Strike Source

Counter-Strike Source

2004
low 640x480
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100:
30  fps
high 1024x768
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100:
4  fps
Doom 3

Doom 3

2004
low 640x480
100%
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
40%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950:
2.9 5.5 ~ 4 fps
med. 640x480
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100:
8.5 9.9 13.3 ~ 11 fps
high 800x600
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100:
8.4 9.8 12.2 ~ 10 fps
ultra 1024x768
100%
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100:
7 8.2 9.5 ~ 8 fps
Quake 3 Arena - Timedemo

Quake 3 Arena - Timedemo

1999
high 1024x768
100%
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
121%
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) X3100 → 100%

Average Gaming 30-70 fps → 100%

Average Gaming Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950 → 67%

Average Gaming 30-70 fps → 72%

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

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