Intel’s GMA HD Graphics investigated

by Rafael Hernandez on January 25, 2010 · 0 comments

Intel’s GMA integrated graphics lineup has never really mustered much on the performance front making it better suited to business-class computers or for users that don’t need much in the way of pixel-crunching power.

bit-tech has decided to test out how the latest Intel GMA HD, integrated on the new Core i3 and Core i5 processors, does against other IGPs:

Intel’s newly launched Clarkdale CPUs – the Core i3 and lower end Core i5 models – feature integrated Intel graphics, branded GMA HD. The graphics chip is architecturally interesting; it’s actually a 45nm chip which contains, along with the graphics, the memory controller, PCI-Express and DMI link to the PCH too. It connects to the 32nm CPU die directly via an internal QPI link, precisely the kind of modular design Intel (and AMD) have been talking about.

Its performance has improved enough that it’ll do fine for some light gaming but you’re still going to want a dedicated graphics card for more demanding titles.

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