Intel GMA HD Graphics Performance

January 25, 2010 | 09:40

Tags: #1080p #660 #661 #785g #9300 #core-i5 #cpu #h264 #hd #htpc #perform #performance

Companies: #divx #intel #test

Serious Sam HD

Alongside all new HD graphics, Serious Sam still has a casual blaster appeal, that's why we've included it here. It's easy to dive in and dive out without much commitment, and the engine scales back the detail levels pretty well. There's actually one detail level below what we've used, however it looks incredibly poor so we would strongly avoid it.

We set Serious Sam HD to its 'Low' settings on the graphics side, while leaving the CPU set to 'High', with V-Sync disabled and the resolution was set to 1,280 x 800. We manually ran the first part of the Egypt campaign for 90 seconds, three times over with FRAPS 3.03 and took an average result.

Intel GMA HD Graphics Performance Serious Sam HD Intel GMA HD Graphics Performance Serious Sam HD
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Serious Sam HD

1280x800 0xAA 0xAF, Low Settings

  • Nvidia GeForce 9400 (Core 2 Duo E8500)
  • Intel GMA HD (Core i5 661: 900MHz IGP)
  • AMD 785G (Phenom II X2 550 BE)
  • Intel GMA HD (Core i3 530: 733MHz IGP)
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    • 28
    • 35
    • 25
    • 24
    • 14
    • 23
    • 12
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  • Average FPS
  • Minimum FPS

The Intel Core i5-661 with its higher core clock and faster IGP does really very well here, sporting the highest average frame rate. However, the Nvidia GeForce 9400 still played more smoothly overall, with a minimum FPS that's a few above the Intel system. AMD's 785G and Intel's cheaper Core i3-530 both fall off quite considerably though, with a very choppy gameplay experience and much lower FPS.

Intel

Intel GMA HD Graphics Performance Serious Sam HD
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AMD

Intel GMA HD Graphics Performance Serious Sam HD
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Nvidia

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