Anyone had Experience with the GMA950 and Aero?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Games' started by Ben Enfield, Jan 12, 2007.

  1. Ben Enfield

    Ben Enfield Guest

    I am helping a friend buy a computer and was wondering how well the GMA950
    runs Aero glass. Specifically, I am wondering if anyone has run a
    combination of displays with a total number of megapixels greater than 2.
    This would include a single monitor with 1920x1200 resolution, or dual
    monitor setups with 1024x768+1280x1024 and up.

    This query about performance also goes out to those who run many programs,
    as that tasks the graphics card. What is the performance of a video running
    in media player and using Flip-3D?

    Ben Enfield, Jan 12, 2007
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  2. I am running the Intel D945GNTL Motherboard with the GMA950 Graphics, 2GB
    667 DDR2, and a P4 631 3.0 Ghz CPU on Vista X64 RC1
    at 1920X1200 resolution. With a performance rating (experience index) of
    3.1 (The graphics rating in both categories was 3.1 while everything else
    was 5 or better)

    I was not able to get aero to show Transparency untill I upgraded to the
    Intel drivers dated 8/23/2006 It worked great after that.

    With 1 browser (3 Tabs open) 1 Excel document, 1 Publisher Doc, 2 Word doc's
    and media player with a music video flip 3D or alt-tab were instantaneous.
    No screen flicker or noise.

    You must have the full 256 Mb allocated to Video in BIOS which requires a
    minimum of 512Mb of Ram. I didnt test Aero with less than my 2Gb of system
    memory so I dont know how total memory will effect the use of Aero. I also
    was not able to test a dual monitor setup but I know you can use both the
    internal adapter and a PCI adapter for a dual setup as long as the PCI card
    drivers are capable of dual monitors.

    All in all, the GMA950 is pretty decent Chipset for an onboard video.

    Rex Geissinger
    Rex Geissinger, Jan 12, 2007
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  3. Ben Enfield

    mike.menard Guest

    got it to install, by going into safe mode with networking.
    pass that along to anybody else you hear that is having problems.


    mike.menard, Jan 15, 2007
  4. Ben Enfield

    Ben Enfield Guest

    Thanks, I won't hesitate in recommending a GMA950 for my friends laptops
    then. I just didn't want them to be stuck without aero on their one month
    old computer.

    Ben Enfield, Jan 15, 2007
  5. Ben Enfield

    mike.menard Guest

    sorry, i missed. ment for the other thread above.
    mike.menard, Jan 15, 2007
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