X3100 vs. Geforce FX5500

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  1. macman784 macrumors newbie

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    how would you rate the Intel X3100 against the GeForce FX 5500 DDR 256 PCI graphics card. Which one would you rate as producing better performance with games. The GeForce card is on my old desktop... :eek:
     
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    One thing that i noticed that was different was that on my old desktop, with the game NoLimits 1.6, which is a basic Roller Coaster Simulator, i was able to see the Reflecting water, but on my macbook the option was not available with the X3100... does it have to do with the DirectX setting or the amount of shared memory being used..144mb.
     
  4. Techguy172 macrumors 68000

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    I don't know why you can't do that. It could be because it's an older game. But in Age of Empires reflective water works fine. Mac doesn't have Direct X by the way it uses Open GL.
     
  5. macman784 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    are u playing the game under bootcamp? Does it recognize DirectX under bootcamp in windows..?
     
  6. Jack Flash macrumors 65816

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    It was clever of Intel to name the successor to the GMA 950 the way they did. It sounds much more advanced, doesn't it? In truth, it isn't. It is still a poor performing Integrated chipset.
     
  7. Techguy172 macrumors 68000

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    No I didn't play the game under bootcamp, Yes direct X works in bootcamp.
     
  8. diamond.g macrumors 603

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    Actually the 5500 is probably better. Sad huh?
     
  9. Techguy172 macrumors 68000

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    I don't think so. the 5500 is only PCI while the intel is PCI Express and it's also ddr2 vs. ddr.
     
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    Guys I don't want to hijack, but this is related to the topic....

    Isnt integrated always low performance?

    I have an iMac with an 128 mb ATI X600, wouldnt my computer have similar performance to the X3100?
     
  11. diamond.g macrumors 603

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    Everything that I have seen shows that the FX 5500 is on par or better. Shoot the FX 5200 is probably better than the X3100.
     
  12. Jack Flash macrumors 65816

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    And really, that isn't saying too much.
     
  13. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

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    The GeForce FX5500 uses the same GPU as the 5200. The 5500 often comes with a decent amount of VRAM, but most cards often use bargain basement memory chips that are slow - the 256MB cards are usually slower than Apple's 64MB 5200 AGP. It's a three-generation-old entry level card.

    While the 5500 is probably better for older games, the X3100 is a better choice overall because it supports newer features that the 5500 does not. And the crappy VRAM in the 5500 partially negates that card's potential advantage in memory performance.
     

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