Intel Integrated Graphics

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Intel Graphic Media Accelerators (or GMA) are integrated GPUs commonly found on Intel-based motherboards. Their performance, and their driver support in, have been improving at a steady pace for several years now; as of 2008, Intel's drivers are open-source, and are generally agreed upon to be excellent in quality and well maintained by Intel and Tungsten Graphics, who are now two of the most significant contributors to

Because of their well-maintained, open drivers, and presumably because of low power consumption (compared to discrete GPUs on PCIe cards) and adequate performance, Intel GMAs seem to be an excellent choice for a MythTV frontend.

If you have any experience with these GPUs and mythtv frontends, please post it here so others can benefit from your experience!


Since the release of the GMA X4500, the 3D performance of Intel GPUs is now within reach of nVidia's integrated offerings, see Notebook Test News auf - Praxis - Exclusive: Intel Centrino 2 Performance Test|here. This would seem to indicate that an X4500 is more than enough for typical Myth front end duties.

Power Consumption

Users and reviewers often claim that their Intel GMAs have very low power consumption. There seems to be consensus, at least, that integrated GPUs in general (including the Intel GMA) are much more power efficient than discrete ones.


The Haswell series processors have low power consumption and are able to reach approximately 20W on idle (G3240 with basic mini-ITX motherboard).

Intel GMA setups known to work as a MythTV frontend

Known Issues with MythTV

The release of the 2.7.0 intel-xorg drivers should resolve previous issues with tearing. Xv-blit should now function acceptably. These drivers should also fix the green hue previously experienced with the opengl video renderer.


Intel GMA Experience Matrix

Below is the experience matrix for the Intel CPU with integrated graphics when using MythFrontend. Please report your findings (playback profiles etc) in the table and list any problems. Note that some entries refer to chipsets before GPUs were placed on the die.

Model Name Model Number Onboard video 1080i playback Bluray playback Extras Power consumption / TDP Released
Pentium G3240 Intel HD Yes (YADIF/Greedy) Yes OpenGL render 20W idle / 54W 2014
Core i3 Sandy Bridge HD 2000 Likely, no problems reported Unknown Acer Aspire Revo RL80 Unknown 2011
Core i5 680 Intel HD Limited (linear blend) gittery Limited H55 Chipset  ? / 73W 2010
G35 Express 82G35 82G35 Unknown Unknown -  ? / 28W 2007
Pentium X4500 / G41 X4500 Yes (Kernel) Unknown P5QPL-AM mobo  ? / 65W 2006
Q965 Express 82Q965 82Q965 Limited Skips Unknown -  ? / 28W 2006