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Asus Motherboard with 9400 GPU  (Source: NVIDIA)
New GeForce 9400 and 9300 GPUs feature 16 cores

NVIDIA officially announced today that it has new GeForce integrated GPUs that will be available soon on motherboards form the typical NVIDIA partners. The new integrated GPUs include the GeForce 9400 and 9300 and are intended for desktop PCs using Intel CPUs.

NVIDIA says that the new GPUs offer full system I/O and discrete-level performance in a package half the size of previous integrated GPUs. The NVIDIA 9400 and 9300 GPUs have 16 cores and are CUDA capable. NVIDIA even promises that the integrated GPUs are capable of playing the latest top PC games and Blu-ray movies.

Dr. Jon Peddie said in a statement, "These new mGPUs give NVIDIA a big advantage over other integrated graphics chips. By doing so much parallel processing on a single chip, they can accelerate the new visual computing applications people are getting, and at a reasonable price. The GeForce 9400 and 9300 mGPUs set a new standard for what users should expect from today’s more mainstream desktop systems."

The new 9-series motherboard GPUs support NVIDIA PureVideo HD and are capable of offloading all video processing from the CPU to the GPU. The GPUs support advanced audio and video including uncompressed LPMC 7.1, dual-link DVI and HDMI.

Support for NVIDIA's Hybrid SLI technology is included and boost performance up to 70% higher than the motherboard GPU alone. NVIDIA says that motherboards using the new GPU will ship this month from XFX, ASUS, ECS, EVGA, Foxconn, Galaxy, and more.

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RE: Gamers
By sotti on 10/20/2008 1:50:07 PM , Rating: 2
These are actually great for real gamers...

The reason is that if these platforms are the bare must run on platforms, it enables them to do much more for the highend cards. When you have to be able to play a game on a 945g, it's very limiting to what the developers can do on the high end.

So better integrated graphics is a win for highend gamers because it will allow developers to make better games.

Also it will be sweet for the gamer that wants an HTPC that can also play a couple maps of TF2.

RE: Gamers
By kyleb2112 on 10/21/2008 5:10:26 PM , Rating: 2
But what do you do when the shader model used in games ticks up a notch? Throw out your motherboard? I like being able to keep up with games just by popping in a mid range card once a year--a little more convenient than rebuilding the whole system.

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