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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 dickeywang on 10/20/2008 2:35:56 PM , Rating: 2
Well, I guess at least there are many laptop users are playing games with IGP. I recently tried Warcraft3 on a Core2Duo laptop with Intel X3100 IGP, and it works reasonably well. But I think you're right, not many desktop gamers would use IGP to play games.

RE: Gamers
By Chernobyl68 on 10/20/2008 6:58:54 PM , Rating: 2
I think the real handicap to today's integrated graphics is probably memory. Sharing with the system will always be worse than discrete memory on the graphics card, no matter how good the chip is.

RE: Gamers
By jonmcc33 on 10/20/2008 8:58:59 PM , Rating: 2
If it's as good as my Radeon X1900XT is right now then I'll go ahead and can my video card for a new motherboard.

RE: Gamers
By FITCamaro on 10/21/2008 8:40:21 AM , Rating: 2
I'm playing FFVII through a PS emulator on my laptop atm.

RE: Gamers
By superkdogg on 10/21/2008 1:13:38 PM , Rating: 2
For a while, I played EVE Online on a laptop with Radeon 200m graphics. Not the discreet version either.

My current laptop has GFG 7600 discreet chip and at least plays most games. Plays some of the less demanding games pretty well, and even newer games will work if you turn down some settings. It does almost everything I need and it will perform at a level somewhat like the new motherboards in question.

Something that's fundamental to this discussion is that these motherboards are not ever going to replace a discreet card for newer games and/or better settings. They do offer (probably for the first time) an integrated solution that will allow for gaming that some people will find acceptable. That in and of itself is progress. Hopefully the idea takes hold.

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