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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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Price compared to Intel?
By BigToque on 10/20/2008 3:56:41 PM , Rating: 2
Does anyone know how much these chipsets cost compared to Intel's integrated chipsets?

I know these are more powerful than Intel's chipsets, but I can't imagine they are less expensive to produce. I don't expect to see many of these used in anything other than home PC's.

How much of the business market does nVidia have?




RE: Price compared to Intel?
By bodar on 10/20/2008 11:21:26 PM , Rating: 2
Aren't these gaming chipsets? I doubt many businesses would want them, other than review mags/sites. nVidia's professional workstation series is called Quadro and it's what pros would want, since it's their bread and butter. Only a hobbyist would use a GeForce card for such work.

http://www.nvidia.com/page/quadrofx_family.html

So, yeah, these are intended for home use. Maybe you'd want something like this for multiple monitors, but you don't need a gaming chipset for that. My work PC has an old Quadro NVS 285 for dual-monitors, since we found a bunch of them sitting on our parts shelf, still in whitebox.


RE: Price compared to Intel?
By Blight AC on 10/21/2008 8:59:15 AM , Rating: 2
I'm interested in it for the Hybrid SLI. Power off my GeForce 9800GTX when I'm on the desktop and don't need a lot of processing power.

Not only that, using the on-board chipset for something like PhysX processing while the discreet card does video is a nice way to use both in games that support it.

I've actually been waiting for this since they announced it in June of 07... it's about time they released this for the Intel Platform.

This will also be great for Gaming Notebooks too, as using the onboard for desktop will save a lot of battery power for those who want a gaming notebook with discreet graphics, but don't always want to be tethered for menial tasks like DVD playback or browsing the internet.


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