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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: value gamer
By Spoelie on 10/21/2008 4:53:23 AM , Rating: 5
non-bleeding edge, value based, hardcore gamers
That's an oxymoron.
For the gamer the savings is apparent if it allows you to acceptably delay the graphics card purchase.
For a new pc, there may be a slight possibility, if the person in question is not interested in image quality. For an upgrade, this will probably be a step down from what the gamer already has, except if he was using integrated before.
Consider someone upgrading from a system with a X1900xt or 7800GT or similar vintage. This is the first time integrated graphics would be a considered option.
Definitely wrong, the x1900xt beats the 8600GTS hands down in every single game, and that card had a fast local frame buffer, 32 shaders instead of 16, faster clocks than any of the new integrated cores. The x1900xt was a generation ahead of 7800GT, so maybe against that last card integrated has a fighting chance.
hybrid mode graphics modes also add value to the gamer who may later add a graphics card
Only when buying specific nvidia models.

RE: value gamer
By gerf on 10/21/2008 5:11:13 AM , Rating: 2
Not all gamers have gobs of money to throw around on super-fast new systems. Just because you're addicted to games doesn't mean you have excess money to spend on games.

RE: value gamer
By Spoelie on 10/21/2008 5:39:46 AM , Rating: 3
For the cost of a big-name game ($60-$70), you can buy a graphics card that clobbers integrated graphics (try 9500GT or HD4650/4670). Gaming in itself is a luxury, but if you have the money to buy games, you have the money for better-than-integrated gaming. If you don't have that money, you should seriously consider reprioritizing your spending.

ergo hardcore gamer is not a value/non-bleeding-edge gamer

RE: value gamer
By Diesel Donkey on 10/21/2008 9:57:59 AM , Rating: 2
Are there really PC games in the $60-$70 range these days? I thought those prices were limited to consoles. The newest game I bought was F.E.A.R. a couple years ago, but taking a look on Newegg now, the only games I see above $45 are the super-duper-special-edition-kitchen-sink-included versions.

RE: value gamer
By FITCamaro on 10/21/2008 8:37:46 AM , Rating: 3
You can build an incredibly fast system these days for under $1000. I mean Neweggs got 9800GTXs for $150 now. Dual core processors are dirt cheap as is RAM. Hell the most expensive component in your system these days can be your motherboard.

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