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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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By superkdogg on 10/21/2008 1:08:43 PM , Rating: 2
There's a game that these chipsets will play just fine.

It's called World of Warcraft. You've heard of it, right?

What gamers tend to forget is that the stereotypical gamers that buy the brand new stuff so they can be the first one with 4xAA on Crysis are the exception, not the rule. There are plenty of people out there who want to simply be able to play a game they enjoy who hardly can see a difference in quality settings and get more from the gameplay than the graphics.

I'll definitely be picking one of these mobos up when they hit the channel. I had a friend recently ask me to build him a machine that can do multimedia and play WoW. I'll give him one of these, an OC'd C2D, 2 gigs of ram and he'll think it's an awesome setup because he has no concept of what he could have for more $$$ but more importantly he has no NEED for anything more. With a non-integrated solution, he's looking at more $$$ for no benefit and less future flexibility (maybe there will be a more demanding WoW port and he could add a graphics card and run PhyX or a futurized hybrid SLI).

"We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk." -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs

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