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Non-mac GeForce 9400m laptop?

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December 8, 2008 5:23:53 AM

Thinking of buying a laptop with just an integrated gfx card.
Interested in the GeForce 9400m, cuz it seems like a much better chip compared to Intel's.
Is there any notebook with it out there yet?
a b D Laptop
December 8, 2008 4:48:28 PM

The 9300m is virtually the same chip. You won't be able to tell the difference between the two.
December 8, 2008 11:48:45 PM

The 9300m is not the same as the 9400m shipping with the new macs it seems? I guess what I really meant was the "Geforce 9400m G" the one with the chipset and graphic chip combined. Please let me know if they are the same..
Wondering if a machine using it will have better battery life / temperature / weight.
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a b D Laptop
December 9, 2008 12:05:02 AM

A 9300m and a 9400m are both just chips, and they both perform similarly. When paired with a second, smaller GPU in hybrid SLI (or similar technology involving switching GPUs) you can improve battery life by only using the high-power GPU when you need it. The 9400 is not an enthusiast GPU, though, and it's usually paired with more powerful graphics cards (like the 9800) and used as the low power one. I don't know where you read that the macs are using dual GPUs, but they aren't (as far as I can tell, at least. It's not like they have a need for one...). Any 9300m will perform almost identically to any 9400m.

Where did you read that the 9400 was paired with a smaller GPU for the hybridization? The 9400/9300 series is nvidia's smallest GPU, I don't know what else they'd be paired with. (unless you can use an Intel chip with one, which I'm not aware of being possible)
December 9, 2008 5:31:15 AM

Oh, what I meant was, 9400m G has the northbridge, IO controller, gpu in one chip, allowing smaller footprint, lighter and better power consumption...or something like that.
I thought that was the big deal with the new chipset.
http://www.nvidia.com/object/product_geforce_9400m_g_us...

The 9300 you mentioned, only refers to the gpu, and seems to require separate chips for the IO, etc..

I see what you meant that they'd probably perform the same. But the 9400 seems to promise a thinner lighter machine while keeping the same gfx capabilities.
a b D Laptop
December 9, 2008 1:33:01 PM

Alrighty, now I gotcha.

I haven't heard anything about dramatically reduced battery lives or anything of the sort..and it is still a fairly powerful GPU. Taking down your screen brightness is a better way of saving juice. An intel chip will give you better battery life, period. They just aren't powerful by any means.
January 8, 2009 9:50:36 PM

Sony Vaio Z has an Intel GPU paired with a Geforce 9300m. It can toggle between them without rebooting, so you get decent 3D when you need it, and longer battery life when you don't. The machine is pretty small too, at 3.5 pounds.
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