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Comparison Table & Test Setup

G45 And GeForce 9400: Integrated Chipsets For Core 2

GeForce 9400 mGPUG45 Express Mainstream, Upper
Mainstream, PerformanceMainstream
Socket 775Socket 775
System Speed
FSB800, FSB1066, FSB1333FSB800, FSB1066, FSB1333
System Memory
Dual DDR2, Dual DDR3, DDR2-800, DDR2-1066  Dual DDR2, Dual DDR3, DDR2-800, DDR2-1066
Memory Speeds
DDR3-1066, DDR3-1333DDR3-1066, DDR3-1333
Max. Memory
16 GB16 GB

GeForce 9400 mGPUGraphics Media Accelerator X4500HD
Shader Model 4.0Shader Model 4.0
Graphic features
DirectX 10DirectX 10
Unified Shaders16 Shaders at 1,200 MHz10 Shaders at 800 MHz
Display Outputs
HDMI / Dual-Link DVI / DisplayPort / D-SubHDMI / Dual-Link DVI / DisplayPort / D-Sub
PCI Express Version2.02.0
PCI Express Lanes16+416+4
PCI Support5x 32-bit PCI 2.34x 32-bit PCI 2.3
SATA Ports6x SATA/300 AHCI with NCQ6x SATA/300 AHCI with NCQ
RAID SupportRAID 0, 1, 0+1, 5RAID 0, 1, 0+1 with ICH10 (RAID 5 with ICH10R)
Storage ManagementMediaShield StorageMatrix Storage Technology
USB Ports12x USB 2.010x USB 2.0
HD Audio
Network Controllers
10/100/1000 Mbit/s10/100/1000 Mbit/s
Video Acceleration
Nvidia PureVideo ClearVideo
System Hardware
Intel Low Power CPUs
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550s (45 nm, 2.83 GHz, 12 MB L2 Cache, TDP 65 W, Rev. E0)
Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200s (45 nm, 2.33 GHz, 4 MB L2 Cache, TDP 65 W, Rev. R0)
Intel Standard CPUs
Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 (45 nm, 3.0 GHz, 12 MB L2 Cache, TDP 65 W, Rev. C0)
Intel Motherboard
(Socket LGA775)
Intel DG45ID (Rev. 1.0)
Chipset: Intel G45 Express, ICH10R
BIOS: 0089 (01/09/2009)
Nvidia Motherboard
(Socket LGA775)
DFI LANParty GF9400-T2RS (Rev. 1.0)
Chipset: Nvidia Geforce 9400 mGPU
BIOS: (03/06/2009)
2x 2 GB DDR2-1066 (Crucial CT25664AA1067) operating at DDR2-800 (CL4-4-4-12)
Western Digital Caviar SE 16, 500 GB (WD5000AAKS) 7,200 RPM, SATA/300, 16 MB Cache
Blu-Ray Drive
Power Supply
Fortron FSP220-60LE, 220 W
Drivers and settings
Intel Chipset Drivers9.0.0.1008
Intel Graphics Drivers15.11.5.1624
Intel Matrix Storage Drivers8.7.0.1007
Nvidia nForce DriverV. 20.09
Benchmarks and Settings
3D-Games Benchmarks and Settings
World In Conflict
Video Mode: 1280x1024
Video Quality: low details
Demo: Game-Benchmark
Unreal Tournament 3
Version: 1.2
Video Mode: 1680x1050
Sound and DirectX10
Video Quality:
Texture Details: 1
Level Details: 1
Time: 12/60
Audio Benchmarks and Settings
Audio CD (Terminator II SE), 53 min
Default format AAC
Lame MP3
Version 3.98
Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min
wave to mp3
160 Kbps
Video Benchmarks and Settings
Pinnacle Studio 12
Encoding and Transition Rendering
DV camcorder movie
720 x 576 Pixel, PAL, 25 fps, 6000 Kbits/sec
MPEG Layer 2, 224 Kbits/sec 16 Bit, Stereo 44.1 KHz
File Type: MPEG-2 (DVD Compatible)
Video: Terminator 2 SE DVD (720x576, 16:9) 5 Minutes
Audio: Dolby Digital, 48000 Hz, 6-Kanal, English
Advanced Acoustic Engine MP3 Encoder (160 kbps, 44.1 KHz)
DivX 6.8.3Version: 6.8.3
== Main Menu ==
== Codec Menu ==
Encoding mode: Insane Quality
Enhanced multithreading
Enabled using SSE4
Quarter-pixel search
== Video Menu ==
Quantization: MPEG-2
XviD 1.1.3Version: 1.1.3
Other Options / Encoder Menu -
Display encoding status = off
Mainconcept Reference 1.5.1
Reference H.264 Plugin Pro 1.5.1
Version: 1.5.1
MPEG2 to MPEG2 (H.264)
MainConcept H.264/AVC Codec
28 sec HDTV 1920x1080 (MPEG2)
MPEG2 (44.1 kHz, 2 Channel, 16 Bit, 224 kbps)
Codec: H.264
Mode: PAL (25 FPS)
Profile: Tom's Hardware Settings for Qct-Core
Adobe Premiere Pro CS3 HDTV
Mainconcept H.264 Plugin 3.2
Windows Media Encoder 9.1 AP HDTV
Windows Audio Encoder 10 Pro
Version: 3.0
NTSC MPEG2-HDTV 1920x1080 (24 sec)
Import: Mainconcept NTSCHDTV 1080i
Export: Adobe Media Encoder
== Video ==
Windows Media Video 9 Advanced Profile
Encoding Passes: one
Bitrate Mode: Constant
Frame: 1920x1080
Frame Rate: 29.97
Maximum Bitrate [kbps]: 2000
Image Quality: 50.00
== Audio ==
Windows Media Audio 10 Professional
Encoding Passes: one
Bitrate Mode: Constant
Audio Format:
160 kbps, 44.1 kHz, 2 channel 16 bit (A/V) CBR
HD Playback (Blue Ray)PowerDVD 8
Blue Ray - Disc (John Rambo)
Video Mode: 1920x1080p (full screen)
Codec: H.264
Application Benchmarks and Settings
Grisoft AVG Anti-Virus 8Version: 8.0.134
Virus base: 270.4.5/1533
Scan: some compressed ZIP and RAR archives
WinRAR 3.8
Version 3.80 BETA 4
WinZIP Commandline Version 2.3
Compression = Best
Dictionary = 4096 KB
Benchmark: THG-Workload
Winzip 11
Version 11.2 (8094)
Compression = Best
Benchmark: THG-Workload
Maxon Cinema 4D Release 10Version: 10.008
Rendering from a scene
(Water drop at a Rose)
Resolution: 1280 x 1024 - 8Bit (50 frames)
Adobe Photoshop CS 3Version: 10.0x20070321
Filtering from a 69 MB TIF-Photo
Benchmark: Tomshardware-Benchmark V1.0.0.4
Programmed by Tomshardware using Delphi 2007
Accented Edges
Angled Strokes
Sprayed Strokes
Adobe Acrobat 9 Professional
Version: 9.0.0 (Extended)
== Printing Preferences Menu ==
Default Settings: Standard
== Adobe PDF Security - Edit Menu ==
Encrypt all documents (128 bit RC4)
Open Password: 123
Permissions Password: 321
Microsoft Powerpoint 2007
Version: 2007
Powerpoint Document (115 Pages)
Adobe PDF-Printer
Deep Fritz 11
Version: 11
Fritz Chess Benchmark Version 4.2
Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings
3DMark Vantage
Version: 1.02
Options: Performance
Graphics Test 1
Graphics Test 2
CPU Test 1
CPU Test 2
PCMark Vantage
Version: 1.00
PCMark Benchmark
Memories Benchmark
Windows Media Player
SiSoftware Sandra XII SP2Version 2008.5.14.24
CPU Test = CPU Arithmetic / MultiMedia
Memory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark
Version: 4.60.1500
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  • 23 Hide
    zerapio , April 8, 2009 8:41 AM
    I find the tests kind of lame. How about testing other chipset features like network performance, audio quality, video decoding quality, USB transfer speeds, RAID or storage performance. The review centered on the feature where everyone knew what the outcome would be. Boring!
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    falchard , April 8, 2009 6:31 AM
    lol lame comparison. I don't think people doubted the 9400 mGPU would trounce the G45 in every aspect. I would have liked to see a 790GX comparison.
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    tacoslave , April 8, 2009 6:57 AM
    i know but lets face it amd chipsets own. i know some intel users would kill for a 790gx.
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    dangerous_23 , April 8, 2009 7:24 AM
    how do the raid controllers on these mobos compare?
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    sonofliberty08 , April 8, 2009 8:13 AM
    oh ... Intel IGP again huh ...... the benchmark just show that Intel IGP are piece of crap , lol XD
  • 23 Hide
    zerapio , April 8, 2009 8:41 AM
    I find the tests kind of lame. How about testing other chipset features like network performance, audio quality, video decoding quality, USB transfer speeds, RAID or storage performance. The review centered on the feature where everyone knew what the outcome would be. Boring!
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    thedipper , April 8, 2009 9:00 AM
    Now compare both companies' entire lineups with the price, consumption, and performance ratios of an AMD 780G.
  • 0 Hide
    pirateboy , April 8, 2009 11:28 AM
    what a BS article...lazy lazy
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    Pei-chen , April 8, 2009 12:38 PM
    You have two charts marked "PCMark Vantage Gaming Suite" with different results.

    BTW, 9400 beats 790GX on AnandTech's by about 25% (might be other review site). I also don't remember the power consumption result but it should be close.
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    98silvz71 , April 8, 2009 12:38 PM
    Lets face it, I knew Intel would lose, but if I was just using my computer for searching the web and other kinds of office work I would buy integrated graphics, and I would get them from Intel. I never worry about leaving my mom and dad to use my old computer which is a 865G, because the thing is stable as a rock. I have had 2 experiences with a Nvidia chipsets (680i, and one of the 7 series ones) and they haven't been good. System restarting due to heat issues, etc. I don't know about the new ones like this one tested here but I would be a little leary of it.
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    hustler539 , April 8, 2009 12:52 PM
    WoW would have been a good test for these integrated solutions.
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    solymnar , April 8, 2009 1:08 PM
    I think the item of note this article points out is that the Nvidia solution not only (expectedly) trounces the bejesus out of the Intel IGP but also does so while consuming less power, and this with a 4 phase motherboard. Not too shabby at all. Before reading this I would have assumed the the Nvidia chipset would consume notably more power than the Intel one.

    I can't disagree with the comments that it could have been more thorough in going over feature comparisons such as raid performance etc., but it doesn't mean the article is worthless.
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    Nossy , April 8, 2009 1:16 PM
    I have the 9300 (Asus P5n7a-VM) and it plays WOW at 30fps at medium settings at 1400x700. Is the 9300/9400 worth it? Maybe. It provides an alternative to 790/780 and G45, and yeah it provides better 3D performance, but nothing that could satisfy the casual gamer to hardcore gamer. IGP still have a ways to go. WOW plays fine on it as well as 3-4 year old games. The good news is that 790gx has a competitor now and its a Core2Duo platform. I think this is a good alternative for C2D platform to be able to build a low profile HTPC for those who may have a Conroe and DDR2 laying around (like me).

    I am most satisified with the HTPC performance. A HDMI interface that can do 1080p/24 and 7.1 LPCM @ 192 KHz sampling rate onto my Denon 889. And occasional gaming with Half-Life 2, Eposide 1,2 and Team Fortress, some WOW, all on my 100 inch projection screen. It wakes from sleep almost flawlessly everytime.
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    Anonymous , April 8, 2009 1:29 PM
    The Video playback test would have been more meaningful if a lower C2D or Pentium dual core was used.
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    Anonymous , April 8, 2009 1:30 PM
    Where is the overclocking? Where are the game benchmarks - synthetics are all well and good but how about some COD4 benchmarks for example?
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    monkeysweat , April 8, 2009 2:34 PM
    how about comparing all integrated video platforms from all companies for use in HTPC systems that's really what this boils down to someone looking for high end intergrated video would be for that use,,perhaps show power useage & maybe some game & app use,,but also perhaps something that shows how well they play the HD video (jaggies test, smoothness, etc) because it don't mean crap if it can't do it well.
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    Warwick_Knight , April 8, 2009 2:36 PM
    I too was wondering how come the AMD Phenom and ATI 790gx were not in this work-up.

    It is nice to see what is up in Intel Land, but how does the Geforce 9400 solution compare to ATI 790gx? that is the question.

    How about running a comparison withe the ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 DDR3 AMD 790GX or the the DFI LP JR 790GX-M2RS AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX
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    scook9 , April 8, 2009 3:19 PM
    they keep mentioning CUDA and Nvidia's "floating point power" but dont use a single CUDA app...lame. All they had to do was get CS4 on there and do a few runs
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    Anonymous , April 8, 2009 3:46 PM
    Both boards seem to accelerate a single H.264 playback under Windows. Any thoughts on how Linux driver support is for video playback acceleration. Also, can the acceleration support two concurrent playbacks (under either Linux or Windows)?
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    marraco , April 8, 2009 4:46 PM
    [This also applies to drivers: even though Intel had a pretty rough start with its G45 platform, the driver support has been steady]

    I have a motherboard with Intel ICH5, and it does not works with XP installation, unless there is a PATA HD to be used as swap during isntallation. (and you can't remove it, even if you install windows on SATA disk).

    It is a Intel driver fault. Intel does not provides an updated ICH5 driver, because it "is included in Windows XP", which is buggy.

    On another side, Intel allows simultaneous RAID 0 and RAID 1 in different partitions, and have higher performance RAID.

    - I would like to see the integrated chipset benchmark as an additional PhysX processor when the main videocard is ATI or a discrete Nvidia.
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    Casper42 , April 8, 2009 5:42 PM
    You guys need to spend a little less time in the lab and a little more time on your vendors websites.

    "Hybrid Power, which is supposed to shut down graphics cards that aren’t used, didn’t work on our test sample, and it was mentioned as “only available in select designs” in Nvidia reviewer’s guide."

    Hybrid Power does NOT work on Intel platforms.
    End of Story.
    Scroll down and look at the "Hybrid SLI Enabled Motherboards" section.

    If you want Hybrid Power, you have to go with an AMD Board.
    Makes perfect sense right? :p 
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