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Integrated VGA & How Good Is ATi's Radeon 9100 IGP?
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We compared ATi's new IGP 9100 chipset with integrated graphics with the candidates from our last comparison . Although some of the drivers used in that review have since become outdated, this should have little if any influence on the chips' performance, considering the performance level we're talking about here. Tests showed no improvement whatsoever with updated drivers. This can be explained by the simple fact that these chipsets have been in the market for such a long time that their performance potential has already been completely exploited by the drivers.

For reference, we compared the integrated solution with a $50 ATi 9200 graphics card which sports 64 MB of video memory and supports AGP 8x. Its 3D core is based on the same architecture as ATi's IGP9100 (RS300). To make clear what level of 3D performance is available today and what a role graphics performance plays in games we also included a Radeon 9800 Pro with 128 MB in this comparison.

System 1 - Intel 865G
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-8IG 1000 PRO
Processor Intel Pentium 4 3.06 GHz
Hyperthreading Enabled
533 MHz MHz FSB
RAM 2x 256 MB DDR333 CL2
Dual Channel
System 2 - NVIDIA nForce 2
Motherboard Soltek SL-75MRN
Processor AMD Athlon XP 3000+
RAM 2x 256 MB DDR333 CL2
Dual Channel
System 3 - SIS651
Motherboard Shuttle FS51
Processor Intel Pentium 4 3.06 GHz
533 MHz MHz FSB
RAM 2x 256 MB DDR333 CL2
Single Channel
System 4 - Radeon 9100IGP
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-8TRS300M
Processor Intel Pentium 4 3.06 GHz
533 MHz MHz FSB
RAM 2x 256 MB DDR333 CL2
Dual Channel
System 5 - Radeon 9100IGP
Motherboard ATI Reference Board
Processor Intel Pentium 4 3.06 GHz
533 MHz MHz FSB
RAM 2x 256 MB DDR333 CL2
Dual Channel
Drivers & Configuration
Graphics Driver Detonator FX v45.23
ATI Catalyst v3.6
ATI Catalyst v4.1
Graphics Cards Radeon 9200 SE 64 MB
Radeon 9800 PRO 256 MB
DirectX Version 9.0b
OS Windows XP Professional SP1
Benchmarks
Unreal Tournament 2003 Version 2225
Antalus Flyby
Quake III Team Arena Patch V1.32
Custom Timedemo
Serious Sam Second Encounter Retail Version v1.07
(Demo: Valley of the Jaguar)
3DMark 2001 SE Version 3.3.0
Aquanox2 Revelation Retail Version v2.159
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