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Intel DX10 Drivers; NVIDIA Laughs

Chip giant Intel finally released a driver update that will enable DirectX10 on its chipsets that feature integrated graphics. Intel has been claiming DirectX 10 compatibility since the introduction of the G965 chipset in 2006, but has only recently released driver support for it. The update available at Intel’s website, is naturally a Windows Vista driver only and is compatible with Intel’s G31, G33, G35, Q33, Q35, G965, Q963, and GM965 Express chipsets.

However, NVIDIA has been reportedly been sending tech journalist tidbits on the performance of Intel’s DX10 update – mainly that there is no performance gain.

NVIDIA ran the usual benchmark of games under DX10 settings and to no surprise found Intel’s integrated graphics to be “downright incapable” of being used with DX10 applications.

NVIDIA goes on to say, “Saying GMA 3500 is DirectX 10 capable is kind of like saying Styrofoam is "nutrition capable". I guess Intel’s definition of capable is a lot different than our definition... a lot.” NVIDIA may be patting itself on the back for drawing that conclusion, but PC enthusiast have widely linked Intel’s IGP to poor performance for quite some time now. While NVIDIA should not be worried too much about Intel upping the performance on its IGP, they should be worried about Intel’s upcoming Larrabee project.

Larrabee, due in 2010, is a multicore discrete graphics initiative from Intel based off of the x86 architecture and supports OpenGL and DirectX instructions. Larrabee, has drawn much interest from the technology community and is one of the most anticipated product launches in the industry.

Jen-sun Huang, NVIDIA CEO, and the rest of NVIDIA have been on the initiative of opening “a can of whoop ass”, before Larrabee takes off. This latest act from NVIDIA appears to be just another example of the company’s aggressive PR plan — pushing the consumer to link poor graphics performance with Intel. Conversely, Intel previously stated in a press call that it thinks computer graphics is hitting a severe bottleneck and that is vector based solutions coming down the line will be the way of the future for 3D.

  • joefriday
    While I'm sure the driver update includes the G31, G33, Q33, and Q35, none of these IGPS are directx 10 capable. They are all base on the GMA 900/950 architecture, and as such, technically don't even qualify for directx 7, as they lack hardware TnL.
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  • nukemaster
    "I guess Intel%u2019s definition of capable is a lot different than our definition... a lot"

    HAHAHA, remember the GeForce fx5200? that was a pile of crap too, but they sold it as DX9 but it could never get good fps in dx 9 games and in dx 8 even the GeForce4 ti4200 beat it most of the time. Its very unprofessional of a company to make such claims.(even when its true, its just not they way you do things)

    joefriday, you may have a point there, if they do not have hardware t&l it kind of sucks. I have never looked into it.
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  • deminicus
    they keep talking about 2 years from now. That's all nice and all but what is up with todays graphics?? the 9800gx2, basically another 8800. Seems all they are doing is repackaging old tech...2 years of inching forward... this is what happens when nvidia has no real rival due to ati's hiatus during its merger... ATI finally releases something good and nvidia just ups the ante just enough to be slightly on top. Meanwhile i need to put my rig into liquid hydrogen approaching absolute 0 to play crysis at a decent framerate......... who is with me on this?
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  • justjc
    I still predict a repeat of http://www.news.com/2102-1001_3-230019.html from Intel when Larrabee comes. Situation is more or less the same with the small diffrence that there are fewer competitors to kick Intels butt :-p
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  • Christopher1
    Frankly, Intel needs to go back to basics with their integrated graphics offerings and ONLY offer them for businesses who don't need high-speed graphics, and if they TRULY want to offer gamer-quality graphics..... LICENSE NVidia or ATI TECH!
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  • romulus47plus1
    It's going to be hell...
    I mean the war between nVidia and Intel
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  • romulus47plus1
    It's going to be hell...
    I mean the war between nVidia and Intel
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  • chaos23
    I'm not surprised about Nvidia's comments regarding Intel IGPs. I mean, even ATI laughs at the performance of Intel IGPs. They really suck.. and that's the truth to the matter.
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  • DjEaZy
    ... intel is losing friends along the way... maybe nVidia should cut intel out off hybrid SLI???
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  • wild9
    Both AMD and nVIdia currently have IGP's (780g and 780a respectively), that drastically out-perform Intel's offerings. Gets a bit boring reading about 2010 when anything could and most likely will, happen before then. As it stands you can get an AMD-based chipset and run games as well as HD films on it, and that's what's selling not some promise of things to come. These parts are also made on a smaller fabrication process.
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