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G45 And GeForce 9400: Integrated Chipsets For Core 2

Comparison Table & Test Setup

NvidiaIntel
ChipsetGeForce 9400 mGPUG45 Express Mainstream, Upper
SegmentMainstream, PerformanceMainstream
PlatformSocket 775Socket 775
System SpeedFSB800, FSB1066, FSB1333FSB800, FSB1066, FSB1333
System MemoryDual DDR2, Dual DDR3, DDR2-800, DDR2-1066Dual DDR2, Dual DDR3, DDR2-800, DDR2-1066
Memory SpeedsDDR3-1066, DDR3-1333DDR3-1066, DDR3-1333
Max. Memory16 GB16 GB
Graphics
GeForce 9400 mGPUGraphics Media Accelerator X4500HD
TypeShader Model 4.0Shader Model 4.0
Graphic featuresDirectX 10DirectX 10
Unified Shaders16 Shaders at 1,200 MHz10 Shaders at 800 MHz
Display OutputsHDMI / Dual-Link DVI / DisplayPort / D-SubHDMI / Dual-Link DVI / DisplayPort / D-Sub
Connectivity
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
Features
HD AudioYesYes
Network Controllers10/100/1000 Mbit/s10/100/1000 Mbit/s
Video AccelerationNvidia PureVideoClearVideo
System Hardware
HardwareDetails
Intel Low Power CPUsIntel 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 CPUsIntel 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)
RAM2x 2 GB DDR2-1066 (Crucial CT25664AA1067) operating at DDR2-800 (CL4-4-4-12)
HDDWestern Digital Caviar SE 16, 500 GB (WD5000AAKS) 7,200 RPM, SATA/300, 16 MB Cache
Blu-Ray DriveLG GGW-H20L, SATA/150
Power SupplyFortron 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
BenchmarkDetails
World In ConflictVersion: 1.0.0.9 Video Mode: 1280x1024 Video Quality: low details Demo: Game-Benchmark
Unreal Tournament 3Version: 1.2 Video Mode: 1680x1050 Sound and DirectX10 Video Quality: Texture Details: 1 Level Details: 1 Demo: vCTF-CONTAINMENT_fly Time: 12/60
Audio Benchmarks and Settings
BenchmarkDetails
iTunesVersion: 7.7.1.11 Audio CD (Terminator II SE), 53 min Default format AAC
Lame MP3Version 3.98 Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min wave to mp3 160 Kbps
Video Benchmarks and Settings
BenchmarkDetails
Pinnacle Studio 12Version: 12.0.0.6163 Encoding and Transition Rendering DV camcorder movie Video: 720 x 576 Pixel, PAL, 25 fps, 6000 Kbits/sec Audio: MPEG Layer 2, 224 Kbits/sec 16 Bit, Stereo 44.1 KHz File Type: MPEG-2 (DVD Compatible)
TMPEG 4.5Version: 4.5.1.254 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 == default == 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 1.5.1Version: 1.5.1 MPEG2 to MPEG2 (H.264) MainConcept H.264/AVC Codec 28 sec HDTV 1920x1080 (MPEG2) Audio: 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 ProVersion: 3.0NTSC 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
BenchmarkDetails
Grisoft AVG Anti-Virus 8Version: 8.0.134 Virus base: 270.4.5/1533 Benchmark Scan: some compressed ZIP and RAR archives
WinRAR 3.8Version 3.80 BETA 4 WinZIP Commandline Version 2.3 Compression = Best Dictionary = 4096 KB Benchmark: THG-Workload
Winzip 11Version 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 Filters: Crosshatch Glass Sumi-e Accented Edges Angled Strokes Sprayed Strokes
Adobe Acrobat 9 ProfessionalVersion: 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 2007Version: 2007 PPT to PDF Powerpoint Document (115 Pages) Adobe PDF-Printer
Deep Fritz 11Version: 11 Fritz Chess Benchmark Version 4.2
Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings
BenchmarkDetails
3DMark VantageVersion: 1.02 Options: Performance Graphics Test 1 Graphics Test 2 CPU Test 1 CPU Test 2
PCMark VantageVersion: 1.00 PCMark Benchmark Memories Benchmark Windows Media Player 10.00.00.3646
SiSoftware Sandra XII SP2Version 2008.5.14.24 CPU Test = CPU Arithmetic / MultiMedia Memory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark
EverestVersion: 4.60.1500