Integrated Graphics Performance: It's all in the chips

Intel I865G - Extreme Graphics 2, Continued

Intel's i865G reserves chunk of system memory either 1, 4, 8 16 or 32 MB in size as its video memory. If necessary, the driver can also allocate up to 32 MB more memory via DirectAGP, the same way an application would. When the additional memory is no longer required, it is released again and made available to the operating system. This puts the chip's maximum available memory at 64 MB. Intel calls this technique "Dynamic Video Memory Technology 2.0."

The Gigabyte GA-8IG 1000 PRO with Intel i865G

The i865G Northbridge

Technical Specifications of the i865G:

  • 256 bit GPU (DirectX7)
  • Core Frequency: 266 MHz
  • Memory: 64 MB max.
  • Available Memory Speeds: Dual-channel DDR266/333/400 (Motherboard settings)
  • Up to 4 textures / pixel on a single pass
  • 32bpp/ 24ZorW/ 8 Stencil
  • Multi-texture, 2kx2k texture max., Cube reflection textures, Render-to-texture, Projected textures, DOT3 bump-mapping, Destination alpha blend, Point sprites, Per pixel fog, Alpha blended sub-picture support, DXTn & FXT1 texture compression
  • Anisotropic filtering (2x)
  • DVD Hardware motion compensation
  • Dual display
  • 350 MHz RAMDAC
  • OS Support: Windows XP / 2000 (Service Pack 1 and later) / Me (Millennium Edition), 98 SE (Second Edition), NT 4.0 (Service Pack 6 and later); Linux ; OS/2 Warp 3.0 / 4.0
  • 3D Support: DirectX 7, OpenGL v1.1