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Integrated Graphics Performance: It's all in the chips

NVIDIA nForce 2 IGP - GeForce 4 MX 440 Integrated, Continued

Users choose the amount of memory allocated to the GPU in the board's BIOS. A dynamic allocation technique, as seen in Intel's implementation, is not available for the nForce 2, meaning the allocated memory remains off-limits to the operating system - gone is gone.

The Soltek SL-75MRN with nForce2 IGP

The nForce2 IGP Northbridge

Technical Specifications of the nForce 2:

  • 256 bit GPU (DirectX 7)
  • Core Frequency: 200 MHz
  • Memory: 128 MB max. (8/16/32/64 or 128 MB)
  • Available Memory Speeds: Dual-channel DDR266/333/400 (Motherboard settings). DDR400 mit nForce2 400 Ultra
  • Pixel Pipelines: 2 (two units per pipe)
  • Hardware T&L
  • MultiSampling FSAA
  • DXTC (1-5), S3TC Texture Compression
  • Anisotropic Filtering (2x)
  • Z-occlusion culling
  • Fast Z-clear
  • MX memory crossbar architecture (?)
  • Auto precharge
  • TV-Out Encoder
  • 4 texture-mapped, filtered, lit texels per clock cycle
  • 32 bit color, Z/stencil buffering
  • Advanced per-pixel lighting, texturing, and shading
  • Cube environment mapping
  • DVD Hardware motion compensation
  • Dual Display
  • 350 MHz RAMDAC
  • OS Support: Windows XP / 2000 / NT / ME / 98SE / 98 / 95 / Linux / MacOS
  • 3D Support : DirectX 7, OpenGL v1.3