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Integrated VGA & How Good Is ATi's Radeon 9100 IGP?

Test Setup

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 Although some of the drivers used in that review have since become outdated, this should have little if any influence on the chips' performance, considering the performance level we're talking about here.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
MotherboardGigabyte GA-8IG 1000 PRO
ProcessorIntel Pentium 4 3.06 GHzHyperthreading Enabled533 MHz MHz FSB
RAM2x 256 MB DDR333 CL2Dual Channel
System 2 - NVIDIA nForce 2
MotherboardSoltek SL-75MRN
ProcessorAMD Athlon XP 3000+
RAM2x 256 MB DDR333 CL2Dual Channel
System 3 - SIS651
MotherboardShuttle FS51
ProcessorIntel Pentium 4 3.06 GHz533 MHz MHz FSB
RAM2x 256 MB DDR333 CL2Single Channel
System 4 - Radeon 9100IGP
MotherboardGigabyte GA-8TRS300M
ProcessorIntel Pentium 4 3.06 GHz533 MHz MHz FSB
RAM2x 256 MB DDR333 CL2Dual Channel
System 5 - Radeon 9100IGP
MotherboardATI Reference Board
ProcessorIntel Pentium 4 3.06 GHz533 MHz MHz FSB
RAM2x 256 MB DDR333 CL2Dual Channel
Drivers & Configuration
Graphics DriverDetonator FX v45.23ATI Catalyst v3.6ATI Catalyst v4.1
Graphics CardsRadeon 9200 SE 64 MBRadeon 9800 PRO 256 MB
DirectX Version9.0b
OSWindows XP Professional SP1
Benchmarks
Unreal Tournament 2003Version 2225Antalus Flyby
Quake III Team ArenaPatch V1.32Custom Timedemo
Serious Sam Second EncounterRetail Version v1.07(Demo: Valley of the Jaguar)
3DMark 2001 SEVersion 3.3.0
Aquanox2 RevelationRetail Version v2.159