Intel Stakes Its Vision of the PC Future with 775 Launch

915G Express Chipset

The launch of the new 915 and 925 chipsets goes hand-in-hand with the launch of a new integrated graphics processor, the 915 Graphics Media Accelerator 900. The GMA 900 is the successor of the 865 Extreme Graphics II and will be available with the 915 chipset.

With the GMA 900, Intel aims to establish integrated graphics as a real alternative to entry-level cards. For this purpose, the now outmoded EGII, based on DirectX 7, was updated to current standards. GMA 900 is the result. It is an advanced architecture, leveraged on previous Intel designs. However, Intel's GMA 900 is a Direct X 9 chip that does not support the complete DirectX 9 feature set in hardware. Only the Pixel Shaders are accelerated by the graphics chip, while the Vertex Shader operations depend on the system processor.

As with its predecessor 865G, the 915G squeezes off a definable amount of memory from the system memory. Happily, in the 915G chipset, this works similarly to its predecessor 865G. Through BIOS, a maximum of 32 MB of memory is assigned to the graphics chip. In games, the driver temporarily takes an additional 96 MB max and returns it to the operating system once the game has ended (DVMT). Therefore, the loss of system memory through the use of integrated graphics remains within a negligible range.

  1. Intel's 775 Launch Mixes Ambition With A Strong Aftertaste
  2. First Contact
  3. Obstacles And Hurdles
  4. More Findings
  5. New Socket: LGA 775
  6. LGA 775 Processor Installation
  7. LGA 775 Processor Installation, Continued
  8. LGA 775 Processor Installation, Continued
  9. MSI's CPU Installation Tool
  10. Transitional Products
  11. Poor Thing: Intel Reference Cooler
  12. New Processors: P4 Prescott Up To 3.6 GHz
  13. Specification Overview
  14. Model And Pricing Information
  15. Processor Overview
  16. New Chipsets: 925X, 915G, 915P, 915GV
  17. New Chipsets: 925X, 915G, 915P, 915GV, Continued
  18. 925X Express Chipset
  19. 915G Express Chipset
  20. 915G Express Chipset, Continued
  21. 915G Express Chipset, Continued
  22. 915P Express Chipset
  23. Chipset Devices
  24. Intel Puts The Lock On Overclocking
  25. How To Unlock The Overclocking Lock
  26. New Memory: DDR2-533, Continued
  27. DDR2 Memory Vendors
  28. Intel Flex Memory Technology
  29. New Interlink: PCI Express
  30. More SATA, More RAID, More Ports
  31. Matrix RAID
  32. Creating A RAID Array
  33. More HD Performance For Free: Command Queuing
  34. More Networking: Intel Wireless Connect Technology
  35. New Audio: High Definition Audio
  36. Asus P5AD2 Premium
  37. Foxconn 925A01
  38. Test Setup
  39. Benchmarks And Settings
  40. Platform Benchmarks
  41. DirectX 8 Benchmarks
  42. DirectX 8 Benchmarks, Continued
  43. DirectX 9 Benchmarks, Continued
  44. Video Benchmarks
  45. Video Benchmarks, Continued
  46. Application Benchmarks
  47. Application Benchmarks, Continued
  48. Synthetic Benchmarks
  49. Synthetic Benchmarks, Continued
  50. Processor Power Consumption
  51. Integrated Graphics Benchmarks
  52. Game Benchmarks
  53. Halo
  54. Far Cry
  55. Video Performance
  56. Networking Benchmarks
  57. Storage Subsystem Benchmarks
  58. Conclusion
  59. A Final Note
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  • So how do you unlock it?