Intel Stakes Its Vision of the PC Future with 775 Launch


On The 915G And GMA 900

The new Graphics Media Accelerator 900 is not an alternative for graphics cards if you're a PC gamer, regardless of DirectX 9 support. If you want to play PC games more frequently, there's no getting around investing $80-$100 for a modern 3D graphics card. Equally inappropriate for games are the entry-level graphics cards of the $40-$50 range, a segment that Intel attacks with its GMA 900. For occasional gaming and playing outdated game titles, however, the GMA 900 offers sufficient performance, if you can live with having to lower the level of graphics detail. Thanks to DirectX 9 support, the latest games and future titles can be tested.

It remains to be seen, though, how PC manufacturers will advertise PCs with GMA 900. To put it another way: a PC with either a GMA 900 or a cheap entry-level graphics card is anything but a PC for gamers! The 3DMark and Aquamark scores might look promising, but the real game performance does not.

For office PCs, however, Intel's new integrated graphics really does present an alternative. Its power consumption is next to nothing, and the image quality is, at least with our test samples, excellent. Also, for motherboards with a passively cooled chipset, there's no fan to cause noise pollution. Through the partially variable allocation of system memory to the integrated graphics (DVMT), the GMA 900 comes out in a positive light compared to competing solutions, which constantly access their allocated main memory, even when the graphics chip doesn't require it in 2D applications. Notebook buyers should welcome the mobile variant of the chipset, codenamed ALVISO, which will be introduced to the market in the second half of 2004. Here, Intel will make life difficult for ATI and NVIDIA, because relatively few customers consider good 3D performance to be important in a notebook.

Thanks to GMA 900, Intel will certainly be able to further strengthen its position among the graphics card manufacturers more than ever before in the future. Compared to its predecessor i865G, the new i915G represents a great stride forward, and this should be a relief to the tech support department for game publishers.

  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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