Nvidia GeForce 9300 IGP reviews hit the web
So, is the GeForce 9300 the best integrated graphics chipset around? On paper, it should be. In practice, I think it could be. But it’s not quite there yet.
The GeForce 9300 certainly has a lot going for it, especially if you want to run an Intel processor. In that realm, its only real competition is the G45 Express, whose anemic gaming performance looks all the more inadequate next to the 9300’s potent graphics core. The GeForce all but guarantees broader game compatibility and fewer headaches with newer titles, too?issues that continue to dog Intel’s integrated graphics chipsets.
The only integrated graphics chipset to give the GeForce 9300 a run for its money in games is AMD’s 790GX, but it was slower in three of the games we tested and only barely faster in the fourth. The 790GX is really more of a bizarro hybrid CrossFire platform than a traditional integrated graphics chipset, so I’m not convinced it directly competes with the GeForce 9300. The latest batch of 780G boards are much more appropriate rivals, and even when equipped with SidePort memory as our 780G board was today, they simply don’t have the grunt to keep up with the GeForce in games.
Nvidia has the best integrated graphics core for gaming, then. It also has a competent PureVideo HD decode engine that brings creamy smoothness to 1080p Blu-ray playback. And let’s not forget that the GeForce 9300 fared very well in our peripheral performance tests, exhibiting excellent SATA throughput and the quickest USB controller of the lot. Even the GeForce 9300’s power consumption?a notorious weakness of Nvidia chipsets?is reasonable.