Merry Christmas from The Tech Report staff! But we could not get Blu-ray discs to play back using either the current Vista or XP drivers. Because our board was unable to play back Blu-ray discs, we are unable to comment on image quality or performance. For example if we compare the scores from the picture from above where Intel GMA scores 3. We logged CPU utilization for the first minute of video playback and have presented an average of those results.

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We built a system around the DWH with a set of components that are typical for systems using integrated graphics. More in this category: Leaving out the discrete graphics card reduces the overall power load at idle, and vistx when doing graphics-intensive chores like rendering. Most users who are into performance-oriented systems avoid integrated graphics like the plague.

Company of Heroes is somewhat playable on the Vixta board, but nothing else really runs at playable frame rates on any of the other games.

Incidentally, at this year’s Game Developer’s ConferenceIntel showed the G running HQV’s “Weaving flag” scene, which tests a graphics processor’s ability to smooth jagged edges. Any company will want to play up its strengths, but when you get right down to it, no one buys a system with integrated graphics for PC gaming—unless they are very budget constrained.

Intel has work to do on other aspects of its video performance, though, as our overall HQV scores indicate. Intel G chipset is old news now, but the best detail about it is that the integrated graphics, the part of this chipset is capable of supporting the new Vista sexy interface also known as Aero Glass. We tested the new chipset on an Intel GWH motherboard to find out. On the G, we tested with a newer version of AMD’s graphics driver that contains video playback enhancements that will appear in the Catalyst 7.


Intel GMA x integrated graphics is Shader model 3. According to Intel spokesperson Dan Snyder, however, the vlsta summer driver release will clean up many compatibility issues, and he claims we should see better compatibility in the near future.

Intel G with GMA X Integrated Graphics – ExtremeTech

Leaving out the discrete graphics card reduces the overall power load at idle, and even when doing graphics-intensive chores like rendering. This immediately executes all background idle tasks to completion, including tasks such as the Windows prefetcher. Image quality in the first HDR scene Canyon Flight was extremely poor, as if looking at the scene through a thick fog cloud.

B965 order to have Aero Glass running you have to own a graphics card that is DirectX9 compatible and supports at Shader model 2.

Subscribing to a newsletter indicates your consent to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Read about the competing mainstream platform play, the AMD series. Intel is well aware of these issues and is working on driver updates to add better support, particularly for Shader Model 3. Most systems that use integrated graphics go into visat. Neutronbeam Zak, you know you can’t validate any of the above details without first throwing So neither of these boards is well-suited to current-generation games when using onboard graphics.

Intel G965 with GMA X3000 Integrated Graphics

In Intel’s demo, visha G was run side-by-side with a Radeon X discrete graphics card, with the former doing a much better job of eliminated jagged edges. This means that this integrated Intel will help you play but as you can see on the pictures above it does not really render the picture like Nvidia or ATI.


Last modified on 01 March Rate this item 1 2 3 4 5 0 votes. We logged CPU utilization for the first minute of video playback and have presented an average of those results.

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This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. The latest round of integrated graphics cores from AMD, Nvidia, and Intel have all gotten better, but better is a relative term.

If a system is primarily going to be used for light duty office work, then graphics built into the chipset may be just fine.

How does that work? It can also be a handy tool to evaluate how a graphic’s card’s video processor handles tasks like de-interlacing, motion correction, antialiasing, and film cadence detection.

Aero Glass turned out to be child play for the integrated x graphics module.

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Top part of the window is transparent, although blurry, you can still recognise the icons in the background. The Sims 2 looks good, as does Civilization 4. However, these CPUs are in the same class when it comes to thermals and power usage.