PCMark Vantage and 3DMark Vantage
NVIDIA GeForce 9400/9300 Chipset Review: IGP for Intel - Chipsets 131



NVIDIA GeForce 9400/9300 Chipset Review: IGP for Intel - Chipsets 132

NVIDIA GeForce 9400/9300 Chipset Review: IGP for Intel - Chipsets 133

NVIDIA GeForce 9400/9300 Chipset Review: IGP for Intel - Chipsets 134

NVIDIA GeForce 9400/9300 Chipset Review: IGP for Intel - Chipsets 135

NVIDIA GeForce 9400/9300 Chipset Review: IGP for Intel - Chipsets 136

NVIDIA GeForce 9400/9300 Chipset Review: IGP for Intel - Chipsets 137

Ack, this is no good for Intel – the G45 chipset shows its first real deficiency when we look at the integrated graphics performance compared to NVIDIA news GeForce 9300 chipset.  Though the CPU score is the same between the two platforms, the graphics score differs by more than 125% giving NVIDIA’s platform a HUGE edge for gaming.  We have some more gaming-based tests later in the article as well.

Also of note is how the synthetic GPU-based tests compare the GF9300 and G45 GPUs; while the color fill and texture fill tests show the Intel IGP is at least competitive, the remain tests have NVIDIA ahead by as much as 5x.



Futuremark’s newest benchmark suite, PCMark Vantage, was released earlier this year we published an initial article on the new software that looked at some CPU performance as well as providing overviews for all the individual testing suites it uses and what kind of applications they emulate.  The new Vantage software takes a much more real-world user-scenario approach to testing that previous PCMark software and as such deserves more time our benchmark analysis.

If you haven’t yet done so, I would HIGHLY recommend you head over to my previous article that has a lot of detail on what these PCMark Vantage tests actually do.  That will give you a better understanding of the results to aid in your potential purchasing decision.

NVIDIA GeForce 9400/9300 Chipset Review: IGP for Intel - Chipsets 138

NVIDIA GeForce 9400/9300 Chipset Review: IGP for Intel - Chipsets 139

NVIDIA GeForce 9400/9300 Chipset Review: IGP for Intel - Chipsets 140

NVIDIA GeForce 9400/9300 Chipset Review: IGP for Intel - Chipsets 141 

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These PCMark Vantage scores go the other way however and give Intel’s G45 platform the performance lead.  Tests like the TV and Movies and Music results give Intel’s chipset a surprisingly high margin of victory leading me to believe that the memory performance issues that NVIDA claim will be addressed in a future driver release are at fault.

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