NVIDIA's chipsets for the desktop platform of late have been pretty disappointing. While we have seen quad SLI added to their 790i SLI chipsets, really this technology isn't mature enough, meaning quad SLI doesn't help much at all during gaming. And while NVIDIA claims high overclocks, they are a very finicky chipset to tweak as there are too many voltages to tweak as well as dividers and bus width to play with, requiring a degree in rocket science to overclock.
However, while this may be true of their desktop chipsets, NVIDIA really has made headway with the integrated market. When it comes to producing chipsets for the desktop market with integrated graphics, NVIDIA has the market cornered. Not only is NVIDIA a neutral partner (meaning it produces chipsets for both AMD and Intel CPUs where ATI only makes AMD chipsets now) which gives NVIDIA a double share of the market, NVIDIA has a graphics business to back it up for the GPU built into the chipset.
While Intel has been producing IGP based chipsets for quite a while, they have never had real competition and thus we have just dealt with the same old crappy graphics. With NVIDIA chomping at the bit, it's now making Intel see they have a lot of work to do to really get ahead in the integrated market.
NVIDIA's GeForce 9300 chipset is one of, if not the company's best value and budget chipset on offer. Not only does it have a reasonable graphics core that can do some basic 3D gaming (older titles will be okay on it), its GPU allows for hardware decoding of a HD video along with power savings to boot. Hybrid SLI and GeForce Boost allows for flexibility in the 3D power department along with a huge list of features you wouldn't expect on a chipset aimed at this market segment. The 9300 is truly the Digital Home and HTPCs best friend.
We would like to thank ASUS for giving us the opportunity to test out this chipset and we must iterate that this is a chipset review, not a board review. We will re-visit this board later on when we receive another model for comparison.
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