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NVIDIA nForce 730i / GeForce 9300 Chipset Review

By: Cameron Johnson | NVIDIA Chipsets in CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Oct 26, 2008 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: ASUS

Test System


Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 @ 3.16GHz (9.5x333MHz)


Memory: 2x 1GB DDR2-1186 Geil (Supplied by Geil)


Hard Disk: 500GB Western Digital SE16 (Supplied by Western Digital)


Graphics Card: GIGABYTE 9800GX2 (Supplied by GIGABYTE)


Cooling: GIGABYTE 3D Galaxy II (Supplied by GIGABYTE)


Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista SP1


Drivers: Intel INF, ForceWare 175.16, nForce driver 20.07. Intel GMA Driver 15.23


Today we have a real treat. We are comparing the GeForce 9300 against the older GeForce 7150 as well as Intels own G45 chipset. While we were going to put AMD 780G in here along with GeForce 8300, these are AMD platforms and not relevant to the Intel platform. If you're going to go AMD or Intel, you will already have made your mind up and this chipset won't change much on that front.


All three platforms have been tested with the IGP using the most available Frame Buffer memory allocated to the GPU as well as discrete mode.


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NVIDIA nForce 730i / GeForce 9300 Chipset Review


NVIDIA nForce 730i / GeForce 9300 Chipset Review


Using the IGP solutions we see that the G45 and the NVIDIA GeForce 9300 are just about dead even with memory performance. The GeForce 7150 falls behind because of its single channel memory controller.


Using discrete graphics, the NVIDIA chipset manages to just creep ahead of the G45; both still manage to keep well above the 7150's poor memory performance.


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