Originally posted by melgross
That's for the 945G. The 950 is a much better chip. The 950 is certified for Vista, I don't think the 945G is. Correct that, if I'm wrong.
This past August Article is quite poignant.http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/video/d...805045323.html
The new graphics capabilities in Windows Vista will require a powerful graphics engine if you want to take full advantage of all the new and cool stuff, such as the new Aero Glass look. You probably want to avoid the low-end of the current GPU range and make sure you get a GPU that supports DirectX 9 and has at least 64MB of graphics memory, a special article by Microsoft dedicated to hardware requirements of Windows Vista explains.
Windows Vista Aero Glass, Aero Express and Diamond themes (interfaces) use DirectX 9.0 pixel shaders to render the GUI and everything on the screen. This puts pretty high requirements for graphics processor used for rendering, as rapid appearance of dialog boxes and windows is crucial for comfortable and fast work of a user. Given that graphics cores integrated into chipsets generally provide relatively slow performance under substantial workloads, Microsoft seems to be correct in advising customers not to expect those to be sufficient choice for Windows Vista.
It should be noted that DirectX 9.0-supporting graphics card with 64MB of memory is an entry-level of Microsofts recommendations, which means that higher-end graphics cards are preferable for the Vistas advanced interfaces, such as Aero Glass, Aero Express and Diamond.
If you chose a system that has built-in graphics, again make sure that the system has a PCI Express or AGP slot that will let you add a graphics card later in case the onboard graphics chipset doesn't fully support Windows Vista, Microsoft advices.
Intel's 965 GMA out Q2 2006.http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/chipset...223041305.html
Intel Corp.s next-generation integrated graphics core will reportedly provide a lot of innovations among graphics capabilities, according to leaked slides from the companys roadmap. Particularly, the new core that is to be found in Intel G965-series chipsets will sport new 3D capabilities as well as high-definition video acceleration.
Intel G965 core-logic will support Shader Model 3.0, including pixel shaders 3.0 and vertex shaders 3.0 as well as hardware decoding of WMV9b HD high-definition video streams. In addition, the new integrated graphics core from the worlds largest chipmaker will provide HDMI output, according to slides published by HKEPC web-site. It is unclear whether the new graphics core will support HDCP encryption as well.
According to the web-site, the first A0 samples of the Intel G965 graphics and memory controller hub (GMCH) have been out and their testing is complete. At this point Intel is reportedly testing the B0 samples of the chipsets, whereas the final C0 or C1 samples will be out in 14th 18th week (May, 2006). The availability of the Intel G965 chipset is expected in the third quarter of the year.
Intel controls over one third of the graphics market. In particular, the company shipped over 37% of graphics solutions in Q4 2005, according to Mercury Research.
The new Intel G965 GMCH product will be the second mainboard-integrated core-logic solution supporting Shader Model 3.0 capabilities. Nvidia Corp. was the first last year to unveil its GeForce 6100 and 6150 solutions with similar feature sets, however, those chipsets were intended for processors by Advanced Micro Devices.
Reported Tech Specs:http://www.neoseeker.com/news/story/5155/
ntel 965 Broadwater chipset to be available in 2006Q2
William Henning - Monday, November 14th, 2005 | 11:31AM (PST)
Intel plans to introduce the Broadwater chipset in the second quarter of 2006.
Digitimes reports that the "Broadwater" 965 chipset will be available in both Consumer and Enterprise versions.
For the consumer market:
* 533/800/1066 MHz FSB
* Dual channel DDR2 800 memory interface
G965: Adds GMA to P965
* Intel GMA (integrated video) to P965
For the enterprise market:
* 533/800/1066 MHz FSB
* Dual channel DDR2 533/667
* Intel GMA (integrated video)
* SIPP (Stable Image Platform Program)
Q965: Adds following features to Q963
* DDR2 800 dual channel support
* dual display output
* iAMT (Intel Active Management Technology)
Prices for the chipsets vary from $38-$42
It will be interesting to see how this new chipset performs. The dual DDR800 memory channels will theoretically allow up to 12.8GB/sec memory bandwidth; and the 1066MHz FSB will allow for 8.5GB/sec bandwidth to the CPU - leaving up to 4.3GB/sec bandwidth for the GPU or peripherals for accessing memory (ignoring memory contention overhead) - in practical terms this means that even 32 bit color 1280x1024 Windows desktop display will have a negligable impact on memory bandwith.