NVIDIA just announced a couple of motherboard GPUs (integrated graphics) named GeForce 9300 and GeForce 9400. Yes they are the ones that Apple use in their new laptops, and what’s good for Apple’s laptop is also good to build an entry-level consumer PC – or the perfect home-theater PC. The idea is that you don’t have to pay $100 for a graphics card to get decent graphics anymore – it will already be on the motherboard.
Put simply, the GeForce 9300 and 9400 can easily handle HD video playback (with PowerDVD), video and music encoding (via Badaboom) and entry-level gaming. NVIDIA says that this chip has five times the graphics performance of its competitor (the Intel G45) – I can believe it (I’ve seen it in action), and so does Apple. It has 16-cores, which is far from the 256-cores of the GTX280, but it is surprisingly enough to run games like Crysis, with reduced levels of detail, but at playable frame-rates.