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Gigabyte GA-8TRS300M Radeon 9100 IGP Review

Gigabyte GA-8TRS300M Radeon 9100 IGP Review  - PCSTATS
Abstract: The benefit of the using the Radeon 9100 IGP chipset is that it includes a Radeon 9200 class VPU within.
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External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Jan 16 2004   Colin Sun  
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The IXP200 Southbridge

By default the integrated graphics core is clocked at 300 MHz, team that up with the 400 MHz DDR memory and it easily beats the Intel Extreme Graphics 2 found in the i865G. The Radeon 9100IGP also looks to be a capable video decoder.

Radeon 9100IGP shown with the IXP250 Southbridge

ATI has outfitted the 9100IGP with a 4-tap horizontal and vertical filter, hardware motion compensation, iDCT, and sub-picture decoding intended primarily for DVD playback. The 128-bit 2D engine sports a hardware cursor, along with support for a Windows XP alpha cursor.

Finally, the RADEON 9100 IGP has an integrated TV encoder with a 10-bit DAC for outputting to a television at up to 1024x768. The chip supports up to 16X AF (Anisotropic Filtering) and 4X FSAA (Full Scene Anti-Aliasing).

The IXP 200 Southbridge

ATi currently have three variations of the IXP southbridge; the IXP250, IXP200 and IXP150. The IXP250 in all fairness is actually a notebook Southbridge as the only difference between it and the IXP200 are power saving features. The IXP150 lacks the on board ethernet MAC and is intended for those low end systems.

The entire IXP line are missing quite a few features that are standard with the other Southbridge's on the market... For instance, whereas the IXP 200 supports six USB 2.0 ports, Intel's ICH5 boasts eight. Furthermore, Intel offers gigabit Ethernet through the CSA architecture. ATI, on the other hand, has an integrated 3Com controller that tops out at 10/100 speeds.

While ATI facilitates six-channel audio through an AC'97 codec, it is in no way as advanced as NVIDIA's MCP-T (Soundstorm) and its Dolby Digital encoding capability. Finally, the IXP's most glaring weakness is a lack of Serial ATA support, something both Intel and VIA have already added to their respective arsenals. It does support Ultra ATA-100 drives however.

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GA-8TRS300M
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GA-8TRS300M Radeon 9100 IGP Review
 Pg 2.  The ATI 9100 IGP
 Pg 3.  — The IXP200 Southbridge
 Pg 4.  The GA-8TRS300M BIOS
 Pg 5.  System Spec's and Overclocking
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2002, Winbench 99
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra 2004, Super Pi
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: PCMark2002, 3DMark2001
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: AquaMark3, Comanche 4
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: X2 The Threat, UT2003
 Pg 11.  ATi in motherboard world

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