Thursday, October 16th 2008

ZOTAC Unleashes New GeForce 9300 Platform

ZOTAC International, a leading manufacturer of NVIDIA based motherboards and graphics cards, today injects the power of NVIDIA’s GeForce 9 graphics architecture into the latest platform for Intel socket LGA775-based processors – the ZOTAC GeForce 9300. The new ZOTAC GeForce 9300 platform is a graphics powerhouse with its GeForce 9 series graphics processor, NVIDIA CUDA, Hybrid SLI, PhysX and PureVideo HD technologies. A new NVIDIA GeForce 9300 integrated graphics processor forms the heart of the new ZOTAC GeForce 9300 platform. The NVIDIA GeForce 9300 iGPU features NVIDIA’s Unified Architecture with 16 blazing-fast stream processors for high-performance in Microsoft DirectX 10, OpenGL 2.1 and CUDA-based 3D games and software applications.
“The new ZOTAC GeForce 9300 is a phenomenal upgrade for integrated graphics parts. The GeForce 9300 is the first iGPU platform for Intel processors to support NVIDIA’s CUDA API, which allows the iGPU to apply its 16 stream processors to non-3D applications,” said Carsten Berger, marketing director, ZOTAC International. “With CUDA compatibility, the ZOTAC GeForce 9300 can accelerate tasks such as video encoding for substantial speed increases in CUDA-based applications.”

NVIDIA Hybrid SLI with GeForceBoost technology enables the ZOTAC GeForce 9300 to combine the power of the integrated graphics processor with select add-in ZOTAC GeForce series graphics cards for additional performance boosts. NVIDIA PhysX technology enables the ZOTAC GeForce 9300 to perform physics calculations for realistic effects and environmental interaction in supported games.

NVIDIA PureVideo HD provides the ZOTAC GeForce 9300 platform with Full HD 1080p hardware decode acceleration for smooth and vivid high-definition video playback capabilities. An HDCP compliant HDMI output enables compatibility with the latest high-definition TVs and monitors for a complete high-definition experience. DVI and VGA outputs grace the ZOTAC GeForce 9300 with compatibility with the latest digital and older analog displays.

“HDMI has become standard on all high-definition TVs and some monitors. Integrated HDMI with HDCP compliance on our ZOTAC GeForce 9300 enables users to have maximum compatibility for an enjoyable high-definition experience,” Mr. Berger added. “The DVI and VGA outputs allow users to use their older displays or to have multi-monitor output as well.”

The ZOTAC GeForce 9300 supports Intel socket LGA775 based processors – including Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Extreme, Pentium and Celeron – with front-side bus speeds up to 1333 MHz. Four DDR2 DIMM slots support up to 16GB of DDR2-667/800 memory to ensure high-performance with Intel socket LGA775 processors.

A new onboard diagnostic display provides diagnostic information for advanced users. Onboard power and reset buttons makes it easier for advanced users that prefer to tweak and overclock the ZOTAC GeForce 9300 platform.

“Enthusiasts have been asking for advanced features on our micro ATX platforms. The new ZOTAC GeForce 9300 is our first micro ATX motherboard to offer the feature,” Mr. Berger said.

NVIDIA MediaShield technology empowers the ZOTAC GeForce 9300 with RAID 0, 1, 0+1 and 5 support across the six SATA 3.0 Gbps ports for flexible storage configurations. Native Gigabit Ethernet provides the ZOTAC GeForce 9300 with the industry’s fastest and most efficient performance for blazing-fast network transfers.

It’s time to play with the high-performance ZOTAC GeForce 9300 platform.

General details
  • New NVIDIA GeForce 9300 platform
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9300 GPU
  • 16 stream processors
  • Microsoft DirectX 10 and OpenGL 2.1 compatible
  • NVIDIA CUDA and PhysX ready
  • NVIDIA PureVideo HD technology
  • HDMI with HDCP, DVI and VGA outputs
  • HDMI and DVI audio output
  • Intel Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Extreme, Pentium and Celeron compatible (Socket LGA775)
  • Up to 1333 MHz front-side bus
  • 4 DDR2 DIMM slots
  • DDR2-667/800 compatible
  • Up to 16GB of DDR2 memory
Source: Zotac
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4 Comments on ZOTAC Unleashes New GeForce 9300 Platform

hmmm, can i use that onboard videocard to use as physix card?
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wahdangun said:
hmmm, can i use that onboard videocard to use as physix card?
Negatory - PhysX requires a minimum of 256MB dedicated video memory.

Slick looking board though. AMD has done a great job with the 780G/GX, as well as nVidia with their own 8200/8300 series, so it's nice to finally see a good integrated media platform on the Intel end of things. I just hope it doesn't have as many issues as some of their old Intel chipsets did...

[edit] Not in the official press release, but from reading around price is estimated at ~$120, putting it in a pretty decent range for the unique features you're getting. Unfortunately though, no CPU voltage adjustment on this model =/
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HDMI + coax SPDIF out = win!

Its quite silly how many boards forget digital audio in the HTPC segment. (HDMI audio doesnt count, as lots of people have seperate audio from their TV)
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Looks good, especially like the coloring of the sata slots, sexy. First time I see ATX power socket on top (kinda like it there) and clean component placement overall.

aj28 said:
Negatory - PhysX requires a minimum of 256MB dedicated video memory.
But does the software know if it's 256MB on board or 256MB from memory? Would be kinda funny for them to boast about PhysX in their press release, if they haven't tested it to work.

Still at the moment it will be too weak for a PPU who knows when the drivers mature and first games come out. This would be perfect for the job though if you want m-ATX and physics with ATI card.
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