Power Consumption

As expected, NVIDIA's GeForce 9300 power consumption is competitive with G45. Gaming power consumption is particularly impressive; NVIDIA delivers better performance and lower power consumption than G45. We provided results with both Cool'n'Quiet enabled and disabled for the AMD platforms given the issues we mentioned in our last article.

Idle Power Consumption

Idle Power Consumption

Gaming Power Consumption (Company of Heroes)

Gaming Power Consumption (Company of Heroes)

Video Encoding Power Consumption (PCMark Vantage TV-Movies Test)

Video Encoding Power Consumption (PCMark Vantage TV-Movies Test)

USB, Networking and Storage Performance Final Words
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  • Zstream - Wednesday, October 15, 2008 - link

    30% cpu utilization for a HTPC is good? Umm, I guess I come from a different perspective then.

    Quite a few HTPC's are for streaming, so with this chipset it is almost impossible to stream data while watching what you are streaming.

    Did I misunderstand something here or what?
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  • Badkarma - Wednesday, October 15, 2008 - link

    Why would it be impossible to stream media? Most media streams are only a fraction of 100Mbit ethernet, even a full Blu-ray disc rarely hits 20+Mbit. The CPU usage charts for network traffic in this review are for full thoroughput tests, the NIC will never come close to pushing that much traffic when streaming media. Reply
  • Zstream - Wednesday, October 15, 2008 - link

    I stream 300mbs/sec all the time on my HTPC with my gig Intel nic. I guess you never streamed across multiple devices. It is called VOD, if you do not believe me look at the newest tivo. Reply
  • R3MF - Wednesday, October 15, 2008 - link

    Is this the chipset that nvidia is supposed to have worked with Via on to ensure Nano support?

    A HP mininote v2 using Nano and this mGPU would be an awesome product that would take a dump on every other netbook from a great height!
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  • Hlafordlaes - Wednesday, October 15, 2008 - link

    That's my understanding, too. I was wondering what the delay was caused by, now my guess is that Apple wanted the exclusive for launch. Let's hope some new mini-ITX 2.0 Nano boards with this chipset will appear soon. Reply
  • R3MF - Wednesday, October 15, 2008 - link

    A lot of netbook newsites are reporting drastic price cuts in the mininote 2133, which is fueling speculation that a v2 may be due out soon.

    As it happens; there is already a petition requesting HP use the Nano + MCP79 combo in a future v2 mininote:

    http://www.petitiononline.com/mininote/petition.ht...">http://www.petitiononline.com/mininote/petition.ht...
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  • R3MF - Wednesday, October 15, 2008 - link

    This chipset in ULV form is the one being used in the new MacbookAir, so there is no reason why it couldn't be used in netbooks like the HP Mininote, as adequately demonstrated in the power consumption page of this preview. Reply
  • R3MF - Thursday, October 16, 2008 - link

    Do you have any thoughts or speculations you would like to share on whether this is the fabled Via Nano integrated chipset?

    It would be big news for those of us awaiting a powerful HP mininote v2..........
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