NVIDIA GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE) vs NVIDIA GeForce 9400M GeForceBoost

NVIDIA GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE)

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The Nvidia GeForce 9400M G is an integrated (onboard) graphics card for laptops without dedicated graphics memory. The card was introduced in October 2008 in conjunction with the new Apple MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air products (called only 9400M). At the time of announcement it was the fastest mGPU (motherboard GPU) on the market.

The 9400M G graphics core is used in the MCP79 laptop chipset and in the ION platform for netbooks (which is essentially the same). The ION LE uses the same graphics core, but the DirectX support is limited to 9 (instead of 10). The clock rates of all thre platforms is identical.

The performance of the 9400M G is comparable to current entry level GPUs with dedicated graphics memory (like the GeForce 9300M GS).Therefore, the graphics adapater is able to display older games (like Doom3) in high details fluently and new (not too demanding games) in low details fluently. Warhammer Online should for example run on the 2.4 GHz MacBook fluently. Compared to the predecessor in the MacBook, the Intel GMA X3100, the GeForce 9400M should perform 5x better.

Because of the shared memory (the memory is reserved from the main memory), the graphics adapter performs significantly better with DDR3 main memory than with DDR2 (up to 33% more performance).

The current consumption of the mGPU is with a maximum of 12 Watt TDP (for the whole chipset (north- and southbridge are integrated) on par with the current Intel GMA X4500MHD (Centrino 2).

The chipset supports Hybrid-SLI (HybridPower) in conjunction with some GeForce 9x00M cards like the 9600M GT. HybridPower is a technique to choose between the integrated and dedicated graphics core, if performance or battery runtime is needed. Up to now the user has to use a tool to switch between the GPUs. (in Windows Vista, XP is not supported and MacOs needs a reboot according to Nvidia - at time of announcement). GeForceBoost to boost the performance (using SLI) is not supported in the MacBook Pro.

As the 9500M G, the 9400M features 16 stream processors that do the work of the former dedicated pixel- and vertex-shaders. The unified shaders of Nvidia are 1-dimensional (AMD has 5-dimensional shaders which leads to the higher number of shaders).

The MCP79MX (codename of the GeForce 9400M) can help the CPU in decoding HD videos. It features the PureVideo HD engine (VP3 video processor). Furthermore, the chip can be programmed using CUDA and can accellerate some operations in Photoshop CS4.

At the same time the desktop 9300 and 9400 mGPU was presented, which should perform simillarly (the laptop chipset 9400M should perform a bit lower than the 9300).

NVIDIA GeForce 9400M GeForceBoost

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The NVIDIA GeForce 9400M GeForceBoost is the combination of a dedicated Nvidia GeForce 9300M GS or 9200M GS graphics card and a 9100M G chipsetz graphics in SLI (GeForceBoost from Hybrid SLI) mode.

Do not mistake the combination with the Geforce 9400M chipset graphics card (e.g. found in the older MacBook models). However, the performance is similar to the 9400M G card.

It should be a little bit faster than a single 9300M GS and supports the dynamic switching between integrated and dedicated GPU.

NVIDIA GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE)NVIDIA GeForce 9400M GeForceBoost
ManufacturerNVIDIANVIDIA
GeForce 9400M Series
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE) 16 @ 450 MHz
GeForce 9400M GeForceBoost 24 64 Bit
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE) 16 @ 450 MHz
GeForce 9400M GeForceBoost 24 64 Bit
CodenameMCP79MX
16 - 24 -
Core450 MHz
Shader1100 MHz
yesno
DirectXDirectX 10.0, 4.0DirectX 10, 4.0
Transistors282 Million
Technology65 nm65 nm
FeaturesPureVideo HD VP3
Introduced14.10.2008 03.06.2008
Manufacturerhttp://www.nvidia.com/object/product_gef...
Bus64 Bit

3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE)
P Result 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce 9400M GeForceBoost
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE)
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce 9400M GeForceBoost
3DMark 2001SE - Standard 1024x768
min: 5439     avg: 8199.1     median: 6427 (7%)     max: 13845 Points
9710 Points (10%)
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
min: 3385     avg: 4132.1     median: 3616 (2%)     max: 5759 Points
5770 Points (3%)
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
min: 2143     avg: 3001.8     median: 2807 (6%)     max: 3930 Points
4075 Points (9%)
3DMark 06 1366x768 + NVIDIA GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Gaming graphics
min: 5.1     avg: 5.3     median: 5.3 (67%)     max: 5.4 points
Windows 7 Experience Index - Graphics
min: 3.9     avg: 4.3     median: 4.3 (54%)     max: 4.8 points
Windows Vista Experience Index - GPU Games
min: 5.1     avg: 5.2     median: 5.3 (78%)     max: 5.3 Points
Windows Vista Experience Index - GPU
min: 4.8     avg: 5.3     median: 5.5 (81%)     max: 5.7 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit + NVIDIA GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE)

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE) → 100%

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce 9400M GeForceBoost → 99%

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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

Anno 1404

Anno 1404

2009
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
15.8 17 19.1 42 ~ 23 fps
ultra 1280x1024
100%
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
6.2  fps
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
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Sims 3

Sims 3

2009
low 800x600
100%
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
43 77 ~ 60 fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
10 28 ~ 19 fps
high 1280x1024
100%
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
2  fps
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
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F.E.A.R. 2

F.E.A.R. 2

2009
low 800x600
100%
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
19 20.7 44 ~ 28 fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
27  fps
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
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Left 4 Dead

Left 4 Dead

2008
low 640x480
100%
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
64  fps
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
14.7 23 ~ 19 fps
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
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Far Cry 2

Far Cry 2

2008
low 640x480
100%
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
36  fps
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
11.9  fps
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
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Racedriver: GRID

Racedriver: GRID

2008
low 800x600
100%
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
17 60 ~ 39 fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
11 17 ~ 14 fps
high 1280x1024
100%
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
9  fps
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
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Call of Duty 4 - Modern Warfare

Call of Duty 4 - Modern Warfare

2007
low 800x600
100%
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
33.1 70.5 ~ 52 fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
27.1  fps
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
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Supreme Commander - FA Bench

Supreme Commander - FA Bench

2007
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
12.1  fps
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
8.9  fps
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
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Crysis - GPU Benchmark

Crysis - GPU Benchmark

2007
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
22.8 30.4 32 ~ 28 fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
11  fps
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
6.3  fps
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
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Crysis - CPU Benchmark

Crysis - CPU Benchmark

2007
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
21.4 28.3 30 ~ 27 fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
10.5 11.3 ~ 11 fps
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
5.4 5.8 ~ 6 fps
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
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World in Conflict - Benchmark

World in Conflict - Benchmark

2007
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
15  fps
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
5  fps
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
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Call of Juarez Benchmark

Call of Juarez Benchmark

2006
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
3.3  fps
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
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Half Life 2 - Lost Coast Benchmark

Half Life 2 - Lost Coast Benchmark

2005
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
42  fps
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
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F.E.A.R.

F.E.A.R.

2005
low 640x480
100%
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
95 188 222 ~ 168 fps
med. 800x600
100%
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
39 53 60 ~ 51 fps
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
10 15 27 ~ 17 fps
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
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Quake 4

Quake 4

2005
low 640x480
100%
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
61  fps
med. 800x600
100%
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
56  fps
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
45  fps
ultra 1024x768
100%
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
39  fps
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
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World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft

2005
low 800x600
100%
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
54 136.9 ~ 95 fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
41 43 ~ 42 fps
high 1280x1024
100%
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
11  fps
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
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Counter-Strike Source

Counter-Strike Source

2004
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
35 fps 44 ~ 40 fps
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
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Doom 3

Doom 3

2004
low 640x480
100%
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
86.3  fps
med. 640x480
100%
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
83.6  fps
high 800x600
100%
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
84.1  fps
ultra 1024x768
100%
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
83.3  fps
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
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Quake 3 Arena - Timedemo

Quake 3 Arena - Timedemo

1999
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
93.7 199.7 240 ~ 178 fps
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE):
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