Last year Intel announced it would bring big improvements to its integrated graphics chips and according to FUD Zilla the chip giant is keeping its promise. The upcoming GMA X4500HD graphics chip found in the G45 chipset will be roughly 3x faster in 3DMark than the G33 and 1.7x faster than the G35.
Intel’s performance projection based on what else than 3Dmark scores, claims that the new chipset is 1.7 times faster than the G35 and targeting 3X the performance of the G33.
This sounds like a lot, but when we tested the G33 we scored a mere 338 points which implies that the new one will score about 1,000 in 3Dmark06. You can check out the test here.
Intel finally promises DirectX 10 drivers at launch as this wasn't the case and the new chipset can support full bit rate support for HD-DVD and Blu-Ray. HDCP is also integrated.
Big improvements but they're still lagging behind ATI's and NVIDIA's IGP offerings.