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Skinner
04-16-03, 01:48 PM
Reading an article on Anand's about the R9600 I came across this:


NVIDIA: Hard at work on new drivers
In our last article we criticized NVIDIA for truly falling behind in the driver and image quality department; we don't even remember the last time we've been able to say about the graphics giant, which was cause for alarm.

Thankfully NVIDIA has been listening to our complaints as well as the complaints of other reviewers and is hard at work at a new driver build for the entire FX line. The forthcoming Detonator driver release is planned for the near future and will most likely accompany a new GPU release from NVIDIA, but in addition to the originally planned performance improvements the driver will supposedly address the anisotropic filtering image quality issues we've brought up in the past.

Because of the close proximity to the new driver drop we've refrained from turning this article into an extensive image quality comparison, but with AA and anisotropic filtering both very important features we'd like to leave you with our opinions on the differences between ATI and NVIDIA.

With the latest driver build from ATI and NVIDIA, the two offer very similar antialiasing quality levels, with ATI arguably having a slight quality advantage.

The biggest differences exist in the two manufacturers' anisotropic filtering settings; in order to clear up confusion and push for a more apples-to-apples comparison, NVIDIA has renamed their anisotropic filtering settings to "Performance" and "Quality" modes just like ATI (instead of the unnecessarily long "Performance-Aggressive" and "Performance-Quality").

Despite the name change, the quality issues still remain; NVIDIA's "Performance" mode is clearly inferior to ATI's "Performance" mode and while NVIDIA's "Quality" mode is much closer to ATI's "Quality" mode, there is still a noticeable difference between the two.

With the image quality offered by NVIDIA's cards potentially changing significantly over the coming weeks thanks to the new drivers, we haven't focused too much on the image quality offered by each of NVIDIA's settings.

So could this be the magic 50xx's ? ;)

saturnotaku
04-16-03, 01:51 PM
Will these supposed improvements benefit only the FX line or will all NVIDIA cards get a boost?

Skinner
04-16-03, 02:41 PM
Originally posted by saturnotaku
Will these supposed improvements benefit only the FX line or will all NVIDIA cards get a boost?

I don't know, but I think most non fx cards are already more or less at their theoretical (max)speed..

StealthHawk
04-16-03, 04:31 PM
Originally posted by Skinner
I don't know, but I think most non fx cards are already more or less at their theoretical (max)speed..

the 43.45 drivers actually helped out gf4 users quite a bit.

bkswaney
04-20-03, 02:00 AM
I sure hope hey have some new drivers coming.
The ones out now suck a big one.

The Baron
04-20-03, 12:17 PM
Who remembers Detonator 50? ;)