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StealthHawk
10-30-03, 07:00 PM
http://www.nvidia.com/object/IO_9304.html

Other features of the NVIDIA ForceWare release 50 graphics drivers include:

Enhanced image quality for both anisotropic filtering and antialiasing

You may remember this press release. The question: are these claims true?

Let's look at AF first since that is what NVIDIA mentioned first. It's a rather easy question to answer. Simply take a look at my texture filtering post (http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?s=&threadid=19604). Quality is certainly not up compared to the previous official driver, 45.23. Well, since Application filtering is supposedly working, AF quality is better in UT2003 now. As a whole though, this claim is false.

What about FSAA? Has it improved? Yes and no. To answer this question, take a look at my FSAA post (http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?s=&threadid=15821). I looked at all modes offered by the control panel: 2x, 2xQ, 4x, 6x, and 8x. You may notice that 4xS has vanished from the control panel. Don't worry, you can still get it by using RivaTuner or aTuner. It becomes immediately apparent that 6x and 8x are much better than before. Upon closer inspection, you will realize that 8x is really the formerly hidden 8xS mode, and 6x is really the formerly hidden 12x mode. So according to what the control panel offers, quality has increased. However, when comparing actual modes to themselves between different driver revisions, the quality is exactly the same, as expected.

ChrisRay
10-30-03, 07:37 PM
Originally posted by StealthHawk
http://www.nvidia.com/object/IO_9304.html



You may remember this press release. The question: are these claims true?

Let's look at AF first since that is what NVIDIA mentioned first. It's a rather easy question to answer. Simply take a look at my texture filtering post (http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?s=&threadid=19604). Quality is certainly not up compared to the previous official driver, 45.23. Well, since Application filtering is supposedly working, AF quality is better in UT2003 now. As a whole though, this claim is false.

What about FSAA? Has it improved? Yes and no. To answer this question, take a look at my FSAA post (http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?s=&threadid=15821). I looked at all modes offered by the control panel: 2x, 2xQ, 4x, 6x, and 8x. You may notice that 4xS has vanished from the control panel. Don't worry, you can still get it by using RivaTuner or aTuner. It becomes immediately apparent that 6x and 8x are much better than before. Upon closer inspection, you will realize that 8x is really the formerly hidden 8xS mode, and 6x is really the formerly hidden 12x mode. So according to what the control panel offers, quality has increased. However, when comparing actual modes to themselves between different driver revisions, the quality is exactly the same, as expected.


Gonna do some performance comparisons with it later...

Blacklash
10-31-03, 12:02 AM
colors and AF are very nice. AA still lacks compared to Ati. I can stand the 4xFSAA but not the 2...

EDIT: if you want some snappy detail try the "rivatuner" and set mip map LOD bias to -0.8..