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Old 06-16-03, 06:59 AM   #7
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Default Re: Re: geforcefx 5900 vs. the other cards

Originally posted by extreme_dB
[b]5 reasons to buy:

1. Monster bandwidth for high performance with AA/AF

-except with anything above 4x AA and I always play above 4x.

2. High clockspeed and fillrate for fast raw performance

Who plays without AA/AF?

3. Games potentially optimized for Nvidia; guaranteed
compatibility; tuned for Doom3 engine

Yes... we know all the 'optimisations' they include.

4. Strong OpenGL and professional application performance

In that case why are nV wasting money on their Quadro line?
Why is it also that my 9700 Pro seems to get higher framerate with 6xAA than the NV35 at 6xAA in any OpenGL app that is new?

5. AF quality (application setting only) and FP32 support

Which I can't stress that nV's AF only is so good, I spent some time having to configure the LOD to get rid of the blur at a distance, it's either too blurry or too much texture shimmering.

5 reasons not to buy:

1. Price too high; games that will use some of its advanced features are still many months away, at which time the price may be lower, and newer, faster cards may be out (R360)

The price is never too high if you want the best raw performance.

2. Slow shader speed in DX9; uncertain performance for future DX9 titles

Why would you even consider using current generation cards for future DX9 titles?

3. Poor AA quality and speed (the good AA modes like 4xS are too slow overall)

I just drop the resolution to 800x600 or 640x480 to make it playable.

4. It gets beat by the 9700Pro in some games and synthetic benchmarks!

Who plays synthetic tests? What were the settings of those specific games?

5. Lower overall image quality (further reduced by the possibility of Nvidia app-specific optimizations to gain speed)

Those are only on synthetic tests and maybe some most popular games. I don't play popular games.

I would buy the 9700 (NP or Pro) and save the cost difference for an upgrade in fall/winter, when it's clear how all the cards stack up in the major games being released.

For more performance now, I'd get the 9800Pro, or possibly the 5900 regular (depending on how it compares in price/performance).

I would only get the 9700 Pro/9800 Pro for: Playing games with AA (IQ), I love the DVD IQ and fastest card available that is capable of doing 6xAA.
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