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Old 09-25-03, 03:11 PM   #30
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The 5900 Turbo is able to hang on in Aquamark, and the 51.75 drivers give it just enough boost to get it ahead of the 9800 Pro. Unfortunately, the other benchmarks do not go well for the NV35. While the numbers for Halo don't look so terrible, the numbers only tell half the story. To put it bluntly, Halo simply looks awful when run with the 51.75 set. Even though maximum detail levels are set in the game, the actual quality simply isnt there. (Remind anyone of the Trillinear filtering "bug" in UT2003?). Whats worse is that the drivers forcing the quality to zero doesnt even make up that much performance, and the card still loses to ATi. As if that wasn't embarrasing enough, the 5900 turns in abysmal performance when using DX9 Pixel Shader 2.0 in Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness. Keep in mind this is a "the way its meant to be played" game. Detonator 50 adds an incredible 2fps to Tomb Raider, and makes it look horrid in the process. I did try Pixel Shader 1.4 (DX8) as nVidia recommends, and while the 5900 produced more playable framerates and better image quality, the 9800 Pro was still ahead by more than 30 frames per second.

And Nvidia sinks even more in to abyss
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