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Old 07-02-04, 04:21 AM   #136
Kamel
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Default Re: Far Cry Benchmarks - Shader Model 2.0 vs 3.0

even though sm3.0 only helps certain circumstances, these circumstances are the ones in which a card would run slower in. IMO a scene with lots of grass and light sources would kill a sm2.0 card, while sm3.0 would be showing off its power -- whereas if you're looking at a skybox, the most easily rendered object of the game, then who cares if you show substancial framerate increases?

in other words, what i'm trying to say is that i think sm3.0 steps on to the plate when it really counts, as opposed to just increasing performance when in "certain situations".
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