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Old 07-22-04, 12:11 AM   #1
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Default X800 vs 6800 = Voodoo3 vs TNT2

STORY 1:

3dfx launches the Voodoo3 series with a lesser featureset than the TNT2, but it seems faster at first. 3dfx is especially lacking in that they do not yet support 32bit color. 3dfx tells everyone 32bit color makes no difference, and some reviewers regurgitate this.

Nvidia's TNT2 is the rival with 32bit color carried over from its predecessor, but many still stick with 3dfx thanks to the previous two voodoo successes (Voodoo1/Voodoo2) over the Riva competiton (128/tnt). 3dfx needs to convince the public that both their card is faster and 32-bit is unnecessary is unnecessary as without the speed advantage odds are their card would not sell as much due to its lesser featureset. Nvidia's drivers improve, and the card sees great performance gains in many games. Gamers start to switch to TNT2. 3dfx employees start to make claims that its card can actually do quality similar to 32-bit with a special 22-bit color filter, and starts to release driversets emphasizing this. Quake 3 is released and looks to perform best on TNT2 cards. More games start to come out with 32-bit color. Voodoo3 doesn't look quite as appealing anymore; TNT2 interest swells.

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STORY 2:

ATI launches the X800 series with a lesser featureset than the 6800, but it seems faster at first. ATI is especially lacking in that they do not yet support SM3.0 & FP16 blending for HDR. ATI tells everyone SM3.0 makes no difference, and some reviewers regurgitate this.

Nvida's 6800 is the rival with SM3.0 and FP32 carried over from its predecessor, but many still stick with ATI at first thanks to the previous two Radeon successes (9700/9800) over the GeForce competition (5800/5900). ATI needs to convince the public that both their card is faster and SM3.0 is unnecessary as without the speed advantage odds are their card would not sell as much due to its lesser featureset. Nvidia's drivers improve, and the card sees great performance gains in many games. Gamers start to switch to the 6800. ATI employees start to make claims that its card can actually do functions similar to SM3.0 with special SM2.0 functions, and starts to release driversets emphasizing this. Doom3 is released, and looks to perform best on 6800 cards. More games start to come out with SM3.0 support. X800 doesn't look quite as appealing anymore; 6800 interest swells.

ati == repeating 3dfx's voodoo3 history
nvidia == repeating nvidia's tnt2's history

Pretty funny, eh

P.S. -- Also, when comparing ATI vs 3dfx adding features to compete with Nvidia, let's not forget voodoo5 & fxt1 versus x800 & 3dc
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