Originally posted by AGP64
I would say the other way around. Both Ati and Nvidia knew Directx 9.0 specs when they went off and designed their R300 and NV30. It just seems that the one made some smarter decisions than the other.
Um, no. Both chips were in development for at least two years before the release of DirectX 9. Do you really believe that the specs of DX9 were finalized two years before its release?
The features and specs of DX9 are there because of the hardware that nVidia and ATI developed, not the other way around.