Originally posted by Captain Beige
you should stop looking for phrasings like this that make the r300 seem like it's inferior. the 9700pro/9500pro are absolutely amazing cards and ATI have really raised the bar whereas for years have been pushing the same old core with slight improvements. nvidia finally seemed to actually do some work for the NV30, but then it turns out to use the same old AA techniques, to not be a true 8x1 architechture, and turns up half a year late and hotter and noisier and hyped with more BS than ever card ever before. and to add to it all they use driver hacks just to keep up with a 7 month old competing card.
you're the one who's blinded by brand loyalty, not me. ATI should be congratulated for the r300. nvidia should be criticised for the NV30. of course there are some good things about it, but if you care about the graphics industry nvidia needs to be sent a clear message that customers will not accept being bullsh!ted in this way. now is not the time for apologists.
Like I said, Your reading comprehension is absolutely sub par at best, I am not comparing the cards architecture other than programmability,
In Which the r300 is the least programmable DirectX 9.0 card available. Offering the most limited DirectX 9.0 functionality.
The Nv30 And its successors Plus the R350 offer incredible advancement in Pixel Shading programming.
Your just using selective reasoning and completely ignoring the argument that the r300 is the most limited DX 9.0 card programmability wise.
The card itself is FINE, But it offers the most limitations from a programmers point of view, Just like the r300 offers more programmability than the R200 or the Nv25,
Its called progression in technology, The Nv30 does have more programmability than the r300. Thats what we are discussing. This is what you seem to be unable to comprehend.
If you can't accept the fact that the Nv30 offers superior programmability to the R300, Then nothing is going to make you see that.
I'm no expert on the r350 but it seems to tackle the problems of the r300, Also offering superior programmablity.
I don't care about the things you listed, Because as a programmer, They are not important to me.
I care about only a few things when it comes to programming.
Feature Rich technology
Ease of use, And a good compiler,
and Alterior aproaches to similar functions.