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Old 09-11-03, 03:03 AM   #1
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Default Valve just put the nail in Nvidias coffin

Man did you guys read all the posts on the web on Half Life 2?

It appears the 3Dmark03 was not that far off in terms of predicting performance.

Nvidia cards are getting stomped in direct X 9 and Valve is really pushing this point.

I guess they are pissed caused it took them 5 times the amount of time to optimize the NV path vs the standard Dx9 path. And they had to reduce the precision on the NV path to get decent frame rates.

I'm kind of pissed that I got the 5900 ultra for my kids cpu. Not that its not a great card but it cost so friggin much plus a lowly 9600 pro kills in direct x 9 games. WTF. Nvidia is going to speed it up in drivers but they are just going to reduce precision to do it. Thats bull****. The last good card they made was the GF4 the the new stuff is smoke n mirrors. Come on Nvidia stop ripping us off.

Nvidia better get a new card out fast.

http://firingsquad.gamers.com/hardwa...preview_part1/

http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.html?i=1862
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Old 09-11-03, 03:17 AM   #2
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The sad thing is that for most of us "FanATIcs" is isn't really much news at all. This news is aimed for the doubters and ignorant ones out there that refuse to believe anything bad about nVidia. I wouldn't be surprised if they still question the performance issues the nv3x has for DX9. For the rest of us, this just verifies from a credible source (Valve) that nVidia hardware has definitely slipped compared to their previous generation.
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Old 09-11-03, 03:25 AM   #3
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i know i not buying NV soon, thats for sure. i am more then happy with my ATi card.

i am also more then happy with my Nforce2 mobo...and when NV makes card that is as good in its segment as Nforce2 is in its...ill go back to NV. untill then i am checking prices on ATi 9800pro to make myself very happy man for X-mas....
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Old 09-11-03, 03:30 AM   #4
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So, Futuremark was right all along.
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Old 09-11-03, 03:39 AM   #5
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Well I got the 5900 cause my kid likes counter strike. Nvidia cards do play that game better vs ATI. But **** what a waste of cash. I have a ATI 9700 pro in my rig, slightly clearer text and I don't do counterstrike or q2 anymore.

Dunno Nvidia has slipped big time in my mind. They insult everyones intelligence by the lows they will take fool, cheat etc. Just go out a make a better card next time. Unless they can do a super driver update the FX line is dead for me.

Also I am irritated to find out that:
Valve took 5X more time optimizationing for NVidia hardware than
generic DX9 optimizations?! That's crazy. If I
was a game developer, I'd be $$&@%# as hell. I
mean imagine how much sooner the game could have
come out or how many more bugs or features they
could have addressed before release if they
weren't wasting resources on NVidia. We all could be playing half life now instead of OCT/NOV.

There is so much Nvidia hardware out there that a game develper has no choice but to optimize for a specific card. I don't have a problem with that. But when it slows a games release and ends up slower than ATI by a large margin I feel ripped off big time.



I have kids asking me which card to get. I can't recommend a 5900 ultra anymore as its like 450.00 and is slower than a 160.00 9600 pro. Hell 9800's are only 310.00.

If they lower the price the 5900 could be competitive but at $450.00 its a rip off vs ATI.


Going by pricewatch, it's $2.58 per 1 FPS for the
9600 Pro, in my guestimation of 48 FPS, which is a
far cry better than any of the other cards.

9800 Pro at 4.72 per 1 FPS at 61 FPS

5900 Ultra at 9.16 per at 31 FPS

5600 Ultra at 9.69 per at 13 FPS

5200 Ultra at 13.73 per at 9 FPS

Going by those numbers the 9600 pro is a steal.

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Old 09-11-03, 04:11 AM   #6
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The Optimizations for Half-Life 2 shaders are in the 50 series of drivers which we made available to reviewers on Monday [Sept. 8, 2003].
Oh well, at least these det 50's should be here soon.. see what wonders they contain..
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You guys do realize that the Nv40 may resolve all these issues for Nvidia. Of course all the people with The current line up, Including the Nv38 are still not going to be to happy.

Wonder what kind of impact this will have on Nv38 sales?
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Indeed HB, I guess it depends if they've tweaked the nv38 core. They must've known this was gonna happen, they know it sucks as PS2.0. Chucking out a newer card with same performance is gonna look just as bad.

Sounds like Det50 is gonna completely redo the shaders of HL2, though they must have some additional things to bring the speed up equally. Regardless of IQ tho, I think ppl are gonna slag off nv's optimizations anyway.
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Hrmm...as much as expected.
But i'm a bit confused on FX DX8 performance.
Why is it that slow?
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Probably because the number of passes it does is huge compared to dx9 mode, which probably does everything in a couple of passes.
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Well I got the 5900 cause my kid likes counter strike. Nvidia cards do play that game better vs ATI. But **** what a waste of cash. I have a ATI 9700 pro in my rig, slightly clearer text and I don't do counterstrike or q2 anymore.
You certainly shouldn't need a gfFX5900 to play Counter-Strike A gf3 will play CS fine at 100fps!
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That’s it, a programmable GPU sounded like a nice idea but I knew it wouldn’t work as game developers could have spent more time on their games and could bring them out soon. So much for the cinematic 32bit / 128bit precision gfx if it can only be playable in 16bit. Not only that but it's a waste of nVIDIA's time, they have to make modifications to their drivers all the time. This wastes time on addressing other issues and may make unintentional errors in other games.
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