[H]ardocp Review for the Geforce FX

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  1. martrox

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    Very nice review, Brent.

    It's beginning to look like nVidia has really screwed the pooch on this one.
     
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    Let me try this again, Chalnoth:

    Cutting to the chase past your "ironclade" 8x argument, we can clearly invalidate your conclusion of "absolutely better" concerning "In these situations, the FX's benefit will be in texture quality (high res + aniso will beat the texture quality of somewhat lower-res + aniso)", since nothing is stopping the user from using 16x aniso on the 9700 except your convoluted predetermination that the GF FX is better no matter what.

    But back into the breach concerning your 8x to 8x comparison:

    Umm...I tend to agree. Though I'm not even sure the difference can be noticable with trilinear filtering, let's give you the benefit of the doubt and go with your statement: your admission seems to invalidate your use of it to support disqualifying the 9700 for comparison at high resolution, even with 8x aniso in comparison to the GF FX, don't you think? Let's not forget, however, that it has 16x aniso available.

    Umm...example? :-? Perhaps I just missed it. If you say this is obvious and not open to another interpretation, and at the same time there are never advantages on the 9700 in comparison to the GF 4 "non adaptive" (using that as "GF FX balanced mode" equivalent even though we're not sure about that), perhaps you might have a case, but I don't see how you could based on shots I've seen. In my book, when different techniques have advantages in different circumstances, saying one is "absolutely better" requires a bit more than going with my personal favorite. Can you provide some indication of that "bit more" and preclude the existence of circumstances where the 9700 looks better even at the same level? Can you then go further and justify your selectively ignoring that 16x is legitimately comparable to 8x on the GF FX?

    And no such thing is ever noticeable on a GF 4?
    Well, I don't have the cards to compare, so I guess your assurance that the GF FX balanced mode is identical to the GF 4, and that your comment about the 9700 is representative is what I have. I don't count that for much, but I'll leave the possibility that reality might conform to your bias open, and ask you again if you can preclude situations where the 9700 texture quality is superior to the GF 4, and whether you are disputing Xmas' comments about balanced for the GF FX being different?

    :shock: That was a good one Chalnoth.

    First, let us ignore that some people might consider 1600x1200x32 with 4x AA and 8x aniso at 57 (performance) or 40 fps (quality) average a playable frame rate in UT 2k3 (or might actually not use the highest quality settings for physics and geometry). After all, no one could stand performance aniso even though UT 2k3 is full of situations with "low contrast textures".

    Then, let's ignore the screenshots we have concerning the GF FX, and proclaim the quality identical.

    Finally, we are left with the conclusion that the difference is to such a degree that the GF FX is the only choice. Hmm.

    I can buy an argument that this is might be "disputable", but it is strange how when the comparison is something that would disadvantage the GF FX, ignoring screenshots seems to be the order of the day.

    So it basically boils down to ignoring screenshots, proclaiming AA identical, ignoring the possibility of 16x aniso on the 9700, ignoring all games where 4x AA meets the undefined definition of "playable" on the 9700, and proclaiming the GF FX is the clear choice for 1600x1200x32 with 2x FSAA as a result? Just to make sure I properly understand you.

    The 9700 seems to tend to pull ahead with aniso and 4x FSAA at high resolution, and there are plenty of games where 4x AA + Aniso performance is rather high, and I was just confirming your evaluation that games where this is the case are "pointless", and possibly fishing for a justification besides that scenario disadvantaging the GF FX. Don't see it yet.

    Hmm...if they didn't stress the video card (games that are "playable" under these circumstances), why does the 9700 sometimes pull ahead...is the GF FX turning up its nose in disdain at the games not worthy of its time?

    On the one hand, the 9700 is delegated to be a low resolution high AA card when neither card is "playable" with high AA at high resolution (Let's presume all users share that evaluation of UT2k3 performance), yet at the same time games where you can play with high resolution and high AA don't count because their framerates are playable (so obviously, a user looking for a card to play games at high resolution would... never play them :shock:). As a result, since a user would never use 16x aniso on the 9700 at high resolution, and there is no question that the balanced aniso mode on the GF FX is not changed in quality from the GF 4, and the 2x AA is identical between the cards (nevermind indications to the contrary thus far), the GF FX is the clear choice.

    Well, and I thought your argument was biased. :shock:

    Oh well, in all actuality driver changes might improve the GF FX situation and having assumed that as a given, even in the face of the evidence, might actually pan out for you. Good luck.
     
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    Im supposed to know it was a typo?
    Get over yourself.
     
  4. Mize

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    Heh...yeah, I often hit the 16-key when I'm going for the 8-key...happens ALL the time!

    Mize
     
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    I'm new here, but let's face it...Chalnoth can't see anything bad in nvidia's products. All the posts I've seen from him indicates just that.

    IMO after seeing those pictures and charts, the Radeon seems to be a superior product. The FSAA from the Radeon looks fantastic compared to the awfull results turned up by the GFFX. But then again the drivers that are driving the GFFX are rather raw so things can turn brighter for nv in the future. :wink:
     
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    While still technically inferior AA to the 9700, it seems established that the screenshots do not properly reflect the GF FX AA (except perhaps 4x OGSS modes if any of the shots are simply that).

    Not that the possibility was discussed as part of Chalnoth's reasoning...but overlooking it was part of mine, though I granted Chalnoth's supposition of equality for the mode where quality might be closest, 2x AA, as part of my discussion.
     
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    You think me hiring Brent was an accident? :)

    Brent showed lots of promise when we brought him on and he has certainly matured with his writing skills. His knowledge is very impressive compared to a year ago as well.

    We have hired three mainboard editors of late, we will see who cut the mustard and be the next shining star.....

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    The review quality has improved 100% Kyle, allowing full screen shots and the bandwidth that goes with that is great...
    How not to do a review 101 is www.tomshardware.com

    Gotta love those IQ comparison screen shots.
     
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    I'm not at all satisified that what nVidia is doing at < 4xFSAA is actually FSAA. I don't think using the post filter qualifies. 3dfx, even with the V5, did not use the post filter to do 2xFSAA, and both the V3 and the V5 made use of the post filter (V3 moreso, because it was 16-bits only, and relied on post filter processing to approximate a faux 22-bit mode--which really did look better than normal 16-bits.) Not being able to catch it in the screenshots seems a dead giveaway to me (same as with the V3 initially.)

    Apparently now we know courtesy of [H] that nVidia isn't going to talk about it. So I'm not at all sure that the screenshots not representing the screen in the case of an FSAA mode is at all any sort of redeeming characteristic.
     
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    Brent is doing a great job :)
     
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    I agree with Doom, the HardOCP was an excellent review and Tom's (the first one I read) was virtually worthless. With Brent's review you truely get a feel for what the card can do. It is written more objectively and matter of fact which I always like better. Just the facts and only the facts maam. I too am finding myself going to HardOCP more and more, for awhile I was just boycotting HardOCP, not that it really matters.
     
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    So why didn't you do the review, Kyle? Isn't the "head" supposed to do such a review?
     
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    tell that to the PS2 developers. :wink:

    Strangely, a friend of mine had problems such as these with a Geforce 2 GTS as it turned out it was a lack of power supply that was causing it. Could it just be this card is damaged?
     
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    The fact that anyone is even talking about CS image quality is ridiculous. Anyone who has played CS (hmmm about 3+ years ago)... knows that the only thing that is going to improve image quality in that game is going outside to the tool shed, getting a sledgehammer, and putting it through your monitor screen. :roll:

    No, the game is totally unplayable at those settings. That 57 fps is with nothing happening...in game you often will drop down into the 20s. Even the most performance-blind individual would not find the game playable at those settings. Even 1280*1024*32*4x*8x is essentially unplayable...very disappointing really, especially when everyone goes around proclaiming how you're not VPU limited until you have a P4 4.5 GHz. I guess my lowly Athlon XP 2100+ must be magical. :roll:
     
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    I dont really understand why unplayable framerates in a benchmark are anymore important than framerates in a theoretical benchmark. IMHO the two should be similarly classified.
     
  16. Ailuros

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    That's one thing I haven't seen so far up to 41.09 drivers and NV25.

    Here's again the screenshot ram posted:

    [​IMG]

    And here's the NV25 in "balanced" mode. I included the application settings:

    [​IMG]

    By the way it looks exactly the same here with application and aggressive mode. Texture sharpening was disabled and driver LOD at "0".
     
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    I'd say it's more related to that:

    http://www.beyond3d.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=17490&highlight=quincunx#17490
     
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    I was wondering if people could post some comparisons at an angle like this:

    [​IMG]

    I'm interested in seeing what it would look like when applied to a ground texture, for instance.
     
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    It looks the same here at Level 2x. Is that a GF2?
     
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    Yes, using the 40.72 drivers. I was wondering what the newer cards looked like from that angle, and with higher anisotropic settings. In particular, if the squareness of the outer mipmaps under Balanced and Aggressive settings on NVIDIA cards showed up much, or if the R300 looked any different (hard to tell from the quarter section of the tunnel view).
     
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