The Rydermark Thread (TM)

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  1. Geo

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    http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=32809

    Don't really know how to take this piece. It bothers me there is no link to any discussion somewhere with the Rydermark folks talking about what they found.

    Faud never talks about _pp per se, but presumably the allegation here is that NV is using it universally rather than only when requested (personally, I find it hard to believe this could be true for the G7x lineup). With Rydermark not even being released yet, it seems unlikely it would be targeted in NV's drivers, which would lead to even more disturbing questions about just how generically this is happening.

    But there clearly aren't enough facts associated with this to get too excited about it yet. Anyone know who these Rydermark people are to get some more info from them on their findings? Any of our NV people care to get a response on this issue?
     
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    Incorrect.
    Incorrect.
    Incorrect.
    Nvidia hardware support FX8 (32bit) precision alright... Now, if they're talking about FP24 (96bit) and FP32 (128bit), then Nvidia never did advertise the support of FP24, but did advertise FP32 support.

    These folks working on this 'Rydermark' should probably sustain their accusations with something a wee bit more solid than just a public claim and a bunch of incorrect explanations. Also, why would these folks be the first and only persons working on post NV3X Nvidia hardware being able to tell that?
     
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    It is part of the spec, however, to provide either FP24 or FP32 *unless* _pp is used by the dev to request FP16. Isn't it?
     
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    FP24 is an ATI thing, nV never had it AFAICR. But FP32 is there since GF6, if I recall correctly.
     
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    hmm - didnt FX also "support" fp32
     
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    To be honest, we only have the Inq take on it - we dont have a link to the actual statement by the devs (or do we?)
     
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    Well, if they've "discovered" that GFFX cards are doing this (and only GFFX), then I vote we break out the rotten fruit and save the watermelon for Fudo.
     
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    geo, you give the Inq far too much credit. Despite all the inaccuracies highlighted above, the fact that they were equating shader precision with texture formats was enough for me to dismiss the entire article. There's nothing in the article to lend it any credibility.

    "16 bit textures only, not 32 please, breaking DX9 specs"
    "DirectX 9 requires you to use at least 24 bit or full 32-bit Shader precision. "

    :roll:
     
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    The NV30 supports FP32.
    FP32 Shaders had bad performance results on the NV3X series compared to the R3XX series.
    "Anonymous developers"...
    http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=31799
     
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    To attain "DX9 SM2.0" full precision you have to support FP24 or greater (which translates to FP24 for ATI (plus others) and FP32 for NVIDIA.
     
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    I think the Rydermark folks told Fudo something. What it was is a different question. We all know that between techies' lips and Faud's keyboard there has been many a slip, but I'd be very surprised if there isn't a kernel of something there (at least so far as the Rydermark guys bitching about NV precision, fairly or unfairly).

    This Rydermark team and their "Sahara game engine" are anonymous at this point, so it's also an open question what level of expertize they are bringing to the table.

    I don't like these kind of amorphous allegations. I'd much prefer to get this cleaned up sooner rather than later. Hence asking for somebody to talk to the Rydermark people, NV, or both. That's because I have faith that in this particular community there are people who can make that happen and get a response.

    Edit: Inq broke the existance of this new benchmark here: http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=31799 So I think it reasonable to assume Faud has been in contact with them for some time.
     
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    Well that's the premise which, if true, would indicate that all of the tier1 developers and our very own eyes have been deceived for three years and we're now being rescued by these anonymous vigilantes. There's no substance in the article to point a finger at. There isn't even some scrap of evidence to start a conspiracy theory and we all know how little it takes to start one of those.
     
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    Sorry, I didn't see you reply at first

    Yes, if you advertise full precision support, you need to support at least FP24 or FP32.
     
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    You don't make these things go away by ignoring them. You make them go away by getting responsible people in a position to know and prove them untrue to do so in public.
     
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    I was in contact with them at last years GDCE and they have email dropped multiple editors several times since then.
     
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    Ahh. Anything interesting in those emails? Any sense of what level of expertize and prior experience they are bringing to the table?
     
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    Heh. If responsible in-the-know people took their time to prove all of Fuad's unfounded ramblings untrue they would be extremely busy people. How about we lay the burden of proof on him instead?
     
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    If he'd asked me, I would have strenuously advised him not to publish without more than that. At least a quote, and preferably a link to a discussion somewhere by the Rydermark people.

    But he did, and now it will be all over the place, because that's the power Inq has, for good or ill. Do a search on Rydermark 2006 and you'll find a great many links, almost all of them pointing at Inq's original article on Rydermark.

    "more to come" says Inq.

    Personally, I've never understood the theory that says wait until there's a full-throated roar before you step on unfounded rumors that will damage your reputation if allowed to grow without a response that shows they are indeed unfounded.
     
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    Yeah I can see that perspective. But would you really like to set that precedent for a publication like the Inquirer that trades in conspiracy and rumor? As a PR manager reading that Inquirer piece what would your reaction be? Would you really want to validate that drivel with a response?

    In it's current form it is completely harmless and without further (any) evidence will die a natural death because there are sufficiently knowledgable people on the boards to put an end to it without Nvidia's intervention. This thread is evidence of that already. It is no where near the point where an official rebuttal is necessary. An official statement directly from the devs with some hard facts would sure stir things up though.
     
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    That's what I meant, nV did the "or greater" thingy with FP32.

    Didn't know about GFFX supporting it though. I suppose it was slow as a**, maybe just somehow emulated in SW?
     
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