If you have a link that would be nice. :D
And sorry for the image downtime, I hadn't realised it went down. I've reuploaded them, hopefully this host won't explode.
And wow, this thread has over 100,000 views.
I live in Melbourne. Ambient room temp was about 18C. But it didn't really matter - most of the CPU and video card core was under the oil anyway.
And yeah, that's a ghost. They were originally smiley faces, but the company expanded their products and introduced a ghost. They're basically...
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I'm not sure which forum to post this, but I just wanted to share one of my stories with you guys :D. I had recently read a few articles on submersion cooling, where you take your computer and dump it into a tub of non-electrically-conductive oil. It...
I just read through the review, and it was very good overall. However, just 1 thing bugged me. The self-shadows in Oblivion are a game engine bug, are they not? I'm pretty sure I've seen this problem on all cards, wether ATI or Nvidia. I understand that you probably didn't notice this on the...
It does if you put it on "Advanced". IIRC, "Standard" constitutes no IQ hit but a performance increase.
So Nvidia's HQ = ATI's Cat AI "Standard".
Something I don't understand is why reviews don't set Nvidia cards to HQ, for an apples-to-apples comparison (or as close as you can get to it)...
If you want to play Oblivion at highest settings, you have to get an ATI X1K card, or else you won't be able to enable AA and HDR at the same time. If you want to play it at max settings fast, then you'll probably have to get an X1800XT or higher.
Catalyst AI is supposed to introduce application specific optimisations which have absolutely no effect on visual output. Wether this is true or not I don't know. Personally I just leave it at "standard".
AnandTech just did another comparison - this time using ATI's newest drivers:
ATI's AVIVO comes out on top over Nvidia's PureVideo, AVIVO: 111points vs. Purevideo: 68points
Never had a problem with CCC, with the 3D Renderer and fancy skin disabled, it loads in a few seconds.
The biggest thing I like about ATI's drivers are that they release a working, stable, complete version every month with clear and easy to understand version numbering (left of the decimal...
Eugh. Obviously, AA will always come with a performance hit. However, on fast modern cards, 2xAA is practically free in terms of performance, with the framerate hit being almost unnoticible in most games but with much improved IQ over 0xAA.
First, you need to understand what mipmaps are. As we all know, textures are image files which are applied to a mesh to give it extra detail, and things such as colour. But, as you apply perspective and as the object gets smaller when it recedes into the distance, a full-resolution texture map...
I personally use ATITool, don't know if they have support for X1900 yet.
Since I don't mind noise at all, I set it to dynamically change the fan speed as temperature fluctuates. From ATITool:
Above 0C 32%
Above 40C 41%
Above 45C 50%
Above 50C 59%
Above 55C 68%
Above 60C 77%
Adaptive AA is basically ATI's form of TRAA. What it does is eliminate aliasing on alpha tested textures. In a game like Half-Life 2, for example, the fences use Alpha testing to simulate extra detail where there is none.
An image taken from ati.com:
The difference is that 3DMark05 at least showed where each card rougly stood in regards to performance in games. With 3DMark06, that seems to have been completely erased.
Since when does a 7800GTX 256mb consistantly beat the X1800XT 512mb all the time in games?
That's a common misconception. SM3 has absolutely nothing to do with FP16 HDR. Your card supports SM2.0b and does not support FP16 HDR. Meaning that it can do HDR in programs such as Rthdribl and HL2: Lost Coast but not in FarCry and SC:CT (?).
I'm pretty sure that the SLI 7800GT's will outperform the single X1800XT 512mb. But I say go for the X1800XT since it's extra features and lack of bugs associated with SLI outweigh the performance difference.
But if you can wait, it is probably better to stay put and wait for the next...