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    What is better? FXAA or MSAA?

    It's impossible to prove that it would never be possible but all of the FXAA shaders that are currently widely used are dozens or hundreds of times faster than MSAA on any hardware depending on the FXAA preset, MSAA level, and scene. I have never ever seen any comparison data between the two...
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    What is better? FXAA or MSAA?

    FXAA is very bad at reducing temporal aliasing. MSAA does a MUCH better job. Even timothy lottes, who is often considered the father of FXAA, admits this. Most forms of AA raise image quality. I dare you to say otherwise to a film producer. While better display technology is indeed a...
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    What is better? FXAA or MSAA?

    Use nvidia inspector. It also has a tendency to create annoying artifacts due to oversharpening. Depends on the algorithm. They do have a tendency to blur most if not all of the scene due to the per-pixel nature of the shader. Though obviously the areas with the most aliasing receive the...
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    SGSSAA = the highest quality AA ?

    Yeah you can't set MSAA and SSAA at the same time in CCC: So you're saying that you have to set MSAA in game in order for driver level SSAA to work? If you look around the web you'll find that a lot of people are using AMDs SSAA without setting MSAA in game and even using it in games which...
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    SGSSAA = the highest quality AA ?

    Are you sure about that? I don't have an AMD/ATI card right now but for the last one I had that was not the case, you would set the AA mode to supersampling then set the number of samples. And it worked on eve online which didn't support MSAA at the time. All the screenshots I can find of the...
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    SGSSAA = the highest quality AA ?

    ........aaaaaand I'm back. Temporarily anyways. It's time for one of my trademark wall-of-text posts. That's a subjective topic. For MSAA/CSAA samples I agree with you. If your resolution is over 1MP nearly all geometry aliasing is gone by the time you hit 8 samples on a sparse or...
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    Driver question

    Use nvidia inspector. And as for driver level SSAO in skyrim all you need to do is use the FO3 compatibility bits. Bethesda has a habit of reusing code. Yes but you will have to change the AA mode from enhance to override. Depends on what you want to do. If the game has built in MSAA...
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    BF3 Jet mission going hunting 60FPS no stutter that I see

    Remember that to get 4xSGSSAA working you need to use "enhance the application" AA mode and you must set the in-game deferred MSAA to at least 4x as well.
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    NVIDIA cards - Battlefield 3 microstutter FIX

    Prerendered frames is known to cause microstuttering in some games if it's set too high and did cause microstuttering in BC2. I think I also remember a dice developer on twitter telling everyone to set pre-rendered frames to 0 if they were experiencing microstuttering.
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    How much is BF3 pushing PC graphics?

    It doesn't matter, at least they had a setting for low end hardware. I don't care if it looks like shit if it allows my friends to play it without going out and buying a $120+ video card. Adding in the cost of the necessary hardware upgrades that many people will need makes that game too damn...
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    BF3 Jet mission going hunting 60FPS no stutter that I see

    Use 4xSGSSAA with nvidia nhancer and turn off FXAA, you might have the only rig on the planet capable of doing it at a decent framerate.
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    How much is BF3 pushing PC graphics?

    This actually makes sense. I'm a lot more inclined to believe that they did this on purpose for balance reasons than believe they were just ridiculously incompetent. This was a major complaint in previous BF games where players sometimes ran the game on low settings on purpose to gain an...
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    How much is BF3 pushing PC graphics?

    This is not true. An $80 video card (GT 440 for example) plays nearly anything at a decent framerate if you lower settings and/or resolution. But not bf3, no chance in hell. Even crysis/crysis warhead/crysis 2 will run fine on a GT 440 on low settings at a high resolution. I'm pretty sure...
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    How much is BF3 pushing PC graphics?

    I know I will get some flame posts for saying this but I strongly believe bf3 looks like crap compared to crysis/cyrsis warheadcrysis 2/metro 2033 and probably others. I feel like the only person on the planet that is not impressed with frostbite 2 at all. The over the top lens flares, color...
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    BF3 Post AA?

    As far as this particular game is concerned. FXAA (post-processing): Post-processing shader (pixel shader). After an image is rendered FXAA finds edges in the image and blurs them. It has almost no performance hit but does an excellent job at removing aliasing on everything. Low/medium/high...
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    Is there still a decent online player base in Age of Empires 3?

    0AD is exactly what you're looking for but it's still in alpha (public alpha though if you want to try it out): http://wildfiregames.com/0ad/ Still a few years away from being anywhere close to release, not enough people working on it (it's a free and open source project).
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    New computer for EVE Online, help

    Depends on the settings and what you're looking at (floating around in empty space your framerate is very high but jump into a big fleet battle or a gas cloud and your framerate tanks). But overall the game isn't very taxing compared to most modern games (even cross platform games). At 1920 x...
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    Laptop to 42" plasma tv for gaming?

    I'd like a source on this. LCD displays usually use bilinear filters for scaling and to my knowledge so do plasmas.
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    SLI newb question

    Yes, you are correct.
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    CPU bottleneck at which GPU

    I didn't say cpu demand was going down, I said the chance of running into a cpu bottleneck goes down because gpu load goes up. When I run an older game or a game at lower settings I need less cpu throughput, but the amount of gpu throughput needed is proportionally far less. And as we know the...
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    How exactly does Lucidlogix Virtu save power?

    It actually shuts the discrete gpu off when it doesn't need it. Also the integrated gpu can do some of the lighter tasks like video decoding without using nearly as much power.
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    CPU bottleneck at which GPU

    Some of you are forgetting that increasing graphics settings makes the cpu LESS LIKELY to bottleneck the gpu since gpu load goes up, not the other way around. If you want to guarantee a cpu bottleneck run an older game on very low settings. CPU demand does not always go up with a faster gpu...
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    CPU bottleneck at which GPU

    CPU vs. GPU bottlenecks depend on the game being run and the settings used. Graphics settings tend to change the gpu load significantly while having little affect on cpu load. While most game engines require surprisingly little cpu throughput the gpu throughput demand for the graphics engine...
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    Will fillrate take a backseat as shader based AA gains popularity?

    Define "fill rate". I assume you mean ROP pixel fillrate. Nvidia has already starting moving towards a more compute (GPGPU) focused design with fermi and amd is planning to follow the lead very soon with graphics core next. .....you're assuming MSAA is always fixed function and FXAA/MLAA is...
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    Fix frame rate at 30fps

    I don't know of any monitors that support a 30hz refresh rate.
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    Interim video card recommendation?

    I beg to differ when it comes to your cpu being a bottleneck. Every modern benchmark I've seen shows moderately clocked core 2 duos/quads and high clocked phenom II/athlon II still performing well enough to not bottleneck any single gpu high end setup as long as the framerate is below 70 fps...
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    Anybody else ready for another WW2 Game :(

    http://www.gamespot.com/pc/strategy/historychannelcivilwar/index.html?tag=result%3Btitle%3B0 In this game is really does take 10+ seconds to reload your gun.
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    I need help finding a multiplayer RTS to play with a friend

    Oh wow, sorry about that. Must have had a stroke there for a second.
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    I need help finding a multiplayer RTS to play with a friend

    company of heroes company of heroes company of heroes! Still my favorite rpg and it meets all of the requirements.
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    Is my card too hot?

    Yes that is way too hot for that card. Contact them and see if you can rma it, it doesn't hurt to ask.
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    570GTX AA not working in bc2

    To be more specific than I was before. It's effect depends on the distance of an object from the camera as well as how much the HDR shaders brightened the object in question. You can thank referred rendering for this.
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    570GTX AA not working in bc2

    It most likely is working. The in-game AA in BC2 is shit. It only removes aliasing on SOME objects. Take a screenshot with and without 4xMSAA.
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    16x CSAA vs 16xq CSAA vs 32x CSAA

    This is completely normal. 8 samples is already enough to eliminate most geometry aliasing. It's an exponential curve, each time you double the number of samples the increase in effectiveness is much less than the previous doubling.
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    16x CSAA vs 16xq CSAA vs 32x CSAA

    Yup. Welcome to cross-platform graphics engines. The biggest difference between medium and high settings is the draw distances, which aren't that noticeable. HBAO does offer an improvement but you won't really notice it unless you're actively looking for the ambient shadows. And the in-game...
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    16x CSAA vs 16xq CSAA vs 32x CSAA

    It's the same exact thing. 8xQ CSAA is the same as 8xMSAA. Technically MSAA always has coverage samples, CSAA is EXTRA coverage samples. With regular MSAA you have 1 coverage sample per stored color sample. With CSAA you normally have multiple coverage samples per stored color sample to...
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    16x CSAA vs 16xq CSAA vs 32x CSAA

    Because the hardware and drivers have only ever been designed for 8 samples. This is the max count supported by d3d9, openGL, d3d10/10.1/11, etc. So then you just have 4 coverage samples per stored color/depth/stencil to give you 32. Currently 4 coverage samples per stored color sample is the...
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    whoa nvidia inspector

    There isn't one. This isn't simple stuff/common knowledge. Crest did an excellent job explaining what you should do to get 4xSSAA working in dx10 mode: Remember to hit the apply button in the upper right corner of nvidia inspector. That fact really annoys me sometimes. If you decide to...
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    16x CSAA vs 16xq CSAA vs 32x CSAA

    It's already been done plus it's common sense. Higher number = better. Q = better. Do you want me to list the additional AA modes provided by nvidia inspector or just the ones officially supported by nvidia's control panel? In order of worst quality to best quality: Off (none) 2x MSAA 4x...
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    does AA affect cpu load in GTA IV or other games?

    Of course. Their are several ways to do it which have been mentioned so far. GTAIV is one of the few PC games out their that is heavily CPU bound. It needs a lot of cpu throughput. However all current forms of AA that can be implemented with it's engine do not effect cpu load at all...
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    whoa nvidia inspector

    No, no it's not. This is a common misconception which is not based on factual evidence. "Blurriness" with SSAA can be caused by one of three things, two of which can be fixed. 1. A post-processing shader interferes with it, causing a blur (discussed earlier in the thread) 2. The LOD bias is...
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