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Red Revenge: ATI Radeon X1950 XTX Graphics Card Review

Started by: Wilfred | Date 08/25/06 04:26:42 PM
Comments: 14 | Last Comment:  12/13/07 10:13:05 AM

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Thanks for providing a few videos comparing the IQ between ATI and Nvidia's default driver settings. Xbitlabs is probably the first American hardware reviewer site to cover that issue. Hopefully that will be the beginning of the exploitation of Nvidia's lackluster default brilinear IQ settings. There was hardly any pressure on Nvidia to fix that problem, until now (hopefully).

With attention brought to this issue, let us begin comparing them against each other with High Quality settings. We could also test them against each other in default settings to see what the difference is.

Hope it's not too much for me to ask of you, but may you kindly update the review with Geforce cards benchmarked in High Quality settings, as a side-to-side comparison with default Quality settings? It will make for a very interesting review--and perhaps one of the most popular GPU reviews before the G80 is released. At least, it is guaranteed to be the most popular X1950XTX review.

Gamers who pay $400 for high-end Nvidia cards certainly do not want to play in the horrible default Quality setting that is actually low-quality in mipmap shimmering/noise.
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"the game runs on a modified, yet still obsolete engine from Quake 3" (on Call of Duty 2, p11)

Wasn't the first Call of Duty based on Quake 3 and the second a new engine?
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After doing some research with the current 90 series drivers by Nivida, it seems that you do not have to use High Quality image settngs after all. All you have to do is disable Anisostropic Sample Optimization, which still causes shimmering. Leaving Trilinear Optimization on does not seem to cause any shimmering in the newer drivers. Just make sure that Anisostroipic Mip Filter Optimization is also off.

ATI drivers do not use optimization with Anisostropic Filtering after all, at least it does not cause shimmering.

That way, there is as close to perfect match as possible between Nvidia and ATI cards in image quality when testing or benchmarking.

Further testing is needed for confirmation with other cards, since I have only tested it with 6800 Ultra and the 7900 series.
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