Introduction


Today has been a long time in coming, especially for NVIDIA. It has been almost 2 years since they were on top of the industry, and they definitely want their position back. With the troubles the NV3x line of cards had, NVIDIA has really been pushing to get every bit of performance out of their CineFX architecture as possible.



In pushing for performance they have produced a massive GPU that can push quite a lot of pixels. In addition, we are seeing the introduction of a handful of DX 9.0c (shader model 3.0) features. Of course, as with everything, there are pros and cons. Do the ups out weight the downs?

First lets look at what new features we can expect to see from this generation of graphics cards, then we'll take a look at the cost.
What’s new in DX 9.0c
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  • Brickster - Thursday, April 15, 2004 - link

    Am I the only one who thinks Nvidia's Nalu is the MOST bone-able cartoon out there?

    Oy, get the KY!
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  • Warder45 - Thursday, April 15, 2004 - link

    Did any reviews try and overclock the card? Is it not possible with the test card? Reply
  • DonB - Thursday, April 15, 2004 - link

    Would have been better if it had a coax cable TV input + TV tuner. For $500, I would expect a graphic card to include EVERYTHING imaginable. Reply
  • Pete - Thursday, April 15, 2004 - link

    Shinei #37,

    "Speaking of DX9/PS2.0, what about a Max Payne 2 benchmark?"

    MP2 doesn't use DX9 effects. The game requires DX9 compatability, but only DX8 compliance for full effects.

    Xbit-Labs has a ton of benches of next-gen titles as well, and is worth checking out. NV40 certainly redeems itself in the HL2 leak. :)
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  • Wwhat - Thursday, April 15, 2004 - link

    Anybody happen to know if it's possible to use a second (old) PSU to run it, you can pick up cheap 235 watt PSU's and would be helped with both extra connectors and power.
    I'm not sure it won't cause 'sync' problems though as a small difference between the rails of 2 PSU's would cause one to drain the other if the card's connectors aren't decoupled enough from the AGP port.



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  • Pumpkinierre - Thursday, April 15, 2004 - link

    Agrre with you Trog #59 on the venting. Also with DX9.0c having fp32 as spec., does this mean that FX series cards redeem themselves? (As the earlier DX9 spec was fp24 which was'nt present on the FX gpus causing a juggling act between fp16 and fp32 to match performance and IQ). Still, full fp32 on the FX cards might be too slow.
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  • mrprotagonist - Thursday, April 15, 2004 - link

    What's with all the cheesy comments before the benchmarks? Anyone? Reply
  • Cygni - Thursday, April 15, 2004 - link

    "what mobo and mobo drivers were used? i hear that the nforce2 provides an unfair performance advantage for nvidia"

    The test was on an Athlon 64 3400+ system, so i doubt it was using an Nforce2. But ya, i agree, the system specs were short. More details are required.
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  • Brickster - Wednesday, April 14, 2004 - link

    Derek, what was that Monitor you used?

    Thanks!
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  • Deanz79 - Wednesday, April 14, 2004 - link

    AWESOME!! I wouldnt mind borrowing the card for the night :P Reply

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