Fall 2003 Video Card Roundup - Part 2: High End Shootoutby Anand Lal Shimpi & Derek Wilson on October 7, 2003 5:30 PM EST
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SimCity 4 IQ 4xAA/8xAF
There are some differences between ATI and NVIDIA on this one. While scrolling, one way Maxis handled all the data that SimCity has to deal with was to not render everything completely as it entered the screen (if you hadn't seen it recently), but to kind of approximate the detail. This leads to a bit of blocky-ness while scrolling. This isn't a big deal because as soon as the scrolling stops or changes directions the enter screen is drawn as it should be. Of course, ATI antialiased this blocky-ness like crazy while the NVIDIA card left it alone for the most part. I'm not really sure which one is right or better, so I'm going to leave that decision up to the user. For the purpose of comparing image quality during normal gameplay, we took screenshots while stationary.
ATI Catalyst 3.7