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with the only gameplay advantage that the XFX 570M XXX Edition card having being the additional quality benefits from enabling transparency supersampling.
Who would have thought that you would be able to play Half-Life 2: Episode One at 1600x1200 with 8xAA enabled? Both GeForce 7950 GX2 speed grades were playable with 8xAA enabled
Originally Posted by yahooadampage 9
Why isnt listed under "benifits" then ...., and why does another card have a benifit, which isnt mentioned
I also dont understand this, i thought the GX2 was more powerful then the x1900xt, and yet i could play with everything on max (inc reflect all) and not forgetting 8xAA and 16xAF and at the lowest only ever saw 50fps, and generally floating at about the 70fps range getting up to over 100 at some points
other then that, nice review
Originally Posted by mikeindevonGreat article. Will these cards support directX 10 when suitable drivers become available or will new hardware be required for that?
Originally Posted by coolmiesterWell written and very informative as usual Tim ;)
If you get a minute could you let me have the measurement between the two cards i.e. from the bottom of the top card to the top of the bottom card (if that makes sense :|
Originally Posted by Tim SHi and welcome to the forums.
Unfortunately, they will not support DirectX10. However, there will be very few DX10 games coming out for a while yet - it depends on how long your average video card life cycle is. If you're one that upgrades every six months, I think that it is fair to say that GeForce 7950 GX2 will last out that time.
If you're more of a 12-to-18 month upgrader, you might be better holding on for a while.
Originally Posted by Tim SLike this?
There are some SMT components, so I would say that you're looking more like 15mm clearance if you take the GPU being raised from the PCB into account.
Originally Posted by IagoIf I understand correctly, DirectX10 will emulate (or include), DX9, so most if not all current cards will support DX10 (in the sense that it will work) , although won't take advantage of any new graphical effects DX10 brings. I mean, you won't see any DX10 stuff in, say, Crysis with a 7950 and DX10, but it will work flawlesly if you have a 7950 and Windows Vista. I guess you are probably saying the same, but it read like your shiny new 7950 would't work at all with Vista and DX10.
Or have I misunderstood all this DX10 news?
Originally Posted by Tim SThe problem with X1900 CrossFire is that it costs £600-650+, whereas the 7950 GX2 costs £400. ;)
We don't have access to X1800 CrossFire so we can't compare it to that. We tried for months to get an X1800XT in order to review 7900 GT / X1900GT and we don't have the time to waste on sourcing hardware if it isn't readily available. If we can't get it after a week of trying, we tend to just move on because there are so many other things to work on (especially with a 3-month backlogue). :)
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