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DOOM 3 & DX9

With all the discussion lately about how Half-Life 2 will run on ATI hardware compared with NVIDIA accelerators, shot off an email to id Software's John Carmack to ask how DOOM 3 and other games are likely to be impacted by the difference between the two graphics platforms running DirectX 9. Here's how he responded:

Unfortunately, it will probably be representative of most DX9 games. Doom has a custom back end that uses the lower precisions on the GF-FX, but when you run it with standard fragment programs just like ATI, it is a lot slower. The precision doesn't really matter to Doom, but that won't be a reasonable option in future games designed around DX9 level hardware as a minimum spec.

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41. Re: mondovoodootunabonecurse Sep 17, 2003, 21:51 Pineapple Ferguson
You guys are weird. Swearing off buying something good because a previous product was inferior. You guys do remember the suck that was the Riva 128, right? And the Voodoo Rush? We'd all be holding onto our stock boards and waiting for Bitboys' card if we refused to buy a company's product because they made a stinker in the past.

You obviously never had an ATI card within the last 10 years. Their drivers where HORRIBLE and their driver support was even worse. I'm not talking about just one little bad experience, I'm talking about a consistent, long-term problem. To me, ATI was synonymous with "shitty card with bad drivers". Oh, and the reason I'm so familiar with this is because my company purchased Compaq computers with ATI cards. So every time I got a new computer, which was roughly whenever I wanted, that's what I got.
Point is, I did swear off buying them but now they've apparently replaced the corpse that was in charge of developing drivers with real people who are good at their jobs.
So, what's so wierd about it? ATI is top-dog now, Nvidia is falling. I'm not swearing off Nvidia, but I'm 90% certain that my next card will be an ATi.

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