Carmack on the graphics war

By on January 30, 2003, 1:39 AM
Long time since we saw one of [URL=]these[/URL]. John Carmack, head programmer at id software, has always got something interesting to say about the present and future of 3d chips, this time he discusses and compares the GeForceFX and ATI's R300.

Things seem well balanced at this time and perhaps will continue like this unless one of the two companies pull some really improved drivers (more likely: NVIDIA) or get some prices cut on place (more likely: ATI)...

At the moment, the NV30 is slightly faster on most scenes in Doom than the R300, but I can still find some scenes where the R300 pulls a little bit ahead. The issue is complicated because of the different ways the cards can choose to run the game.

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MrGaribaldi said:
[quote][i]By JC:[/i]The R200 path has a slight speed advantage over the ARB2 path on the R300, butonly by a small margin, so it defaults to using the ARB2 path for the qualityimprovements. The NV30 runs the ARB2 path MUCH slower than the NV30 path.Half the speed at the moment. This is unfortunate, because when you do anexact, apples-to-apples comparison using exactly the same API, the R300 lookstwice as fast, but when you use the vendor-specific paths, the NV30 wins.[/quote]
iss said:
seems like everyone is commenting on the noise of the FX. even carmack chimes in with. [quote] I'm not usually one to care about fan noise, but the NV30 does annoy me. [/quote]
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