Vistas RTM build was created 2 days ago and with
it DirectX 10 became available to the world. DirectX
10 was designed from scratch, unlike the previous
8 iterations that were all expansions on the original
DirectX which was released in 1995.
the previous versions of DirectX many graphics
cards have basically been expansions on previous
designs, however in order to fully realise the
potential/features of DirectX 10 Nvidia have designed
the G80, hereafter known as the 8800 series from
the ground up.
well as designing a GPU which is capable of excelling
in DirectX 10 situations Nvidia had to accommodate
existing technology and ensure that not only did
their card have the ability to play catch-up with
ATI in areas such as the ability to do HDR and
AA the ideal scenario would be a product which
also outperformed existing competitor solutions
in titles from the past few years.
all this be done successfully? and would there
be any downsides to the approach? read on to find