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next gen gfx cards that will turn my head?

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by ruskie, 15 Oct 2009.

  1. ruskie

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    Joined: 25 Sep 2009

    Posts: 55

    There has only been two graphic cards in my PC career (12 years) which have made a breakthough in graphics technology. The 3DFX voodoo and the Nvidia 8800 series cards. You distincly noticed the improvement in the graphics.

    I've recently upgraded to an i7/GTX 295 rig. The graphics/speed is an improvement but nothing that really compared against my C2D/8800GTX.

    Am I just immune to fancy graphics? I wonder when next gen of cards will be released which will revolutionise the gaming industry like the older cards did?

    ruskie
     
  2. HeX

    Capodecina

    Joined: 20 Jun 2004

    Posts: 11,982

    Location: Huddersfield, UK

    You are forgetting the GeForce.

    TnL changed computer gaming graphics muchos.


    Voodoo
    GeForce
    8800

    3 big cards.
     
  3. mrthingyx

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 3 Apr 2003

    Posts: 15,559

    Location: Cambridge

    *Cough* Radeon 9700 Pro*Cough*

    New cards are all about the image quality and potential (but as yet unseen) improvements arriving with DX10/11, together with very high resolutions. The adequacy threshold for 90% of users iwth modern games in mind was hit with the 8800GTX three years ago: everything else has just been a refinement of that process.

    As such, you won't really notice too much difference in cards unless your monitor does over 1920x1200. the key thing about the latest generation of Radeons is the use of SuperSampling AA, which is where every single bit of the displayed image is AA'd. Which requires serious power to achieve at respectable frame rates.

    Consdering there haven't been significant developments in game engines since Crysis, I wouldn't hold your breath until the next generation of consoles pops up.
     
  4. HeX

    Capodecina

    Joined: 20 Jun 2004

    Posts: 11,982

    Location: Huddersfield, UK

    Ah yes! Well stated.

    Voodoo
    GeForce
    9700Pro
    8800

    :)

    So that's what roughly 3 generations between leaps.
     
  5. ruskie

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    Joined: 25 Sep 2009

    Posts: 55

    Ah forget them, I went from Voodoo->Geforce 4->8800GTX->GTX295
     
  6. Orangey

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 22 Aug 2008

    Posts: 8,337

    What about the geforce 6800 series with SM3? People laughed at first then cried later when Splinter Cell etc wouldn't work on their X800.