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ATI/Nvidia HL2 Showdown

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While we all sit around staring at our monitors in "crackhead like" anticipation for the Steam release, heres some interesting articles about video cards and Half Life 2. Gamers Depot put up an article thats got some performance & price comparisons for Half-Life 2. They've tested it with several different ATI and NVidia cards, and are showing some interesting benchmarks. Along with the benchmarks, theres a little Q&A with Gabe Newell about some DirectX mumbo jumbo. AnandTech has a few other little tid-bits with some interesting findings as well. ATI is looking better and better lately. Here's some facts:
  • Half-Life 2 has a special NV3x codepath that was necessary to make NVIDIA's architecture perform reasonably under the game;
  • Even with the special NV3x codepath, ATI is the clear performance leader under Half-Life 2 with the Radeon 9800 Pro hitting around 60 fps at 10x7. The 5900 ultra is noticeably slower with the special codepath and is horrendously slower under the default dx9 codepath Although Valve is saying they haven't geared the game towards either card, its looking like they have some sort of secret relationship with ATI (especially with the upcoming ATI and HL2 bundle pack.
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    • NutsacK avatar
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      i guess us nvidia owners will just have to wait for the .50 drivers from nv and hope that all the hype surrounding them is true
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      Originally posted by QuickDraw i didint say u SED nvidia was better,
      yeah you did.
      but still, u sed it will be a lil faster with ati, actually it has about TWICE as many fps as the nvidia.
      no I didnt.
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      Watch when Nvidia drops their new card and puts ATI to shame once again. And then ATI release their new-new card and beats Nvidia. And then Nvidia releases their new-new-new card and.....
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      i didint say u SED nvidia was better, im just saying in general... like my damn stubborn friend that still thinks nvidia is better. but still, u sed it will be a lil faster with ati, actually it has about TWICE as many fps as the nvidia.
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      LOL no-one has even said that nVidia cards are faster than ati.
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      um guess what u stupid nVidia lovers... the benchmarks show that even the ATI 9800 Pro with 128 mb WHOOPED all the nvidia cards' 4sses, even the GFX5900 with 256mb... so whoever sed the 5900 will be a lil faster is wrong, its gonna be slower. (look at the FIRST post's link!!! or just read what it sed, the ATI's killed the Nvidias which were "much slower")
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      :eek: Did you do that ur self or is it not MSI or whatever.
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      GeForce FX 5900 here :D
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      omg.......I just spend 380 quid on a 5900 ultra that arrived today. i think im gonna be sick....
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      Long live ATi, destiny somehow seems to like me :D
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      Well i'm glad i've got an ATI card now. I used to be an Nvidia fanboy but I changed my ways a few months ago and got 9700 Pro. Lucky me.
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      oooo, I'm telling NVIDIA... btw, if they are already testing Half-Life 2 with the different graphics card, Half-Life 2 might be on time dispite Steam delayed, and their history of delaying games.:jump:
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