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  • #31
    They were working on it when Havoc was acquired.
    "The issue is there are still many people out there that use religion as a crutch for bigotry and hate. Like Ben."
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    • #32
      That reminds me...none of this applies to OS X. Apple still hasn't figured out how to use the video acceleration technology from 2003 graphics cards in OS X.
      Actually OS X clearly has the basis of being an awesome gaming platf....
      /Asher antagonism mode

      You're probably right there and since I don't use my Mac for video editing (can't be pleasant on the X3100 in the Macbook) I couldn't comment. For gaming, I'd be disingenuous by saying that anything other than a home-built Windows PC or console could compete.
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      • #33
        You're probably right there and since I don't use my Mac for video editing (can't be pleasant on the X3100 in the Macbook) I couldn't comment. For gaming, I'd be disingenuous by saying that anything other than a home-built Windows PC or console could compete.


        I'm not talking about video editing or gaming. I'm talking about video playback. You know, DVDs, .avis, .mkvs, .mp4s, .mov, DivX, XViD, MPEG-4, h264, MPEG-2, VC-1, .wmv, etc. In Windows, these are partially or fully accelerated by the graphics card. Nvidia and ATI fully accelerate, Intel partially.

        The end result in the real world is far lower CPU utilization (especially in HD content), longer battery life, and more system responsiveness. Apple's never bothered to add support for this, even though the hardware is in every Mac sold today...
        "The issue is there are still many people out there that use religion as a crutch for bigotry and hate. Like Ben."
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        • #34
          Agreed and it is indefensible. Bring on Snow Leopard

          http://www.tgdaily.com/content/view/37868/140/
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          • #35
            Snow Leopard is adding OpenCL acceleration -- that's a different beast that relies on the vector processors of the graphics chip to help out. It doesn't use the dedicated video decoding logic on graphics chips, still.
            "The issue is there are still many people out there that use religion as a crutch for bigotry and hate. Like Ben."
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            • #36
              Not quite on topic, but tangentially:

              N9800GT-512MX-P RSV2 graphics card (9800GT)

              112 Stream processors@600MHz/256 bit interface
              512MB GDDR3@1800MHz

              Are those the "Normal" stats for a 9800GT? I'm asking because I can find one from a reputable buyer for 99.99 (a hell of a lot less than the expected price) and I'm thinking of just buying it to replace my 7600GT and then to add it into my next desktop as the physics card. Which is where my other question regarding this thread originates: what makes a graphics card into a good physics card?
              You just wasted six ... no, seven ... seconds of your life reading this sentence.

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              • #37
                Sounds like a standard 9800GT.

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                • #38
                  So, august 12 went... Where is it?!?

                  And, does anyone know, if a really basic 8xxx-series card would actually work, like 8400Se or something, about 30 where I live?
                  I've allways wanted to play "Russ Meyer's Civilization"

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                  • #39
                    needs at least 256MB ram IIRC.
                    You just wasted six ... no, seven ... seconds of your life reading this sentence.

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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by Tattila the Hun
                      So, august 12 went... Where is it?!?

                      And, does anyone know, if a really basic 8xxx-series card would actually work, like 8400Se or something, about 30 where I live?
                      Don't know why they don't have it on their own site. It's been released to the download sites: http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail...it/950852325/4

                      Be sure to download the right one for your system.
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                      • #41
                        Is there any reason not to install it if you have only 1 GF card?
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                        • #42
                          No...it's just the new version of the drivers. It's not special separate software.

                          If you don't want to use the functionality, you can keep upgrading drivers but turning off PhysX support: in the control panel you can choose between NVIDIA PhysX (on a GPU), PhysX card support (if present), or disable (CPU).

                          I don't see why you would disable it unless it was buggy or something.
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