Anandtechs biased reviews return....?

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by OTE, Apr 16, 2003.

  1. OTE

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    I remeber when Anandtech used to be, lets say more supportive of Nvidia. However his review on the 9700 changed all that, or so I thought. I just read his 9600Pro review, in which he uses a 9500Pro, 9500, 9600Pro, GFFX 5600, Ti4600 and Ti4200. Now correct me if im wrong but wasnt it that the 9500Pro beat the Ti4600 hands down in nearly every test, although not by the 9700 (Pro) margin. Yet in the UT2003 benchmarks the Ti4600 beats everything used to test, after seeing that I closed the window and came here to *****:D
     
  2. Sazar

    Sazar F@H - Is it in you? Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    not quite true :)

    the ti4600 I believe has higher clock speeds and also is optimized... or rather some games are optimized... to run a bit better on nvidia cards... coding specific... by game devs...

    the 9500pro performs around the same level as the ti4600 but is targeted @ the ti4200 which it beats handily... the 9700 vanilla (non-pro) is targeted @ the ti4600... which it beats handily..

    the 9500pro competes @ around the same level with the ti4600.. but once eye candy is turned on... the 9500pro takes off and keeps highly playable frame-rates while the ti4600 falls behind...

    also the 9500pro is a dx9 part.. the ti4600 is a dx8 part...

    1 more point... various reviewers do things differently... hardocp at the moment is the only reviewer out there... along with perhaps b3d... doing the reviews the way most enthusiasts would like to see it... trying to do an apples to apples review...

    this basically means that BOTH cards are run with pretty much the same settings...

    nvidia has retuned their control panel to sort of match ati's... BUT there is a difference... while ati's quality setting == trilinear filtering... nvidia's quality setting (previously called BALANCED) does not do trilinear... hence the whole issue about image quality...

    this is how nvidia wants the reviewers to test... stating their mostly bilinear filtered QUALITY setting is the equivalent of ati's trilinear QUALITY setting..

    nvidia's application on the other hand DOES do trilinear filtering... and that is how all teh reviewers should really do this.. trilinear to trilinear... looking @ sean peltiers review on www.hardocp.com you can see exactly what kind of hit the nvidia product takes when using trilinear..

    there is a further problem... the gf4 ti core and the nv3x core do things differently AFAIK and the control panel settings work differently... again AFAIK when it comes to the 2 cards... (my description of trilinear v/s bilinear relates to ati dx9 cards v.s nv3x cards)

    :)

    in light of my rambling above... I hope you give anandtech another decko... they are not so bad...

    and I am sure you will see from their conclusion that they are not nvidia biased..

    :)
     
  3. jonifen

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    I would have put the ti4600 being better than the others down to the fact the game was made with nvidias kit - so I woulda thought it was mainly optimised for the nvidia stuff... but after reading Sazar's post (as always - looks spot on correct), I agree that not many people tend to benchmark different companies cards using an "apples to apples" approach... which clearly makes it harder to pick your next graphics card... and which gets sales for a particular company, when if the test was done fairly... they wouldn't have had as many.

    After seeing all the benchmarks around, I'm looking at the ATi range for my next graphics card (whenever that may be - short of pennies atm)... it seems by the way nvidia's quality setting not doing trilinear filtering, that they're tricking the consumers imho
     
  4. Sazar

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    :)

    I will give you an example of nvidia's enforcement methods et al...

    this is by an independent reviewer of the time when 3dfx was still around and just starting to be flooded by a series of bogus lawsuits from nvidia...

    http://hypothermia.gamershardware.com/nv_bs.htm

    basically a history lesson...

    concerning epic... they optimize their games using nvidia cards...

    beyond that the drivers for the gf4ti series are quite polished... :)

    effectively a progression from the gf3 series...
     
  5. Krux

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    its funny how everyone just shifts loyalties from one side to another, the world is a bunch of hypocrites, I’ve always said myself the day that some one can beat NVIDIA I'm gone but that was only because of what they did to 3DFX, they will burn for that.
     
  6. Sazar

    Sazar F@H - Is it in you? Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    nvidia is one of the most unethical tech companies out there...

    they call it 'aggressive' but thats how it is... and thats where my distrust of the company stems from...

    I felt badly for 3dfx but... it was during a time I didn't know much about hardware... so it didn't affect me as much..

    3dfx though was a good company... innovative and had good products... but they could not handle the lawsuits... and their engineering team got complacent...