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Tallyho1961
05-31-2005, 07:19 AM
Saw this (http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=23594) posted over at SimHQ. Seems very promising. Perhaps this will offset any minor performance hit created by version 4.0 http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Jasko_76
05-31-2005, 07:56 AM
Good work ATi!

No mention of Il2 though, but it seems that most games will be affected so let's hope for the best.

I also wonder if this improvement will span entire Radeon family, not just the X8xx-series, many of us are still with the good old 9800Pro.

sunflower1
05-31-2005, 08:04 AM
But can the new driver tame forests, green water and palm trees? Can't wait to see!

bartflaster1
05-31-2005, 08:11 AM
One has to wonder about reports from the enquirer .... know what I mean http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Tvrdi
05-31-2005, 08:26 AM
I hope ATi payed them well....

TacticalYak3
05-31-2005, 08:31 AM
I switched to nVIDIA earlier this year so this news doesn't directly benefit me.

It does make me wonder why are "we" forced to keep buying the latest (and most expensive) card if in fact the software (drivers) are such a significant bottleneck? Free performance increase they say, really?

And I suspect this is not only a ATI issue btw.

blairgowrie
05-31-2005, 09:05 AM
I am sticking with the 5.5's. They seem to be very stable and get good game performance.

SeaFireLIV
05-31-2005, 09:22 AM
Originally posted by TacticalYak3:

It does make me wonder why are "we" forced to keep buying the latest (and most expensive) card if in fact the software (drivers) are such a significant bottleneck? Free performance increase they say, really?

And I suspect this is not only a ATI issue btw.

Ok, conspiracy theory time, but I suspect it`s true.

I think a lot of software games programmers are in cahoots with many graphic card manufacturers, as say with UT2004 and the constant Nvidia logo and also with some general computer manufacturers. This is how I think it works:

1. Program is made to run on Nvidia/Radeon and particular PC (alienware I`ve seen advertised with some games)whatever.

2. Game will always run slightly rubbish. Not totally, but enough to make you want to buy that new spankin` graphic card or PC. Both graphic card people and comp manufacturers make loads of cash.

6 Months later...

3. New graphic driver comes out. New (and old) cards suddenly run way better.

4. Games patches come out, optimising the `stuttering game` to running smoothly.

Games overall suddenly seem to run perfect and if you go back to your original spec PC (before you forked ou for the new PC and graphics card), you`ll find the game actually runs quite well on it. Did you really need all that new stuff?

The reason I think this, is because I`ve seen games such as NeverWinterNights, UT2004 and other FPS` now patched up run incredibly well on my daughter`s PC which used to be MY PC before I upgraded. Previously when these games came out it was a stutter/ slide show. In fact when I run hers and mine I sometimes wonder why I bought a new PC at all, even accounting for little tweaks and cleanups I do.

Although I`ve not tested IL2 on hers though. So I won`t be getting rid of my PC just yet. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Just my little theory.

Tallyho1961
05-31-2005, 11:48 AM
Originally posted by SeaFireLIV:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by TacticalYak3:

It does make me wonder why are "we" forced to keep buying the latest (and most expensive) card if in fact the software (drivers) are such a significant bottleneck? Free performance increase they say, really?

And I suspect this is not only a ATI issue btw.

Ok, conspiracy theory time, but I suspect it`s true.

I think a lot of software games programmers are in cahoots with many graphic card manufacturers, as say with UT2004 and the constant Nvidia logo and also with some general computer manufacturers. This is how I think it works:

1. Program is made to run on Nvidia/Radeon and particular PC (alienware I`ve seen advertised with some games)whatever.

2. Game will always run slightly rubbish. Not totally, but enough to make you want to buy that new spankin` graphic card or PC. Both graphic card people and comp manufacturers make loads of cash.

6 Months later...

3. New graphic driver comes out. New (and old) cards suddenly run way better.

4. Games patches come out, optimising the `stuttering game` to running smoothly.

Games overall suddenly seem to run perfect and if you go back to your original spec PC (before you forked ou for the new PC and graphics card), you`ll find the game actually runs quite well on it. Did you really need all that new stuff?

The reason I think this, is because I`ve seen games such as NeverWinterNights, UT2004 and other FPS` now patched up run incredibly well on my daughter`s PC which used to be MY PC before I upgraded. Previously when these games came out it was a stutter/ slide show. In fact when I run hers and mine I sometimes wonder why I bought a new PC at all, even accounting for little tweaks and cleanups I do.

Although I`ve not tested IL2 on hers though. So I won`t be getting rid of my PC just yet. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Just my little theory. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

But... that would be wrong. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

stathem
05-31-2005, 11:55 AM
7th of June.. you don't think this could be in any way connected with erm, you know what?

No, just me then. Maybe I should take a break.

Jasko76
05-31-2005, 01:08 PM
Originally posted by blairgowrie:
I am sticking with the 5.5's. They seem to be very stable and get good game performance.

That's no reason not to switch to something that works better (hopefully!).

TacticalYak3
05-31-2005, 01:43 PM
Indeed Tallyho1961 my mate! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

You don't suppose they prefer that we keep buying expensive PCs, do ya?

All I know is that magnitude of performance increase shouldn't be possible from driver upgrade. Obviously it is great news for an ATI owner, but what about the guy/gal who just spent money on something new when (if it is indeed true) their 9800 Pro with this new driver would have been fine for game X.