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BaldieJr
10-20-2005, 07:07 AM
It looks like ATI and nVidia may get crushed by Matrox.

With cell processors coming you can expect the video card market to dry up. Look at transgamings' new toy (http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=6891) for a glimpse into the future. Voxels are where its at man.

Matrox has the uber-speed RAMDACs and the superior filtering. If they can last till the cells come, they'll probably own the market.

BaldieJr
10-20-2005, 07:07 AM
It looks like ATI and nVidia may get crushed by Matrox.

With cell processors coming you can expect the video card market to dry up. Look at transgamings' new toy (http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=6891) for a glimpse into the future. Voxels are where its at man.

Matrox has the uber-speed RAMDACs and the superior filtering. If they can last till the cells come, they'll probably own the market.

danjama
10-20-2005, 01:35 PM
I wouldn't trust software rendering alone to be pushing around my pixels, sounds very buggy! Then again im not just a "casual gamer" http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif Interesting find but i wouldnt put any faith into ti this early

Dew-Claw
10-20-2005, 01:53 PM
I see it being intigrated into working well with Current and future Graphics cards.

It could be used to extend the life of an older card, but in reality it'll just be another expensive must-have add-on for gaming.
The new OpenGL? or DirectX?

BaldieJr
10-20-2005, 02:01 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by danjama:
I wouldn't trust software rendering alone to be pushing around my pixels, sounds very buggy! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Bah. I have two words for you:
Delta Force.

The terrain rendering in that game was simply beautifull... that was in 1997 (or thereabouts). I can't imagine what they could do now... and add 100 times the processing power that cells promise.... woohoo I want it yesterday!

Waldo.Pepper
10-20-2005, 02:17 PM
There is a demo. Try it.

vanjast
10-20-2005, 02:30 PM
And NOW to burst the bubble...

If you look back at graphics card development, the main reason why the GPU's came out is, because "the software could be done faster in hardware".

I don't know if you've heard of that "physics" chip that improves number crunching in the range of 100 - 1000x. Real-time 3D graphics IS number crunching, nothing else.

I've done a lot of programming in assembler (Dos, win32, masm32...) and there is no way on any planet (universe) that a 'software loop' will beat a 'hardware loop'. This app sounds like it does a bit of "interpreting" and this will take you back to Basic programming language, which is, slowwwwww.

"Massively Parallel" computing was done with Transputer chips yonks ago, and this was ideal for a software 3D system. BUT they were expensive and very complicated. Intel, AMD have sort of leaned towards this with the Pentium series, but "Distributive processing" as it stands (CPU, GPU) is not going away for a very long time, if at all.
http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Xiolablu3
10-20-2005, 02:47 PM
Just like the Kyro was going to crush the Geforce a few years ago http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif