Originally Posted by DaveFi
Well, it's very confusing. But as I understand it right now, ATI's new card/chipset looks slightly better than nVidia's. Do both new chipsets support DX10.1?
ATI is DirectX 10.1 (See http://www.fudzilla.com/index.php?op...=3735&Itemid=1
Nvidia is not (See http://www.fudzilla.com/index.php?op...=3741&Itemid=1
But as Joseph4469 suggested, Direct X 10.1 and even 10 probably shouldn't be a factor. Most of the games that have come out so far take a large performance hit on DX10 vs DX9 and provide negligible quality differences. That may change when some of the built from ground up games come out, but my bet is that it will take a long while before DX10 is a major factor.
I personally was leaning towards the NVidia 8800 GT. It is supposed to be a pretty good OC, and the performance, power, and heat are all much better than the older GTS and GTX cards. Plus with EVGA step up, you can upgrade your card to a next gen model if they come out within 90days. (There are some rumors of a NVidia next gen card in Jan 08).
However, the ATI is looking like it might be a good deal as well. Hence, I'm just gonna wait until after both cards are out and some reviews are in.
HL2 ep 2, and Team fortress is running well enough for me at 720p. I really would like to play them at 1080p, but my current vid card can't quite handle it.