First post, by pentiumspeed
Kahenraz wrote on 2022-06-13, 18:49:
I think this is a mistake. The NV18 is the GeForce 4 MX 440 AGP x8. The NV18C is the MX 4000. […]
I think this is a mistake. The NV18 is the GeForce 4 MX 440 AGP x8. The NV18C is the MX 4000.
Also, the defining factor between the FX 5200 and the 5600 isn't the clock speed but rather the lack of color and Z compression. This was a terrible bastardization in the name of product segmentation. The 5200 should never have existed and the 5600 should have been the 5200. The 5200 Ultra basically cranks the clocks up to 11 to try and compensate for its own self crippling design.
No color or Z compression – Unlike the rest of the NV3X line, NV34 can’t do color or Z compression. The lack of color compression should hamper the chip’s performance primarily with antialiasing enabled, but the lack of Z compression will hurt across the board. Without advanced lossless compression schemes, NV34 doesn’t make as efficient use of the bandwidth it has available, which reduces the chip’s overall effective fill rate (or pixel-pushing power).
The 5600 was a good budget card and the 5600 Ultra was competitive with the GeForce 4 Ti 4600. The 5200 is fine. I like the 5200. It's similar to the GeForce 4 MX but has shader capability. This can be desirable. But it's such a bizarre product.
The absolute worst offense is the GeForce FX 5200 with a 64-bit bus. I don't say this often, but this card is truly garbage. I wonder if a GeForce 2 MX would be faster.
I re-read the wiki about Geforce FX series, they glossed over like a marketing burb with technical details left out. Just like above is what *exactly* I wanted to know.
By the way what differences about the FX 5700, and also FX 5800 and 5900 series?
What FX 5700 got number of hardware changes? Also what makes FX 5700 *requires* newer driver that breaks compatibility with older games?
I get beginning of understanding that people mark FX 5xxx series as bastardized chipset changes compared to before and after.
Thanks and cheers,
Great Northern aka Canada.