The Serpent Rider wrote on 2023-02-04, 14:18:
Jo22 wrote on 2023-02-04, 11:58:
Edit: Don't forget about a dedicated 2D graphics core for good GDI performance. Geforce 6 and up do use a 3D core only, afaik.
Geforce FX was the last one with a dedicated 2D core.
However, the FX wasn't exactly.. Good. It could render Vista's Aero Glass, however.
NV40 was developed before Windows Vista shader GUI was a consideration, so I highly doubt that it doesn't have 2D core.
And GUI acceleration works just fine under Win9x environment too.
The Geforce FX5200 (NV30 series) was the among the earliest DirectX 9/ Shader Model 2 cards.
- I got one used in the late 2000s solely for Windows Vista's Aero Glass, because my Vista book did mention it (in a negative way). ^^
That was reason/justification enough to me to get one of these bad boys. For being so poor and advanced at same time, I knew it was going to be a collector's item.
Note: If we can believe this site, then the remaininings of the 2D part vanished after Geforce 7000, not FX.
https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/2d-windo … gdi,2547-2.html
(And after the Radeon HD 1000 series from ATI - now part of AMD.)
Personally, I don't really care about such minor details and won't argue. I don't insist to be right, I'm more of a 2D person.
GF 5/6/7.. To me, at the heart, these cards are all the same old mess. 🤷 That being said, I try my best to remember that some other people feel nostalgic for them.
What I like about its predecessors, however, they were easily flashable, didn't need huge noisy fans and monstrous coolers or their own three-phase connection. 🤣
Alright, the Geforce FX series may keep a legendary status for it's insanely loud fan and the Dawn demo, maybe.
It was the series who made countless people laugh and make fun of exagerated 3D or PC gaming, which is a good thing. 😄 👍
And it will be remembered for being compatible with the PowerPC Cube G4, maybe. It can do draw all visual effects of Mac OS X 10.4 "Tiger".
Namely Core Image, Core Animation and Quartz 2D Extreme. AGP cards were prefered. PCI cards needed the PCI Enabler and have glitches.
The FX also added OpenGL 2.0, which certain graphic programs like Celestia could take advantage of.
Drivers of later cards do use the 3D core for 2D operations, too, as far as I know.
These cards do have poor 2D performance if compared to true 2D cards of the 90s or early 2000s.
Here's a benchmark to check 2D performance on Windows, also:
https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/2d-windo … gdi,2547-5.html
Edit: Found it. Somer versions of the nForce 4 series had a GeForce 6100 / GeForce 6150 / GeForce 6150 LE / GeForce Go 6100 / GeForce Go 6150..
These were installed in of my father's PCs. A later revision of the same mainboard we installed as a replacement had the 7000 series, afaik. It was awful, too.
If memory serves, these old GPUs were so limited that they couldn't even run the Direct3D shaders available in certain unofficial DOSBox releases.
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