You must be logged in to post messages.
Please login or register

General Discussions
Moderated by Maffia, LordKivlov, JimXIX

Hop to:    
Welcome! You are not logged in. Please Login or Register.93 replies
Age of Empires III Heaven » Forums » General Discussions » Is AoE3 optimized for NVIDIA?
Bottom
Topic Subject:Is AoE3 optimized for NVIDIA?
« Previous Page  1 2 3 4  Next Page »
Fili
Skirmisher
posted 05-26-05 07:27 AM EDT (US)         
It's an important thing for me since I am going to buy a new graphic card. Is AOE3 optimized for the current Nvida generation(6xxx) or will it be optimized for the next generation (GeForce 7??)?(since I read a post in the aoe3question forum, which was made by an es employee, that said that developers use the unreleased generation of graphic cards to develop their game.)
Anyone got a clue? Since if the game is made using a GeForce 7 or something, it's pointless to spend money on the GeForce 6800 GT I wanted to buy.
Any thoughts?
AuthorReplies:
steve13
Banned
posted 05-31-05 08:14 PM EDT (US)     76 / 93       

Quote:

HyperThreading is a multitasking technology that allows the processor to execute two threads at the same time (and which incidentally does not increase game speed)

Impressive but not wholly true. If you check out some of the recent interview with the Unreal 3 developers they're starting to implement multithreaded code (but only in small amount, similar to assembly but, presumably, more common).

Anyway, its nice to see people cutting through the facade erected by marketing at Intel to cast light on the truth. So thanks!

[This message has been edited by steve13 (edited 05-31-2005 @ 08:18 PM).]

O1_Mike_1O
Skirmisher
posted 05-31-05 08:59 PM EDT (US)     77 / 93       
Just want to let you kno,w that X800 XL is the best card right now, if you have a PCI-Express port (and not AGP). It's about 280, and is the perfect card for the money. It's about 100 bucks less than the 6800 GT and has almost identical benchmark results.

The 6600GT is very good too, if you want to save some money, the 6600GT is the card for you, but the choice should certainl;y be between X800 XL and 6600GT.


http://shsc.info/PCPartsPickingGuide

[This message has been edited by O1_Mike_1O (edited 05-31-2005 @ 09:01 PM).]

Spacemonk
Skirmisher
posted 05-31-05 08:59 PM EDT (US)     78 / 93       

Quote:

If you check out some of the recent interview with the Unreal 3 developers they're starting to implement multithreaded code

yes they do, but that only works with dual-core cpu's. Not with hyperthreading if that's what you think.


"Give me Age of Empires, sir, and you may keep your Warcraft."
Rookierookie
Banned
posted 06-01-05 02:46 AM EDT (US)     79 / 93       

Quote:

I dont see the point of SLI, cuz i dont think that there is any game or application that will use up the resources of 2x6800gt or 2x6800ultra.
Doom 3, 1920x1200, 8xAA, 16xAF. It actually lags.

Just want to let you kno,w that X800 XL is the best card right now, if you have a PCI-Express port (and not AGP). It's about 280, and is the perfect card for the money. It's about 100 bucks less than the 6800 GT and has almost identical benchmark results.

The 6600GT is very good too, if you want to save some money, the 6600GT is the card for you, but the choice should certainl;y be between X800 XL and 6600GT.


Considering that the X800 is priced at around the same as the 6600GT, I'd say the choice is between the X800 and the X800XL; however, buying a 6600GT and an SLI mobo does allow more upgrading capability.
Brtnboarder495
Skirmisher
posted 06-01-05 01:03 PM EDT (US)     80 / 93       
Meh, buying a 6800 or even a 6800 Ultra is the best way to go now. Seeing as most games don't support SLI, you really can't benefit from the SLI technology. Once gaming companies start using SLI more, SLI will become more common, but right now it's not worth it. Also, 2x 6600 are decently slower than a 6800 ultra for sure, dunno about the nomarl 6800.

Gameranger: _NiGhThAwK_
schildpad
Skirmisher
posted 06-01-05 01:07 PM EDT (US)     81 / 93       
all games support sli, and 2 6600 in sli are cheaper then 1 6800 ultra and almost the same prestations
Spacemonk
Skirmisher
posted 06-01-05 01:59 PM EDT (US)     82 / 93       
sli does NOT work with all games, especially not with older ones, but it should work with aoe3

"Give me Age of Empires, sir, and you may keep your Warcraft."
Fili
Skirmisher
posted 06-01-05 02:05 PM EDT (US)     83 / 93       
To whom may be interested: I have heard that at Computex a dual GeForce 6800 Ultra card from MSI has been spotted. It means that it incorporates 2 6800 chips on a card. The hot thing is that it comes with an SLI connector. This might mean that two of those behemoths might work on ONE motherboard, resulting a quadruple 6800Ultra setup...
http://www.tomshardware.com/business/20050531/computex_day1-15.html#dual_geforce_6800_ultra
AnC_Ivo17
Skirmisher
posted 06-01-05 02:25 PM EDT (US)     84 / 93       
4x6800! WOW! that sounds like $1600 with no game that can use its potential

In hoc signo vinces!
- Spiritum Sancti
Brtnboarder495
Skirmisher
posted 06-01-05 05:24 PM EDT (US)     85 / 93       
I am no computer geek or know-it-all, but who the hell would utilize that much power?

Gameranger: _NiGhThAwK_
bagotc2
Skirmisher
posted 06-01-05 06:43 PM EDT (US)     86 / 93       
If this ever comes on mac how will my geforce FX 5200 64mb card fare?

Everyone is going to die sooner or later, what you make of the time you have is up to you, and so you must ask yourself, Do you wish to be remembered?
Brtnboarder495
Skirmisher
posted 06-01-05 07:30 PM EDT (US)     87 / 93       
You would probably need an upgrade, although it may run aoe3 on minimum-average settings if it does run it. Any of the Nvidia generation 6 cards will work nicely if you upgrade (6200, 6600, 6800). You should aim for a well respected company that uses Nvidia technology like chaintech. A 6600 128 mb card should suffice to run most of the nice features I am assuming. Best bet is to wait until AoE3 is released for macs and then buy a card as newer (and possibly cheaper) technology will be out.

Gameranger: _NiGhThAwK_
Natalinasmpf
Banned
posted 06-01-05 07:34 PM EDT (US)     88 / 93       
Would AoE3 really need that much power?

AoK runs off fine my 64 MB video card for one computer, with no glitches. And that's with thousands of units per player (yes, I like huge custom scenario multiplayer battles).

Genghis Con
Skirmisher
posted 06-01-05 07:37 PM EDT (US)     89 / 93       
The 3D graphics of AoE3 are practically incomparable to AoK IMO

What if the Hokey Pokey really is what it's all about?
fhertlein
Skirmisher
posted 06-01-05 07:55 PM EDT (US)     90 / 93       
AOK = 2D
AOEIII = 3D

A big difference between the two, especially in light of the comparisons to HL2/Doom3.

I have said it before: Some people are going to complain that the game looks bad or that the FPS are horrible.

All because their hardware is old, and will not be able to handle all of the eye candy, etc.

Ceres629
Skirmisher
posted 06-01-05 08:14 PM EDT (US)     91 / 93       

Quote:

I have said it before: Some people are going to complain that the game looks bad or that the FPS are horrible.

All because their hardware is old, and will not be able to handle all of the eye candy, etc

Yeah, i can see that coming. I had that disapointment in the past. The box says minimum requirement is a 32mb graphics card, why do I have a 64mb geforce 4mx and I still can't turn the details up to max, i wondered. Now I know that the amount of memory of a graphics card is the least important thing to worry about, since if u buy a decent card chances are it has the optimum amount of memory on it anyway.

The only difference now is people have fx5200's instead of geforce 4mx, even worse is they have 128mb fx5200. Some people who think that only the video ram is important will be a bit shocked when they see AOE3 running like poop on their PC.

I just hope people don't have too high an expectation. Its easy to get carried away when seeing those gorgeous screenshots of the game, but the sad truth is the majority of gamers aren't gonna be able to play the game at those high settings due to weak systems, and maybe angry and feel tricked.

[This message has been edited by Ceres629 (edited 06-01-2005 @ 08:16 PM).]

Brtnboarder495
Skirmisher
posted 06-01-05 08:40 PM EDT (US)     92 / 93       
Yea there are many other factors like the type of ram, amount of pipelines ... ect.

Gameranger: _NiGhThAwK_
Rookierookie
Banned
posted 06-02-05 02:21 AM EDT (US)     93 / 93       

Quote:

Also, 2x 6600 are decently slower than a 6800 ultra for sure, dunno about the nomarl 6800.


2x 6600GT. And if we are talking about 2x6600 (do those even support SLI), they will be cheaper than even the normal 6800.

Quote:

sli does NOT work with all games, especially not with older ones, but it should work with aoe3


You'll probably be able to play with 8x/16x @ 1600x1200 regardless if the game is THAT old.

Quote:

AoK runs off fine my 64 MB video card for one computer, with no glitches. And that's with thousands of units per player (yes, I like huge custom scenario multiplayer battles).


AOK is 2D.

My school P3s with puny 4MB i810es can run Doom 95 perfectly. I'm sure I'll be able to run Doom 3 on those...

Quote:

I just hope people don't have too high an expectation. Its easy to get carried away when seeing those gorgeous screenshots of the game, but the sad truth is the majority of gamers aren't gonna be able to play the game at those high settings due to weak systems, and maybe angry and feel tricked.


Yeah, considering that the IEG2 has theoratically 96MB while the i915G has 224MB, and any half-decent games will run like shit on them.
« Previous Page  1 2 3 4  Next Page »
You must be logged in to post messages.
Please login or register

Hop to:    

Age of Empires III Heaven | HeavenGames