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Introducing the GeForce4: nVidia strikes back

Introducing the GeForce4: nVidia strikes back

Features

As for the innovations It was already announced in advance that the GeForce4 would once again 'only' represent a further speed step for the GeForce3 series and offer nothing really new. Anyone expecting a completely DirectX-9 compatible chip will certainly be disappointed, but apart from an increase in speed, there are also one or the other features that have been reserved for the competition for a long time, which we want to discuss in this section. The following is a short list of the features specified by nVidia, which have been reduced to their essentials. In some cases, the same features were given different names in the nVidia documents. For example, the Lightspeed Memory Architecture in the second generation combines no less than six features, the individual mentioning of which looks nice but is not necessary.

Features of the GeForce4 MX series

  • nView display technology
  • Lightspeed Memory Architecture (LMA) II
  • Accuview Antialiasing
  • DirectX and S3TC texture compression
  • High-performance 2D rendering engine
  • Integrated Hardware T&L Engines
  • Cube Environment Mapping
  • Video Processing Engine (VPE)
  • NVIDIA Shading Rasterizer (NSR)
  • DirectX 8.1 support
  • OpenGL 1.3 support

Features of the GeForce4 Ti series

  • nView display technology
  • Lightspeed Memory Architecture (LMA)II
  • Accuview Antialiasing
  • DirectX and S3TC texture compression
  • High-performance 2D rendering engine
  • Integrated Hardware T&L Engines
  • Dual Cube Environment Mapping
  • nfiniteFX II Engine
  • High-quality HDTV/DVD playback
  • DirectX 8.1 support
  • OpenGL 1.3 Support

As you can see from the feature list, the number of features between the two chips seems to amount to a tie. On the whole, this might be true, were it not for the nfiniteFX II engine in the GeForce4 Ti, which combines numerous important and interesting options and which is not available in the MX models.

On the next page: nFiniteFX Engine II