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Thursday, May 23, 2002
E3: Carmack Talks Doom III, Video Hardware
9:26 AM | Vern Xiong | Comment on this story

Gamespy.com recently had an interview with John Carmack of id Software about their latest highly anticipated 3D FPS Doom III. The Q&A talks about the new game engine and how it will be used for single player and multi-player games, and also what video cards will work best with the game. Here's an excerpt about which 3D cards Carmack thinks will do more wonders with his latest shootem-up:

GameSpy: The world of video cards seems to change on a daily basis. What do you think of the current crop of cards on the market, and where do you see things heading? Are there any new cards that inetrest you? Where would you like to see things go?

Carmack: I still think that overall, the GeForce 4 Ti is the best card you can buy. It has high speed and excellent driver quality.

Based on the feature set, the Radeon 8500 should be a faster card for Doom than the GF4, because it can do the seven texture accesses that I need in a single pass, while it takes two or three passes (depending on details) on the GF4. However, in practice, the GF4 consistently runs faster due to a highly efficient implementation. For programmers, the 8500 has a much nicer fragment path than the GF4, with more general features and increased precision, but the driver quality is still quite a ways from Nvidia's, so I would be a little hesitant to use it as a primary research platform.

Head over to Gamespy if your interested in checking out more of what Carmack has to say about Doom III.

GameSpy Q&A with John Carmack
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