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Wednesday, July 21, 2004
 
Mac Nvidia 6800 Q&A
9:03 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Accelerate Your Mac has posted the results of an email Q&A with Nvidia, focusing on the Mac Nvidia 6800 Ultra DDL card. The card's power notwithstanding, one of the more talked-about features of the 6800 include its ability to drive Apple's new 30-inch Cinema Display.

Topics touched on in the Q&A include both similarities and differences between the Mac and PC versions of the card. Of more interesting note is Nvidia's perspective when comparing their latest against ATI's X800 series:

ATI has spun an old architecture and have done a very good job of squeezing the last bit of untapped performance from it and the drivers. GeForce 6 is a new architecture and we will have a lot more headroom than they will. We always give significant performance increases after we have leveled out the stability of the new architecture. GeForce 6 should continue that trend. Other key differences include:

* We support shader model 3, they do not.
* We support 64-bit floating point blending and filtering, they don't.
* We are the first chip with an onboard video processor

Other topics touched on include fan noise, how driver functions/updates are handled, and power requirements.

Q & A with Nvidia on the Mac Nvidia 6800 Ultra DDL Graphics card
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