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Graphics jargon plz help

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a b U Graphics card
August 25, 2009 3:34:42 AM

i do know most of the lingo used in gfx but i have a few questions still, i know about AA,AFand about the stuff on a gfx card but

what is MSAA and SSAA?


if i try googling them i get strange organizations so please provide some definitions

Thanks

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a b U Graphics card
August 25, 2009 3:59:58 AM

^ lol. :p 

MSAA - multisampling anti-aliasing
SSAA - supersampling anti-aliasing
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a b U Graphics card
August 25, 2009 4:07:57 AM

what is "sampling"?
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August 25, 2009 4:24:12 AM

Sampling simply refers to what you're basing your anti-aliasing on. In the case of supersampling, you're just taking the whole image (or frame) and then averaging out the colors between frames to create a feeling of smoothness. Multi-sampling actually finds pixels in polygons to fix without having to render an entire screen (several times).

Supersampling is extremely graphic intense, where as multisampling is less so. Multisampling is prone to leave behind artifacts and aliasing due to its selectivity.

And that's as much as I know. Can I use my chance/call a friend card now?

Google searches:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multisample_anti-aliasing
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supersampling
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