What Anti-Aliasing does?

I ran Max Payne Demo without Anti-Aliasing at 1024 x 768 x 16 bit and with 2x Anti-Aliasing with same resolution and color. I did not find any difference between with or without AA.

My Hardware:

Duron 1 GHz
MSI K7N420-Pro mobo
GeForce2 Integrated GPU 32 MB Shared VRAM

My question: Is there any benefit from Anti-Aliasing?
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  1. I should make things look nicer. If you don't notice it, disable it because it decreases performance.

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  2. What anti-aliasing does?? well, it removes jaggies on lines (usually on diagonal lines) like the edge of a car. edge of water. building edges... it also smoothens the edges so they look natural. from very close up, you can see how AA fades edges. visit these websites for examples:
    http://www.etestinglabs.com/bi/cont1998/199807/vendgam4.asp
    http://www.tashian.com/htmlguide/textpics.html

    oh yea, no AA = FASTER GAMING, LESS QUALITY IN PICTURE

    2xAA = MEDIUM SPEED GAMING, MEDIUM QUALITY PICTURE

    4xAA = HIGH QUALITY PICTURE, SLOW GAMING (recommended for very fast GPU's only)


    real philosophy of life: "do onto others what you dont want them do onto you"
  3. Yeah, AA is really noticable on old gamez. Like tomb raider 2. You will see the 2x difference, and the 4x difference is like night/day. Same deal with ff7 and thief1. And the beauty of the hole deal iz: you can play at 16x1200, 32 bit, 4x AA, and it's still pulling over 30fps; minimum.

    If you have a mainboard gpu, maximum payne will *crawl* with AA turned on. Turn that right the heck off, and see if you can turn up the textures a notch instead...
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