The Geforce4 was(Is?) suposed to be a DX9 card. However, there were very few features added to the card above what were on a GF3 or the 8500. Will there be a DX9 and will the GF4 gain from it? Or was it simply rumor and marketing?
None of nVidia's cards completely support DX8.1 in hardware. nVidia hasn't added any new significant features to the GeForce4. ATI is hinting that the current Radeon 8500 will be able to beat the Ti4400. I'm guessing they are working on GeForce4-killer drivers for the Radeon 8500. The Radeon 8500 definitely has the technology to outperform the Ti4400 and approach Ti4600 performance; the drivers are the only thing holding it back right now. Yes, they are significantly better than the original drivers but still haven't reached nVidia-level maturity.
AMD technology + Intel technology = Intel/AMD Pentathlon IV; the <b>ULTIMATE</b> PC processor
What constitutes DirectX compliance? AFAIK, HOS is a requirement for DX8. DX8 adds Trueform support, but does not require a card to have it specifically for compliance. Also, the weren't the latest shaders also added support rather than requirements for compliance.
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