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ive never done dx/d3d programming w/ pixel shaders, but i have a general idea of how they work. i ask this question without regards to speed or realtime ability- have any of you ever written/seen a pixel shading engine in software? I find it easier to use technologies when I know how they work from the inside out.

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on the other hand, it renders faster than a gfFX 5200! :D at least, on this p4 2.8gig HT fsb800 :D

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not really... 2.4ghz @ 800fbs will easily rape the daughter of any geforce or ati card

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I am finding this difficult to believe. Why would anyone buy a gfx card if software is faster. davepepermen: could you provide some performance comparisons for identical scenes?

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of course, barely anyone has a p4 2.4, and that wouldn''t leave much for everything else a game needs. i wouldn''t imagine physics would go alongside that well.

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quote:
Original post by Anonymous Poster
not really... 2.4ghz @ 800fbs will easily rape the daughter of any geforce or ati card


maybe it would supply a glorious display of hardware pronography, but it won''t be able to match the performance of a proper card under the same conditions.

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Note that Davepermen only mentioned the FX 5200, not 5900.
If you do software rendering on the CPU you''ll need to do your physics and AI on the GPU.

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well its usually cheaper just to buy 2 cpu''s than a new gfx card. plus that gives you extra niceness for other apps aswell..
anyway, this has made me rethink a project that i WAS going to start which focused on GPU hardware acceleration, but if optimized code can achieve similar performance now, than i probably wont bother...
I would really like to see a comparison, because on my system the software shader is significantly slower than hardware. I suppose it depends on the shaders complexity..

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