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MSI StarForce 822 GeForce3 Review
MSI StarForce 822 GeForce3 Review - PCSTATS
The first thing I thought was "Damn, this card looks sweet!" Of course the Starforce 822 boasts the mighty nVidia GeForce 3 GPU, which in itself is enough to leave me in awe.
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External Mfg. Website: MSI Jun 12 2001   C. Sun  
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How important is Anti-Alaising? Well apparently important enough for nVidia to develop a new form of AA. Older cards such as the GeForce 2 and ATi's Radeon series of cards perform anti-alaising by using supersampling. What that does is in a sense, it makes the videocard render the image at a much higher resolution usually denoted by the number (eg. 2x anti-alaising, would render an image from 800x600 to 1600x1200) then it scales the image back down to the set resolution. Now, the biggest drawback for a gamer using AA is the performance hit. You're basically dividing your fill rate by the ratio of AA used! If you're using a very fast card (GeForce2 Ultra), you can probably get by with max 2x anti-alaising, but if you were unfortunate and have a GeForce DDR or maybe GeForce 2 GTS, any form of AA can almost be ruled out. Again, here we hit the memory bottleneck that plagues older cards. However with the GeForce3, users have a totally different option.

Using Quincunx AA would give you almost he same quality as 4x AA for the price of 2x! How does it achieve this? By using a new form of anti-alaising called MultiSampling. What multisampling does is make the GPU sense the colour of the other pixels around a particular spot and blends them together.

As you can see, even the background has been affected. It blends a lot more then the other images.

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Contents of Article: MSI StarForce 822
 Pg 1.  MSI StarForce 822 GeForce3 Review
 Pg 2.  Technology of the GeForce 3
 Pg 3.  Lightspeed Memory
 Pg 4.  — Anti-Alaising
 Pg 5.  MSI Star Force 822 Specs
 Pg 6.  Overclocking the MSI Starforce 822
 Pg 7.  3DMark 2001 Benchmarks
 Pg 8.  Vulpine GLMark Adv. Benchmarks
 Pg 9.  AquaMark Benchmarks
 Pg 10.  Quake III Arena HQ Benchmarks
 Pg 11.  Quake III Arena MAX Benchmarks
 Pg 12.  Quake III Arena HQ (AA) Benchmarks
 Pg 13.  Quake III Arena MAX (AA) Benchmarks
 Pg 14.  Conclusions on the MS-822

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