One of the features NVIDIA's new graphics cards will lack is support for DirectX 10.1. ATI's current gen graphics cards already have DX10.1 support but according to NVIDIA this update just isn't important enough:
Nvidia claims that "DirectX 10.1 includes incremental feature additions beyond DirectX 10, some of which Geforce 8/9/200 GPUs already support (multisample readback, for example)."
The green GPU company said that at the initial design phase of the GT 200 it talked to key developers and their feedback indicated that "DirectX 10.1 is not important," and therefore Nvidia decided to focus on delivering better performance and architectural efficiency (and world peace Fed. )
Sounds like smart marketing talk but indirectly they could be right as it seems that not many game developers will bother with DX10.1 support as the install base will be too small.
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Re: NVIDIA: DirectX 10.1 is not important enough by Anonymous on Friday, June 13 2008 @ 02:35:38 CEST
Way back when they started this chip the market is different than now. So with limited resources (kinda) they chose to spend time making a very good 10.0 chip rather than spending a portion of the resources on 10.1.
I buy it kinda, but really, the GT200 should have been a LOT better than it is if they spent all those "resources" making it the best 10.0 it could be. Seems like AMD/ATI managed to get BOTH 10.1 and performance that will bring the 200 to its knees...
So it was a gamble and I think they lost really. Time will tell, but the GT200 isn't exactly making a hugely good impression, and the price keeps dropping and dropping..