- Tough times ahead for nVidia with HL2?
Scott from The Tech Report attended ATI's "Shader Days" event in Seattle today where Gabe Newell from Valve gave a very interesting presentation on Half Life 2 and benchmarking. The benchmark results which were presented do not paint a very good picture for nVidia's latest series of FX graphics cards with ATI's Radeon 9600 Pro beating the GeForce FX 5900 Ultra in the new DX9 game by a considerable margin.
Maybe nVidia has something up their sleeves with their upcoming NV38 core or Det 50 drivers, but things maybe prove to be a little tough for nVidia over the next little while.
NVIDIA's NV3x-derived chips are way off the pace set by the ATI DirectX 9-class cards. The low-end GeForce FX 5200 Ultra and mid-range GeForce FX 5600 Ultra are wholly unplayable. The high-end GeForce FX 5900 Ultra ekes out just over 30 fps, well behind ATI's mid-range Radeon 9600 Pro (and yes, that score is from a 9600 Pro, not a stock 9600-the slide was mis-labeled). The Radeon 9800 Pro is twice the speed of the GeForce FX 5900 Ultra.