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NVIDIA and ATI: Image Quality and CPU Scaling Performance

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Introduction

Over the course of the last year, we have witnessed a heated debate over optimisations, image quality, and performance. As architectures began to show their age, questionable tactics began to emerge on every front. Fortunately, those days are now largely a thing of the past as NVIDIA and ATI have emerged with new architectures that raise the bar on all fronts. Both the GeForce 6 and Radeon X800 architectures fail to be mere iterative steps forward in terms of speed and features. Rather, these new products manage to answer nearly all our complaints regarding previous architectures.



In this article, we'll compare the image quality between the two architectures and also investigate the role CPU frequency will play when dictating what card will yield the best price/performance ratio for your system.