doesn't matter how great these shots look, if frame rates slow
to a halt it'll destroy your gaming experience. Let's find out
what kind of performance hit we can expect by enabling FSAA.
- 3D Mark2000
We ran 3D Mark2000 at the default resolution of 1024x768 using
both 16 and 32bit color, with FSAA off, and FSAA on.
is not good. A performance hit of a little over 85% in and 16
bit color, and over 70% in 32bit. Considering we are using a
GeForce2 GTS based card, I find it hard to believe that the
flaw lies in the "slow" speed of the video card. Hopefully (and
most likely), as Nvidia's drivers mature so will the performance
of FSAA enabled D3D games. I'd say a 25-40% performance hit
as being what to expect from future drivers. Not this 80%, that's
way too high.