— 12:00 AM on September 3, 2002

Well, I hope you guys enjoyed your weekends. I spent much of mine testing graphics cards, and let me tell you: Even with the latest drivers and a fast Pentium 4 system, the Matrox Parhelia still runs like a fat kid in gym class. I guess I expected some improvement over time, but it just hasn't happened yet. And don't even think about running workstation-class apps on the card. I kicked off SPECviewperf on it, came back later, and thought the system had locked. I waited a while, and the screen updated. One frame at a time.

Have you seen how the new NVIDIA drivers use point sampling by default in Direct3D mode. This is why we buy a GeForce4? To get no form of texture anti-aliasing at all? Looks to me like someone is desperate for a performance boost.

Beyond insulting video cards, I guess I don't have much to say today. We had a great month in August here at TR, and I expect things will pick up even more around here in the next few months. Geoff has been doing a great job keeping news and quality articles flowing at a healthy clip lately, and you can expect more of the same. Meanwhile, I'm working away on something pretty darn cool...

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