Fuel for the fire

MSNBC is running an interesting article on Doom III. The story provides a few details you won't find in the Carmack, Willits, or Devine interviews on Gamespy. In particular, there is a quotation from John Carmack about graphics card performance that really leaves you hanging. Take a look:
"NVidia has been stellar in terms of driver quality and support and doing all of the things right," says Carmack, who has been an outspoken evangelist for NVidia’s GeForce technology. "For the past few years, they have been able to consistently outplay ATI on every front. The problem is that they are about one-half step out of synch with the hardware generation because they did Xbox instead of focusing everything on their next board. So they are a little bit behind ATI."

"I told everyone that I was going to demonstrate Doom III on the best hardware, and there has been no collusion or kickbacks or anything like that going on. Our objective is the technical merit."

"The new ATI card was clearly superior. I don’t want to ding NVidia for anything because NVidia has done everything they possibly could; but in every test we ran, ATI was faster."

Was this an ATI R250 versus a GeForce 4 Ti 4600? R300 versus Ti 4600? Or perhaps even R300 versus NV30? This raises such tantalizing questions about ATI and NVIDIA's next-gen hardware. Damage thinks maybe either the NV30 has not been put to silicon or the early revisions aren't performing up to snuff. For what it's worth, there hasn't been a report on NV30 taping out—a detail I'm sure Mike Magee wouldn't let escape a headline.

It's too soon to pass final judgement on the matter, but we should see some interesting development in the months to come. Thanks to [H]ard|OCP for the link.

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