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NVIDIA DXT1 compression broken?

Ronald Hanaki
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Ever wonder why Quake III: Arena looks so bad with texture compression enabled? Game Basement began their thought-provoking series of articles (part I, part II, and part III) by asking this simple question and concluding that the NVIDIA DXT1 compression was broken. However, is this a hardware or software problem? Their latest article tries to answer this question and attempts to set the record straight.

First of all, I owe everyone an apology. I’ve maintained all along that the problems with texture compression on the nVidia GeForce series was not a hardware issue. Correction: there is definitely a hardware problem with compression on the nVidia GeForce series. Don’t believe me? I don’t blame you. I didn’t believe it either. But I’m going to show you how to prove it to yourself on your own machine, using your choice of OpenGL or Direct3D.

Read the latest article in their tetralogy here and then hit this page for some more comments and feedback. Everyone has an opinion.

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