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Author Topic: list of directx 9 capable graphic cards (For aero compatibility in VISTA)  (Read 17498 times)

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basically aero is similar to "Quartz extreme / Quartz Compositor"
or "Core Image"

DirectX is the Microsoft graphics programming language that software developers use to get the most out of a video card's hardware acceleration capabilities. Shortly after Microsoft updated Windows XP from DirectX 8 to DirectX 9, two video card companies produced new lines of video cards that supported the new features of DX9. At the date of publication, these companies no longer produce DX9 video cards and Microsoft includes DirectX 11 with Windows 7. A DX9 video card will work with Windows 7, but it will not take advantage of the advanced graphics features of DX11. A video card that supports DX11 will work fine with DX9.

NVIDIA GeForce 5 Series
NVIDIA is one of the two video card manufacturers that made DX9 video cards. You can also find video cards from other companies that use NVIDIA's GPUs. NVIDIA based the first DX9 video cards on the GeForce Series 5 FX cards. Examples of these cards are the GeForce FX 5200, FX 5700 and FX 5700 Ultra.
The FX 5700 Ultra is more powerful than the FX 5700.

NVIDIA GeForce 6 Series
NVIDIA's next DX9 offering was the GeForce 6 line of cards, launched in 2004. Examples of these cards are the 6200 GS, 6500 GS, 6700 GS, 6700 GT and 6800 GT.
The higher the number of the card, the more powerful the card is, and a GT card is more powerful than a GS card.

NVIDIA GeForce 7 Series
NVIDIA's last DX9 cards were the GeForce 7 line of cards, released in 2005. This series had more versions than the previous GeForce cards. Examples of these cards are the 7200 GS, 7300 GT, 7500 LE, 7600 GT, 7800 GTX and 7900 GTX. As with the earlier series, higher-numbered cards are more powerful.
Not all Series 7 cards have LE, GS and GT versions, but a GS card is more powerful than an LE card, and a GT is more powerful than a GS.

ATI Radeon
ATI is the other manufacturer of DX9 video cards. At the date of publication, AMD owns ATI. ATI has more types of DX9 cards; and like NVIDIA, ATI sells GPUs to other video card manufacturers. DX9 cards from ATI are the Radeon 9500, 9550, 9600, 9700, 9800 and 9900 series. Examples of these cards include the Radeon 9550, 9650 and 9800 Pro.
A card with a Pro designation is more powerful than a standard version.
Earlier Radeon cards, such as the 9000 and 9200 series cards, are not DX9 compliant.

ATI X Series
In 2004, ATI released the first of its "X" series cards. Examples of these cards are the Radeon X300, X600, X1000, X1050 XT, X1300 Pro, X1300 XT, X1400 Pro, X1500 XT, X1600 Pro, X1800 Pro, X1800 XT, X1900 Pro and X1900 XT.
XT cards are more powerful than Pro cards.

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