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NVidia GeForce4 performance..

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Hi all..

I am aware that the NVidia GeForce 4 card is powerful indeed for many applications be it in realtime games, or molecular modelling..

One question is how do we evaluate the performance of the card? Is it evaluated in frames/second? I browsed through a few sites and most gives the performance in pixels per seconds, fill rate and etc..
So is frame per second regarded as a format for evaluation of graphics card?

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by:slink9
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Frames per second is an evaluation of how the cpu/video can play a scrolling video or DVD.
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so, does it mean that graphics card performance are not counted in fps but in fact pixels per second?

thanks.
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If you are looking at graphics display performance (Autocad refresh or something similar) it would be measured in pixels per second.  If you are looking at how well it handles playing videos it would be frames per second.
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The GeForce4 Ti4x00 series is the best for realtime 3D games, but NVidia's Quadro series is what to get to do CAD type work like molecular modelling.  So, are you playing games or doing serious work?

Furthermore, do you want REAL performance for modelling, or do you want some poser wanna-be NVidia based product?

Semi-serious professionals use ATI's Fire series:

http://www.ati.com/products/workstation/firegl4/index.html

And serious professionals use 3Dlab's Wildcat series:

http://www.3dlabs.com/product/wildcatIII_6210_index.htm
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Thanks for your comments.. its useful.
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megmeg... if you found one (or more) of the experts comments to be useful, please award points as deemed appropriate & allow us to close this question.  Closed questions can then be added to the PAQ & used by others who might benefit from the commentary.

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It is difficult to advise further without more input from the questioner.  What additional questions does megmeg have?  We were never notified as to whether this card really is for a professional molecular modelling / other serious work or for games.  Both are so different that each requires a different kind of card to do properly.  If the budget doesn't allow even a FireGL ($550US)then you can make do with a GeForce4 ($300US), but we don't know the budget either.
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The question was not WHICH CARD TO PURCHASE, but HOW DO WE EVALUATE PERFORMANCE.  That has been addressed, the answer taken, and the question abandoned.
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OK, then, and if megmeg wants to do his/her own frames per second evaluation, use 3DMark2001 from www.madonion.com
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Oh well.  It was useful, whatever that means.
Maybe E-E should ask for a credit card number to charge $25 for every abandoned question a person has.  Good idea?
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im sorry for the leaving myself idle in this topic. The answer given to me by slink9 and magarity is both useful. However, slink9 gave me an answer I need at that moment. For magarity's comment, Im looking at the cards now. The cards in fact are used for serious molecular modelling..

Thanks a lot.
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