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Directx9 or 8.1 for radeon 9200se?

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I have a radeon 9200SE 64MB AGP card. I use 3ds max 6 on XP SP2 final using DirectX9 and the application runs fast enough. Now the card documentation says it supports DirectX 8.1...so if i use DirectX 8.1 instead of DirectX 9 will my 3dsmax 6 perform better...speed and display wise?...100% sure solution only please. thanks
I have a p4 1.8a ghz 512 mb ram 7200rpm hdd. please advise.
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ravi
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by:Luc Franken
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Hi patrvic,

I think you're seeing something wrong...
Your card supports all features which DirectX 8.1 supports, it doesn't support the extra's that came with 9.x
But... a lot of bugs where fixed, and the extra's that directX 9.x brought will be handled by software, instead of hardware as your card doesn't support them, but without 9.x the extra's will either be not used, or the software will even refuse to run.

So, to be short, stay with DirectX 9.x, it'll make your experiences much better.

Greetings,

LucF
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by:patrvic
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thanks but what wasi seeing wrong. it doesnt support 9.x = 8.1 + extras....i was thinking if the code behind 9.x has been entirly rewritten then my hardware just wont be able to do its best...as the software takes over which is slower...

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You will not notice any lower performance when playing games that need 9.x to run, as with your card, no matter what version of DirectX you have, the card will never do some things by hardware, and your computer will have to switch to software rendering anyway.
DirectX 9.x also solved some problems, which is the main reason why upgrading to 9.x is the way to go.

LucF
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by:comkazii
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Your card will run fine with the Directx 9.x versions between 8.1 and nine, as stated above many bug were fixed, also the software is designed to cooperate with the hardware, just because your video card is kind of old and says it will only support 8.1 doesnt mean that is true, all it means is that the card was tested by them with 8.1, most likely if you check up on their site it will change once they get around to testing it with the newer version. also some programs require that you upgrade to 9.x just to you them. In the end its up to you both of them will work with your hardware it just depends on if you need 9.x if not there is no reason to get it.
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