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06-26-2002, 11:09 AM
As I trudge through developing my game, I can't help but notice that I only have special features enabled for nVidia cards, like register combiners and vertex programs... Although nVidia controls a powerful portion of the market, I'd love to also include the ATI audience, but I don't have an ATI card nor do I (as a student) have the easily spent funds to get one just to what amounts to play around with.

What are the chances I can appeal to ATI and get a basic feature card and work on learning their extensions and later implement them?

Failsafe scenario, yes, I'm saving up. I'm no where near done development, so in the meantime I can probably buy a card anyway. Oh well.

06-26-2002, 10:40 PM
I would first finish the program with a nvidia and a standard path. After that could you send the program to ATI for testing and if it is really cool will they help you.

yakuza
06-27-2002, 05:29 AM
Right now you can get a:
ATI RADEON 32M SDR 4X AGP for $46 shipped from Newegg.com. That would allow you to code and test some of the Radeon features, although not for the 8500, of course.
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduct.asp?submit=manufactory&catalog=48&manufactory=1126&DEPA=1

Jambolo
06-27-2002, 10:34 PM
Originally posted by ULTIMATE MAXIMUM POWER:

What are the chances I can appeal to ATI and get a basic feature card and work on learning their extensions and later implement them?


If you can show ATI that your game will convince 1000 people to buy their video card, I have no doubt they will give you one for free.