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Thread: 10.3.6 is OUT!! with new OpenGL drivers!

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    I got my 6800GT Tuesday and pulled the aging ATI9600 out of my 2ghz G5. When compared to the 9600, things in general have gotten a lot faster. I bought a new 23" display a few weeks ago and the 9600 had a hard time with large windows...and Expose was clunky. Now I can zoom it out with a quicktime movie playing, a large Layout preview running, itunes visualizer going and a modo model spinning and it's still ultra smooth. Impressive, you won't see anything like that on a PC. But since we're talking preview speed, I will say in general I'm a little let down.

    I wasn't too thrilled in general with Lightwave preview speed on the card. Not wanting to be totally negative, I will say that while Layout and Modeler don't seem considerably faster, I can run large previews, crank up the texture resolution and window display speed doesn't even blink...very nice. The Graph Editor and Schematic views are move really fast as well.

    I also wasn't too impressed with Cinema 4DXL, but then I haven't upgraded to 9; I'm still using 8.5. The big winner in the 3D realm here was modo. Modo's OpenGL preview speed gains are very noticeable. One of the models I'm working on is a city at around 300K tpolys (about 100K are textured too. Navigating around even with the textures on is very speedy....I'm lovin' this!

    I do know the pain of using a G4 with 3D though...if it's not working for you, you owe it to yourself to check a G5 or just go PC - the difference is like night and day. I hope we get some more info from Newtek soon about the Xcode transition they announced some months back...I'd love to hear what's being done about OpenGL performance.

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    I'm not able to view Viewframe Mode even with a simple model in Modeler. I posted a screenshot here of my woe.

    http://vbulletin.newtek.com/showthre...163#post229163

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    Quote Originally Posted by riki
    I'm not able to view Viewframe Mode even with a simple model in Modeler. I posted a screenshot here of my woe.

    http://vbulletin.newtek.com/showthre...163#post229163
    Do they stay like that or go back to normal when you move the viewport? I get something like that with mine too...the viewports go a solid yellow color.

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    They tend to pop in and out. But mostly just white and unseable in wireframe mode.

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    If I were you, I'd see if I could find an ATI on ebay - the 9600 is probably pretty inexpensive. Everything I've ever heard about the 5200 is that it's a dud. I used LW for over a year on a 9600 and never had any trouble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by riki
    I'm not able to view Viewframe Mode even with a simple model in Modeler. I posted a screenshot here of my woe.

    http://vbulletin.newtek.com/showthre...163#post229163
    It' s like this:
    http://vbulletin.newtek.com/showthre...t=30057&page=2

  7. #22
    uuuggh It's just ironic that I never had this problem on my 400Mhz G4 with a 16meg card and a 21 CTR.

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    I've got a 2-month old ATI 9600 XT with 128 megs RAM for sale, if anyone wants it. It's the OEM card that came with my G5.

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