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Hardware transform and lighting and shader model 2.0 for Windows XP GMA X3x00 users

Intel has released a pre-beta driver for Broadwater G965 and GM965 chipsets that enable hardware transform and lighting. Hardware transform and lighting were touted with the Intel GMA X3000 and X3100 integrated graphics cores, however, current release drivers did not enable the feature, despite Intel demonstrating games running with hardware T&L on GMA X3x00 hardware.

Now nearly a year after the Broadwater launch, users can take advantage of hardware T&L on G965 and GM965 hardware in Windows XP. Windows Vista users need not apply, as Intel does not have the hardware T&L enabling Vista driver ready yet. Intel promises Windows Vista hardware T&L drivers in the “coming weeks.”

Intel has validated the pre-beta driver for the following games:
  • Battlefield 2
  • Battlefield 2142
  • Call of Duty 2
  • Elder Scrolls IV: Obliviion
  • Vanguard: The Saga of Heroes
  • Rainbow Six: Vegas
  • Age of Empires 3
  • Final Fantasy XI Bench 3
  • Unreal Tournament 2004
Despite enabling hardware T&L on G965 and GM965 chipsets, the pre-beta release 14.31 drivers only support shader model 2.0. Intel plans to have production drivers capable of shader model 3.0 by the end of August 2007 for Windows XP and Vista operating systems.


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good idea
By omnicronx on 6/19/2007 10:10:25 AM , Rating: 2
this is definatly a step in the right direction, if intel can move these into the business market, this well definatly help in windows vista, where dx9 is required for aero graphics, not that it would run smoothly yet, but its a step. hell its even good for the normal consumer who just wants a computer that can do all the stuff they need (music, video, internet, data input) and still have windows looking nice and not being hindered by a crappy video card that skips when playing a video and surfing the net at the same time ;)




RE: good idea
By Thorburn on 6/19/2007 10:25:23 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
where dx9 is required for aero graphics, not that it would run smoothly yet, but its a step.


Aero runs smoothly on my GMA950 based system at 1280x1024.


RE: good idea
By omnicronx on 6/19/2007 12:23:03 PM , Rating: 2
how fast is your system though, most office workstations dont have the cpu power most home workstations would have.. less ram etcs.. In my office most people's desktops are not faster than 2.8ghz (intel, if that) with 512ram maybe depending on your position..

if you haev a c2d processor, it would help a hell of a lot with performance no matter what vidcard you use


RE: good idea
By Thorburn on 6/19/2007 1:26:49 PM , Rating: 2
Its a spare system I keep for testing stuff out on:
Pentium D 930
1GB DDR2-533
G965 chipset
etc.

Most systems you can buy these days will outpace that.


RE: good idea
By Thorburn on 6/19/2007 1:28:10 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry, that should read 945G. Its a Shuttle SD31P.


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