Originally Posted by lhuser
Yeah, I now see the difference. DX8 is actually less realistic in terms of gaming and usually, it doesn't pull the nice details that DX9 does. I'd say it's like that and nothing can be dealt...BTW, that FX5500 is supposed to support DX9..why is it in DX8?
My FX5200 is DX9, so why not yours?
It supports DX9.. but only the FX5600 and above use it in source..
see the problem is.. nVidia did such a shitty job... if I run that FX5500 in DX9... i'm lucky to get 20 fps.. whereas 8.1 in the same area could yield about 50-60.
Run source, check the options>video>advanced.. you'll see that the hardware level is 9.0.. but the hardware will be either 8.0 or 8.1.. valve did that.. since it runs 9.0 so terribly.
Originally Posted by alvino
Comparing the first two pictures, I now know what you're talking about. If you ask me, the DirectX 9 one looks more realistic to me. More cracks and so forth. The DirectX 8 one has more glare and coolness to it, but I think the DX 9 one is slightly more realistic.
The dust in the air is absent in 8.1.. i'm convinced that it's the dust in the 9.0 that does this.. which honestly, it makes sense.. your in a desert afterall..