Screwed by Microsoft – Again or DirectX 10

It seems that the days of high frame rates on relatively cheap video cards are over, at least for the time being.  Microsoft is radically changing it’s video standard with Vista.  In order to take full advantage of new features you’ll have to have hardware that will support DirectX 10. Since I’m getting ready to purchase a new computer for gaming, this is of vital interest to me. 

I’ve been to both Nvidia and ATI’s web sites to see if they have cards that will support the new standard.  To date, I’ve found several mentions of “Vista-ready” cards, but when I look at the cards in question is says that they only support DirectX 9.  Since the DirectX 9 and 10 hardware standards are not compatible, this leaves me a little hesitant to purchase anything. 

I’ve opened a support request with Nvidia to see if they have anything and I’m on hold now with ATI to see if they have anything as well.  When I find out, I’ll update this post to let anyone who’s interested know. 


After a brief phone to ATI, I was informed that both the X1800 and X1900 series cards will support the new Dx10 standard.  A quick pop over to PriceWatch shows that the cheapest X1800 card is $176 and the cheapest X1900 card is $203.  Now, since I’m getting the whole rest of the box for $667, I find this to be a bit steep.  Hopefully, Nvidia will have something under $150.


I finally heard back from Nvidia today saying that NONE of their current cards will support Dx10. They are announcing a new card but can’t tell me anything about it since it’s “not yet released”, although if you check the comments on this post, it’s already all over Slashdot.  The upside is that it’s an awesome new card but the downside is that it’s super-expensive.  I’ve seen prices from $700-$1000 each.  Am I the only one that sees the irony in putting a video card in my computer that costs more than all of the other components combined?

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10 thoughts on “Screwed by Microsoft – Again or DirectX 10

  1. TigerDirect actually put this up on their website today. You can buy it for $659.99. Not cheap at all, but I guess it’s the price to pay since it’s a new technology and all.Wait a year and you’ll see the cheapies again.Brian

  2. Oh yeah… I made this “ULTRA” machine today on TigerDirect. It cost over $9000, but man oh man is it a monster. Here’s my “monster machine”:T925-2174 :: Thermaltake Tai-Chi Aluminum Case – Liquid Cooling (44 lbs) $399.99 T13-2023 :: Coolmax / Green Power / 1000-Watt / ATX / Dual 80mm Fan / SATA Ready / SLI Ready / Power Supply (5 lbs) $399.99 E145-2008 :: EVGA nForce 680i SLI NVIDIA Socket 775 ATX Motherboard / Audio / PCI Express / SLI / Dual Gigabit LAN / S/PDIF / USB 2.0 & Firewire / Serial ATA / RAID (1 lbs) $279.99 CP2-DUO-X6800 :: Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 2.93GHz / 4MB Cache / 1066MHz FSB / Dual-Core / OEM / Socket 775 / Processor (0.1 lbs) $970.00 E145-8000 :: EVGA GeForce 8800 GTX / 768MB GDDR3 / SLI / PCI Express / Dual DVI / HDTV / Video Card (1 lbs) $659.99P450-8002 :: XFX GeForce 8800 GTX / 768MB GDDR3 / SLI / PCI Express / Dual DVI / HDTV / Video Card (1 lbs) $659.99 A177-3044 :: ATI HDTV Wonder TV and HDTV Tuner PCI Card (2 lbs) $91.99 C13-8022 :: Corsair DHX XMS2 Dominator Dual Channel 2048MB PC6400 DDR2 800Mhz Memory (0.5 lbs) $313.99 TSD-500AS2 :: Seagate / Barracuda 7200.10 / 500GB / 7200 / 16MB / Serial ATA-300 / OEM / Hard Drive (1 lbs) $209.99 X 2 = $419.98 P725-3062 :: Pioneer BDR-101ABK Blu-ray / 2x2x BD-R/RE / 8x4x8x DVD±R/RW / 2.4x+R DL / 2x-R DL / Black / Blu-ray Disc Internal Writer (3 lbs) $999.99 G128-1026 :: Gyration GO Pro 2.4 Optical Air Mouse and Keyboard Combo (6 lbs) $249.99 L23-6334 :: Logitech Z-5500 THX Certified 5.1 500-watt Dolby Digital & DTS Hardware Decoding Speaker System (55 lbs) $279.99 C13-2534 :: Corsair 8GB Flash Voyager USB Flash Drive (0.5 lbs) $199.99 H24-EF224 SB :: HP LP2465 / 24″/ 6ms / WUXGA 1920 x 1200 / Silver-Black / DVI·VGA / Widescreen LCD Monitor (33 lbs) $759.99 X 4 = $3,039.96 SUBTOTAL: $8,965.83SHIPPING: $255.10TAX: $0.00TOTAL: $9,220.93As you can see, it’s all pretty much just me trying to waste as much money as I can on a computer, but it’d still be an awesome machine to have.Brian

  3. Actually, what I’m building is a dual Xeon box2 x Xeon 5110 1.6 Ghz w/.4MB cache, which means in essece 4 cores, each with it’s own 2MB on chip cache. It’s also possbile, with the right MB to over clock these guys plus they support hyperthreading, which the Pentium D’s mostly do not. I’m using an Intel 5000PSL MB which will let me clock these puppies up to 2.33 Ghz with 1330 FSB. The server board has 4 PCI-e slots (2 @ 8X and 2 @ 4X) , has a max capacity of 32GB of RAM, 2 GB NIC’s and on-board SATA RAID.I’m only putting 2 GB of RAM in it, since I doubt that I’ll need more than that. I’ve got 4x 300GB Hitachi SATA 10,000RPM drives with 8MB of cache on themI don’t need a monitor, mouse, speakers, or flash drive. What have now is more than sufficient 😉 I’m hoping to talk my husband in to letting me buy two Nvidia SLI cards and a physix card.

  4. Whoa! Man oh man! *mouth waters* That sounds amazing.Also… just out of curiosity, what is the point of a physics (or physix) card? I don’t really get what it actually does. Seems like it would just run complex calculations for something like SETI@home.Brian

  5. No, what it does is off the physics part of the graphic rendering on to a card specifically designed for it. It will usually boot the FPS by about 20.

  6. That machine is going to suck up a hell of a lot of juice when under heavy load! It’s going to create its very own hole in the ozone layer due to all the power stations in Texas required to keep the thing running. :p

  7. *snicker*Since the south supplies about 80% of the domestic energy for the USA, we have a saying here….Drive 75 and freeze a yankee alive. I’ll find them…I had them before, but I’m not on the same computer now, so I don’t have my book marks. Basically, what it does is it off loads some of the processing for the graphics on to yet another processor. Since it’ll be sitting in a 4x PCI-e slot, the through-put on it should be pretty sweet. I wish I had another 8x or even a 16x slot, but no one seems to be making a board like that right now. At least not one that will support overclocking the CPU’s. Besides, when I’m not gaming, this will be running several VM’s.

  8. So, this thing is going to be running at high capacity pretty much 24/7… hmm. I sure hope you’ve got a good cooling kit. Oh… and…Drive 75 and freeze a yankee alive. I’ve lived in the south (in Texas) for nearly 19 years now and I have never once heard that before. I must be hanging around the wrong crowd. *looks it up* Oh… I get it now. All it took was a quick skim of these song lyrics.Brian

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