First, this is a very preliminary report. I hope to do some objective tests of performance on my new 1950 Pro. Yesterday I purchased a new box, and put a Viper ATI 1950 Pro with 512 mb of memory into the machine. This required a 550 watt power supply as well. Other modifications, including a TV tuner and some networking issues, as well as real life, left me watching Everquest II update from my fresh install around bedtime. Everything worked flawlessly. I was waiting for some component to fail, some switch to go bad, or just general bad luck, but nothing surfaced.
This morning, I bounded out of bed in order to get a glance at my new setup in game. I really cannot describe the view if you haven’t experienced the game on its higher settings. Gaff was parked on Gazer Isle in TT–I logged in and upped the performance settings. Breathtaking. Amazing. Awesome. To quote my 80s peers, it was absolutely and totally wicked. I even called my wife down to see it–the scrolling on my level 60 mount’s barding was exquisitely detailed in itself. And, in case you were wondering, the movement in game was completely smooth–not a rubber band in sight.
One more day until the weekend!