Why the sudden shift in focus from blazing increased speeds to better, more realistic visuals? Blame Microsoft's new fangled DirectX 8. Basically the GeForce3 is the first fully programmable video chipset that takes full advantage of everything DirectX 8 has to offer. Essentially game programmers now program their own specific 3d pipelines through the GeForce3. This will lead new unique visual effects, fully powered by the GeForce 3, in upcoming games.
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