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What is AA/AF?

Hi, I have an older video card, a GeForce 4 Ti 4600. I've been browsing some video card sites, and in their benchmarks they say " No AA No AF" and "4x AA 8x AF" In the benchmarks , when they have no AA nor AF they FPS are generally higher. So I'm assuming these increase the quality, but may slow down your FPS. What exactly is AA and AF? I think the AF means something like Antiscopric Filtering. But , my main question is: How do you turn them off/on? Because of the age of my GPU, I'd rather have them off. Thank you in advance!
Ibrahim

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No real help here

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but pretty sure that AA = anti aliasing.

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Anti Aliasing AA . Anisotropic Filtering AF

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YEP :)

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Although all kinds of emphasis is placed on AA and AF in gaming, unless you're a hard core gamer like myself, and are willing to pay out your nose for a card that can run these things, I wouldn't worry too much about it. I use them, and yes the graphics are dazzling, BUT, once you get used to something, it's of no consequence anyway. Like when I bought my new T.V. a year ago, LCD HDTV 51''.....wicked huh? Yeah well to me now it's just like anything else until I go my parents place and watch their 54'' NON HDTV on regular cable, BLAH! So as you can see, I've spoiled my self that way. It just comes down to what you get accustomed to. For most people the benefit of AA and AF don't even come close to the loss in fps.

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But then, what fun is it helping

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people in these forums, if everyone solves their problems elsewhere.

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LOL

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You tell 'em Pete.

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Wow, thanks every!

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Thank You everyone for your responses! So, are they set "off" as default, right?
Thanks
Ibrahim

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Not necessarily.......

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Although most games are set to "off" by default, more and more games are shipping with a video card auto detect feature that detects the video hardware in your system, and adjusts the video settings accordingly, for example, I have a Nividia Geforce 6800GT, a high end card by any standard, and almost always these auto detect features jam the resolution throught the roof and crank up the AA and AF because the card is capable of playing with those settings at a resonable FPS. Anytime I install a new game I let the auto feature do it's thing and then go in and tweak anything as I see fit.

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I'll second that!

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In the graphics card setup, you will see the option to allow individual programs to set these feature - I have this ticked - Some games either dont load or crash if you tweak these settings. Then as "PlatinumPPC" says, tweak the hell out of the option in individual games.
Peter

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