hi, right now i have Asus P5N32 SLi Motherboard with Nvidia 7950 GT graphic. just want to confirm, so when directx 10 graphic cards are been released (I heard Nvidia will release one in November) i dont need to replace my motherboard then?it if is true, it will be a great news for me because then i only have to buy a new gpu. also i have been looking around the net, and people were saying that directx 10 is not backwards compatible so does this mean that i will not able to play directx 9 games if i upgrade my graphic cards?btw i am planning to upgrade to vista when it comes out early next year.
Nope, you won't need to change your motherboard. What those people probably mean is one of two things:
1. DX10 is not available for older (ie not Vista) operating systems, such as XP, 2000 etc.
2. DX9 cards can't use DX10 features. Which is nothing new, DX8 cards can't make use of DX9 features and so on.
A big drawback of DX 10 (as Archaon has mentioned) is that fact that you have to run Vista to use it.
So even if we do see a DX10 card before Christmas, you won't be able to use it's DX features until sometime in Q1 of 07.
i dont think that i will buy the dx10 graphic as soon as it comes out.the price would be super expensive. so now i think i'm good with my rig for at least one more year. anyway thank Archaon for the info. but i saw somewhere that PCI-E 2.0 is due to be released before end of the year. so i guess after all i do need to get a new motherboard.