As the graphic cards continue to push forward, we need to make sure that we have a firm grip on the new technologies surrounding this stuff as they come out.

Our extensive preview of the new Nvidia GeForce 7800 GTX covered a lot of ground, but we didn’t delve into the details on Transparency Adaptive Anti-Aliasing (TAAA). As one of the few genuinely new features of the architecture, it deserves a closer look, but when your GPU preview is 12 pages long and over 5,000 words, you have to trim the fat somewhere.

Rather than performing extensive testing at the time, we simply described the feature, provided a sample screenshot comparison from Nvidia, and told you “We’ll dig more into this new mode in the future.” The future is now. Read on for a description of how TAAA works, followed by three case studies in what it can do for your games. [Read the rest]