Longhorn needs DX 9 card@ 2004/08/14
Does Microsoft know? We doubt it.
ATI said that for many aspects of Longhorn you will need DirectX 9 compliant graphic. I don’t know which card our friend Dave has in mind. I think by early 2006 you won't be able to play anything if you don’t have at least Direct X 9 card. For full expririence you will need DirectX 9 card. 3D Windows perhaps with Shader 3.0 if you ask Nvidia or 2.0 if you ask ATI.