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And Virtual cockpit in Flight Simulator is not textured properly. Projectiles in Expandable or Forsaken are ugly with black color extending to square texture shape. Retrieved from ” https: While resolution remains at software rendering level, when Virge’s features works image quality enhancement is big enough. How does the Virge profit from 4 MB of memory? Diamond also made kits called the Maximum DVD and The ViRGE family delivered faster Windows acceleration in the same physical footprint as its predecessor.

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Diamond Multimedia

It was a substantial step forward in gaming audio, with impressive 3D audio positioning and mulgimedia effects. InDiamond was acquired by S3 Graphics and became primarily a supplier of products based upon their graphics accelerator chips.

Turok batch takes too long to complete and Virge usually freezes in specific moments, that is why I used only second demo for measurement. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

And I will show later the difference gets bigger with overclocking. The BGA packaging makes those cards easy to spot.

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Diamond instead used ESS’s less powerful chips to continue the line. S3, along with other previously well-established VGA vendors in the PC market, were unable to adapt to the rapidly evolving PC 3D graphics market, being relegated to sell into market segments where 3D graphics functionality was unimportant. The numbers had more than a random meaning.

nultimedia But with EDO one cannot be certain. However, as Microsoft Windows gained market share and newer graphics products entered the market, it was later relegated to the cheaper, value-oriented products and the SpeedStar branding was expanded to other products.


Both cards are using Virge uni driver, which S3 still provides on their web. Initially the Stealth line was Diamond’s high-end brand but transitioned to midrange after the Viper line was introduced.

Whereas the MonsterSound lineup was targeted at no-holds-barred gamers, the Sonic Impact cards were more generally aimed, and were cheaper and less powerful. Quake has few flashing textures as well plus some Z-artifacts on doors, but the S3 wrapper does not support first Virges anyway. As of Septemberthus long after that business, Diamond was also preparing a new video card, based on the latest-generation R graphics core.

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Views Read Edit View history. Multimedka surfaces are not transparent, ghost car in Viper Racing is not transparent. There is little excuse for Z artifacts in Turok though. Monster Sound MX was advertised as being one mulitmedia the first sound cards with hardware MP3 decoding acceleration. And Virtual cockpit in Flight Simulator is not textured properly.

VX is simply a black sheep of the family when it comes to overclocking. Introduced in by then graphics powerhouse S3, Inc. The company was founded by Chong Moon Lee and H.

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This brand was originally created decades ago as just “Fire” by the design team of the professional computer graphics pioneer SPEA Software AG from Starnberg Germany that was about acquired by Diamond. Could it be the VRAM interface or just slow memory modules? The original multimedka Virtual Reality Graphics Engine established a line of 3D cores that were selling like hotcakes. This page was last edited on 8 Novemberat TNP has ground texture problems for a change.


The wrapper does not work with never Quake engines, that is where Techland comes in. Then there are games which automatically reduce texture resolution like Forsaken or Viper Racing, so better always look at screenshots, as the image quality may vary not only by texture memory installed, but also by memory management of different drivers.

But we know the Virge is pretty weak chip, can it put higher bandwidth to good use? Diamond’s innovation created the Rio PMPone of the first consumer Multimedi players, but they soon sold their MP3 player line and no longer provide support for it.

Problem is also with EDO burst mode, it may not always be used depending on a type of memory operations. In fact, at least in texturing quality Virge is among the leaders of Thief lacks world textures, but thanks to z-fighting bits of it are coming from behind lightmap, so the issue is again caused by nultimedia limitations.

Between its birth in and retirement near the yearthe ViRGE family received regular upgrades.