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And, despite its lackluster 3D-speed, the ViRGE did receive some S3D enhanced games, due in large part to the brand prestige S3 carried in this period: That is, main-CPU software-based rendering could render realtime 3D graphics—as demonstrated by games like Descentwhich used only the main CPU and standard VGA hardware to render full-screen 3D video with 6-degrees-of-freedom motion in real time—but the resolution, polygon count, and quality of shading, smoothing, etc. While the market 3D Labs S3 Virge was clearly present, realtime 3D graphics rendering was new and unfamiliar territory for S3 and many of its hardware competitors.

The had remedied some of the quirks, but texture filtering was still a hit-or-miss proposition.

The card offered good image quality and outperformed many other budget cards. While never a threat in the performance arena, the sold to the tune of seven 3D Labs S3 Virge units in A long running saga that would grow to encompass elements of myth and urban legend was born at the Assembly gaming event in Junewhen BitBoys announced their Pyramid3D graphics to the world. But Pyramid3D never saw the light of 3D Labs S3 Virge, with extensive debugging and revisions delaying the project, and TriTech losing a sound chip patent suit that eventually bankrupted the company. Demo screenshot showing the realism that Glaze3D cards were supposed to achieve. Bitboys would go on to announce a second design, the Glaze3D chip, on May 15, They promised class-leading performance and a planned release by the end of The company was making a reputation for itself missing release dates and essentially producing nothing but vapourware.

Glaze3D was later redesigned under the codename Axe, catching up to the competition with support for DirectX 8. The new chip was meant to debut as the Avalanche3D card by the end of and in the meantime a third development of Glaze3D codenamed Hammer was already promising DirectX 9 support. Prototype Glaze3D boards were made with the initial run of chips, but everything came to a halt when Infineon stopped producing embedded DRAM in due to mounting financial loses.


Lacking a manufacturing partner Bitboys finally gave up on desktop graphics and instead focused on mobile graphics IP. BitBoys' exit and AMD's blunder: Soon after, ATI and Nokia entered into a long term strategic partnership.

The latter continues to produce graphics under the name Adreno an anagram of Radeon as an integral component of the hugely popular Snapdragon SoC. Intel launched its first and last so far commercial discrete 3D desktop gaming chip back in January The i traces its origins from a NASA flight simulation project for the Apollo space program 3D Labs S3 Virge General Electric and later sold to Martin Marietta who merged with Lockheed three years later.


The Sega Model 3 arcade board featured two of the Pro graphics systems. Intel bought 20 per cent of Real3D in January, a month before the i launched. By this stage Intel had already purchased a per cent of Chips and Technologies in July Performance and image quality were acceptable, with performance roughly matching high-end offerings of the previous year. A few boards made it out of 3D Labs S3 Virge manufacturing plant, but like the i, instead made it into integrated graphics chipsets. Many of the staff subsequently moved over to Intel or ATI.

ATI gave the Rage Pro a makeover in Februarywhich basically consisted of renaming the card Rage Pro Turbo and delivering a set of drivers highly optimized for synthetic 3D Labs S3 Virge.


Drivers from beta2 onwards improved gaming performance. Supply was less than ideal for the retail channel until into the new year, however, which effectively killed any chance ATI had to stamp their mark on the gaming landscape as they had done with the OEM market. Unfortunately for ATI, many games and the hardware fit-out of many users at 3D Labs S3 Virge time were geared for bit color.


Image quality was much the same as the mainstream competition from S3 and Nvidia, yet still lagged behind that of Matrox. In the end, insurmountable software issues doomed the company to a four-year lifespan. Two months after the i had made a small splash in the graphics market, 3Dfx introduced the Voodoo 2.

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Like its predecessor, it was a 3D only solution, and while impressive it represented a complex system. The Voodoo Banshee was announced in June but it didn't hit retail for another three 3D Labs S3 Virge. The revolution that 3dfx had ushered in three years earlier was now passing it by. As you can see in the gallery I am not a very good photographer. However, later appeared some titles for Windows 95 like the Croc which let me provide you with some proper S3d screens.

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How does the Virge profit from 4 MB of memory? Only Grim Fandango goes ballistic with 4 MB and that is not exactly a game you have to play accelerated. Please remember my minimum FPS measurements are not very accurate, the values are low and Fraps is rounding them to whole number. S3 embraced new opportunity and since offered many cores promising 3D acceleration for S3 prices. Virge remained pin compatible with popular. The S3 Virtual Reality Graphics Engine (ViRGE) graphics chipset 3D Labs S3 Virge one of the first 2D/3D accelerators designed for the mass market. Introduced in by  Missing: Labs.

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