History of the PC: Graphic hardware, from 3dfx to NVIDIA

Discussion in 'Video Cards' started by erek, Mar 19, 2019.

  1. Spoom

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    Very interesting read! Thanks
     
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  2. XoR_

    XoR_ Gawd

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    I already know this story all too well so I didn't really need to be able to read this to know what it talks about :)

    On the side note two reason why 3dfx failed:
    - STB acquisition. They should continue to only sell chips, not whole cards
    - VS100 was too late to market. It should be direct competition to Riva TNT2 instead of Voodoo3. Voodoo4 performance suggests it was supposed to be just that.
     
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  3. horrorshow

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    I'm a real sucker for this kinda stuff....

    Thanks erek!
     
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  4. erek

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    jmilcher [H]ardness Supreme

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    Is there a English version of the first article? Google translate chopped it up.
     
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    Funny to see ones memories be classified as “history”

    I guess I am getting old...people today have an easy ride compared how things were in the past

    Thanks for sharing
     
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    TangledThornz Gawd

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    Instead of getting nostalgic I get anxiety with these articles. Seriously, tech back then when was so difficult to work with and I got many scars on my hands from being cut up in my old beige PC cases, lol.
     
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    deruberhanyok [H]ard|Gawd

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    Factum was just wondering how many people reading that article were PC gaming when it all unfolded.

    I still remember moving from an integrated Cirrus Logic VGA adapter to a Matrox Mystique to an i740 to Voodoo2. "Those were the days...."
     
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  9. Stoly

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    Iirc Ars had a similar article a few years ago.
     
  10. Factum

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    Oh yeah...or trying to load VESA fixes in config.sys to make a S3 Trio+ VESA 2.0 compatible...and hoping you had not put the card in a slot which caused an IRQ conflict...I had Amiga's before PC's...those were more...."human" to work on.
     
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  11. DejaWiz

    DejaWiz Oracle of Unfortunate Truths

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    I remember seeing ads in PC Gamer back then for the Matrox Mystique...

    MatroxMystiqueAd.jpg





    After my frustrating run with a Rendition Verite 2200 and a 3Dfx Voodoo Rush 6MB, I eventually moved on to a single (and shortly after an SLI) Voodoo2 setup. Wow, what a difference! 1024x768 3D gaming was amazing!

    I eventually paired that V2 SLI setup it with a TnT2 Ultra 32MB. One day while tinkering around just for the hell of it, the game "Kingpin" was the first time that I used the TnT2 for 3D rendering duties, and was instantly impressed with the performance and visual quality vs 3Dfx.
    That's the day I said goodbye to 3Dfx forever...
     
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  12. gdonovan

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    No name vga -> ET-6000 + Voodoo Graphics->Wicked3d Voodoo II + i740-> Voodoo 3.

    Good times.
     
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