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Re: Reverse-Engineering the 3DFX VSA-100 Chipset

If I did understand the discussion in the interesting video linked above (not my first language anyway), it looks like the answers quite direct that was given to the PCB manufacturer problem (after 1 hour and 50 minutes) seems like that transition took too much time that basically has been the …

Re: Reverse-Engineering the 3DFX VSA-100 Chipset

I don't see how the VSA-100 could succeed as a highend next to the Voodoo3 Same way TNT and TNT2 did - large texture support, more memory, 32-bit color, AGP 4x and all new fancy texture compression feature (similar to S3 Savage 3D). With Voodoo 3 3000/3500 probably being released as part of VSA-100 …

Re: Reverse-Engineering the 3DFX VSA-100 Chipset

Avenger chip just felt right as low-end offering - perfect for OEM and gaming on a budget, where additional 3D features weren't so important. Both ATI and Nvidia did the same trick later on with Radeon 7000/7500 and GeForce 4 MX cards. Right but together with others much higher end architectures. …

Re: Reverse-Engineering the 3DFX VSA-100 Chipset

I don't see how the VSA-100 could succeed as a highend next to the Voodoo3 Same way TNT and TNT2 did - large texture support, more memory, 32-bit color, AGP 4x and all new fancy texture compression feature (similar to S3 Savage 3D). With Voodoo 3 3000/3500 probably being released as part of VSA-100 …

Re: Reverse-Engineering the 3DFX VSA-100 Chipset

I don't see how the VSA-100 could succeed as a highend next to the Voodoo3. It was more expensive while being rarely faster. Voodoo3 was fast and simple, it was the VSA-100 that would deserve canceling more. Just idea but I meant that if the original Voodoo3 was meant to be and renamed "Banshee II" …

Re: Reverse-Engineering the 3DFX VSA-100 Chipset

3dfx wasted resources on stuff like acquiring STB, instead of big investment in RnD. At that time, STB was one of the big OEM manufacturers of Nvidia cards. It was downward spiral from there. Original plan was to release VSA-100 cards as high-end and Banshee refresh (Voodoo 3) as low-end offering. …

Re: Reverse-Engineering the 3DFX VSA-100 Chipset

Every time I think about the VSA-100 specs I ask myself why it couldn't be what it would have sense to be a theorical Voodoo3 chip when the original chip seems like a modernized boosted Banshee, the VSA-100 chip should have been the "perfect" Voodoo3 but in the 1998 and the latest Voodoo …

Re: SSE2 cpu emulation

... We can run to opensource OS like Linux, FreeBSD etc,.. We start to speak like our grandparents - "in our time it was just ..." In fact I always had doubts about alternative o.s in the past but I ended up agreeing that for the generic users they bring back that old style feeling to install what …

Re: SSE2 cpu emulation

Latest Socket 478 cpus even had SSE3... Yes. But not SS S E3 (introduced in Core2). And this was requirement for OSX to run. Pentium 4 Prescott for socket478 was an attempt to make money on an aging platform. Same piece of silicon in a different package. Similar to previous Overdrive processors... …

Re: SSE2 cpu emulation

Hi, considering in the past even 387 NPU sw emulators existed, did a SSE2 sort of emulator existed or something that helped using SSE1 or other logics to "emulate" this feature? Cause that's the main reason Athlon XP are useless into a modern o.s. installations. While I think modern o.s. like Win …

SSE2 cpu emulation

Hi, considering in the past even 387 NPU sw emulators existed, did a SSE2 sort of emulator existed or something that helped using SSE1 or other logics to "emulate" this feature? Cause that's the main reason Athlon XP are useless into a modern o.s. installations. While I think modern o.s. like Win …

Re: Opera for Win 95 on a 486 or Pentium

I remember having tried Opera 9.x without Kernelex but in Windows 98 and a 486DX4 and it worked but really really slow. I suppose Opera 10.x is too heavy even for faster cpus. Also Opera 10.6x I suppose include HTML5 early stuff into the browser that improves compatibility but also slow down a lot …

Re: If we were to accept 15 years ago as retro....

in Milliways
Anyway I still didn't say where I'd draw the "retro" line in the PC configs and well, maybe I think I'd say that the SDR ram was the thing that make me think to the last of retro machines. So once DDR ram began to be used there were already so much innovations all around the other components that …

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