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Re: What is a 3D accelerator?

Nvidia might have called the Geforce 256 a GPU, but the definition of GPU that always seemed more appropriate to me is a graphics chip with programmable shaders. That puts the "processor" in "Graphics Processing Unit" as opposed to a fixed-function renderer. If that's a GPU, then the Geforce 3 (NV20 …

Re: What is a 3D accelerator?

do they? For Virge break even was around 120-133MHz, at that point playing 320x200 software rendering was faster than "accelerated" mode on Virge. Speaking from experience, I had a Virge/VX (not the fastest Virge, I know) on a Pentium 200 MMX, and not only was it always slower than software …

Re: What is a 3D accelerator?

Still not all too rare, in my not-so-up-to-date experience: Matrox Mystique -ATI 3d rage -S3 Virge -Maybe earlier nvidia like Riva 128, if you find a PCI one There's a reason why the Rage 3D, S3 Virge, and Matrox Mystique are not rare or desirable - they are 3d decelerators most of the time. They …

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