Nick4 wrote on 2021-01-12, 05:48:
In 3DFX accelerated games I have 120 Hz refresh rate, there is such option in Diamond Monster settings. But in software mode games runs in 60 Hz. Is it possible to get 120 Hz in software renderer in windows games?
If both the graphics card and the monitor support 120 Hz at the target resolution, it is possible. Don't try this unless you're absolutely certain that they do, or you might damage both devices. EDIT - since you're using a Virge card for 2D, I'm not sure this will work out, but you might be able to get 85 Hz at least.
First, determine which resolution and color depth the game runs at (e.g. StarCraft runs at 640x480 with 256 colors). Then, right-click on the desktop > Properties > Settings and change the desktop resolution to exactly that. Lastly, click Advanced > Adapter and select the highest refresh rate that both your graphics card and monitor support. Now run the game and it should keep that refresh rate.
Also most DOS games runs in 70 Hz, some of them runs in 60. Tried couple 3DFX DOS games — Carmageddon runs in 60 Hz with 3DFX mode, GTA runs in 72 Hz. Is it possible to get higher refresh rates in DOS?
EDIT - just noticed that you're using a Virge for 2D graphics. In that case, disregard what I wrote about VBEHz below and try S3 Refresh instead. You should be able to reach 85 Hz with that, but probably not much higher.
Short answer: it depends. First, you need a VESA VBE 3.0 compatible graphics card. Again, do not attempt to run this on a graphics card which doesn't support VBE 3.0 or you might cause damage. Next, download the VBEHz utility and read the documentation carefully. Then, configure the utility and set the refresh rate to 120 Hz for the resolution which your game uses. In my experience, most games which use 640x480 (e.g. WarCraft 2, Transport Tycoon) can be made to run at refresh rates higher than 60 Hz. Unfortunately, I haven't found a reliable way to make games using lower resolutions like 320x200 (e.g. Doom) run at anything other than 72 Hz. If anyone knows a way, I'd be interested too.