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Reply 41 of 58, by The Serpent Rider

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Reply 43 of 58, by bestemor

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Wondering if this is a card worth getting, how is the picture quality on the ARK 1000 ?

Compared to the other 'good' PCI cards of that era, 1995-1998 etc.
I got a Tseng 6000, Riva128, random S3's, as well as some TNT1 I think.... oh, and a Voodoo3 as well.

Reply 44 of 58, by The Serpent Rider

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If you want to squeeze VGA performance for benchies - probably. I doubt it can compete with Tseng, Nvidia or even some S3 in highres VESA modes. Especially if you'll find just some noname card, which will have sub-optimal clocks.

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Reply 46 of 58, by The Serpent Rider

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Picture quality should be average. ARK2000 cards use external DACs, but most of them aren't top tier. If your Riva 128 or TNT1 are from good brand, they clearly would be better.

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Reply 47 of 58, by Jo22

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The Serpent Rider wrote on 2020-09-29, 19:36:

Picture quality should be average. ARK2000 cards use external DACs, but most of them aren't top tier. If your Riva 128 or TNT1 are from good brand, they clearly would be better.

Is it related to the ARK2000PV?
I vaguely remember that card from an earlier thread.
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Reply 48 of 58, by The Serpent Rider

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Is it related to the ARK2000PV?

It's related to ARK2000 series in general. They mostly use DACs from ICS and AT&T.

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Reply 49 of 58, by bestemor

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heh, yes, the one I found had this weird tiny DAC from AT&T placed into a square apparantly made for a larger DAC....
No idea if it is a 2000 or 1000 though, the ARK chip itself is covered with a huge sticker of the card maker on the sellers pictures.
Perhaps I should avoid this one then.

Reply 50 of 58, by The Serpent Rider

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Like I said, why would you need one, if you already have better cards at your disposal? If it's only about picture quality.

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Reply 52 of 58, by clueless1

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Dusko wrote on 2021-10-30, 08:37:

Does anyone knows the difference between the ark2000 PV and MT?

I believe the MT has built-in MPEG video acceleration, while the PV does not. Both should be the same in DOS gaming performance.

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Reply 54 of 58, by agent_x007

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I'm the happy owner of Stingray 64 ARK PCI card.
I didn't run it yet, but I can't find any information about it's RAMDAC (ARK194B-13) and possible problems with it.
Anyone heard about it or has a card with it ?

Here's picture of my card :
20220709_122727.jpg

Reply 55 of 58, by Anonymous Coward

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I am doubtful that ARK actually made their own RAMDACs. They probably just slapped their silkscreen on an AT&T chip.

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Reply 56 of 58, by clueless1

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agent_x007 wrote on 2022-07-09, 14:56:
I'm the happy owner of Stingray 64 ARK PCI card. I didn't run it yet, but I can't find any information about it's RAMDAC (ARK19 […]
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I'm the happy owner of Stingray 64 ARK PCI card.
I didn't run it yet, but I can't find any information about it's RAMDAC (ARK194B-13) and possible problems with it.
Anyone heard about it or has a card with it ?

Here's picture of my card :
20220709_122727.jpg

That's a beautiful card. I had that exact card back then, and I have a different brand of ARK2000 card now in my retro PC. I only use it for DOS gaming and don't know much about the RAMDAC, but it is very fast with few compatibility issues. Nice find...

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