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Intel released the Intel740 chip on February 10, 1998, and then released the first generation 3D graphics card Express 3D based on this chip on April 15. Intel has a powerful influence on the Pentium CPU and vigorously promotes the Intel 740 chip, and a large number of graphics cards with the Intel 740 chip have emerged.
Intel740, also known as i740 chip, is actually developed by Real3D, but its parent company does not pay attention to it so that Intel can take advantage of it to obtain its naming rights, ownership and core technology at a lower cost, thus occupying this absolute dominant position. Therefore, Intel740-based graphics cards are roughly divided into Intel i740 graphics cards, Real3Di740 graphics cards and other i740 graphics cards. There are about 17 kinds of representative i740 chip graphics card collections. If you collect 12 of them, you are a true i740 graphics card collector.
1.Intel i740 chip graphics
1.1 INTEL740 Evaluation board
The following picture shows the intel i740 chip evaluation board. The right side of the front side of the PCB on the graphics card is marked with the "INTEL740 Evaluation board". The PCB date was 3497 and it appeared before August 1997.
INTEL740 Evaluation board

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Reply 1 of 28, by yjfy

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1.2 INTEL740 Reference board
The front right side of the PCB on the Intel 740 graphics card is labeled "INTELi740 reference board". Intel had planned to let other manufacturers make graphics cards according to this reference design. In fact, based on cost considerations, no one vendor used this luxurious design, and even Intel itself launched Express 3D graphics cards to be streamlined and streamlined.
 INTEL740 Reference board

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Reply 2 of 28, by yjfy

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1.3 Express 3D Evaluation board
   Product evaluation board for Express 3D, date of manufacture 9804.
 Express 3D Evaluation board

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Reply 3 of 28, by yjfy

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  1.4 Express 3D Test board  
This Express 3D graphics card is a Test board that intel completes the design and is in trial production, which is no different from the official retail product. Also, the date of this card PCB is 98 years and 09 weeks, and the official release date of Express 3D graphics card is April 15, 1998, which is equivalent to 15 weeks in 1998. The test for the media evaluation agency is mainly the Test board before the release date.

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Reply 4 of 28, by yjfy

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1.5 Express 3D SGRAM  
The first civilian-grade graphics card with fan cooling.
        Express 3D Qualified Product

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Reply 5 of 28, by yjfy

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1.6 Express 3D SDRAM   Express 3D SDRAM memory version.
  Express 3D SDRAM Qualified Product

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Reply 6 of 28, by yjfy

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  1.7 Boxed Express 3D

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Reply 7 of 28, by yjfy

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  2.Real3D i740 chip graphics
  2.1 Engineering sample

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Reply 8 of 28, by yjfy

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  2.2 Regular version
  StarFighter SFA-159-A

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Reply 9 of 28, by yjfy

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2.3 Deluxe Edition
StarFighter SFA-136-A

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Reply 10 of 28, by yjfy

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  2.4 PCI version
  Deserves to be the original creator of the Intel 740 chip, making the only PCI version.
  StarFighter SFP-136-A

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Reply 11 of 28, by yjfy

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3. Other company i740 chip graphics card
3.1 Engineering sample
Other companies' i740 chip graphics engineering samples are also rare.
Gainward INTEL740 APAC REFERENCE DESIGN

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Reply 12 of 28, by yjfy

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3.2 Using Intel Reference Design

MM200AG3D ISS

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Reply 13 of 28, by yjfy

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  3.3 Regular version
DIAMOND Stealth II G460

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Reply 14 of 28, by yjfy

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3.4 Memory daughter card version

Leadtek S900

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Reply 15 of 28, by yjfy

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3.5 Video Daughter Card Edition

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Reply 17 of 28, by Con 2 botones

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Nice post!
I guess with the coming launch of the new line of Intel dedicated GPUs, people might feel the curiosity to take a look at past attempts from Intel in the video card market.

Reply 18 of 28, by elianda

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Do you know anything about the i740 chipset revision differences?

Was the daughterboard with Realmagic EM8220 the only one released or were there also versions with better decoder chips?

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Reply 19 of 28, by Cobra42898

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im also curious about revisions and differences between i740, i752, i810, i815. it seems everyone jumps to the other manufacturers and never gives a real look at them.

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