First post, by Swiego
This is mostly a matter of curiosity for me. From searching online, it seems one must allow for the existence of a 16MB version of this card, in addition to the 12MB, 8MB, 4MB variants. However from what I gathered from the manual, there was no additional resolution/color depth combo enabled by going from 12MB to 16MB. Given that there isn't a great deal of evidence about the 16MB model, I find myself wondering (a) whether it existed and (b) what was its purpose? I thought these cards didn't handle textures and therefore the RAM's main purpose was frame buffer?
BTW, I do have a 12MB version... it's not hard to source, there are models out there with 8MB WRAM on the board (chips on both sides of the board) and the 4MB WRAM expansion card is not difficult nor expensive to find. As for 16MB, I saw some pictures online of what looked like a 4MB card with a 12MB WRAM expansion card attached. I haven't actually seen that card.
Anyhow this seems like a somewhat esoteric subject but I was curious and perhaps someone else will be also.
BTW, my 12MB card is fun... it works in 1st gen Pentium PCs (no PCI weirdness) and gives me 1920x1200x24bit which is... fun. 😀