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First post, by C0deHunter

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I have both, but I am not sure which has the best 2D picture for DOS, and best overall 3D performance. Then again, I am planning to play all my Win9X era games (Quake, Quake II, Hexen II, Unreal, Half-Life) in pixelated, non-3D mode, I like them chunky pixels.

Thanks for your assistance and input!

PIII-800E | Abit BH-6 | Rage 128 Pro Video Card | 256MB SD-RAM PC100 | AWE64 Gold | Sound Canvas 55 MKII | SoftMPU | 2X SanDisk (2004) 2GB CF as C:\ (Win98SE OS) and D:\ (DOS Games) | Windows 98SE (using PhilComputerLabs', *pure* DOS option)

Reply 3 of 9, by Joseph_Joestar

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Contemporary benchmarks place the Rage 128 Pro slightly below a full TNT2, so it should outperform the Vanta in D3D and OpenGL:

https://www.anandtech.com/show/389/9

I'm not sure what you mean by playing in non-3D mode though. Software rendering? In that case the difference between the cards shouldn't really matter as the rendering will be handled by your CPU.

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Reply 4 of 9, by C0deHunter

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Joseph_Joestar wrote on 2020-10-13, 05:10:

Contemporary benchmarks place the Rage 128 Pro slightly below a full TNT2, so it should outperform the Vanta in D3D and OpenGL:

https://www.anandtech.com/show/389/9

I'm not sure what you mean by playing in non-3D mode though. Software rendering? In that case the difference between the cards shouldn't really matter as the rendering will be handled by your CPU.

Yes, I mean to say software render! I have read on AnandTech that Rage 128 Pro's overall image quality and color (32bit mode) is sharper/better.

PIII-800E | Abit BH-6 | Rage 128 Pro Video Card | 256MB SD-RAM PC100 | AWE64 Gold | Sound Canvas 55 MKII | SoftMPU | 2X SanDisk (2004) 2GB CF as C:\ (Win98SE OS) and D:\ (DOS Games) | Windows 98SE (using PhilComputerLabs', *pure* DOS option)

Reply 5 of 9, by The Serpent Rider

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For DOS, Vanta LT would be better. VBE 3.0 support and better performance. Image quality may vary, but I had good experience with reference OEM Vanta LT card.

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Reply 6 of 9, by C0deHunter

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The Serpent Rider wrote on 2020-10-13, 11:39:

For DOS, Vanta LT would be better. VBE 3.0 support and better performance. Image quality may vary, but I had good experience with reference OEM Vanta LT card.

Thanks. Mine looks like this
Also, for DOS, I only play at 640x480 (and lower) resolution, so I don't think VLB would be a big selling point here for me.

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Reply 8 of 9, by C0deHunter

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The Serpent Rider wrote on 2020-10-13, 16:57:

That's Sparkle. Most likely average image quality.

What is Sparkle?

PIII-800E | Abit BH-6 | Rage 128 Pro Video Card | 256MB SD-RAM PC100 | AWE64 Gold | Sound Canvas 55 MKII | SoftMPU | 2X SanDisk (2004) 2GB CF as C:\ (Win98SE OS) and D:\ (DOS Games) | Windows 98SE (using PhilComputerLabs', *pure* DOS option)