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Re: What is a 3D accelerator?

Nvidia might have called the Geforce 256 a GPU, but the definition of GPU that always seemed more appropriate to me is a graphics chip with programmable shaders. That puts the "processor" in "Graphics Processing Unit" as opposed to a fixed-function renderer. If that's a GPU, then the Geforce 3 (NV20 …

Re: What is a 3D accelerator?

do they? For Virge break even was around 120-133MHz, at that point playing 320x200 software rendering was faster than "accelerated" mode on Virge. Speaking from experience, I had a Virge/VX (not the fastest Virge, I know) on a Pentium 200 MMX, and not only was it always slower than software …

Re: What is a 3D accelerator?

Still not all too rare, in my not-so-up-to-date experience: Matrox Mystique -ATI 3d rage -S3 Virge -Maybe earlier nvidia like Riva 128, if you find a PCI one There's a reason why the Rage 3D, S3 Virge, and Matrox Mystique are not rare or desirable - they are 3d decelerators most of the time. They …

Re: Windows NT games that do not require 3D accelerator

in Windows
Because Windows 2000 supports up to DirectX 9, there are a LOT of games that work with it. Of course, those games also usually work with Windows 98 SE, since that also tops out at DirectX 9. I personally think Windows 2000 is a lot of fun, and once you have it fully patched and service pack'd with …

Re: What is a 3D accelerator?

You've gotten lots of great responses so far. In the interest of keeping this simple, if you just want a 3D accelerator that plays some great vintage games, here's all you need to know. Kao the Kangaroo is a Windows game, using Direct 3D. Your best, most compatible, and least hassle option is an …

Re: How do PCI IDE cards supply IRQ14 and IRQ15?

As I understand it, PCI has four interrupt lanes, IRQA through IRQD. These four lines are shared by all PCI devices, and typically each PCI slot only has one IRQ line assigned to it to reduce contention for any individual PCI IRQ line. Integrated PCI peripherals on the motherboard or in the chipset …

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