First post, by dicky96
I could be wrong about this, but I was thinking about some of the hardware we used to use when I had a computer shop and was building PCs from 1993-2002.... especially the more unusual stuff like CD Writers with Caddies, and these 'Bigfoot' 5.25" Hard Drives that allegedly loaded large files faster because the drive could read more data on a single rotation of the platter.
For some reason I remembered having this 'Real Magic MPEG' card in stock that did some really impressive video effects for the time. We had it running on demo in the shop and only ever sold one PC build with a Real Magic that I can recall, and I can't remember there being anything much you could run on it apart from some demo CD and maybe a game that came with it.
I did a quick google and found some links to 'Sigma Designs Real Magic' and I am certain that was the brand, but if my memory serves me correctlty, the card we sold was an add-on to a regular SVGA card - like the voodoo 2 was - and I couldn't find any info on that one.
I don't remember now if it was ISA or PCI. Back in the day we were building a lot of VESA based PCs with QDI mobos, VGA and Multi-IO cards. We dealt with QDI a lot at the time and I even used to go down to the QDI main UK headquarters near Reading on occasion and meet their Tech Support guys.
I am not sure whether the Real Magic came before or after we switched production to PCI based. Most likely it was PCI.
Can anyone shed any light on that Real Magic card?