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First post, by BEEN_Nath_58

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I am putting up a list of video card tech demos ever released, the content becomes harder to find day by day. The list won't be complete, I deleted many of the ones I had so it'll be good to fill up the gaps as well:

3Dfx

Voodoo 1

Voodoo 2

Demoscene Demos

  • codename
  • demo
  • dimen
  • edison_b
  • fuctory
  • gds-ifut
  • img_fall
  • infy2rel
  • moppi_p
  • radioactivity
  • scorp_fl
  • sds1std2
  • shortcut
  • tobecontinued
  • trip
  • vgonatur
  • vgonatur_patched
  • virhe_by
  • zertvait

ATI

Rage 128

Radeon 7000

Radeon 8500

Radeon 9700

Radeon 9800

Radeon X800

Radeon X850

Radeon X1800

Radeon HD 2000

Matrox

G200

G400

Parhelia

Nvidia

GeForce 256

GeForce 2

GeForce 3

GeForce 4

GeForce FX

GeForce 6

GeForce 7

GeForce 8

GeForce 200

  • Medusa

GeForce 400

GeForce 400 & 500

GeForce 600

  • A New Dawn

GeForce 400, 500 & 600

  • Design Garage

GeForce GTX Titan

GeForce 900

GeForce 20

Miscellaneous

PowerVR

S3

Please help in filling up the missing demos, and the newer ATI/AMD demos.

Last edited by BEEN_Nath_58 on 2022-05-21, 08:28. Edited 6 times in total.

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Reply 1 of 18, by jheronimus

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With Glide there are also demoscene demos, do they count here?

Here's what I found in my archives:

codename
demo
dimen
edison_b
fuctory
gds-ifut
img_fall
infy2rel
moppi_p
radioactivity
scorp_fl
sds1std2
shortcut
tobecontinued
trip
vgonatur
vgonatur_patched
virhe_by
zertvait

Reply 2 of 18, by Jo22

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Not an official Nvidia demo, but historically relevant maybe.:
https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce256-t,135-4.html

Edit: "I have to say that I never saw a game-demo as impressive and as beautiful at the same time,
but some of you might be very disappointed about the complete lack of blood and violence."

90s gaming in a nutshell. Just love that line. Describes the addiction to DOOM, Castle Wolfenstein, Half Life etc nicely.

Last edited by Jo22 on 2022-05-20, 15:21. Edited 1 time in total.

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Reply 3 of 18, by BEEN_Nath_58

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jheronimus wrote on 2022-05-20, 14:44:
With Glide there are also demoscene demos, do they count here? […]
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With Glide there are also demoscene demos, do they count here?

Here's what I found in my archives:

codename
demo
dimen
edison_b
fuctory
gds-ifut
img_fall
infy2rel
moppi_p
radioactivity
scorp_fl
sds1std2
shortcut
tobecontinued
trip
vgonatur
vgonatur_patched
virhe_by
zertvait

I should add them in a demoscene section later?

Jo22 wrote on 2022-05-20, 15:15:

Not an official Nvidia demo, but historically relevant maybe.:
https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce256-t,135-4.html

i should add, but there are some demos I added that are unofficial as well. For example Unigine benchmark is on Nvidia site but it's not theirs.

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Reply 4 of 18, by Jo22

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BEEN_Nath_58 wrote on 2022-05-20, 15:18:
Jo22 wrote on 2022-05-20, 15:15:

Not an official Nvidia demo, but historically relevant maybe.:
https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce256-t,135-4.html

i should add, but there are some demos I added that are unofficial as well. For example Unigine benchmark is on Nvidia site but it's not theirs.

I understand, makes sense. Their were different releases of the Unigine Benchmarks, even.
Early versions still ran Windows XP or MacOS 10.6 etc.

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In what to one race is no time at all, another race can rise and fall..." - The Minstrel

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Reply 5 of 18, by BEEN_Nath_58

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jheronimus wrote on 2022-05-20, 14:44:
With Glide there are also demoscene demos, do they count here? […]
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With Glide there are also demoscene demos, do they count here?

Here's what I found in my archives:

codename
demo
dimen
edison_b
fuctory
gds-ifut
img_fall
infy2rel
moppi_p
radioactivity
scorp_fl
sds1std2
shortcut
tobecontinued
trip
vgonatur
vgonatur_patched
virhe_by
zertvait

Can you provide links to them? Looks like they have been lost

Jo22 wrote on 2022-05-20, 15:24:
BEEN_Nath_58 wrote on 2022-05-20, 15:18:
Jo22 wrote on 2022-05-20, 15:15:

Not an official Nvidia demo, but historically relevant maybe.:
https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce256-t,135-4.html

i should add, but there are some demos I added that are unofficial as well. For example Unigine benchmark is on Nvidia site but it's not theirs.

I understand, makes sense. Their were different releases of the Unigine Benchmarks, even.
Early versions still ran Windows XP or MacOS 10.6 etc.

I will add that as well for the facr it's still a official video card OEM demo.

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Reply 6 of 18, by Jo22

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BEEN_Nath_58 wrote on 2022-05-20, 16:20:

I will add that as well for the facr it's still a official video card OEM demo.

Thank you! 😄

If you ever need a copy of these that you can't find online, please let me know.
I may not qualify as a real gamer, but software preservation is a side hobby of mine.
Maybe I do have copies of an old demo or a similar thing. Just sent a PM whenever you like.

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In what to one race is no time at all, another race can rise and fall..." - The Minstrel

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Reply 7 of 18, by BEEN_Nath_58

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Jo22 wrote on 2022-05-20, 17:46:
Thank you! ^_^ […]
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BEEN_Nath_58 wrote on 2022-05-20, 16:20:

I will add that as well for the facr it's still a official video card OEM demo.

Thank you! 😄

If you ever need a copy of these that you can't find online, please let me know.
I may not qualify as a real gamer, but software preservation is a side hobby of mine.
Maybe I do have copies of an old demo or a similar thing. Just sent a PM whenever you like.

I got this demo, now can you please tell what's the executable name originally is, mine's already edited. (The demo gives a black screen on running, more testing on the way)

Also, I am searching for a "Blobby Dinosaur" that I read on another VOGONS only and not anywhere else. I know of "Blobby Dancer" but not the dinosaur one.

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Reply 8 of 18, by BEEN_Nath_58

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I added links to most of the demos. And I am also trying out the demos on my PC.

The X1800 series ATI demos don't work on my Nvidia GPU. I tried dgVoodoo2 but it fails too. The 8500 Dolphin demo can be run using dgVoodoo2 as it supports ATI TruForm.

The ATI Rage 128 Dawning GPU works in normal as well as educational mode using DxWnd. The Radeon's Ark demo wants a Radeon 7000 GPU, but probably some hex edit may fix it (and I am not good at it).

Most 3Dfx demos work fine but there's no sound, and it's difficult to find why.

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Reply 9 of 18, by elianda

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@BEEN_Nath_58:

I have quite a few of the demos mentioned that have no links on my ftp at
ftp://retronn.de/demos

There are subfolders for 3dfx, nvidia, amd and also e.g. Rendition.

You can create a https:// link if you write instead https://retronn.de/ftp/<ftp_path>

There is also some stuff to be found that is not in your list yet.

Retronn.de - Vintage Hardware Gallery, Drivers, Guides, Videos. Now with file search
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Reply 10 of 18, by SteveC

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Remember you can run the Matrox G400 tech demo on other hardware if you put " i_promise_i_will_go_buy_a_matrox_g400" at the end of the config file 😁
I seem to remember using 3D-Analyze to run the Matrox Parhelia Reef tech demo on other hardware too.

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Reply 12 of 18, by BEEN_Nath_58

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Schule04 wrote on 2022-06-12, 04:27:

PowerVR Midas-3 or PCX also seems to have demos:
https://vintage3d.org/midas3.php

I went through the website. Only thing I didn't find was the demos used and the links to them

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Reply 13 of 18, by BEEN_Nath_58

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I tried the Ogre and the Vulcan demos and they are presenting high exposure at some points, but I don't remember seeing them like the white regions:
file.php?mode=view&id=139632

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Reply 14 of 18, by dr.zeissler

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Great toppic! Thx guys.

I was really impressed when I saw R7000/ARK Demo, knowing that the shaders are not used in any game because they are not 100% DirectX compilant.
Another one that still look great today is that Matrox-Parhelia Reef-Demo this can be run by a GF6200 too with 3Danalyze but it looks really nice on the real thing.
Chameleon also impressed me, never new that there was a GF4MX Edition?

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SteveC wrote on 2022-05-31, 19:22:

Remember you can run the Matrox G400 tech demo on other hardware if you put " i_promise_i_will_go_buy_a_matrox_g400" at the end of the config file 😁
I seem to remember using 3D-Analyze to run the Matrox Parhelia Reef tech demo on other hardware too.

What really impressed me here is that DX6/7-water looks's like pixelshader, but it's not.

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Reply 16 of 18, by BEEN_Nath_58

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I fetched the demos as @elianda provided, many of which are DOS based (and I am currently listing Windows ones). Rendition ones have been tough to classify, first I have to ascertain if they were really developed for the Rendition and then many of them don't use RRedline but OpenGL, so I will update my list with the used API sometime. A pity that we can't test the RRedline demos on modern hardware.

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