rasz_pl wrote on 2021-07-30, 07:30:
so it "only" took nvidia 4 generations to deliver practical 32bit 😉
Yeah. I would say that GeForce 2 GTS (or even the GeForce 256) was the turning point.
Although these cards still suffered from a 30 - 40% performance hit when going from 16 bit to 32 bit, their raw power still allowed for extremely playable performance at very high resolutions (1024 x 768 x 32 or even 1600 x 1200 x 32).
However, even with cards from previous generations, like the TNT2, there were still quite a few games where 32 bit was perfectly usable (like Quake 2 and games based on the Q2 engine, which were perfectly playable at 800 x 600 x 32 or even 1024 x 768 x 32, not to mention games like the Tomb Raider series and many others like them, which were capped at 30 FPS anyway, so at 1024 x 768 x 32 you would get the exact same performance but with a much better image quality).
Also, let's not forget that, overall, "playable performance" in the late 90s is not comparable to "playable performance" in 2021. I would have killed to play games even at 20+ FPS in 1999, but my ATI Rage IIC.. kind of disagreed with me on that 😀.
The whole idea was that, if someone wanted to sacrifice performance for better image quality, they had the option to do so with an nVIDIA/ATI card. And in certain cases, they didn't even have to sacrifice any performance, they just got the better image quality out of the box.
Voodoo cards, on the other hand, had their own advantages (which I think I already mentioned in this thread), so that many people with weaker CPUs were able to enjoy games that they would have never been able to (decently) play with an nVIDIA or ATI card. That's why, to this day, people love them so much (including me).
Carrera wrote on 2021-07-30, 08:17:
3Dfx missed the 32 bit train, though to be honest it was a little silly in the beginning because while some card could do 32 bit a lot of people stick to 16 bit as it had a better frame rate. Posting screenshots in 32 bit but only getting 20-30 fps was a bit odd in my mind.
Everything seems silly in the beginning, it's how technology evolution has always worked. Bikes & cars seemed silly when they were invented. Even movies seemed silly. 😀 And the list can go on...
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