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That article was interesting because it mentioned Terminal Velocity, Hellbender, and Winbench S3 Trio3D lacks support for S3D titles. The ViRGE family delivered faster Windows acceleration in the same physical footprint as its predecessor. Quake has few flashing textures as well plus some Z-artifacts on doors, but the S3 wrapper does not support first Virges anyway. To begin with, here’s w S3, along with other previously well-established VGA vendors in the PC market, were unable to adapt to the rapidly evolving PC 3D graphics market, being relegated to sell into market segments where 3D graphics functionality was unimportant.

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Return to General Old Hardware. Sometimes standard S3 drivers won’t work on such cards.

Diamond Stealth 3d 2000 S3 Virge 325 4mb VGA PCI Video Card Tested

I got my local PC shop to source the extra 2 ram chips for me as was the style in and with 4mb it was all textured. Like Savage4, this chip was somewhat popular for Unreal Tournament.

Maybe it was getting confused with the later S3 drivers on my w95 box? Link to WinTune 2.

S3 Graphics graphics processors. But with EDO one cannot be certain.

Wing Commander Prophecy does the same, but after warning at launch. For the games part, with the era of games I am planning 3225 playing on this, would it be worth the money to go get a 4 MB version of the S3 Virge Card for this build? Incoming suffers the most from lack of lens flare support, explosions just aren’t fun without it.


Then there are games which automatically reduce texture resolution like Forsaken or Viper Racing, so better always look at screenshots, as the image quality may vary not only by texture memory installed, but also by memory management of different drivers. Reply with quote Re: It’s for the registered version, not the shareware version.

S3 Graphics ViRGE () (Windows NT) Driver – TechSpot

Turok batch takes too long to complete and Virge usually freezes in specific moments, that is why I used only second demo for measurement. Savage was an ambitious overhaul of previous 3D technology and was released at the end of This is for a a3 a positive part of Virge I understand why Falcon 4.

However, later appeared some titles for Windows 95 like the Croc which let me provide you with some proper S3d screens. I have a sweet spot for them, thanks for the thread rg!

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In that very year S3 shipped half of the 10 million 3D chips sold and looked to be on a good path to succeed in this field as well.

And there also seems to be a limit to blending targets, causing some top texture layers to become transparent and opening holes, like in explosions above the water of Expandable, or see through surfaces in Motoracer 2.


S3 Graphics, Ltd is a graphics hardware manufacturer founded in January I’m really interested in Winbench This is the most nasty artifact and ruins many games. Somewhat late and never went out of beta status. Actually, it seems that this test can take several minutes. Thief lacks world textures, but thanks to z-fighting bits of it are coming from behind lightmap, so the issue is again caused by blending limitations.

Released June 10, Whenever modulated alpha occurs Virge throws in a towel and renders whole alpha texture as opaque black. The clock is synchronous 55 MHz. S3D games often only recognize the original ViRGE chip but there is a third party utility to fix the game executable. Weapon is drawn quite poorly and there is also the Z-fighting in top right corner. With 2MB you should be capable of at least xx16bpp. Tomb Raider 2 sometimes drops some textures even at x It works on w While resolution remains at software rendering level, when Virge’s features works image quality enhancement is big enough.