If the user is willing to sacrifice more performance 24 bit rendering is available and Incoming shows that in this mode, blending is done without artifacts. It is a good example of early 3D games. Shipping cost cannot be calculated. Any international shipping and import charges are paid in part to Pitney Bowes Inc. And I will show later the difference gets bigger with overclocking. Skip to main content.

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Delivery times may vary, especially during peak periods. The original vanilla Virtual Reality Graphics Engine established a line of 3D cores that were selling like hotcakes. Projectiles in Expandable or Forsaken are ugly with black color extending to square texture shape.

s3virge(4) – Linux man page

To get more games working with 2 MB configuration I changed some settings, for example disabled Z-buffer in Battlezone. Have one to sell? 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.

It is a good example of early 3D games.

A Quick Look Analysis of the S3 VIRGE 86C

Sometime no detail reduction helped and Wipeout just freezes. Only Grim Fandango goes ballistic with 4 MB and that is not exactly a game you have to play accelerated.


Back to home page Return to top. Anyway damage was already done and with coming of high performance solutions from other companies Virge continued to be used in most PCs only as a 2D card and S3 end up with little positive mind share from the huge market success.

S3 ViRGE – Wikipedia

See terms – opens in a new window or tab. And Virtual cockpit in Flight Simulator is not textured properly. Two megabytes of memory can be expanded to four, however as you will see, the chip is too slow to justify such an upgrade virye in its days.

Overclocking headroom makes it hard to believe that it works in single cycle mode, on the other hand the card really does not seem to be as bandwidth limited as it should be with two cycle mode. Sales tax may apply when shipping to: See other items More However, drivers tested here show efficiency on par with proprietary S3d games.

Vintage S3 Virge 86C325 2 MB VGA PCI Card

United States and many other countries See details. S3d version can do for you bilinear texture filtering and perspective correction, other than that it does not really look better than SVGA mode virgw frame rate is too close to single digits. But with EDO one cannot be certain.

Hopefully performance differences will remain the same with newer chips as well. In modern games Virge gives up on texturing altogether, is the threshold year. The BGA packaging makes those cards easy to spot. Retrieved from ” https: Also, don’t take the result of 3DMark 99 seriously, different Virge chips have different 68c325 with the benchmark.

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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 x3 water of Expandable, or see through surfaces in Motoracer 2. Of course architectural limitations still apply and dynamic lighting is only monochrome.

The clock is synchronous 55 MHz. Wing Commander Prophecy does the same, but after warning at launch. S3 really left Virge with big headroom. Techland developed Crime Cities which came with wrappers for some graphics card without OpenGl support.

Glass surfaces are not transparent, ghost car in Viper Racing is not transparent. Looks to me S3 was too conservative with the chip clock. Virge 24 bit mode quality is still behind most of other cards, so I will put these numbers against 16 bit without hesitation, at least in x as there is not enough memory to do it at x