Comparing apples to apples is one thing, comparing clones of apples to clones of apples is an entirely different game. I cannot imagine how a chip that’s packed with a Pentium II look-alike transitors not have even a small heatsink, when the P-II heatsink are of such large size. So is the TNT a G? According to the first press releases directly from nVidia, the Riva TNT chipset was supposed to be manufactured using a 0. Last updated November 21, Different people have different thresholds of annoyance when it comes to screen flicker, but staring at a 60Hz screen all day is an unpleasant experience for pretty much anyone. The latest news is of a “pre-beta” uh, that would be an alpha, right?

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Motorhead is a superb example of the Lens Flares dizmond Us school of computer graphics and, to my mind, fatally flawed by having cars that do not have guns on them and, indeed, cannot actually be destroyed. If you own a video projector, though, forget I spoke. MS Windows 98 Build 4.

While a TNT chip manufactured using a 0.

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However the improvements weren’t enough to justify ditching your Voodoo or Riva for a card based on a chipset that sounds like it was a discontinued Camaro. It must also do it at a reasonable refresh rate. In both 16 bit and 32 bit modes, the V delivers gorgeous 2D and 3D graphics. So here diamons are:.

Microsoft’s Game Sampler for Windows The TNT chipset supports 3D, Z-Buffered, resolutions of up to x and, like the Matrox G, does support bit rendering giving it a slight visual advantage over 3Dfx’s Voodoo2 chipset.


No part of the above is to be reproduced, copied or modified without the permission of the WebMaster. Sign up now Username Password Remember Me. Games with funkier engines damond do fog mixing and similar tricks benefit more visually from 24 bit, but since going for 16 bit will let you run a higher resolution at the same speed, most gamers opt for fewer colours.

The nVidia Riva TNT, a chipset whose description on paper could have been the best graphics accelerator voper Documentation Want a manual? If you want to play Unreal, forget it until the TNT drivers start working with it.

Which, by the way, is not an abysmal option; Unreal’s software renderer is amazingly good looking, and if you’ve got a machine fast enough to make a TNT card worthwhile, it’ll give you decent software rendered framerates in by Current motherboards have “Flash upgradable” BIOS chips, that let you upgrade the basic motherboard management software by uploading a new BIOS version into the chip with a special program.

This isn’t important for gamers, though, who have been buying plenty of Banshee cards for their near-Voodoo 2 3D performance and fast 2D.

Some users have apparently reported that K machines actually ran faster with the enhanced CPU support disabled. ALI boards are, apparently, particularly bad in this respect.

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The Diamond Viper V is a pretty good one, but they’re all much the same speed, so base your decision on pricing and bundled software and extra features, like, for example, TV out.


If you’re after lightning fast 2D and 3D graphics for serious applications and games, there are presently a few options open to you.

Moreover, it would only be available for AGP users. I won’t elaborate on this mentioned issue but on something more special In Quake-2, the image looks beautiful and stunning. What do you get with the Riva TNT? Image quality In both 16 bit and 32 bit modes, the V delivers gorgeous 2D and 3D graphics. The platform-independent 3D graphics interface standard, with different flavours developed by Silicon Graphics and Microsoft.

So is the TNT a G? Get ’em and see if they work for you. The results diamobd based on a 2nd driver update sen t to me which has slight improvements and biper fixes over the retail driver. Comparing apples to apples is one thing, comparing clones of apples to clones of apples is an entirely different game. We’ve already seen what Canopus can do with nVidia’s Riva TNT Chipset, so let’s see where Diamond ciamond the line and let’s see if they accomplish their goal in convincing some of you to purchase the Viper V over the competition.