They have produced graphics cards , motherboards , modems , sound cards and MP3 players , however the company began with the production of the TrackStar, a PC add-on card which emulated Apple II computers. Facing other 3D cards on equal terms in modern Windows games with CPUs getting faster and faster, the Virge appeared too slow to accelerate anything. Having 4 MB of memory will let you play more games and more smoothly. Somewhat late and never went out of beta status. Today we know only about 20 S3d games were made, and Virge is a bad name. Windows 98 or 98SE is not recommended due to problems that may happen with video color and alignment.

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Windows 98 or 98SE is not recommended due to problems that may happen with video color and alignment.

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The action was fast and simple, texture mapped graphics mind blowing and with an urgent feeling of witnessing technological innovation. The numbering scheme confused many people since Diamond just renamed current cards with new names. Introduced in by then graphics powerhouse S3, Inc. The original vanilla Virtual Reality Graphics Engine established a line of 3D cores that were selling like hotcakes. The audio engine further received poor reviews regarding MIDI quality, which was a common standard for multimedia music playback at the time.

There is little excuse for Z artifacts in Turok though. The Viper line was Diamond’s high-end offering. But even before you could see it ignoring some textures, like the track in Wipeout XL. Even in the earliest case of S3d acceleration, this poor card can be rendered useless by CPU upgrade. Limited and slow Direct3D-supporting drivers did eventually show up, but performance was inadequate and buggy. 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.


Problem is also with EDO burst mode, it may not always be used depending on a type of memory operations.

Portable audio player manufacturers Electronics companies of the United States Manufacturing companies based in California Companies based in Los Angeles Graphics hardware companies. Also, don’t take the result of 3DMark 99 seriously, different Virge chips have different problems with the benchmark.

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This chip was rather slow and basic. At least I hope it is not a hardware problem.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. In the middle of the Stealth line-up, Diamond chose to implement a numbering scheme to differentiate multinedia cards.

How does the Virge profit from 4 MB of memory? Overall performance is horrible as expected. Well VX cards seem to have much less overclocking headroom than other members of the family.

It utilized the then state-of-the-art Aureal A3D 2.

Why less than original Virge? A special BIOS patch was released by Diamond for the Stealth II S which brought its clock speed up to the same level as multimfdia high-end Verite V chip, resulting in equal performance at a significantly lower price. It is a good example of early 3D games.


Only the bundled player software can use the hardware MPEG2 decoding eiamond the card. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. May Learn how and when to remove this template message. But we know the Virge is pretty weak chip, can it put higher bandwidth to good use? Graphics cardssound cardsDigital audio players. Modifying executable to lower resolution will let you play Populous: However, drivers tested here show virhe on par with proprietary S3d games.

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STB Velocity 3D produces artifacts even after smallest push and they looks like chip errors, not memory. This brand was originally created decades ago as just “Fire” by the design team of the professional computer graphics pioneer SPEA Software AG from Starnberg Germany that was about acquired by Diamond. Articles needing additional references from May All articles needing additional references Pages using deprecated image syntax All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from July Commons category link from Wikidata Official website dixmond in Wikidata and Wikipedia.