Graphics card history: How pixels learned to run

Graphics card history: How pixels learned to run

Secondary theaters of war

The RagePro, RageFury and RageFuryMAxx (Rage Fury with 2 graphics processors) did not even begin to get the attention like nVidia, although they were in the 32Bit Ren In some cases, they fell far less than their competition and the previously mentioned DVD playback features offered. Here, too, one suffered from the driver quality.

ATi Rage Fury pro
ATi Rage Fury MAXX

The purchase of the graphics card manufacturer STB by 3dfx did not work to the extent that one would have liked, but led 3dfx deeper and deeper into the red, so that the boards with the Voodoo3 chip were too expensive for too long due to the lack of alternative suppliers.

The consequence of the development was that all manufacturers, except ATI, 3dfx/STB and Matrox , only nVidia graphics cards still produced.

Four is three too many?

Developed a little laternVidia the GeForce2 which had a higher clock, a Texelshader and up to 64MB memory. By the way, nVidia remembered 'old virtues' and produced different versions of the GeForce2 which differed significantly in price and performance.

nVidia GeForce2 GTS 64MB from Hercules
nVidia GeForce2 TI from Asus
nVidia GeForce2 ultra from Hercules>.

The battle between 3dfx and nVidia was marked by many licensing lawsuits, patent infringements and speculation at the time. Sometimes nVidia was in a bind, sometimes 3dfx had the buck. The whole thing only came to an end when nVidia bought up 3dfx almost overnight and had all the patents in its hands.

Little new came from ATI and Matrox, the only remaining manufacturers. ATI concentrated on the fast growing video market and excelled with display quality and functionality. As already mentioned, Matrox had the fastest graphics card in the world for a short time with the G400, but lost contact with nVidia because the unlisted company did not go through the blazingly fast product cycle of 6 months and was limited to the office area.

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