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High End 3D Accelerator

December 1998

CONTENTS:
Reviews Benchmarks Boards Chips

For regular industry updates read Fourth Wave's Wave Report (http://www.fourthwave.com)
Search Wave Report on 3D Links (http://www.3dlinks.com)
Prices are approximate US Dollars or vendor specified list price. Board and chip details are too varied and extensive to include in this short listing. See the company pages or various detailed review articles.

Review Articles

http://www.interactivitymag.com (June 1998)
http://www.newmedia.com/newmedia(November 1998)
http://www.tomshardware.com/videocard.html (on going)
http://www.zdnet.com/pcmag/features/graph_accel98 (Consumer Cards - December 1998)
http://www.opengl.org/Products/Accelerators.html(on going)

Benchmarks

http://www.indy3d.com
http://www.specbench.org/gpc
http://www.opengvs.com/rwb
http://www.3dmark.com/
http://www.mercury.org

Board Vendors

Company Products
3D Labs Inc.
480 Potrero Avenue
Sunnyvale CA 94086 USA
Tel: 408 530 4700
Fax: 408 530 4701
http://www.3dlabs.com
email: info@3dlabs.com
Oxygen GMX - 3D Labs entry into board market following aquistion of Dynamic Pictures. AGP bus, dual Glint GMX chips, Glint Gamma geometry processor, GMX 2000 chip set, up to 96MB memory ($2299)
AccelGraphics
Evans & Sutherland 1873 Barber Lane
Milpitas, CA 95035 USA
Tel: 408 546 2100
Fax: 408 321 0260
email: aginfo@ag3d.com
ttp://www.accelgraphics.com
AccelGalaxy - E&S chip set, AGP only ($1499-1699)
AccelGMX 2000 - Dual 3Dlabs Glint GMX chips AGP only ($1899)
AccelEclipse II - E&S/Mitsubisi 3D Pro chips AGP/PCI ($899-$1299)
AccelPro MX - 3D Labs Glint MX ($999)
ATI Technologies Inc.
33 Commerce Valley Drive East
Thornhill, ON L3T 7N6 Canada
Tel: 905 882 2600
Fax: 905 882 2620
http://www.atitech.ca
ATI Rage Magnum - Rage 128 GL chip, AGP, recently released and not yet on the benchmarks. Looks like a decent performer for the main stream business PC.
Diamond Multimedia Systems Inc.
San Jose, California
Tel: 408 325 7000
http://www.diamondmm.com
Fire GL 4000 - E&S REALimage + Mitsubishi 3Dpro/2mp (PCI)
Fire GL 1000 Pro - 3D Labs Permedia 2 (PCI/AGP) ($195)
New Fire board to use IBM chips in exclusive deal
ELSA AG
Sonnenweg 11
52070 Aachen Germany
Phone: +49-241-606-0
Fax: +49-241-606-1199
http://www.elsa.com
Gloria XXL - Glint GMX/Gamma/Permedia 2 AGP/PCI ($2249)
Gloria XL - Glint GMX/Delta/S3 Trio
Evans & Sutherland
Corporate Headquarters
600 Komas Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
Tel: 801 588 1000
Fax: 801 588 4500
http://www.es.com
Ensemble and Rhythm II board and systems announced 17 Nov 1998. Harmony, ESIG and Liberty Image Generators live at the top of the performance and cost range.

AccelGraphics is a subsidiary of E&S.

Hewlett Packard
Palo Alto, CA USA
http://www.hp.com/kayak
Kayak Workstations - fx4 uses Elsa boards
Fx6 uses proprietary HP chips, these were the best performing non-SGI boards before the Intergraph Wildcat
Intergraph Computer Systems Inc.
Huntsville Alabama, 35894-0001 USA
Tel: 800 763 0242
http://www.intergraph.com/ics
Intense3D Wildcat ($2995+), Intense3D Pro ($1595+), RealiZm II ($1295+). Wildcat cards currently have highest Viewperf benchmark of available boards and rank with SGI Inifinite Reality workstations.
Leadtek Research Inc.
46723 Fremont Blvd.,
Fremont, CA 94538, USA
Tel: (510)490-8076
Fax: (510)490-7759
email: leadtek@leadtek.com
http://www.leadtek.com
Winfast3D family - L3100 uses dual Glint MX/Gamma chips
Matrox Graphics Inc.
1055 St. Regis blvd.
Dorval, Quebec Canada H9P 2T4
Tel.: 514 685 7230
Fax: 514 685 2853
http://www.matrox.com
Marvel G200, Millenium G200, Mystique G200 based on MGA 200 chip set. Millenium G200 board was PC Mag Editor choice for main stream business 3D cards, even though it was not the top 3D benchmark scorer because of its 2D and multimedia abilities.
MaxVision Corporation
2705 Artie Street
Executive Park South, Building 400
Suite 27
Huntsville, AL 35805 USA
Toll Free (800)533-5805
Tel: 256 533 5800
Fax: 256 533 5801
http://www.maxvision.com
Titan II - Dual Glint MX/Gamma AGP/PCI
Suggested by 3Dlabs for dual Glint MX on PCI bus
Omnicomp Graphics Corporation
1734 W.Sam Houston Pkwy. N.
Houston, TX 77043
Tel: 713 464 2990
Fax: 713 827-7540
email: omninfo@omnicomp.com
http://www.omnicomp.com
Twin GMX8/20 - Dual Glint MX/Gamma AGP/PCI bus
Quantum3D, Inc.
2520 Mission College Blvd. Suite 202
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Phone: 408-919-9999
Fax: 408-919-9980
U.S. Toll Free: 1-888-747-1020
http://www.quantum3d.com
Obsidian2 200S Sbi - uses dual 3DFx Voodoo2 chipsets to gain impressive texture fill rates. Before the Intergraph Wildcat, this was my board of choice for price/performance.
Real3D
12506 Lake Underhill Rd. MP-811
Orlando, FL 32825 USA
Tel: 800 393 7730
Tel: 407 306 7302
Fax: 407 306 3358
email: real3d@real3d.com
http://www.real3d.com
Starfighter board uses aging Intel 740 chipset for mid range mainstream PC market.
PRO 1000 - a family of Image Generator boxes
Silicon Graphics, Inc.
2011 N. Shoreline Blvd.
Mountain View, CA 94043 USA
Tel: 650 960 1980
http://www.sgi.com
SGI workstation dominance has been strongly challenged by Intergraph, HP, and others using add-in cards. The SGI Windows NT based system due out Real Soon Now, is rumored to be an impressive response.

High End 3D Chip Vendors

Company Products
3Dfx Interactive, Inc.
4435 Fortran Drive
San Jose, California 95134, U.S.A.
http://www.3dfx.com
Voodoo2, Banshee : darling of the gamers
Voodoo3 : announced Nov 98
APIs: DirectX, OpenGL, Glide, OpenGVS
3DLabs
480 Potrero Avenue
Sunnyvale CA 94086 USA
Tel: 408 530 4700
Fax: 408 530 4701
http://www.3dlabs.com
email: info@3dlabs.com
current : Permedia 2, GLint GMX, Gamma, etc.
Permedia 3 - mainstream chip due 1999
Jetstream - high end chipset due mid 1999 will compete with Intergraph Wildcat
Advanced Rendering Technology Ltd.
Cambridge UK
Voice: +44 1223 563854
Fax: +44 1223 516520
http://www.art.co.uk
AR250 Ray Tracing Chip - a different approach to 3d graphic chips. Not sure if or how well it will do real time.
ATI Technologies Inc.
33 Commerce Valley Drive East
Thornhill, ON L3T 7N6 Canada
Tel: 905 882 2600
Fax: 905 882 2620
http://www.atitech.ca
ATI Rage 128GL, ATI Rage 128 VR
Evans & Sutherland
Corporate Headquarters
600 Komas Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
Tel: 801 588 1000
Fax: 801 588 4500
http://www.es.com
REALimage 2100 chip set released 1998
NVIDIA Corporation
3535 Monroe Street
Santa Clara, CA. 95051
Tel: (408) 615-2500
Fax: (408) 615-2800
Email: info@nvidia.com
http://www.nvidia.com
Riva 128, 128ZX, TNT and Vanta. Riva TNT powered the boards that ranked highest in the PC Magazine benchmarks
PixelFusion Limited
2440 The Quadrant
Aztec West
Bristol BS32 4AQ UK
Tel: +44 1454 878740
Fax: +44 1454 878644
http://www.pixelfusion.com
FUZION technology - A very different approach to 3D rendering, combining massively parallel rendering and pixel programmability in a new scalable architecture. To be Launched mid 1999.
Rendition, Inc.
999 East Arques Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
Tel: (408) 822-0100
Fax: (408) 822-0199
http://www.rendition.com
RRedline Accelerator announced but now uncertain as company was aquired by Micron Technologies in Sept 1998
SP3D Chip Design GmbH
Petersbrunner Strasse 17
D-82319 Starnberg Germany
Fax: 49 8151 270 - 200
email: sales@sp3dtech.com
http://www.sp3dtech.com
new company with a new chip design boasting impressive numbers in pre-launch publicity (see Wave Report 904). Significant investment from Phillips.
Number Nine Visual Technology
18 Hartwell Avenue
Lexington, MA 02421-3141 USA
Tel: 781 674 0009
Fax: 781 869 7190
http://www.nine.com/
Ticket to Ride IV - mainstream PC chip, new in 1998
S3 Incorporated
2841 Mission College Blvd.
P.O. Box 58058
Santa Clara, CA 95052-8058
Tel: +1-408-588-8000 (operator attended)
+1-408-588-8585 (automated)
Fax: +1-408-980-5444
http://www.s3.com
Savage 3D - new chip in 1998, texture compression algorithms licensed by Microsoft for DirectX 6