At the risk of starting more off-topic gibberish…
I would not suggest 3dfx cause the company dropped the video card
business, so ATI, nvidia and MAtrox are the most important left offs.
That statement is just so wrong. I can’t remember the exact details, however,
not buying 3dfx hardware just because they don’t the cards anymore doesn’t
make sense. Nvidia don’t make graphics cards either, btw.
3dfx has exited producing graphics cards for the videogaming industry…
Their last chipset’s power and cooling requirements were… excessive and
apparently have gone to either the research or one of the other
Technically while they still support existing chipsets they will be
producing no more new ones if I read the announcement correctly. Of
course, the way the industry works, this could easily change.
I’ve had a wonderful experience with the 3dfx/banshee. Quite impressive.
Maybe not as powerful as the nVidia TNT2 but quite a site more stable (I
have a number of friends and relatives with TNT2’s running both windows
and linux…) windows stability is higher but most of these systems need
a daily reboot regardless. I don’t really trust nVidia’s drivers - past
experience (thankfully not directly) suggests they are bad driver writers.
And I at one point wrote a patch to the 3dfx/glide2/3 drivers that made
them work under fb/console I dinna think that’s too likely with
the 3dfx drivers under linux are -very- reliable.
the windows ones are prone to umm the occasional “feature” but still
I will say this though - if nVidia allows a corporation to license under
nondisclosure agreement access to device driver support I think I would
attempt to gain such and repair their drivers. They’re a very public
company with a lot of press in their favour so it would do me poor not to
pay attention to them.
Encounters with Matrox suggests they have good hardware - but I have no
idea what their current chipset’s like under Linux. Reviews suggest their
performance is not much slower than GeForce2.
ATI has long been a slow but somewhat reliable card… (they used to
regularily change chipsets without notifying anyone and the bugs in every
one changed… not as bad as the 3com network cards but
performance reviews suggest this one’s faster than the current Matrox and
GeForce but slower than the GeForce2. Impressive considering that my
3dfx/banshee made the ATI series that preceded it look slow…
as far as I know, ATI Radon and all the Matrox cards are well supported by
linux. The same folks that handle the DRI driver system (Precision
Insite) that were originally contracted by 3dfx expanded to include these
cards plus others last I heard.
What do I need?
fast OpenGL texturing; complete OpenGL 1.2+ support under
both Windows and Linux. Macintosh’d be nice too
Stability (this pretty much suggests not nVidia)
something relatively close to cutting edge
AGP G. (all my ISA and PCI slots are full… also umm AGP
has enough bandwidth for highres media streaming
I’m doing multimedia streaming and videogame development under multiple
platforms. SDL nicely supports most I/O I need
There’s very little public information on cutting edge videocards under
linux. (I actually wasn’t aware until now nVidia actually released
OpenGL-capable geForce drivers for linux…)
- TeunisOn Fri, 15 Dec 2000, Martin Donlon wrote:
On Fri, Dec 15, 2000 at 02:45:14PM +0200, Vasileiou Nikolaos wrote: