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Rasterizer is plenty fast, close to promised polygon rates even with smooth Gouraud shading and specular lighting. Scissoring and stenciling units remained. Color precision is rather disappointing, because precision was at some places reduced to 5 bits per channel. The main feature set addition was "full speed" bilinear filter, however, in the tests performance drop is significant.

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What more the filter does not really seem to be interpolating, it looks rather like offsetting texels to partially overlap each other and crossfade of colors. Considering the serious past 3dlabs comes from, I would guess this is some desperate hack, rather than a design choice. Poor presentation of texturing unit is completed by lack of mip mapping. Now let me try to 3D Labs 3Dlabs reference PERMEDIA 2 3D Accelerator its inaccuracies errors, along with joke of bilinear filter. I will use lightmap from Quake, but mind you this was observed in any application. Texels warps by camera angel and form clear abnormalities like the vertical line in the center.

Permedia supports RGBA textures, but their use is extremely limited due to poor memory management. Next pipeline stage does not impress either. There is only one texture slot and multiplicative blending is not supported. Vertex fog is blended 3D Labs 3Dlabs reference PERMEDIA 2 3D Accelerator transparent textures properly, frame buffer dithering is sensitive enough. Depth buffer precision was not always sufficient, causing bit of z-fighting here and there. OpenGL revealed only 15 bits are used at low resolutions. Local memory was unified to maximize capacity utilization and all the traffic now goes through casual 64 bit bus, yet 32 bit framebuffer does not significantly slow down rendering. Permedia was an early adopter of SGRAM, and enjoyed the bandwidth, block fills and per-window double buffering.

Cards No better camera was around: Although Creative licensed the core and announced own cards with CGL support, it seems they did not went into production and only sample board is known thanks Gona. Such a change of mind in last moment could have been shower too cold for gaming ambitions of 3Dlabs, even if they bought CGL license to allow for 3D Blaster compatibility. Permedia can work with memory capacity from 2 to 8 megabytes.

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Above is earlier card, fabricated in IBM. Both cards came with 4 MB of memory, which is for reasons explained later not that much for 3d gaming. Actually applying that clock affects performance, so I think there is no detection, just an assumption of original SKU. Delta also increased floating point and sub pixel precision.

It was manufactured at IBM's 0. Delta boosted geometry performance of Permedia per clock not sustainably much better than that of Glint by factor of 1. And just like any hardware triangle setup it also reduces bus traffic. Experience First disappointment are errors caused by insufficient memory, so unexpected with 4MB of universal memory. Default driver settings are not at all helpful for gaming. To get reasonable compatibility disable rectangular allocator and enable texture compression for OpenGL.

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It isn't anything worthy of the compression name, it just effectively reduces textures into quarters. But without it, the Permedia will just drop almost all textures in GlQuake.


Pallete extension does not look very compatible here. It is possible to see all textures at least in default demo, though it is still not enough to enjoy regular game without some white polygons. Bigass demo is a different beast, some player skins were dropped and in the heat of explosions Permedia was often giving up on bilinear filtering. Disabling texture modulation can help some d3d games to run. These tests will be remembered as endless fight for more texture memory. See Permedia 3D gallery Quake 2 has own problems, transparency does not work and some polygons always turn black during explosions.

There 3D Labs 3Dlabs reference PERMEDIA 2 3D Accelerator games refusing to work in any case: Falcon 4. Beyond the Frontier test and Whipeout completely freezes the PC. Sin would also, but Chromatic's wrapper is an alternative, even if badly looking.

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The Sky texture of Lands of Lore 2 suffers from blinking. 3DLABS was a fabless semiconductor company that originally developed the GLINT and PERMEDIA high-end graphics chip technology, A Permedia 2 with 8 MB SGRAM AGP. 3DLABS was 3DLABS was an early pioneer in bringing 3D graphics to the PC. Permedia was the first low-cost OpenGL accelerator g: reference ‎ ‎Must include: ‎reference.


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