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- Introduction


- Specifications (1)

- Specifications (2)

- The Yield

- The controlers

- Conclusion

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7/20/1999


Author:
Miguel Tarazona "Skaug"
 

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The Specifications (2)

Let's see now with a table with the characteristics "of quality" of two graphic cards.

Characteristic

TNT2

Voodoo 3

Support OpenGL

ICD

Mini-GL

Support Direct 3D

Yes

Yes

Support Glide

No

Yes

     

Píxels texturados for cycle

2

2

Multitexture in the past one

Yes

Yes

Bump Mapping

Yes

Yes

Trilinear Mip-Mapping

?

Yes

Lights maps

Yes

?

Reflection maps

Yes

?

Environment maps

Yes

?

Alpha Blending

Yes

Yes

I filter anisotrópico

Yes

?

     

Perspective correction

Yes

Yes

Fog

Yes

Yes

Z Buffer

32 bits

Yes

Antialiasing

Yes

Yes

     

DVD for Hardware

Yes

Yes

Gone out for monitor

1

1

Gone out for digital screens

1

1

Gone out for TV

1

1

Video entry

1

1

     

Optimized 3D Now!

Yes

Yes

Optimized Pentium III (KNI)

Yes

?

Since you can observe, both cards allow to apply 2 textures in past only one, with what the effects of lights and shades that can be obtained are really spectacular. Also, two processors possess a series of really spectacular characteristics, since there can be the support for fog, or for Bump Mapping (relief effect in the textures, you must play the Expendable to enjoy it). In addition to filters, perspective correction, maps of lights and of reflexes (we will be able to see reflexes in the metallic objects if the engine of the render supports it, so that you do an idea to yourselves, 3DS Max does not support it), they are smoothed of lines or antialiasing and the spectacular filter anisotrópico, with that it is possible to define the behavior of a material as the angle with which there him affects the light (ideal for metallic materials).

As for the possible, these exits there are the same in two processors, nevertheless I notice that exits / earnings are possible, since the presence of them in the card depends on the member (ASUS, Creative, Hercules... in case of the TNT2, or STB in case of the Voodoo3; the Voodoo 3 the most powerful and with all the connectors calls itself TV 3500).

Earnings and exits in a TNT2 - Copyright nVidia Corporation

Both cards support the DVD reproduction for hardware, so the image quality is assured, although it is always convenient to be provided with a moderately powerful mike just in case.

Finally to mention that the Voodoo3 supports enough more games that the TNT2, due to his support Glide (the Unreal runs more with the Voodoo3), although the support OpenGL is better in the TNT2 because it has a finished driver (called ICD) while the Voodoo3 has small patches for the games (called miniGL) in expectation that the programmers finish the final driver. Prompt they will be more even as soon as there appears the ICD of Voodoo3 (if it is that it has not already done it).

The controlers are optimized in both cases for 3DNow!; although in the beginning the optimization was better in the Voodoo3, it seems that the nVidia programmers there is "currado" a last review with an excellent support. The support for the KNI of Pentium III the TNT2 I have confirmed it for, nevertheless about the Voodoo3 I cannot say the same of, of which I am not sure.

 


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