S3 came out of the closet and pulled back multiplicative alpha blending support that first Trio3D was failing in and old Virge could not do either. Savage suffered from poor drivers as well, but it was the right path. This puts it half way between MX and GX2 framerates, but image quality is up a notch. Since some gamers could not avoid Trio3D, it did not help with company reputation among them. First Trio3D is a mess of incompatibilities, 3d drivers are just unfinished.
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How are games on Trio3D, how did the support for all blending modes helped? S3 however, did not go into details describing 3d engine. But new hope quickly vanished when Savage failed performance expectations xl the TnL unit turned out defected.
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Virge on life support After the release of last Virge in summer ofout featured and outperformed since day one, S3 was going to have a tough time because their next generation architecture was still one year away.
Half Life is textured, but flat shaded and with own fair deal of transparency issues. Outside of 3d games Trio3Ds did their job and S3 was holding significant market share thanks to them. There are actually new features, which is surprising given target consumer.
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However, much needed performance enhancements are nowhere to be found. Even 3DMark runs – somewhat. S3 dragged Virge into times with no tolerance for lack of multiplicative alpha blending and such low performance. Weren’t Savages cheep enough? However, despite strong specifications there was a widening gap between the efficiency of S3 and two biggest competitors. There is a command interface, increasing bus efficiency and support for 8 MB of memory but neither of those can really help.
With TechlandD3D library I could get Quake 3 demo tested, however light mapping has to be disabled to get anything recognizable out of the game. First Trio3D is a mess of incompatibilities, 3d drivers are just unfinished.
Which makes me think the core cannot be clocked higher than MX, or some new features, no matter if correctly implemented, are dragging Trio3D down. Sure, there are still several things this chip just cannot do.
Chrome series continued with less ambitious chips, their few highlights being low power consumption and HTPC value. S3 went through restructuring which probably delayed following Savage XP chip too much. Similar color problems are ruining Formula 1 and smaller troubles are seen in Falcon 4.
Good for geeks, but completely out of place in HUD problems of Formula 1, bilinear filtering in Daytona USA is on strike, most of 2D art in Populous is invisible, broken reflection map and texture transparency in Monster Truck Madness 2, broken transparency in Motoracer 2, corrupted ground textures in Mechwarrior 2, Shogo suffers from disappearing textures, world texturing in Thief is still impossible.
This puts it half way between MX and GX2 framerates, but image quality is up a notch. The addition of subtractive blending is nice but insufficient. At this low point VIA, big partner still in need of integrated graphics, moved in for acquisition.
That is rather cosmetic improvement since most of 2X cards carry 8 MB of memory, more than enough for such anemic architecture. Performance Finally how fast are those cards? Undeniably no longer acceptable for any true gamer, S3 decided to use it’s immensely successful Trio brand. This considered 2X with MHz memory is for me the most powerful Virge based card. Savage suffered from poor drivers as 86368, but it was the right path. The 10ns memory is ticking at MHz and core clock does not seem to raise over old classic models.
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Among complete failures are NHL 99, freezing Falcon 4. Drivers for 2X are distinctively different and surprisingly compatible with some modern 3d programs. For more screenshots see the Trio3D gallery. S3 came out of the closet and pulled back multiplicative alpha blending support that first 86c38 was failing in and old Virge could not do either. For the second half of the year S3 aimed even higher 866c368 their first dual pipeline architecture with Transform and Lighting unit.
Fortunately, there were significant features added to stay in touch with the rapid development.