There are several things wrong, but still a good show for a chip. It’s powerful texture blender capable of single pass specular bump mapping was not much of use for games of that time. The Permedia 2 was released in late and was an evolution of the original Permedia. Both were released in mid and again were directed at the professional 3D and CAD application market. Archived from the original on December 18, In Creative bought 3Dlabs, providing the chip maker it’s board manufacturing and marketing capabilities. Permedia 2 not only offers various masks like scissor, chroma and color component tests, but whole pipeline can be skipped and host can use direct access to local buffer for custom programs.
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Both cards came with 4 MB of memory, which is for reasons explained later not that much for 3d gaming.
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Still their owners were among the lucky few of the time who could enjoy accelerated GlQuake. However, with these additional rendering features enabled, performance in supported games is less than desirable unless one has a VLB Pentium system and reviewers knocked the card. Permedia 2 3Dlabs can be proud to be among first gaming texture mapping 3d accelerator to the PC.
The discrete Delta geometry co-processor chip originally featured in the Permedia NT is now integrated into the Permedia 2’s psrmedia logic, resulting in a single-chip solution. DOS, Windows, video, authoring, 3d gaming- Permedia should have mastered it all.
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Still, I would rather judge overall 3d performance of Permedia as slightly inferior, because of bigger image quality issues. But it can’t do the colored lighting and so Q2 looks quite different than normal. Turok is pretty much unplayable because of all the solid skies and other errors. Graphics pipeline itself is a mere evolution of first Permedia, again using 3d units as superset of 2d functions.
It kept high quality, high resolution output qualities of professional boards, and seemed further proof for the time. Does anyone have any experience with cards based on this chipset? But Voodoo2 did have it. These tests will be remembered as endless fight for more texture memory. Archived from the original on Permsdia 4, I could actually play Carmageddon and Unreal um, ah, during break of course?
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Navigation Main page Recent changes Random page Help. Many projectiles in shooting games depend on texture multiplication to make their edges transparent, Permedia has to render the transparent pixels black. Navigation menu Personal tools Log in Request account. The card itself was fine but I think Diamond’s drivers were flaky, however I believe you could get alternate drivers from 3DLabs that were pretty solid. Actually applying that clock affects performance, so I think there is no detection, just an assumption of original SKU.
Results from GLQuake bigass demo are especially bad as Permedia is playing it with lots of small freezes. Overall, these chips are definitely not geared towards gaming.
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The Permedia 3, however, had more emphasis on being directed at gaming. Much of professional pedigree is missing, in fact impression was often quite the opposite. Permedia supports RGBA textures, but their use is extremely limited due 3s poor memory management. Views Read View source View history. When their market share shrunk beyond recovery time has come for controlled bankruptcy in The processors integrate on-chip peripherals and interfaces suitable for a broad range of handheld and embedded devices.
Into downward spiral Permedia 2 sold relatively well and got 3Dlabs into gaming space with little effort. Permedia isn’t really useful for more than 2D IMO Conclusion After this examination it is more clear why Permedia did not spread that much. Users browsing this forum: A Voodoo1 is surely faster and definitely works better with games.