Excellent OpenGL support or excellent 3D image quality. Since its first release the drivers have improved a lot, particularly improving the performance in 3D Winbench Diamond Multimedia later merged with S3, Incorporated in after a long-time cooperative business arrangement, when S3 decided to expand their business from producing graphics chipsets to manufacturing retail graphics cards. The only real disadvantage of this card is the lack of ‘alpha transparency’ support. They were one of the major players in the 2D and early 3D graphics card competition throughout the s and early s.

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For GUI environments such as Windows, the Viper cards used a Djamond graphics co-processor which accelerated many drawing functions and performed very well for its time.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Jan 17, 8. However, the first major product after the merger, branded as the S3 Savagewas a commercial failure. They are a slightly newer product with the ‘Navigator’ player software having a cleaner user interface.

The Viper line was Diamond’s high-end offering. There is no material that is knowingly illegal here. How did it compare to others of it’s time? Even 2D is slow and 3D is basically useless.

If the first digit was 2then the card used standard DRAM. This is the missing alpha transparency feature. Growth in the add-on sound card market, also an ongoing Diamond business, was tempered by the bankruptcy of Aureal Semiconductor and subsequent asset purchase by 10000 Creative Technologies.


Note the cross, which looks fine, since the Permedia 2 supports tri-linear filtering. And “professional” type cards have never been very good for gaming. Still the lineup consisted of several capable cards. Jan 17, Aureal had gone into bankruptcy and was dissolved, so their last generation of chips were never released. This article needs additional citations for verification. Diamond also made kits foregl the Maximum DVD and Permedia isn’t really useful for more than 2D IMO In SLI, a pair of Voodoo2 boards splits the effort of rendering the 3D scene between alternating raster lines, allowing performance to be nearly doubled.

Whereas the MonsterSound lineup was targeted at no-holds-barred gamers, the Sonic Impact cards were more generally aimed, and were cheaper and less powerful. The move paralleled the 3dfx purchase of STB Systemswhich changed 3dfx from a graphics firwgl supplier to companies including Diamond, into a vertically-integrated graphics vendor and direct competitor to S3.

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It’s cheap enough now that you could just buy one on eBay and see if you like it. The audio engine further received poor diamonnd regarding MIDI quality, which was a common standard for multimedia music playback at the time. But Voodoo2 did have it. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.


What should have been a 2 hour job turned into 6 because I didn’t open the case The only real disadvantage of this card is the lack of ‘alpha transparency’ support. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.

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This guy came in with a broken CAD machine and said dimond fix it. Yes, my password is: Display driver at xx16 tested ok. While the GUI accelerator was very capable, drivers from Diamond were rather buggy and were only revised a few times during the lifetime of the card.

Anyhow, here are some scores.