Give Dan some money! Since the disc manual doesn’t actually contain any useful troubleshooting information, it wouldn’t help to have it on paper. In brief, this means you can plug the card straight into any VCR, regular or S-VHS, and any TV with a video in, and play games on the big screen, record graphics to video or what have you. Recently, in the PC Hardware Industry, we became acquainted with the “rules” of this game with the wave of 3Dfx Voodoo2 based accelerators that hit the gaming industry like a storm. Cards that do more than 24 bit use the extra bits for mixing channels and other funky stuff – 24 bit is more colours than the eye can discern already. If you’re into Total Annihilation, for instance, you can run the game in whatever resolutions you can use for your desktop.

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Diamond Viper V

Along with the usual collection of game demos and low-powered graphics software, the V comes with Gremlin Interactive’s race game Motorhead. It’s not enough that a given graphics system support the resolution and colour depth you want. Hopefully will be able to do it soon. Very fast indeed Decent drivers Rather expensive Drivers still not perfect.

Short for Tex ture El ement. Different people have different thresholds of annoyance when it comes to screen flicker, but staring at a 60Hz screen all day is an unpleasant experience for pretty much anyone.

Although there were some defects and poor implementation on that chipset, many people still bought it.

Diamond Viper V graphics card – Riva TNT – 16 MB Overview – CNET

This is a heavily populated AGP board, with lots of surface mount components on the back, too. If you’ve got a DVD-ROM drive but not a decoder card like, for example, the Jaton one reviewed hereit’s not a bad piece of software. Some, like Incoming, come in different versions for different colour depths.


The image quality on the TNT is vastly superior to that of the original Rivabut better yet, it is virtually on par with that of the Matrox G This is significant for gaming, because running your games in 24 bit mode may be prettier, but will be slower.

Directly diamknd the source, nVidia claims to have a 0. If you want to play Unreal, forget it until the TNT drivers start working with it.

This isn’t important for gamers, though, who have been buying plenty of Banshee cards for their near-Voodoo 2 3D performance and fast 2D. The Diamond Viper V is a pretty good one, but they’re all much the same speed, so base your decision on pricing and bundled software and extra features, like, for example, TV out.

Diamond Viper V550 NVIDIA Riva TNT Video Card 16mb VGA AGP

Super 7 motherboards offer all the features of Slot 1 motherboards, but with a socket instead of a slot. Does much the same thing as Direct3D and Glidebut does it on any computer you care to name.

Featuring dual internal texture pipelines, the TNT has been claimed to be able to process multi-textured objects in a single pass, picking up where 3Dfx left off, nVidia managed to accomplish this using a single chip instead of using the two separate texelfx processors the Voodoo2 uses. I cannot imagine how a chip that’s packed with a Pentium II look-alike diamonr not have even a small heatsink, when the P-II heatsink are of such large size.

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However the improvements weren’t enough to justify ditching your Voodoo or Riva for a card based on a chipset that sounds like it was a discontinued Camaro. Cards that do more than 24 bit use the extra bits for mixing channels and other funky stuff – 24 bit is more colours than the eye can discern already.


That’s not a good thing, though. It requires only the Diwmond to work with. Suffering from poor image quality, poor implementation duamond the AGP specification, an annoying x Z-Buffered resolution limitation, not to mention poor performance on slower systems. It’s referred to as depth, and sometimes as bit depth, because of the concept of overlapping, stacked “bitplanes”, planar arrays of ones and zeroes that, together, define the colour of each pixel.

The nVidia Riva TNT, a chipset whose description on paper could have been the best graphics accelerator of The chip is touching hot when used for more than 10 mins. As you can tell, this definitely decreases the performance of the TNT, but we’ll talk about performance figures a little later.

These are the contents of the box: No matter how fast your processor, you’re not going to get much more than 35 frames per second on average out of a Voodoo 1 when you’re running games like Quake 2; the newer graphics chipsets are much better suited to modern CPUs. Gamma adjustment may be needed to brighten up the image in 3D, but this is hardly a problem unique to the Viper.


Comments or suggestions, please direct to usand check out how you can advertise with us and target your products and service to computer buyers. The box design is a notch above the former aircraft found on the Viper V If you own a video projector, though, forget I spoke. Drivers Game-playing owners of Matrox G based cards presently have a deep and abiding loathing for driver programmers who take their own sweet time to do their job.