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Seriously???I'm embarrassed by the lack of the pinnacle of GFX development in the 80ies, I.e. Amiga, Atari, SGI and a few others.
And with a title like "3Dfx Voodoo: The Game-changer" I am afraid that Matrox will not get the deserved acclaim for cards like the Matrox Mystique...
You can say that again. The card with the empty memory housings, reminds me of a card I upgraded memory in. The card came with 1MB memory and had two empty housings for memory upgrade. After finding two 512KB chips for a 1MB upgrade, I was flying high with a graphics card that had 2MB memory. lolWhat an awesome trip down nostalgia lane.
I apologize if my tone wasn't o.k., but the title is about "modern graphics processors" when actually it is about "modern graphics processors *in PCs*
Some of the early pioneers of 3D development provided truly astounding leaps in the field. Ivan Sutherland deserves a much wider recognition than he currently enjoys. This is the Sketchpad demo developed at the beginning of the 1960'sThe government had virtual flight simulators in 1951...? What year did pong come out?
Not bad, jumped around quite a bit but missed some of the important milestones. The 'main stream' standard(s) followed the IBM-PC - CGA (4 color), EGA (16 color) and the introduction of VGA gave us (for the 1st time) 'photo realistic' 320x200x256 colors. While IBM never actually released anything better than 'VGA' just about everybody attempted to improve on it.
However DX was its own 'train wreck' until DX9C.
Stupidly even todays games will attempt to install DX on Vista W7 and W8 systems that come with DX already installed.