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By Paul
29 May 1999

Introduction

Although the Riva TNT 2 Ultra (TNT 2 from now on) has not been released yet, the card is really looking good.

Scheduled for a release in May, the TNT 2 is going to be one of the most popular cards around, with Creative Labs, Diamond Multimedia, and Hercules using the chip in their forthcoming cards.

The Voodoo 3 had really better watch out for this corker.

Technical Specifications

The card is no slouch in this area with: (early specs)

Features

  • 32MB frame buffer
  • 32-bit true colour rendering
  • 32-bit Z/Stencil
  • AGP 4X/2X
  • ADigital Flat Panel support with scaling, centering and filtering

    Performance

  • World's fastest 3D/ 2D processor
  • World's fastest 32bpp rendering
  • 2nd Generation 128-bit TwiN Texel Architecture
  • 2 pixels/clock
  • Single-pass multi-texturing
  • Optimised Direct3D(TM) & full OpenGL(TM) ICD acceleration
  • Pentium(R) III and K6(TM)-2/3 3DNow!(TM) optimisation

    Quality

  • Maximum 3D/2D resolution of 2048x1536
  • Complete DirectX 6.x and OpenGL support
  • WHQL certified for Windows 95/98, NT(3.5, 4.0) and 2000

    Frame rate
    This card will run Incoming at around 102fps in 800X600 16 bit colour, and still run Quake II in 67fps in 1024x768. Considering the frame rate of this early beta card, the actual product will be amazing. These frame rates thrash the other cards and leave them standing.

    The Voodoo 2 with Sli configuration will run Incoming 800x600 at 95fps, and the old Riva TNT will only run this at 77fps.

    The Other Cards

    There are many other cards to rival this, not to mention the Voodoo 3, but in my view this card is the winner. The Voodoo 3 is a great card, no doubt about it, but only has 16mb of memory, and only uses 16bit colour, the frame rates also suffer in comparison too.

    The Savage 4 card has got 32mb of memory, but is too new to really write about, but it should appeal to people on a budget.

    Price

    At Insight UK the quoted price for a HERCULES RIVA TNT 2 as 140 ($234), quite cheap considering the price of the Voodoo 3, which is around the same price, but with the Savage 4 retailing at 85 ($142) this could affect early sales of the new cards.

    Conclusion

    The Riva TNT 2 Ultra is really looking good, a card that excels in all areas, forget the Voodoo 3, this is what to go for.

    The frame rates on this card are amazing, and for a Beta card, this is unbelievable.

    The only downside to this card is the price, the Savage 4 has much the same specs, but is a lot cheaper, we will just have to wait and see what happens.

    Well, if you thinking of buying a new 3D card, get this. Bye, bye Voodoo 3...

    About Author

    This article was written by Paul. Paul is one of the owner's of the entire SimRacingWorld.com Network. He is in overall control of what happens on the site and posts most of the news and articles.

    Paul has written 26 articles for SimRacingWorld.

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