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3DLABS was a fabless semiconductor company that originally developed the GLINT and 3DLABS was an early pioneer in bringing 3D graphics to the PC. Permedia was the first low-cost OpenGL accelerator chip. 3Dlabs Wildcat Realizm - 1 VSU, 2 VPU, + MB GDDR3, bit memory interface,  ‎History · ‎Media processors · ‎Legacy Graphics cards. GLyder MAX-2 incorporates PERMEDIA 2 to create amultimedia accelerator for Direct3D, GLyder MAX-2provides cost-effective 3D graphics acceleration for. Here is a step by step manual guide for 3Dlabs PERMEDIA 2 3D Accelerator software installation process on Windows 7 / 8 / / 10 / Vista / XP. 1 Download.

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Games that do take advantage of the 3D Blaster VLB usually run in higher resolution x or x and with additional graphics detail.

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However, with these additional rendering 3DLabs PerMedia 2 3D Accelerator enabled, performance in supported games is less than desirable unless one has a VLB Pentium system and reviewers knocked the card. Most gamers at the time opted to upgrade to a PCI Pentium system instead. The 3D Blaster VLB nowadays is a very rare card and usually if it shows up on auction websites, the price will be very high.

However, the memory upgrade module is more difficult to find than the 3D Blaster VLB itself, and would also be very steeply-priced. Display drivers are available for Windows 3.

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Permedia NT differs from the original in that it features a separate geometry co-processor chip known as Delta for performing geometry setup calculations. However, the Delta geometry co-processor is optimized for professional 3D and CAD applications rather than for games, resulting in anemic overall gaming performance.

On the upside, the main advantage at the time was that 3DLabs was the only company producing consumer-level graphics chips that had full OpenGL ICD driver support other manufacturers didn't support OpenGL at all or released a miniport driver instead. The discrete Delta geometry co-processor chip originally featured in 3DLabs PerMedia 2 3D Accelerator Permedia NT is now integrated into the Permedia 2's core logic, resulting in a single-chip solution.

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Permedia 2 supports AGP texturing as well as 3D rendering in bit color depth. However, it does not support colored vertex blending, which results in games using only monochromatic lighting - notable examples are in Quake 2 and Quake III: Arena only supports vertex lighting on the Permedia 2.

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Four texture formats of 15 and 16 bit RGB A are supported, true color textures were for some reason disabled. Additional LUT formats are available for 2d rendering as well. Fog unit applies linear interpolation per vertex with value calculated by host function and can reject completely fogged fragments from plotting.

Blending unit supports various logical functions, unfortunately 3DLabs PerMedia 2 3D Accelerator texture blending needed in many advanced games is still unavailable. Newly implemented optimization can skip frame buffer reads of pixels covered by texel with alpha value of one.

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In the end dithering can adjust colors into final format 3DLabs PerMedia 2 3D Accelerator I did not always like what this stage does. Memory controller looks the same, but buffers in local memory now do not have to be allocated continously. 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.

Texture colors in X often show excessive banding and dithering would only add annoying pattern to the mess.

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Specification says fillrate is halved when Z-buffering is used, but I checked it and doubt Z-buffer is the culprit here. In fact depth buffering can improve performance as one would expect from pipeline rejecting pixels failing hidden surface tests.

3DLabs PerMedia 2 3D Accelerator is no way depth buffering would eat half of memory bandwidth so what is the reason why Permedia stays behind the expected performance of highly parallel architecture? While it should have allowed single cycle 3d pixel performance I could not get significantly above results of two cycle-like speed no matter how many features were disabled, Gouraud shading included.

This riddle remains to be solved. However these figures do not take into account any following expensive operation depth test can save, like texture mapping.

Results from GLQuake bigass demo are especially bad as Permedia is playing it with lots of small freezes. Still, it is one of the few chips, which can run Quake 3, even if transparency issues and of course no lightmaps. There is major problems with lightmaps in newer engines, they just do not work, be it Shogo, Unreal or Quake 3.

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