There is little excuse for Z artifacts in Turok though. Overall performance is horrible as expected. But even before you could see it ignoring some textures, like the track in Wipeout XL. Unless RGBA texture is used, and that was rare sight back in the days, the Virge has to manage with 4 bits of alpha precision. Artifacts of the 16 bit dithering are multiplied by number of surfaces drawn over. All Virge cards also suffer from specific hiccup in Motoracer Demo, it does not happen anywhere else so don’t mind the minimal FPS. Games that supported ViRGE directly put this logo on their box so owners of the 3D card would know that it would run as well as possible on their computer.
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S3 Graphics graphics processors.
Most people should avoid such depressive experience though. The clock is synchronous 55 MHz. Quake s3 virge mx and S3d patch are included. I did not test other models with 2 MB memory because of limited compatibility with my games.
S3 ViRGE – Wikipedia
There was second iteration marked 86c, but I don’t know what the difference is. Looks to me S3 was too conservative with the chip clock. The cheap DX chip and just one dollar more costly GX. One year after the first Virge generation S3 unleashed s3 virge mx one and again in two flavors.
S3 Graphics ViRGE/MX -/MX+ (260 280) (Windows 2000/XP)
S3 virge mx Viper Racing looks fine, if only Virge was not so skimpy with smoke. It didn’t s3 virge mx how many S3d titles were hellbent vlrge running at x4x0.
As time went by blending modes became the biggest pain of Virge, check the gallery Conclusion Overall performance and whole experience are better. No wonder VX is the rarest of the series. Or so the word goes.
And Virtual cockpit in Flight Simulator is not textured properly. Artifacts of the 16 bit dithering are s3 virge mx by number of surfaces drawn over. These cards ran steady at x or x if you are lucky. Looks like support for rectangular textures was added as well. How low can the precision be? Later I found those mxx typical for Virge in high color rendering.
STB Velocity 3D produces artifacts even after smallest push and they looks like chip m, not memory. Hopefully performance viirge will remain the same with newer chips as well. With the “oversized texture without sufficient mipmaps” error finally s3 virge mx, Virge does its usual quirks here too. As s3 virge mx can see in the gallery I am not a very good photographer. Even in the earliest case of S3d acceleration, this poor card can be rendered useless by CPU upgrade.
Thief lacks world textures, but thanks to z-fighting bits of it s3 virge mx coming from behind lightmap, so the issue is again caused by blending limitations. Still, I think they indicate something.
Rebranded and reclassified into “business accelerator” Virtual Reality Graphics Engine stayed with us under a new name for few more years, polluting AGP slots of many unhappy gamers. How does the Virge profit from 4 MB of memory? I don’t know exactly what d3d driver horrors S3 caused back then, but many stories of bugs and lack of optimization were heard.
And there also seems to be a limit to blending targets, causing some top s3 virge mx layers to become transparent and opening holes, like in explosions above s3 virge mx water of Expandable, or see s3 virge mx surfaces in Motoracer 2. The latest version of the toolkit even brakes dynamic lighting, better to stick with older version 4. Alpha texture on top of that adds a bit of brightness and when brighter pixels meets they are multiplied and can become almost white.
For such a cheap and slow chip it is quite surprising to find it supports 24 bit depth 3d modes and s3 virge mx bit textures. However, this chip appeared on discrete cards as well, perhaps as a cheaper variant to GX2 thanks to lower clocks. Why do I think so?