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It has been some time since nVidia announced the GeForce
256 chip - the “Graphics Processing Unit”.
day before that fateful announcement, S3 released a
nearly similar game plan. Their upcoming Savage2000
would also have a transform and lighting engine and boast an
even faster core. It was then difficult to
separate fact from hype.
the full promise would be demonstrated upon release, these
cards heralded a new era to consumer desktop graphics
what we witnessed in the debut of the first SDR GeForce crop (namely
from Creative in Singapore) did not seem to rock the world.
Whilst some put it as immature drivers, some called nVidia
bluff; and as it turned out to be, it was both immature drivers as
well as memory bandwidth limitations of Single Data Rate RAM.
to that, T&L-enabled games are not expected
to ship in 6 months, and S3’s ‘Diamond-studded’ (pun
intended) Savage2000 card would be soon arriving. Considering
these, people had every reason to wait for the dust will settle and grass
to grow… even if the SDR
happened to be the fastest then.
quickly, things only got better with improved drivers and
dipping prices. But still the hardcore gamers hesitated and
refused to succumb until they saw the magical 60 fps in Quake
the Double Data Rate RAM GeForce!