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After long delay Permedia 3 arrived in summer into scorched earth with uncompetitive performance. Smooth vertex shading in 16 bit color depth requires manually enabled “free” dithering. If 3dlabs did not phase out drivers, who knows what could be achieved. The Oxygen GVX1 featured a separate geometry co-processor known as Gamma G1 chip for performing transformation, clipping and lighting calculations, extending what the Delta co-processor performed in the Permedia and Permedia 2 series. Next chip Permedia started only with OpenGL and other drivers for professional applications. Other consumer-level graphics cards at the time only supported emboss bump mapping.

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I did however, ran one at my old workplace in a CAD machine during 98”. One of Permedia 2’s other claims to fame is that peredia has integrated triangle setup hardware, previously a separate chip called Delta.

Texture colors in X often show excessive banding and dithering would only add annoying pattern to the mess. But it should also be remembered that Permedia 2 was for it’s time quite CPU hungry, perhaps a price for more flexible pipeline that needed more control from the host.

Both are also Direct3D 6-compliant. Views Read View source View history. It is a unique card in that it is the only 3f consumer-level 3D accelerator and texture mapper for the VLB bus, and it was designed for Permeria users who wanted Pentium-level gaming performance. Permedia was the first low-cost OpenGL accelerator chip.


Performance could be better but hey, if you got the card from a boss to draw some CAD you won’t complain. Other consumer-level graphics cards at the time only supported emboss bump mapping.

And I probably forgot about many laba issues. But without it, the Permedia will just drop almost all textures in GlQuake.

Its 2D is nothing special and 3D is barely better than software mode permediq very buggy. Archived from the original on February 7, Both cards came with 4 MB of memory, which is for reasons explained later not that much for 3d gaming.

How did it compare to others of it’s time? While in terms of pure framerates it falls behind younger “productivity” cards such as Millennium II, 3dlabs offered friendlier price tag and more advanced features.

Default driver settings are not at all helpful for gaming. In any case the correction is faster and more precise than with first Permedia. Last generic Permedia 2 driver version from April is used.

Post Your Comment Please log in or sign up to comment. The professional by day, gamer by night community is an increasingly prominent force in the computer hardware industry and the fact of the matter is that very few products are geared toward this very niche market. Rasterizer is plenty fast, close to promised polygon rates even with smooth Gouraud shading and specular lighting.

Scissoring and stenciling units remained.

3dlabs Permedia 3D review

When results from driver came together, comparison against similar kind of products like Revolution 3D and Millennium 2 seem to be good idea, but Permedia is lagging behind even more. Board index All times are UTC. Permedia was an early adopter of SGRAM, and enjoyed the bandwidth, block fills and per-window double buffering.


In February,3Dlabs announced that it would stop developing professional 3D graphic chips and focus on embedded and mobile media processors. 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.

3Dlabs Permedia 2 review

Hamidi Intel Corporation Inc. Most of the 3d engineers reportedly ended at Intel. Later card revisions added AGP 4x support – if purchased in a retail box, there usually will be an “AGP 4x” sticker present on the box to indicate such support.

It was complete solution and relatively cheap Permedia was the first incarnation of “Pervasive 3D” strategy of good for everything affordable graphics architecture. But it can’t do the colored lighting and so Q2 looks quite different than normal. Then there are all the issues caused by missing multiplicative blending labx.

The processors integrate on-chip peripherals and interfaces suitable for a broad range of handheld and embedded devices.