NVIDIA GeForce 256 Review
I must admit that this review was challenging in finding applications that make use of the GeForce 256's transform and lighting capbilites. While games based on the Quake engine use the OpenGL transform pipeline, it took the results of the CAD benchmarking and the demos (TLCMark and The Whole Experience) provided by NVIDIA, to show the power of the GeForce 256.
Having been through three generations of NVIDIA based graphics accelerators since 1996, the GeForce 256 clearly represents the biggest technological breakthrough of them all (RIVA 128 vs TNT vs TNT2). Using NVIDIA's reference drivers, the GeForce 256 performed flawlessly. No crashes or graphics anomalities occurred during 2 weeks on intensive testing.
The GeForce 256 will make your favorite games run faster, look better, and is absolutely the best card on the market for Quake 3. And as developers begin to take advantage of the capabilities of the GeForce 256, the future of gaming has never looked more promising.
I was especially fascinated by the performance of the GeForce 256 in the CAD testing and the benchmarks that made full use real-time lighting. The GeForce 256 rivals in performance those graphics cards that are traditionally used in CAD workstations.
What's Next NVIDIA?
Finally, as we charge forward into the next millenium, you can be assured that the future of 3D graphics is in the hands of a very capable company. NVIDIA.