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Diamond Viper V770 Ultra Review

Features



The Viper V770 Ultra contains an abundance of features that one would expect from a state of the art graphics accelerator.  Definitely enough features to grab the attention of the "hard core" gamer.

Ultra fast core and memory speeds with bundled software (InControl Tools 99) to provide overclocking to higher speeds, 32MB of 5.5ns SDRAM memory, support for Intels' AGP bus (1X, 2X, and 4X), solid OpenGL/Direct 3D drivers, and great image quality.

While the Viper V770 Ultra offers a 300MHz RAMDAC, to provide high refresh rates, and MPEG-2 playback from DVD-ROM, this card was first and foremost engineered with the gamer in mind.  This review will put most of these features to the test.

The most notable feature missing from this list of features is TV-Out capability.  At the time this review was posted, only ASUS, ELSA, and Leadtek offered TV-Out on their TNT2 based graphics accelerators.



Positioning

The Viper V770 Ultra, Tweaked for Gamers, delivers the fastest 3D gaming and highest quality graphics in the industry.  With 32MB of high-speed memory, up to AGP 4X acceleration, and complete support for OpenGL and Direct3D, the Viper V770 is a fully loaded graphics solution for the hard core gaming enthusiast.

Target Customer

The Viper V770 Ultra is designed specifically for elite gamers and power-hungry mainstream PC users who demand high-performance, unparalled 2D and 3D for gaming, and home entertainment applications.

Key Features
  • "Tweaked for Gamers" - Includes features designed with the "hard core" gamer in mind


  • 150MHz engine clock, 183MHz memory clock


  • Overclock your board up to 175/200 with the 3D Turbo Gauge, included with InControl Tools 99


  • Advance hardware modifications for skull-crushing game play


  • Active cooling fan to ensure stability at higher clock speeds
Unrivaled 3D Quality and Performance
  • TwiN Texel enginer delivers true single-pass multi-texturing and a widened 32-bit color pipeline for high performance gaming with lightning fast frame rates


  • 32-bit Z/stencil buffer and per-pixel precision for the highest quality imaging


  • Complete 3D feature set (see below)


  • Ultra-high 3D resolutions up to 2048x1536


  • Accelerates the latest Windows games and 3D programs with optimized drivers for Direct 3D (Windows 95/98) and OpenGL ICD (Windows 95/98 and Windows NT 4.0)
High-Speed, Superior Color 2D
  • Full 128-bit graphics engine with unbeatable frame buffer bandwidth


  • 32MB of RAM and 300MHz DAC for razor-sharp, top-quality resolution and color depth


  • Resolution support for up to 2048x1536 and flicker-free refresh rates up to 200Mz, supports monitors to 24" and up
Up to AGP 4X with Full Sideband and AGP Texture Support
  • Take full advantage of the latest bus technology from Intel


  • AGP 4X provides double the speed of AGP 2X in accessing system memory


  • Compatible with current AGP 1X and 2X motherboards
Exceptional Multimedia Capabilities
  • Advanced video features such as multi-tap X and Y filtering, color space conversion, and scaling


  • MPEG-1, Indeo, and Cinepak playback


  • Smooth playback of DVD (MPEG-2) movies and games
Full Compatibilty with Windows Operating Systems
  • Accelerates Windows 95/98 and Windows NT 4.0, fully ready for Windows 2000


  • Fully optimized for Intel's Pentium III SSE instructions and AMD's 3D Now! technology
Diamond Value-Add
  • Custom-designed hardware and drivers guarantee the highest-performing product


  • Extensive internal testing ensures reliability and compatibility


  • 5-year product warranty


  • Technical support six days a week by phone


  • 24-hour Internet tech support wizard and fax-on-demand
New Diamond InControl Tools 99
  • Tweak your hardware settings for fierce 3D performance


  • Auto Update Wizard alerts you of driver updates
Controller
  • NVIDIA RIVA TNT2 Ultra
  • True 128-bit
Bus Type
  • AGP 4X (Compatible with AGP 1X/2X)
Memory
  • 32MB SDRAM
Integrated RAMDAC
  • 300MHz
Horizontal Sync Signals
  • 31.5KHz-108.5KHz
Vertical Refresh
  • 60Hz-200Hz
Maxium Dot (Pixel) Rate
  • 300MHz RAMDAC
Monitors Supported
  • Standard and Multi-frequency Analog Monitors
  • DDC2B Plug and Play
API Support
  • DirectX 6.1, Open GL ICD
Complete 3D Feature Set
  • Alpha-Bending, Anistropic Filtering, Anti-Aliasing, Bilinear Filtering, Bump Mapping, Enviroment Mapping, Figging, Gouraud Shading, Hardware Triangle Setup Engine, MIP Mapping, Perspective Correcting, Specular Highlights, Stencil Buffer, Subpixel Precision, 12GFLOP Floating Point, Geometry Engine, Texture Mapping, TwiN Texel Engine, Z-Buffering
Video Playback
  • AVI and MPEG-1
  • DVD/MPEG- DVD-ROM required for playback of DVD movie or application (DVD-ROM drive required)
  • Multi-tap X and Y scaling and filtering
  • Color space conversion
Connectors
  • DB-15 analog monitor connector (VESA DDC2B)
Minium System Configuration
  • Intel Pentuim II, AMD-K6-2, or compatable CPU
  • One available AGP complaint slot
  • Windows 95 OSR 2.1, Windows 98 or Windows NT 4.0 with service pack 3 (Service Pak 4 recommended)
  • CD-ROM Drive
Wow!  This card has more features than a Swiss army knife.  Do I get any other goodies with the Viper V770 Ultra?



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Last Updated on September 4, 1999

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