Subject: Re: OpenGL Video Card Supported under XFree86
To: Michael L. VanLoon -- <>
From: Brett Lymn <>
List: current-users
Date: 02/03/1998 17:34:01
According to Michael L. VanLoon --
>Supported by Windows NT OpenGL?  Supported by genuine SGI OpenGL?),
>unless you are doing serious hign-end real-time 3D rendering, OpenGL
>is probably not important to you. 

You also need some deep pockets to support that habit.... real opengl
capable cards still cost.  Diamond Multimedia do have some opengl
cards but the entry price is still steep compared to a normal video

> One of the highest performance 3D
>video cards on the PC platform, the 3Dfx VooDoo, doesn't have any
>OpenGL support that I am aware of (and it probably also wouldn't make
>a good XFree86 card -- but it makes a kick-ass gaming card).

Hmmm there were rumours of the glide library being ported but still
that does not make the 3Dfx cards opengl - AFAIK their cards are
simply accelerating the shading and texture mapping, basically the
bits a game uses the most.  If you are looking at a 3Dfx card then
hang out for the VooDoo2 if you can wait, much faster than the VooDoo.

Brett Lymn, Computer Systems Administrator, British Aerospace Australia
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