ATI 3D RAGE PRO AGP 2X DEVICE DRIVER

When it comes to framerates Rage Pro with same bus and memory capacity equals both minimal and average results of Voodoo Graphics. At the end of Radeon arrived, and while it had some performance problems in the beginning, it also showed a more advanced shading architecture than Nvidia’s. ATI’s effort to bite into professional market is also clear from addition of edge anti-aliasing. The architecture performed well also after “Pro” update, but ATI still wasn’t getting under the skin of gamers. Another complain is about reduced amount of texture samples at smaller mip levels, this creates obvious shimmering. Quake 3 even has special rendering path doing this filtering in software, but in some scenarios like with teleports the Rage Pro has to do the job on its own and leave some non-interpolated texel blocks on screen. However as was common at the time, trilinear here stands for mere dithering between mip maps, not actual blending.

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High resolution and composited textures are supported. Under certain conditions the rumor goes, Rage Pro should be able to perform single cycle multitexturing. Peak processing rate is 1.

ATI’s effort to bite into professional market is also clear from addition of edge anti-aliasing. Actually, after two freezes doing only timedemos I am not sure if they ever really got it stable.

The long life of R3 architecture after die shrink. Of course this was quickly exposed and company covered in shame. Another complain is about reduced amount of texture samples at smaller mip levels, this creates obvious shimmering. Support for texture fog and specular highlights was added as well.

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To win also in retail earlier availability and good initial drivers were needed.

Now with all the texture cache Rage Pro should handle this relatively easily. If it was design choice, the motivation behind it is a mystery to me.

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Perhaps the rumor was spawned by the “trilinear” claim. But when it arrived at the end of the year in the form of Rageit also demonstrated very advanced design with “full speed” 32 bit depth rendering. Very interesting were speculation about multitexturing capabilities of the texture unit.

The chip should support also WRAM with external MHz ramdac to exploit them at high resolutions, but I am prk aware of any card taking advantage of that. Playing like a Pro Per-polygon mip mapping going wrong I already mentioned bilinear filter optimization.

Finishing words The Rage Pro line may have not been warmly welcomed by gamers in retail, but strong OEM deals were feeding the company better then ever. It is codenamed mach64LB and as you see the chip was used for discrete cards as well.

And deevice an integrated graphics for servers it went on almost forever.

ATI 3D Rage PRO AGP

However, in games I was not able to find any situation were enabled multitexturing would increase performance. Such respins helped to prolong support for Rage Pro. One weakness of previous Rage architecture remained- the inability to filter alpha blended textures.

Considering long life time of the Rage Pro architecture, this should not have happened and caused image quality issues in years when such omission was no longer tolerable.

Performance When it comes to framerates Rage Pro with same bus and memory capacity equals both minimal and average results of Voodoo Graphics. In the beginning of happened interesting PR attempt to fake technological update. Not quite there yet, but ATi found it sufficient for years to come. The amount is about the same as for Rage II, but this time is less expected since Rage Pro was supposed to have high quality texturing engine and “free” trilinear filter will not compensate for such deficiencies.

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ATI is getting faster Third generation of Rage architecture arrived in summer At the end of Radeon arrived, and while it had some performance problems in the beginning, it also showed a more advanced shading architecture than Nvidia’s. Developers were not pleased.

The architecture performed well also after “Pro” update, but ATI still wasn’t getting under the skin of gamers. The takeover of ATI had some critics, but the trend of the future seems to be a convergence of CPU and graphics back into a single device and in this regard AMD is doing very well.

Quake 3 even has special rendering path doing this filtering in software, but in some scenarios like with teleports the Rage Pro has to do the job on its own and leave some non-interpolated texel blocks on screen.

At least sub pixel accuracy was significantly improved but there are still some polygon gaps to be seen in few games.