NVIDIA GeForce 256 DDR

by Anand Lal Shimpi on December 25, 1999 7:23 PM EST

The Specs

Features Benefits
Single-Chip GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) On-chip integration of the entire 3D pipeline (transformation, lighting, setup and rendering) offers the lowest possible component and board design cost.
Integrated Transform and Lighting Delivers 2-4X the triangle rate for 2-4X more detailed 3D scenes. Frees up CPU bandwidth for physics and artificial intelligence (AI), which results in more realistic object behaviors and character animation.
Independent Pipelined QuadEngine™ Separate engines for transformation, lighting, setup and rendering provide a very powerful, highly efficient architecture that delivers 15 million triangles per second. Allows applications to represent 3D characters and environments with the highest degree of complexity possible.
256-Bit QuadPipe™ Rendering Engine Four independent pixel-rendering pipelines deliver up to 480 million 8-sample fully filtered pixels per second. Guarantees highest color quality and texturing special effects at maximum frame rate.
AGP 4X with Fast Writes Enables the CPU to send data directly to the GPU to maximize overall system performance. Avoids a costly data copy to and from valuable main memory bandwidth that graphics processors without Fast Writes must incur.
High-Quality HDTV Processor Delivers the highest quality DVD and HDTV playback and digital recording.
350MHz RAMDAC Delivers the clearest, sharpest, most solid image quality at 2048 x 1536 resolution at 75Hz.
High-Speed Memory Interface Design to support current SDRAM/SGRAM and upcoming SDR/DDR high-speed memory.
256-Bit 2D Rendering Engine Delivers the industry’s fastest 2D performance for ultra-fast screen refresh at high resolutions and 32-bit color depths.
Complete Support for New Microsoft® DirectX® 7 and OpenGL® Features Ensures that applications can leverage the new features without additional cost or support. Guarantees best out-of-box end user experience.

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