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Visiontek GeForce 3 Review

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  • nfiniteFX engine for full programmability
  • Lightspeed Memory Architecture for unmatched performance
  • Surface engine for high-order surfaces and patches
  • Programmable Vertex Shader
  • Procedural deformations
  • Programmable matrix palette skinning
  • Keyframe animation interpolation
  • Morphing
  • Fog effects

    • Radial
    • Elevation
    • Non-linear

  • Lens effects

    • Fish eye
    • Wide angle
    • Fresnel effects
    • Water refraction

  • Programmable Pixel Shader
  • Phong-style lighting for per-pixel accuracy
  • Dot3 bump mapping
  • Environmental bump mapping (EMBM)
  • Procedural textures
  • Per-pixel reflections
  • HRAA—high-resolution antialiasing
  • Featuring Quincunx AA mode
  • Integrated hardware transform engine
  • Integrated hardware lighting engine
  • DirectX ® and S3TC ® texture compression
  • Dual cube environment mapping capability
  • Reflection maps
  • Accurate, real-time environment reflections
  • Hardware accelerated real-time shadows
  • True, reflective bump mapping
  • Z-correct bump mapping
  • Phong-style lighting effects on bump maps with reflections
  • High-performance 2D rendering engine
  • Optimized for 32-, 24-, 16-, 15- and 8-bpp modes
  • True-color hardware cursor with alpha
  • Multi-buffering (double, triple or quad) for smooth animation and video playback
  • High-quality HDTV/DVD playback
  • High-definition video processor (HDVP) for full-screen, full-frame video playback of HDTV and DVD content
  • Independent hardware color controls for video overlay
  • Hardware color-space conversion (YUV 4:2:2 and 4:2:0)
  • Motion compensation
  • 5-tap horizontal by 3-tap vertical filtering
  • 8:1 up/down scaling
  • Per-pixel color keying
  • Multiple video windows supported for CSC and filtering
  • DVD sub-picture alpha-blended compositing
  • Operating systems
  • Windows 2000
  • Windows NT (all)
  • Windows 98, Windows 95
  • Linux
  • Mac OS
  • API support
  • OpenGL 1.2 and lower
  • DirectX8.0 Version 1.1 and lower


  • 3.2 billion AA samples per second fill rate.
  • 7.36GB/sec memory bandwidth.
  • Lightspeed Memory Architecture amplifies memory bandwidth.


  • NVIDIA Unified Driver Architecture
  • Fully-compliant professional OpenGL 1.2 support for all Linux ™ and Windows operating systems
  • WHQL-certified for Windows 2000,
  • Windows NT, and Windows 98
  • Complete Linux drivers
  • Mac OS

With the advent of the nFiniteFX programmable architecture and DirectX 8, developers can now specify personalized combinations of graphics operations and create their own custom effects. Games and other graphics-intensive applications offer more exciting and stylized visual effects. Two patented architectural advancements enable the nfiniteFX engine's programmability and its multitude of effects: Vertex Shaders and Pixel Shaders.

Vertex Shaders inject personality into characters and environments. Motion invades the entire scene, not just the focal points. The vertex processing capabilities allow characters to move and show facial emotion, materials to stretch, and the scene to come alive. By customizing the skinning and motion effects, developers can create a personality, intensifying the impact of the visualization or animation.

Pixel Shaders create ambiance with materials and surfaces that mimic reality. A virtually infinite number of material effects replace the artificial, computerized look with high-impact organic surfaces. Characters now have facial hair and blemishes, golf balls have dimples, a red chair gains a subtle leather look, and wood exhibits texture and grain. By altering the lighting and surface effects, artists are able to manipulate colors, textures, or shapes and generate complex, realistic scenes.

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