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James Van Booven wrote: > > I am running Win95, and I understand that Quake will have a native Win95 > version after it is released. I was wondering if anyone knows how soon > we can expect the Win95 port? When it comes out, I am going to be > running it, since it should run better than the DOS version does in a > DOS box under Win95. Here is my question. I have an Intel Pentium 133 > with 24 MB of RAM. I want to get a new graphics card with the purpose > of running the Win95 port of Quake REALLY, REALLY smoothly in high-res. > Assuming that I am willing to spend, say, $400 on a video card in order > to get excellent performance with Quake, what would you recommend? I > assume it would need to be a 64-bit (or 128-bit) graphics accelerator > with at least 2MB of VRAM (or WRAM) and hardware 3D acceleration. Of > course, I also want this card to work great with other Win95 stuff like > AVI's MPEG's, and so forth. I want it to support a good refresh rate in > 1024x768 resolution. What video card would be best? Right now I have a > Number Nine Imagine 128 (series 1) that is AWESOME in Win95, but it does > not have any 3D acceleration. I hear Quake will support the 3D > accelerators, so I want one of the boards that will support Quake really > well. What should I get? And what are the pro's and con's of the > different video boards? Thanks. > Right now, the two best bets (for Quake) are the Vetite chip by Rendition, or the Voodoo chipset by 3DFX. I would recommend the Voodoo to you for a a couple reasons... 1. You are willing to spend $400. A card with the Voodoo will retail for around $350. Or course street prices will be lower. Currently, talk has said this to be THE chipset to look at if you are interested in smooth hi-res graphics. 2. The Voodoo is a dedicated 3D accelerator. The bad side to this is that you have to buy a regular 2D card to sit next to it - but you already have a video card that does the 2D job well enough. But, because a card with the Voodoo is a dedicated card, in theory you should get better performance compared to 1 card that has to do everything. Now, a card with the Verite chip is supposed to be good. This is the only confirmed chip that id has said they would support directly in Quake. But I have heard even this chip bogs down at higher resolutions. I can't say - I've never seen it. Around Christmas time, we should be getting a pretty good idea on how all of the 3D cards perform under Direct 3D. But until then, you may be smart to just wait like the rest of us. :) - Eric C.