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GeForce 256™ Features
Guillemot's 3D Prophet SE makes good use of nVidia's reference
design and the nVidia GeForce 256 offers truly extraordinary performance
capabilities and features. Although the card uses SDR (single data rate)
-7ns memory, it still offers great visuals and one the whole, very snappy frame
rates in most popular 3D games and applications. nVidia's GeForce 256 GPU
(Graphics Processing Unit) could well be more complex than today's CPUs and
renders amazing visual power for your PC. While earlier graphics chips could
handle triangle setup and rendering, the GeForce 256 GPU (graphics processing
unit), with Transform, Lighting, Setup and Rendering on a single chip, delivers
up to 15M polygons/second and 480M pixels/second of performance. Its unique
256-bit rendering engine enables an order of magnitude increase in visual
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.
This allows applications to represent 3D characters and environments with
the highest degree of complexity currently possible.
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 2-4
times the triangle rate for 2-4 times more detailed 3D scenes. This frees up
CPU computations for physics and artificial intelligence (AI), which results
in more realistic object behaviors and character animation.
256-Bit QuadPipe™ Rendering Engine - Four independent 64-bit
pixel-rendering pipelines deliver up to 480 million 8-sample fully filtered
pixels per second - your guarantee of the 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. Use of Fast
Writes avoids costly data copying to and from main memory, which
significantly slows down your system. AGP X4 opens up the bandwidth pipeline
to an amazing 266MB/sec.
High-Quality HDTV Processor - Delivers the highest
quality DVD and HDTV playback and digital recording.
350MHz RAMDAC - Delivers clean, sharp, and solid image
quality at 2048 x 1536 resolution at 75Hz.
High-Speed Memory Interface - Designed to support current SDRAM/SGRAM
and 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
The Guillemot 3D Prophet also offers complete support for MS DirectX® 7 and
OpenGL® features to insure that applications can leverage the new features
without additional cost or support. And, guarantees compatibility and best
out-of-box end user experience.