Trio3D Trio3D offered great 2D and video acceleration with it’s new bit engine. While S3 lives till today, owned by HTC, they have remained silent since and nobody really believes they could ever make it back. Well the answer is rather negative, reality is much harsher than exposed features. Outside of 3d games Trio3Ds did their job and S3 was holding significant market share thanks to them. Even 3DMark runs – somewhat. There is a command interface, increasing bus efficiency and support for 8 MB of memory but neither of those can really help. However bad news for retro gamers is lower compatibility with S3d titles.

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Virge on life support After the release of last Virge in summer ofout featured and outperformed since day one, S3 was going to have a tough time because their next generation architecture was still one year away.

Experience Trio3D fixed Lens Flares, but added new issues. The 10ns memory is ticking at MHz and core clock does not seem to raise over old classic models. That is rather cosmetic improvement since most of 2X cards carry 8 MB of memory, more than enough for such anemic architecture. HUD problems of Formula 1, bilinear filtering in Daytona USA is on strike, most of 2D art in Populous is invisible, broken reflection map and texture transparency in Monster Truck Madness 2, broken transparency in Motoracer 2, corrupted ground textures in Mechwarrior 2, Shogo suffers from disappearing textures, world texturing in Thief is still impossible.


This long window was to be filled with yet another respin of S3d architecture.

S3 Graphics Trio3D/2X (362/368) (Windows 2000/XP)

For more screenshots see the Trio3D gallery. Thanks to its aggressive pricing it spread even to gamers on extreme budget. Next high performance architecture was coming on schedule and that was DeltaChrome S8. At this low point VIA, big partner still in need of integrated graphics, moved in for acquisition. There are two clear reasons for that- different positioning and ancient Virge architecture.

With TechlandD3D library I could get Quake 3 demo tested, however light mapping has to be disabled to get anything recognizable out of the game. From S3 Graphics Co.

Fortunately, there were significant features added to stay 2z touch with the rapid development. Many mistakes of older Virge are repeated: The addition of subtractive blending is nice but insufficient.

S3 Trio3D Trio3D/2X review

Chrome series continued with less ambitious chips, their few highlights being low power consumption and HTPC value. Login or create an account to post a review. Which makes me think the core cannot be clocked higher grio3d MX, or some new features, no matter if correctly implemented, are dragging Trio3D down. This considered 2X with MHz memory is for me the most powerful Virge based card.

Trio3D/2X (/) Drivers

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. First Trio3D is a mess of incompatibilities, 3d drivers are just unfinished.

Drivers for 2X are distinctively different and surprisingly compatible with some modern 3d programs. While S3 lives till today, owned by HTC, they have remained silent since and lnc really believes they could ever make it back. Select type of offense: For the second half of the year S3 aimed even higher with their first dual pipeline architecture with Transform and Lighting unit.


Among complete failures are NHL 99, freezing Falcon 4. If you believe this comment is offensive or violates the CNET’s Site Terms of Useyou can report it below this will not automatically remove the comment.

Weren’t Savages cheep enough? Thus the name Trio3D does not raise much hope for 3D gaming, it should probably merely imply that trrio3d line of accelerators just became 3D capable- at whatever performance.

S3 dragged Virge into times with no tolerance for lack of multiplicative alpha blending and such low performance. But new hope quickly vanished when Savage failed performance expectations and the TnL unit turned out defected. Your message has been reported and will be reviewed by our staff.

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Then nic are new errors like transparent objects in Incoming, transparent characters in Mortal Kombat 3. Half Life is textured, but flat shaded and with own fair deal of transparency issues.

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