Real3D Starfighter

by Anand Lal Shimpi on March 10, 1998 11:32 PM EST
The self proclaimed microprocessing giant, Intel, has managed to hold spheres of influence in just about any facet of the PC Hardware World one could imagine.  Previously concentrating on Chipsets and Microprocessors, Intel managed to leave a major portion of the PC market uncharted, the Graphics Industry.   During the aftermath of the release of 3Dfx Interactive's Voodoo2 chipset and building on the success of the outstanding 2D/3D combination nVidia's Riva 128 dazzled users with, Intel managed to release their own graphics chipset: the i740.  starfighter-intro.gif (32378 bytes)

Sounding much like an overpriced luxury automobile, the i740 chipset is the heart of the latest graphics accelerator from Real3D.   A company that helped develop and perfect the i740 design, naturally you would expect their i740 card, the StarFighter - named after the Lockheed Martin F-104 StarFighter aircraft - to be the flagship for the chipset...which brings us to the question: how Real is the Real3D StarFighter?  Let's find out.

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  • MonkeyPaw - Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - link

    I dunno, I have a good feeling about 3DFX. I suspect that they will be the only game in town before too long. OpenGL? DirectX? No chance compared to Glide!
  • dakishimesan - Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - link

    I totally agree. Though I am still holding a candle for S3.
  • pcfxer - Thursday, November 9, 2017 - link

    You funny bugger lol!
  • ozzuneoj86 - Monday, January 11, 2021 - link

    I don't know, despite the decent performance here, I have a feeling that Intel is going to give up on discrete graphics for 23-24 years or so. Maybe some Earth shaking event, like a global pandemic or something, will get them drive them to release another video product.
  • 0ldman79 - Wednesday, January 19, 2022 - link

    They won't do it for a pandemic, I predict it will be related to some kind of encoding or encryption task, possibly done on a GPU due to their parallel nature and high memory bandwidth.

    Just crazy ramblings of an old man...

    /sarcasm people, look at the dates

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