Performance is always the big issue with graphics cards, and the Wildcat VP is no slouch. These processors can handle anything from antialiasing pixels to calculating high-order surfaces to performing such esoteric tasks as wavelet compression and photoreal rendering. This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. The card ran great. I tested the card on a dual 1.

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The card ran great. Finally, and unfortunately, the VP repeatedly crashed while running the OpenGVS Real World benchmarks, so we have no measure of theoretical fill rate and geometry performance. This compares favorably to Nvidia’s Quadro4 cards, and places the VP near the front of the pack in terms of performance.

George Maestria contributing editor, is president of Rubberbug, a Los Angeles-based animation studio specializing in character animation.

Overall, this card wildcay a solid performer.

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Keep up with latest news. The VP is the middle sibling of three cards introduced by 3Dlabs, with the following configurations and pricing:. By clicking the “Subcribe” button, you agree to sign up for the CGW Magazine e-newsletter, as well as to receive third-party promotions from our partners. As for 3dlasb, 3Dlabs supports a huge list of 3D software.

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The P10 VPU is fully programmable and supports such wildccat features as automatic parallelization of applications to put processing power where it’s needed most. I had no 3clabs, but Maya users should certainly double-check before purchasing this card. The card is sparsely populated with chips widcat has the requisite heatsink to cool the visual processing unit VPU.

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Although the Quadro4 and FireGL feature pixel shaders, these are programmable only up to wilcat point. Enter, or more appropriately, re-enter 3Dlabs, armed with fresh silicon and deep pockets, courtesy of their new owners, Creative Technology, Ltd.

The Wildcat VP cards come in four models and are aimed directly at Nvidia’s high-end boards, both in terms of price and performance. The VP has four pixel pipelines and can process eight textures per pass. Some years ago, 3Dlabs took over Intergraph’s Wildcat business. In real-world tests using Maya, I found the card to be as fast or faster than the Quadro4 XGL, which costs several hundred dollars more.

This is undoubtedly where professional 3D graphics is headed, as it allows rendering times to be cut significantly. The new set seems to have relieved my earlier concerns, and it now comes with 3Dlabs’ Acuity window manager.

These processors can handle anything from antialiasing pixels to calculating high-order surfaces to performing such esoteric tasks as wavelet compression and photoreal rendering. The multiprocessor architecture is unique among graphics cards and offers many possibilities for expansion and customization.

Still, I did notice on the Maya Web site that the wildcar is specifically listed as not supported.

The Wildcat VP comes in four models. This newsletter may contain advertising, deals, or affiliate links.

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3DLABS Wildcat Vp870 128mb Graphics Card AGP

This is a must for those using multiple displays, as it allows you to control the size of each display and how windows will appear on them.

These small processors can also be split up and used for different tasks, and they can off-load tasks normally completed by the CPU. The Wildcat VP is a terrific choice for anyone wanting a workstation class graphics card at a reasonable price. For those using 3ds max, the software includes custom drivers for 3ds max 4. There is also a connector for 3D shutter glasses.

Post a Comment Comment. The Wildcat VP has over of these processors on a single chip, which allows the card to parallel-process image information, theoretically making it much smoother and more responsive than a typical graphics card.

This article will focus solely on the performance issue, specifically performance in workstation applications. You may unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time. Publications CGW Volume: These boards are aimed directly at Nvidia’s high-end models, both in price and performance, and they are certainly heating up this segment of 3dlxbs workstation card market.