3d labs wildcat and oxygen series?

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I hear alot about NVIDIA GE Force 2 or 3 Ultra as top of the line video cards on this web site. For 3d modeling, how do 3d lab's wildcat and oxygen line of video cards compare to NVIDIA. Are 3d lab's cards the best and most expensive on the market? What is the difference between wildcat and oxygen cards?
 

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From what I have heard the Wildcat 5110 is about the fastest thing currently out as far as OpenGL performance is concerned. It's a 128 MB card with 64/64 split between frame buffer and texture ram, dual head support, and the entire OpenGL piplene is executed in hardware (twice actually, with it's dual pipeline). The bad news is the price, on the order of $2500, and you have to have an AGP Pro 50 slot and a serious power supply. I haven't seen any actual tests or benchmarks, though, so I don't know what the real world performance is like.

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oxygens are good, stay away from the older ones though, they go for $600 still but a geforce 2 will match or beat it's performance. Wildcats are the king and have quite a nice jump ahead of everything else. If you can't afford a high end oxygen or a wildcat then a geforce 2 will be a good choice but there is many things to consider. Here's a benchmark to take a look at. It is a series of tests from 3dsmax viewport benchmark files. Unfortunately, they don't include any wild cat cards but you can be sure they are better.

Firegl2 Firegl3 Oxygen VX1pro Oxygen GVX420 Gloria 3 Geforce 2
Geom2 – 4.4 4.4 2.1 2.2 2.5 2.4
4views -- 12.5 12.6 4.8 5 7.8 3.7
wirefrm-- 11.8 11.9 5.7 6 7.6 4.4
light1 -- 74.6 72.7 4.5 10.9 50.1 41.8
light2 -- 74.5 72.9 20.7 31.3 52.1 51.2
light3 -- 78.8 72.9 13.1 15.9 52.7 51.3
text1hi -- 6.7 52.6 8.4 18.1 14.2 3.4
text2 -- 41.7 42.5 10.4 18.2 42.7 40.5

as you can see a geforce 2 stacks up against a oxygen card quite well and costs many times less.
 

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Key Features of the Wildcat II 5110:

64MB Frame buffer
64MB Texture memory
16MB Directburst vertex memory
Two OpenGL processors
Two Geometry processors

AGP Pro (for extra needed power)
Digital Panel Output
RGB Output
Dual Monitor support

This makes it more than twice as fast as the 4110 and around 3 times faster than the nVidia quadro 2 pro.

What happens when professional renderring cards based on the GeForce 3 are released?


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"What happens when professional renderring cards based on the GeForce 3 are released?"

Not much, nvidia hasn't really improved on the brute force of the card, just added dx8 eye candy and saved some bandwidth.
 

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Yeah! i figured as much. The GF3 is supposed to be only twice as fast as GF2 Ultra at raw polygon pushing. Perhaps the nv30 will do some damage against the 5110.



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What about the FireGL 4. With ATi as its new owner it should have the $$$ power to do something.

Northwood P4 + i845(brookdale)+ 1gb PC100 SDRAM + SCSI3 640 +ATi Radeon 2 = Dream Team :cool:
 
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when did ati acquire sonic blue? firegl4 isn't out yet. Don't know what to expect from it since so far it just seems to have more mem and high clock, but have you seen the massive heatsink? Man they must have it clocked really high, never seen anything like it.

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