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?
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.
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.
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.
<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by m_kelder on 04/28/01 11:43 PM.</EM></FONT></P>