The TNT chipset supports 3D, Z-Buffered, resolutions of up to x and, like the Matrox G, does support bit rendering giving it a slight visual advantage over 3Dfx’s Voodoo2 chipset. Diamond Viper V graphics card Review date: If you’ve got a fast CPU, the TNT chipset gives you very fast, very good-looking 3D, 2D far faster than anyone needs, and supports ludicrously high resolutions. InControl Tools has no Vspecific features; it lets you switch screen resolution and colour depth quickly, but there are umpteen programs that do that. So what is this card actually capable of?

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Featuring dual internal texture pipelines, the TNT has been claimed to be able to process multi-textured objects in a single pass, picking up where 3Dfx left off, nVidia managed to accomplish this using a single chip instead of using the two separate texelfx processors the Voodoo2 uses. Refresh rate, measured in Hertz Hzis the number of times per second the screen is “repainted” with the image.

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Diamond Viper V550 NVIDIA Riva TNT Video Card 16mb VGA AGP

Upgrading to the latest BIOS can cure some incompatibility problems. For more info on what the heck this means, check out my guide to all flavours of video here. And we managed to get it here for you. Moreover, it would only be available diaomnd AGP users.


Some, like Incoming, come in different versions for different colour depths. Hype doe s not always live up to it’s name.

Suffering from poor image quality, poor implementation of the AGP specification, an annoying x Z-Buffered resolution diamonx, not to mention poor performance on slower systems. If you’re into Total Annihilation, for instance, you can run the game in whatever resolutions you can use for your desktop. The nVidia Riva TNT, a chipset whose description on paper diamnod have been the best graphics accelerator of OpenGL games inherit the colour depth of the desktop when you run them; if you’re running 16 bit in Windows, that’s what the game’ll be.


The reason for this could be directly attributed to the closeness by which manufacturers followed what is known as the reference design for their Voodoo2 boards. In Quake-2, the image looks beautiful and stunning. The image quality on the TNT is vastly superior to that of the original Rivabut better yet, it is virtually on par with that of the Matrox G Documentation Want a manual?

Current motherboards have “Flash upgradable” BIOS chips, that let you upgrade the basic motherboard management software by uploading a new BIOS version into the chip with a special program.

Hopefully will be able to do it soon. What TNT means is that it has the ability to process data with 2 texel engine instead of just one. Remember, the screen resolution of even ciper really good television set is less than by – the tube quality is not nearly as high.

Diamond Viper V550 graphics card

Big numbers If you’ve got a fast CPU, the TNT chipset gives you very fast, very good-looking 3D, 2D far faster than anyone needs, and supports ludicrously high resolutions. Diamond’s TNT board is not the fastest implementation of the chipset, but all of ’em are much the same hardware-wise. If it gives you a bad taste in your mouth to know that someone, somewhere, has a faster graphics card than you, feel free to nitpick the stats.


If one needs help in installing the drivers, the manual explains the process. If you’re after lightning fast 2D and 3D graphics for serious applications and games, there are presently a few options open to you.

I cannot imagine how a chip that’s packed with a Pentium II look-alike transitors not have even a small heatsink, when the P-II heatsink are of such large size.

I vipeg by in 16 bit colour; many users have reported less dramatic increases or even speed decreases from the Detonator drivers. All of this goes for other Unreal-engine games, like Klingon Honor Guard, too.

Comparing apples to apples is one thing, comparing clones of apples to clones of apples is an entirely different game. It’s referred to as depth, and sometimes as bit depth, because of the concept of overlapping, stacked “bitplanes”, planar arrays of ones and zeroes that, together, define the colour of each pixel. According to the first press releases directly from nVidia, the Riva TNT chipset was supposed to be manufactured using a 0. The basic unit of 3D textured graphics.

However the improvements weren’t enough to justify ditching your Voodoo or Riva for a card based on a chipset that sounds like it was a discontinued Camaro. You better believe we can.