Recently, the ability to process and produce 3D images efficiently has become more important when it comes to customizing your system for optimal performance.  The manufacturers responded to this demand at an extremely fast pace, offering different chipset solutions each with their own strengths and weaknesses.  However which card is right for you?  While some cards are suited for certain situations other cards fail miserably in those same predicaments.  To completely answer that question we must first discuss the two different facets of 3D acceleration with today's Personal Computers...

Entering the Third Dimension

In the early 1980's Microsoft introduced the world to a new era in computing, gaming, with their historical release of the Microsoft Flight Simulator for the IBM PC.  Since then we have come a long way, computers have become tools of work and tools of play, the hardware industry is pushed by the expanding needs of both gamers and professionals who desire more.  While the computer was originally intended to be solely a productive tool, users have managed to influence the market enough to transform the personal computer into an object of productivity as well as recreation.

Working in 3D

Why do professionals need the ability to work in three dimensions?   Artists can more accurately depict their works, architects can plan out their designs before building them, and engineers can test theories without even laying their hands on a piece of equipment other than a keyboard.  Advances in computer graphics and the implementation of 3D capabilities into the desktop and workstation PCs has allowed professionals to expand their horizons and pursue new facets of their careers.

Playing in 3D

First there was black and white, then we got color, next was sound, then interactivity became popular, now the "fad" for gamers is 3D.  While not knowing what is needed to produce the pretty pictures die hard gamers see on their monitors they mindlessly pop in a Quake 2 CD and watch the textures fly, literally.   The gaming industry obviously has a major influence on the computer hardware industry, with every new technology that is developed by the programmers at some of the most competitive game manufacturers there is a new piece of hardware being designed to compensate for the immense requirements of that new technology.  One can almost predict where the next major hardware advances will be, and that is in the 3D arena.   Major CPU manufacturers have already proposed their own proprietary 3D geometry processing units which will shortly appear in their processors within months. 

Testing Methodology


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  • UltraTech79 - Monday, June 17, 2013 - link

    This "Three Dee" thing will never catch on, Anand. Reply
  • MIKEFROMUNIONTOWN - Friday, December 8, 2017 - link

    But folks do you all remember when anand lai shimpi did a VIDEO on the VOODOO 2 card? hmm? Yes way before youtube and facebook and had a you SKINNY KID doing a video on the VOODOO 2 card and a whooping 8 mb of ram onboard!........aanyway i got issues nowadays cause i stopped studying intently around 2010 and now in late 2017 i got severe learning curve issues.....see i build a quad core q6600 that was a 2,4 but i got 3.6 on a long lasting gigabyte UD3P AND IT LASTED UNTIL EARLIER THIS YEAR..i would think we should have be to 16 core cpu's by now or 16 core with another socket onbaord running another 16 core so i have 32 CORES RUNNING IN SMP THAT IS SYMETRICAL MULTIPROCESSING AND 128 GB'S OF RAM SHOULD BE AVAILABLE AT THE $300 FOR THE CPU AND $160 FOR 128 GB OF DDR 5 RAM running at 8000. but alas i saw the intel people ARTIFICIALLY SLOWING DOWN THE CONSUMER MARKET BUT ALLOWING THE THE XEON CHIPS TO PROCEED BUT STILL AT A SLOWER RATE THAN THEY SHOULD HAVE! so where do i go and what do I buy now being that it appears that the coffee-lake 14mm running on a modified socket.. that reminds me of the 423 478 FIASCO THAT SUCKED THE MONEY FROM CONSUMERS AND GAVE THEM NO UPGRADE PATH..JUST FORCED TO BUY EVEN MORE HARDWARE .....ITS A TOTAL RIPOFF INTEL.....and will AMD honor ther promise of using the AM4 until 2020? i go there when i have been a diehard intel guy despite their "indiscretions"? i don't know i am an old man on a limited income and i need to be able to HAVE A VR SYSTEM SO AS I AM DYING I CAN FULLY IMMERSE MYSELF INTO A WORLD WHERE I REMEMER THE GOOD OLD DAYS...BUT I CANT BUY A NEW SYSTEM EVERY 2 YEARS ON MAYBE 2 MORE BEFORE I FOLLOW THE REAL REALITY INTO THE GRAVE...SO INTEL DO ME A FAVOR MAKE SOCKET FOR THE 10MM GET IT OUT AND KEEP IT AROUND AWHILE LIKE THE LGA 775....AND DON DARE MAKE ME SAY THE WORD "SLOCKET" EVER AGAIN 300 TO 455 OVERCLOCKED...YES I AM in the BP6 intel CHeAteD by locking SMP../....myWETTEST DREAM TODAY? 64 CORE CPU AND ANOTHER 64 CPU CORE IN SMP WITH 16 CHANNEL RAM....I AM SURE THAT WILL GET ME INTO MY GRAVE JUST NICLEY! Reply

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