|For the past few months, the 2D/3D combination market has
been without a true leader rapidly spinning the market into a state of confusion for those
looking for a combo card.
|Cards based on Intel's i740 chipset were quite limited in
their success primarily due to the fact that they had to live up to the incredible
standards the Real3D StarFighter (the first i740 card) imposed on the industry.
While there were quite a few successes cost wise, the lack of driver support and the
common "wait until Intel releases them" response to the question about an OpenGL
Installable Client Driver (ICD) for Quake 2 compatibility left Real3D virtually alone at
the top of that list...until now.
Remembering to keep costs down to an
affordable level, Diamond Multimedia managed to produce and support an i740 card that
gives the Real3D StarFighter some actual competition. However with the release of
the Matrox G200 upon us and the new comers to the combo market approaching ever so quietly
is an i740 based graphics card still worth the money invested?
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