VideoLogic Ships Award-Winning 2D/3D Graphics Board: Quality Performance For Under $150

SAN BRUNO, CALIF. (February 10, 1997) -- VideoLogic, one of the world's leading makers of computer graphics and 3D hardware, today began shipping the GrafixStar 450, named "Best Overall" graphics board in the current issue of BYTE Magazine. Based on the S3 ViRGE 64-bit graphics and video controller, the GrafixStar 450 delivers high performance 2D graphics, 3D acceleration and MPEG-1 digital video playback at price points under $150. It is available now from VideoLogic's existing network of distributors and resellers or by calling VideoLogic directly at (800) 578-5644.

"The GrafixStar 450 is an excellent graphics card for the mainstream 2D/3D market," said Jordan Watters, vice president of sales and marketing at VideoLogic, Inc. "It provides remarkable value with its unique packaging of great games and high performance capabilities."Two Retail Versions Available

Retail versions of the GrafixStar 450 are available with either 2 MB or 4 MB of high performance DRAM on board. The 2MB version has a MSRP of $119, while the 4 MB retails for $149. Both include a special S3D games pack.

Special Pricing for OEMs

VideoLogic also is offering a GrafixStar 450 for OEMs who wish to include the board in their systems. This version also comes with either 2 MB or 4 MB of DRAM on board and can include a special S3D games pack as an option. Special quantity pricing of these OEM boards is available by calling VideoLogic at (415) 875-0606.

"The GrafixStar 450 and our GrafixMAX drivers provide OEMs, VARs and SIs with a potent combination of low cost and high performance for their machines," said Watters.

Plug and Play and More

The GrafixStar 450 is a Windows 95 Plug and Play PCI accelerator card. It comes with built-in video acceleration and supports up to 16.7 million colors, resolutions of 1600 x 1200, and a maximum refresh rate of 150Hz. In addition, the ViRGE processor on the GrafixStar 450 delivers acceleration for all main 3D features, including: flat and Gouraud shading, perspective correction, texture filtering, MIP mapping, depth cueing, fogging, alpha blending, video texture mapping and Z-buffering.

GrafixMAX, S3D and D3D Drivers

VideoLogic has developed accelerated software drivers for the GrafixStar 450 using its custom designed GrafixMAX technology, producing a significant graphics performance advantage over other ViRGE based graphics cards. Both the retail and OEM versions of the GrafixStar 450 come with optimised S3D and Microsoft Direct3D drivers compliant to Direct X 3.0.

Free Prolab Software Bundle

As part of the GrafixStar 450 customer pack, VideoLogic is also bundling over $300 of Prolab multimedia software at no charge. The Prolab software package consists of three software titles - Image Folio, VideoWork and MediaScope.

  • ImageFolio is a multimedia image processing application that allows you to edit, re-shape and colour images, with full twain capability for scanner interface.
  • VideoWork is a video capturing, editing and playback application that can manipulate and compress multiple video formats. Using over 150 transition effects and a wide range of video and audio special effects, VideoWork produces professional customised video on your PC.
  • MediaScope is a three-in-one on-screen multimedia CD player that gives the PC user an easy to use and visual interface for playing Media CDs, Music CDs and MPEG CDs.

VideoLogic SmartTools

VideoLogic has also developed a suite of "Smart" utilities for use with the GrafixStar 450 under Windows '95, including SmartDesktop and SmartDisplay: SmartDesktop is an enhanced virtual desktop manager, enabling resolution switching on the fly; SmartDisplay, a graphics display Wizard to help users make the most suitable install and set up decisions for their graphics subsystems.

VideoLogic Support

The GrafixStar 450 is supplied with software drivers for Windows 3.11, Windows 95, IBM OS/2. The card is backed by a five year warranty, with 24-hour online support through the Internet (