VideoLogic Ships PowerVR-Based Apocalypse 3D Board

SAN BRUNO, CALIF. (January 31, 1997) VideoLogic, one of the world's leading makers of computer graphics and 3D hardware, has begun shipping Apocalypse 3D, a PowerVR-based graphics card that brings true arcade-level 3D performance to the PC for under $200. It is based on the revolutionary PowerVR 3D technology that was introduced last year by NEC and VideoLogic and included in some models of Compaq's hot-selling Presario line of PCs.

"PowerVR is dramatically changing the 3D marketplace," said Jordan Watters, vice president of sales and marketing for VideoLogic, Inc. "With Apocalypse 3D, consumers no longer have to choose between price and quality. They now have access to truly high performance 3D gaming at a remarkably affordable cost."

Apocalypse 3D is available through VideoLogic's existing network of distributors and resellers that currently sell the company's award-winning GrafixStar line of 2D graphics boards. It also is available directly from VideoLogic by calling (800) 578-5644.

The Apocalypse 3D pack includes an NEC PCX1-based accelerator card, PowerSGL drivers, Microsoft DirectX drivers and two PowerVR-enhanced games from leading game developers Kalisto (Ultim@te Race) and ActiVision (MechWarrior 2). The total Apocalypse 3D gaming package has a list price of $199.00 and an expected street price of $179.00. Additional PowerVR-enhanced games will soon be available, as well as an extensive range of Microsoft D3D-compatible game titles.

The Apocalypse 3D card is a single slot half-length PCI card for Pentium-based Windows 95 PCs. The card uses the PowerVR-based NEC PCX1 chip to create real-time 3D rendering, and is compatible with DirectDraw-enabled 2D graphics cards or controllers. Apocalypse 3D is supplied with 4 MB of high performance SDRAM texture memory on board.

Apocalypse 3D is supplied with D3D drivers that give the user access to some of the advanced features in the PowerVR-based PCX1 processor, further enhancing performance and gameplay for Windows 95 D3D games. In designing D3D drivers for PowerVR, NEC and VideoLogic have worked closely with Microsoft to ensure that the new drivers take full advantage of PowerVR's unique architecture and features. As a result, PowerVR and Apocalypse 3D give users the highest level of D3D game performance available in today's PC marketplace.

"In the past few months, we've seen a major split in the 3D PC graphics accelerator market into entry level 2D/"free D" offerings and high-end, high-cost, arcade-level 3D solutions," said Watters. "Apocalypse 3D is the first card to bridge the gap between true arcade-level 3D and an affordable price point."

Microsoft Direct3D Benchmark Test (166 MHz Pentium) Benchmark results.

Based on Microsoft Direct3D Benchmark

The test was conducted using the DirectX 2.0 SDK D3D benchmark with a screen resolution of 640x480 and 16 bit colours. All products were tested with the following features turned on: Z Buffer, Perspective Correct, Textures, Flat Shaded, Front to Back, Mono, Point Sample, no updates. Rendition and 3Dfx tests completed on respective developer kits.Apocalypse 3D Arcade Performance

Apocalypse 3D uses the NEC PCX1 processor, which delivers unprecedented 3D rendering performance in the PC, outperforming current non-3D accelerated PC solutions by 25 times. Rated at eight billion operations/sec, the PCX1 delivers up to one million polygons/sec, with pixel fill rates up to 60 million pixels/sec. This performance allows Apocalypse 3D to deliver stunningly realistic rendered images at frame rates in excess of 30fps at 640x480 resolutions in 24-bit true color. PCX1 also performs 32-bit accurate Z-Buffering calculations on the chip, eliminating the need for expensive Z-Buffer memory, the performance bottleneck on traditional 3D systems.

Apocalypse 3D Features

  • NEC PCX1 Single 3D Graphics Processor
  • 4 MB of High-Performance SDRAM Texture Memory on Board
  • Two PowerVR Special Edition games, Ultim@te Race and MechWarrior 2
  • Priced at $199.00 (MSRP)
  • PCI 2.1 Plug and Play Card
  • Microsoft DirectX 3.0 Support
  • PowerVR Direct3D and PowerSGL Software Drivers