Dustin Jones van Tweak3D heeft een korte feature in elkaar gezet over de geschiedenis van 3D-kaarten, vanaf de goede oude Voodoo1 en de PowerVR tot aan de GeForce2's. De mooie tijd dat 30 FPS op 640*480 in Quake1 nog geweldig was... *snik* Het artikel is niet erg diepgaand, maar toch leuk om even snel te lezen. Dit had hij te vertellen over zijn eerste 3D-kaartje:
My first 3D accelerator was a PowerVR card. It was a Matrox M3D, which had a PowerVR PCX2 controller; the second generation PowerVR. Quite honestly, when I picked it up for about $100 at my local hose-you retailer, I was totally impressed by the box. If you want to see what it had to offer, check here. I installed it, then tried out Quake. (Not GL) I was really confused, I didn't see any difference, then I remembered GL Quake and got that, and clumsily set it up and got it working.
It ran so slowly on my 486 33 MHz box that it wasn't even funny. I gave up on it and tried the two full games it came with: Hexen II and Ultimate race. Hexen II, being of the Quake engine, ran worse than Quake. But Ultimate Race actually ran quite well, since it was fully optimized for the PowerVR chip. I was pretty blown away at the quality, but that soon faded and I took it out.