PC Paradox heeft de primeur met een review van de 3DLabs Permedia Create!. Eerder deze week kwam Sharky Extreme tot de conclusie dat de performance van de 3DLabs Oxygen VX1 - volgens 3DLabs qua prestaties gelijk aan de Permedia3 Create! - baggerslecht was, zo'n 50% onder die van een Ultra TNT2. PC Paradox heeft ook benchmarks, alleen geen vergelijking met andere kaarten Wel hebben ze een duidelijk stukkie uitleg over de features van de Permedia3, waaronder 'Virtual Textures':
The Permedia3 includes a unique hardware texture memory management system called Virtual Textures. This system does not require any specific support from developers. It is transparently compatible with existing as well as future Direct3D and OpenGL applications. The Permedia3's texture memory management system is a virtual texture memory and paging system. The Permedia3 has the ability to work with a texture memory space much larger than physical on-board graphics memory. In other words, the Permedia3 has a virtual texture memory which is much larger than the amount of physical graphics memory that it supports (32 MB). Initially, textures are created in system memory, and "broken" down into 4KBytes pages. When some of the data stored in one of these pages is needed for texturing, the page in question, rather than the whole texture, is loaded. Only those pages which are being used are stored in graphics memory. This also applies to mipmaps: mipmap levels which are not required are not downloaded. Page faults and texture downloads are handled by a dedicated DMA controller. No driver intervention or assistance is required, so that no extra load is placed on the CPU.