Zoals eerder voorspeld door Sharky Extreme heeft Diamond vandaag officieel de Viper 2 aangekondigd. Hier heb je de press release, bruut geript van GA-Source:
Diamond Multimedia Systems today unveiled its new Viper II graphics accelerator. Powered by S3 Incorporated's Savage2000+ chip and 32MB of on-board memory, Viper II delivers enhanced 3D performance, transformation and lighting functionality, digital video playback and sharp high-resolution 2D imagery. Slated for shipment in late October, Diamond Multimedia's Viper II, including a software bundle, is expected to carry a U.S. estimated retail price of under $200.
Based on S3's Savage2000+ chip, the Viper II graphics accelerator combines enhanced 3D texturing performance, 32-bit true color rendering, Direct3D/OpenGL support and 32MB of high-speed memory with high resolution support (up to 1920x1080x32bpp) and a separate 128-bit 2D engine to deliver a solid graphics solution.
Additionally, with S3's fully integrated geometry engine, Viper II is capable of performing all 3D transformation and lighting computations in hardware to accelerate next-generation content with 4-10X the polygon and lighting complexity of today's applications.
Diamond Multimedia's new Viper II graphics accelerator lets people enjoy the latest multimedia technologies. Viper II offers DVD hardware acceleration for cinema-quality playback that doesn't require a majority of the CPU's resources. Users can also view graphic images on a TV screen using the TV-output mode, including support for NTSC and PAL output formats in resolutions as high as 800x600.
Diamond Multimedia's new Viper II graphics accelerator comes with the company's InControl Tools 99, the customized utility suite that provides users with controls that enable on-the-fly optimization for desktop settings. Additionally, Viper II customers will include the company's own 3D Turbo Gauge allowing PC consumers and gamers to increase engine and memory clock speeds for optimum performance. InControl Tools 99 also features an Update Wizard, a tool that identifies the current versions of software on the user's PC and automatically prompts installation of the latest version via an Internet connection. InControl Tools 99 gives users the ability to customize and/or select pre-programmed preferred 3D settings for Direct 3D and OpenGL-based applications, as well as the ability to improve performance for individual games. Added features to Diamond's InControl Tool 99 shipping with the new Viper II graphics accelerator includes video output settings, color adjustments and TV modifications.
Diamond Multimedia also plans to introduce an even higher-performance version of its Viper II graphics accelerator - the Viper II LE. Featuring S3's Savage 2000+ graphics controller and packed with even more advanced features, Diamond's Viper II LE with 64MB of on-board memory is slated for introduction in Q4 1999 and is targeted to carry a U.S. ERP of under $270.