Last week Intel officially launched its first Xe architecture, the notebook version called Iris Xe Max, the desktop version is DG1, but only early next year, this time back to the exclusive market is also a long time ago, because Intel in 1998 for the first time in the exclusive, so far 22 years.
In 1998 there was no GPU concept, the real GPU graphics acceleration unit this title will have to wait until 1999 NVIDIA launched GeForce 256 graphics card, the latter is recognized as the first GPU, before the graphics card is divided into 2D card, 3D acceleration card.
Twenty-two years ago, the graphics market was buzzing, not only with Intel, NVIDIA and ATI, but also with 3dfx.
Intel announced the first stand-alone i740 in May 1998, but the graphics card was not made by Intel itself, but was developed by Real3D, the company that invested at the time, which was 70 percent owned by Lockheed Martin, the largest arms dealer, with Intel taking a 20 percent stake, and then the i740 was produced using Intel 350nm.
Now look at the i740 graphics chip, the specifications are certainly nothing to say, when Intel itself also has little confidence, emphasizing that the i740 is mainly used for the old AGP platform and their own Pentium II platform, ATI, NVIDIA, 3dfx at that time mainly turned to PCI graphics card.
However, the i740 graphics card also has graphics manufacturers to use, and later there is a PCI version.
Germany’s Computerbase website recently collected some of the i740 graphics card appearance and performance tests, you can learn about Intel’s first unique level.
Intel’s own AGP version of the i740 is unique
I740 graphics card for BX440 motherboard
Intel’s own name, Real3D i740 Starfighter, is a tribute to Real3D’s parent company, Loma, and has a fighter-style look at it.
In addition, Intel has introduced another model of Express 3D graphics cards, aimed primarily at professional users.
The two cards were priced at $34.75, but that was 22 years ago in dollars, or about $60.
Express 3D graphics card
In addition to the official Express 3D graphics card, a number of graphics manufacturers have introduced their own graphics cards using the i740 chip, including the Palit i740 Daytona, Diamond Stealth II G460, and Hercules Terminator 2X/I.
Hercules Terminator 2X/I graphics card
Diamond Stealth II G460 graphics card
Finally, there is a review of the year, using 8MB of i740 AGP, 12MB of i740 PCI compared to NVIDIA’s Riva 128, which is considered the predecessor of GeForce graphics.
Test results are also a long time ago, Intel’s i740 graphics performance is still possible, with Riva 128 4MB win or lose, overall do not lose, even if not beyond the words.