Diamond has however, willingly changed the specs on their two TNT2 based cards to reflect the changes. This article needs additional citations for verification. Diamond’s innovation created the Rio PMP , one of the first consumer MP3 players, but they soon sold their MP3 player line and no longer provide support for it. The answer lies in this review as I set forth to test out this fine card made by Diamond Multimedia System. These kits bundled a ‘feature reduced’ several pin headers and other parts not installed full length PCI MPEG2 analog overlay decoder card made by divion. Post Your Comment Please log in or sign up to comment. Performance and User-friendly configuration won my heart.

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Diamond Multimedia

Whereas the MonsterSound lineup was targeted at no-holds-barred gamers, the Sonic Impact cards were more generally aimed, and were cheaper and less powerful. This depends partly on the engine design and having a feature that allows you to create a profile for each game means not having to re-clock your card everytime you start a new game. This seems to be the case over all TNT2’s, compared to the ZX chipset which could churn out faster frame rates in 2D.

The Diamond Monster Sound gaming sound card series was the first sound card to have its own on-board processor to handle audio operations. Diamond V drivers included in CD. Have a look at the below selected screenshots taken by 3D-Mark99 test suite for comparisons to view in full size, click on pictures:.

Diamond also made kultimedia called the Maximum Multmiedia and By choosing the different Boost Levels for each program, you can allow your card to have an easier time when you are doing non-graphic intensive application.


The fact that there were no other TNT2s out there coupled multimedja the immaturity of the Voodoo3 drivers made Diamond V on everybody’s wish list. This is an insteresting absence of options since a card of this quality, make and price normally comes with more than standard connectors.

As of Septemberthus long after that business, Diamond was also preparing a new video card, based on the latest-generation R graphics core. Only the bundled player software can use the hardware MPEG2 decoding of the card.

The line later included chipsets with combined 2D and 3D capabilities. The numbers had more than a random meaning.

Diamond obviously realised that one might try to use their software on another manufactuer’s card. In other projects Wikimedia Commons.

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Diamond altered the PCB reference design and labeld their device VFX series professional workstation graphics card. However, as Microsoft Windows gained market share and newer graphics products entered the market, it was later relegated to the cheaper, value-oriented products and the SpeedStar branding was expanded to other products.

Log in Don’t have an account? A special BIOS patch was released by Diamond for the Stealth II S which brought its clock speed up to the same level as the high-end Verite V chip, resulting in equal performance at a significantly lower price. What it means is that, A diamond product will never be a wrong choice.

Multmedia XtremeSound is the first sound card line launched after the company’s restructuring in When the 3D engine was called into use, the 3dfx-based card would disconnect the 2D pass-through signal multimeeia begin driving the display directly.


The Legend of Diamond Multimedia has continued and they have produced yet another card with astonishing performance. Diamond again built expansion boards. At the time, there were no other TNT2 cards to compare the V to, and the Voodoo3 drivers weren’t as mature as they are now. The truth is that some games tend to tax the system in different ways.

Diamond Viper V RivaTNT2 ultra Series

Otherwise it was technically identical to the original Monster Sound. Overall Rating Out of a maximum of 5 Star. While the GUI accelerator was very capable, drivers from Diamond were rather buggy and were only revised a few times during the lifetime of the card.

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However, one problem you might face in the long run is that when you have too many games and applications installed, it might seem confusing to have so many profiles, one for each. The combination of those two factors placed the Viper V at the top of everyone’s wish list, simply because it was beyond the fastest thing the market had ever seen. Performance difference on DiamondV ultra matched with Voodoo3 [ Click to enlarge ].