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9FX Reality 772

Unveiled on 14th October 1996 and shipped in November, the 9FX Reality 772, its most powerful 64-bit 2D, 3D and video accelerator designed to date. The 9FX Reality 772 was targeted at power users who wanted lightning fast GUI acceleration, full featured video acceleration, the latest in 3D games technology, and fast DOS video performance, at a low price point.

Released October 1996
Chipset S3 ViRGE/VX
Standards MDA, Hercules, CGA, EGA, VGA
Memory 2 MB or 4 MB VRAM
Ports 9-pin DSUB (RGB analogue video out)
Part # 00-772001-005
Price At launch: $199 street (2 MB), $279 street (4 MB)
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The PCI-based board was powered by the new S3 ViRGE/VX graphics controller. This processor combined a 64-bit 2D graphics engine, an advanced 3D rendering engine and a Streams(TM) Processor that yielded superior, full-screen video and MPEG playback.

The 9FX Reality 772 was equipped in either 2 MB or 4 MB high-speed, dual-ported VRAM configurations, with the 2 MB card having the option of a $99 2 MB VRAM expansion module (part #00-772002-001) to bring it up to 4 MB. This boosted the number of available colors at higher resolutions and increased graphics performance in both 2D and 3D applications.

The 9FX Reality 772 supported Microsoft's DirectX APIs which includes DirectDraw, Direct3D, and ActiveMovie. For video and/or MPEG Video-CD playback, the 9FX Reality 772 utilised on-board color interpolation and X/Y video scaling for smooth, full screen video playback at up to 30 frames per second.

Maximum colours/vertical refresh rate at each resolution:

  640x480 800x600 1024x768 1152x864 1280x1024 1600x1200 2048x864
2 MB VRAM 16.8M 16.8M 65K 65K 256 256 256
  115 150 150 150 100 81 -
4 MB VRAM 16.8M 16.8M 16.8M 16.8M 16.8M 65K 65K
  115 150 100 100 85 81 -

The cards were bundled as standard with MPEG Arcade Player from MediaMatics, Inc., Havoc (a very cool S3-ported ViRGE/VX-ready game) from Reality Bytes, Inc., Total Access from Earthlink, and more.


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Operation Manual

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