Bahamas 64

The Bahamas 64 was the middle offering of new Paradise graphics cards released by Western Digital in 1994, and was based on the S3 Trio64 graphics accelerator chipset.

Released August 1994
Bus VESA Local Bus or PCI
Chipset S3 Trio64 (86C764)
Standards MDA, Hercules, CGA, EGA, VGA
Memory 1 or 2 MB DRAM
Ports 15-pin DSUB (RGB analogue out)
RAMDAC Integrated (135 MHz)
FCC ID JDF-764VL-001
Price At launch: $199 (1 MB), $299 (2 MB)
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It was a 64-bit DRAM-based accelerator card for Windows. Based around the S3 Trio64 graphics chipset, it featured hardware cursor, BitBLT, pattern fills, short stroke vector and line draws in hardware. A PCI-based version was released first called the Bahamas 64, and went on sale in August 1994, one month before the VESA Local Bus version which was called Bahamas 64VL.

The 1 MB variant could reach resolutions of up to 1,280 by 1,024 in 256 colours and at a refresh rate of 60 Hz. The 2 MB one could attain 1,600 by 1,200.

It was sold alongside the lower end Bali 32 graphics card (also available in VLB and PCI) which had just 1 MB of DRAM video memory (upgradable to 2 MB) and retailed for $99. Meanwhile at the top end was the Barbados 64, which was only available in PCI form, but came with 2 MB of VRAM and retailed for $299. Western Digital called this trio their new "island line", and they all came with Oasis software utilities that enabled picture-in-picture capabilities as well as switching resolutions and refresh rates on the fly.


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