Diamond Multimedia , F. Still the lineup consisted of several capable cards. Diamond Multimedia resurfaced in after the brand and assets had been purchased by Best Data. For GUI environments such as Windows, the Viper cards used a Weitek graphics co-processor which accelerated many drawing functions and performed very well for its time. The Monster3D line was based on 3dfx Voodoo Graphics and Voodoo2 chips which did not contain a 2D engine, requiring a separate VGA card connected externally using a pass-through cable. Windows 98 or 98SE is not recommended due to problems that may happen with video color and alignment. Retrieved from ” https:

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This chip was rather slow and basic. Still the lineup consisted of several capable cards. When the 3D engine was called into use, the 3dfx-based card would disconnect the 2D pass-through signal and begin driving diamod display directly.

Diamond Multimedia Stealth 64 Video VRAM S3 Vision 968 V3.02 PCI Card

If the first digit was 2then the card used standard DRAM. It was a substantial step forward in gaming audio, with impressive 3D audio positioning and other effects. The company was the defendant in a significant copyright case for its Rio digital music playerwhich the Recording Industry Association of America claimed infringed copyrights; the Ninth Circuit deemed it to be a fair usehowever, in RIAA v.

Initially the Stealth line was Diamond’s high-end brand but transitioned to midrange after the Viper line was introduced.

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. The brand has a lineage going back to Supra, Inc. Diamond XtremeSound is the first sound card line launched after the company’s restructuring in The Diamond Monster Sound gaming sound card series was the first sound card to have its own on-board processor to handle audio operations.


It utilized the then state-of-the-art Aureal A3D 2.

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They have produced graphics cardsmotherboardsmodemssound cards and MP3 playershowever the company began with the production of the TrackStar, a PC add-on card which emulated Apple II computers.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. The MX was the last of the Monster Sound cards. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Diamond Multimedia.

Please help improve this article by adding dismond to reliable sources. The architecture of the NV1 predates the Microsoft Direct3D philosophy and, as such, game compatibility was a problem with the Diamond Edge boards.

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The audio engine further received poor reviews regarding MIDI quality, which was a common standard for multimedia music playback at the time. 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.

This article needs additional citations for verification. Diamond instead used ESS’s less powerful chips to continue the line.

atealth64 Diamond Viper Resource Pageaccessed March 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. However, the first major product after the merger, branded as the S3 Savagewas a commercial failure.


The numbers had more than a random meaning. The company was founded by Chong Moon Lee and H.

Retrieved from ” https: The numbering scheme confused many people since Diamond just renamed current cards with new names. The Vortex2-equipped MX was a superior sttealth64 for 3D audio.

Stealrh64 Viper line was Diamond’s high-end offering. Diamond Multimedia later merged with S3, Incorporated in after a long-time cooperative business arrangement, when S3 decided to expand their business from producing graphics chipsets to manufacturing retail graphics cards. The series was highly successful as the Voodoo Graphics and Voodoo2 chipsets introduced consumer-grade 3D graphics into the PC and arcade markets, whereas such capabilities had previously been present primarily in very high-end CAD and graphic design workstations.

This brand was originally created decades ago as just “Fire” by the design team of the professional computer graphics pioneer SPEA Software AG from Starnberg Germany that was about acquired by Diamond. As of Septemberthus long after that business, Diamond was also preparing a new video card, based on the latest-generation R graphics core. In SLI, a pair of Voodoo2 boards splits vvideo effort of rendering the 3D scene between alternating raster lines, allowing performance to be nearly doubled.