Many of you maybe already noticed, that we missing good graphics card info software. There are only few ones and almost all of them are not usefull for people with retro cards. Lets see what we have....
HWinfo - http://www.hwinfo.com - its free, but shows only basic info and usefull only for modern cards.
GPU-Z - http://www.techpowerup.com/gpuz/ - well known free software used everywhere. Sadly it works only on Win XP SP3 and never OS, requires installed card drivers to show all info and its useless for anything older than year 2000. Author won't support older cards in future. It will be pointless anyway, because most of these cards won't have drivers for these modern OS.
PowerStrip 2.78 - http://entechtaiwan.com/util/ps2.shtm - very old shareware, that is supported only in Win9x/2000. New version drops support for old cards. It was most common software used for overclocking less known cards. But many cards missing info and clocks are not always right.
Aida64 - http://www.aida64.com - being still developed shareware info tool. Today its best available software showing not only info about your cards, but also DirectX functions and OpenGL extensions. Another great thing is that its still working in Windows 98. Sadly also this sofware isn't perfect, because it still have sometimes blank info pages at some old cards. And thats why i writed this short article.
I was doing recently small tests of 1st generation 3D cards (43 of them) in mine collection compared with some other mostly OEM chips. So i also saved and updated reports from these cards on site. Not all cards were supported by Aida so i sended one report to Aida developers to see their reaction. They thanked for report and said, that support of pre GPU (=anything older than Geforce 256) cards is mostly accidental and they are not planning to extend it for any old not supported cards. This means that we probably never see any software capable of showing clocks and info about old cards in our collections and retro PC. Aida was mine last hope, but its lost now. Chances for finding someone new doing info software are next to none.
Here is mine email and reply i got.
Just updated graphs you can find in benchmarks menu. They're based on Flash. For these without flash are in benchmarks article almost all images of graphs and you can also download them from attachments under each graph article. New are PC Player Benchmarks not previously released (had too few numbers).
I wanted to use same plugin for making graphs from card database parameters like Fillrate, Texelrate - from everything with numbers, but need help with Php coding. Have to find 1st someone able make me i hope small php script for transfering data to simple format used by graph plugin. If you think that you can help, then see this thread describing mine problem also with suggested solution by K2 developer.
Graphs require flash. If you don't see them, then you can download image in attachments. Image can by also saved by right click - then Save/convert chart to image. Chart will be replaced by PNG image.
Oak OTI087x PCI and VL-Bus chips in tests are 2D parts of Diamond Viper PCI/VLB cards.
Athlon XP 2200+, Soltek SL75-KAV (Via KT133A), 512MB SDR CL3. AGP8X cards may be limited by AGP4X chipset. PCPlayer Benchmark 320x200x8 / 640x400x8 with fastvid enabled, DOS.
Athlon XP 2200+, Soltek SL75-KAV (Via KT133A), 512MB SDR CL3. AGP8X cards may be limited by AGP4X chipset. GL Excess 640x480x16 and Toms 2D, Win98SE/XP.
Athlon XP 2200+, Soltek SL75-KAV (Via KT133A), 512MB SDR CL3. AGP8X cards may be limited by AGP4X chipset. Unreal software and hardware rendering 640x480x16, Win98SE/XP.
Athlon XP 2200+, Soltek SL75-KAV (Via KT133A), 512MB SDR CL3. AGP8X cards may be limited by AGP4X chipset. GLQuake 1 1024x768x16, timedemo 1, Win98SE/XP.