Dr. Damage asks: 3D card generations?


— 1:31 AM on June 22, 2000

I was reading an NVIDIA press release today (about a Compaq OEM deal, nothing huge) and saw this bit:

Based on NVIDIA's TNT2 core architecture that incorporates the PC industry's most successful fourth generation 3D architecture, the TNT2 Pro...
Which got me to thinking. What's a forth-gen 3D card? Can we map this out and make sense of it? I made a feeble attempt, and got this (by no means all-inclusive) list:
1st gen:
Rendition Verite
3dfx Voodoo Graphics
NVIDIA Riva 128

2nd gen:
3dfx Voodoo2
NVIDIA Riva TNT
Rendition [whatchahooziegooer]

3rd gen:
3dfx Voodoo 3
NVIDIA Riva TNT2

4th gen:
GeForce
S3 Savage 2000

5th gen:
NVIDIA GeForce 2 GTS
3dfx Voodoo 5 5500

I can't put my finger on it, but that just seems all wrong to me. And, apparently, to NVIDIA. Anybody have a better how these things should be divided up?
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