The company was founded by Chong Moon Lee and H. Huh, who acted as the technical designer. 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. Specifically, they tell the buyer the card’s memory amount and type. 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. The numbering scheme confused many people since Diamond just renamed current cards with new names.

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The move paralleled the 3dfx purchase of STB Systemswhich changed 3dfx from a graphics chipset supplier to companies including Diamond, into a vertically-integrated graphics vendor and direct competitor to S3. Diamond again built expansion boards. Still the lineup consisted of several capable cards. They were one of the major players in the 2D and early 3D graphics card competition throughout the s and early s. However, as Microsoft Windows gained market share and newer graphics products entered the market, it was later relegated to the cheaper, value-oriented products and the SpeedStar branding was expanded to other products.

When the 3D engine was called into use, the 3dfx-based card would disconnect the 2D pass-through signal and begin driving the display directly. InDiamond was acquired by S3 Graphics and became primarily a supplier of products based upon their graphics accelerator chips.

The numbers had more than a random meaning. The drivers and player software for these are not compatible with the DVD and This brand was originally created decades ago as just “Fire” pvi the design team of the professional computer graphics pioneer SPEA Software AG from Starnberg Germany that was about acquired by Diamond.


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If the first digit was 2then the card used standard DRAM. In SLI, a pair of Voodoo2 boards monstef the effort of rendering the 3D scene between alternating raster lines, allowing performance to be nearly doubled.

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Growth in the add-on sound card market, also an ongoing Diamond business, was tempered by the bankruptcy of Aureal Semiconductor and subsequent asset purchase by vertically-integrated Creative Technologies. Retrieved from ” https: Portable audio player manufacturers Electronics companies of the United States Manufacturing companies based in California Companies based in Los Angeles Graphics hardware companies. The Sonic Impact was the value-oriented sound card line from Diamond.

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. The Vortex2-equipped MX was a superior card for 3D audio. Diamond XtremeSound is the first sound card line launched after the company’s restructuring in A special BIOS patch was released by Diamond for the Stealth II S which brought its clock speed up to the same level as the high-end Verite V chip, resulting in equal performance at a significantly lower price.

It was also somewhat complicated to make use of the MP3 acceleration because special software was needed to use it. May Learn how and when to remove this template message.


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. Diamond altered the PCB reference design and labeld their device VFX series professional workstation graphics card. 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 original Monster Sound card was distinct in this regard, but also controversial because it possessed poor DOS game compatibility [ citation needed ] which was still critical at the time.

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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. Diamond also made kits called the Maximum DVD mojster It was a substantial step forward in gaming audio, with impressive 3D audio positioning and other effects.

Diamond instead used ESS’s less powerful chips to continue the line. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. They are a slightly newer product with the ‘Navigator’ player software having a cleaner user interface. The architecture of the NV1 predates the Microsoft Direct3D philosophy and, as such, game compatibility was a problem with the Diamond Edge boards. The MX was the last of the Monster Sound cards.