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The Jem Report: SciTech SNAP Graphics 2.0

Oct 02, 2003, 08:30 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jem Matzan)

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"SciTech SNAP Graphics is a comprehensive video driver program for the X Window system (and OS/2 and DOS, but I only tested the GNU/Linux edition). The company designs their own graphics card drivers and implements them through a program that combines with XFree86 (version 4.02 or later) to maximize compatibility, ease of installation, and 2D performance. For a complete listing of all graphics chipsets currently supported by SciTech SNAP Graphics 2.0, click here. Please note that this is not a kernel-level driver.

"This was a very difficult review to write for many reasons. First of all SNAP Graphics appeals to three wildly different markets: the desktop end-user market, the enterprise market, and the system integrator and embedded systems markets. Secondly I had to research and develop my own way of testing 2D graphics performance on a GNU/Linux system because the SPEC tests are all for 3D and all of the benchmark programs that I found didn't really cover 2D in depth; thirdly, setting up the OEM and VESA drivers for each video card was, for lack of a better term, pure hell..."

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