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IXMicro ProRez Graphics Card Review
Review date: 5/23/98
Software Controls and Hardware Specifications
Intro | 2D Performance  | 3D Performance | Game Performance  | Movie Playback | Features | Summary
Software Controls

The ProRez software control (ixView) appears identical to the one used with the Ultimate Rez. It contains options for setting resolutions and color depth, enabling 3D hardware acceleration (only applicable to millions color mode), gamma adjustment, and zooming hotkeys.

The 3D controls panel has several options for adjustment of z-buffering and double-buffering but I left all 3D settings at their "defaults". MacWeek's review of the Ultimate Rez (identical graphics engine) claimed big increases in Walker 3D speed by disabling Z-buffering but noted that image quality suffered dramatically.

I did notice one trivial but odd thing about the resolution selection panel, it only showed two modes typically as "recommended", the current setting and 640x480. By selecting "all" I could choose for a very complete list of resolutions however. Possibly the fact I was using a adjustable Mac to VGA monitor adapter is the reason for this behavior. Regardless, it did not affect actual operation.

Software controls were complete and easy to use. Compared to all the other card software I've seen, I rated the ProRez controls an 8.

Hardware Specifications

IXMicro ProRez Specifications:

  • Graphics Engine: TwinTurboŽ 128-3D
  • RamDac speed not specified (integrated in graphics chip)
  • Up to 100 Hz vertical refresh rate
  • 31.3-94 KHz horizontal scan rate
  • 8 MB of 10ns SGRAM (fixed)
  • Quickdraw/Quickdraw 3D support
  • Quicktime Video acceleration/scaling
  • Max res: 1600x1200, thousands colors @60hz
    (1280x1024, millions colors at 75Hz)
  • Max 3D resolution (dbl buffered w/Z-buffer): 1024x768 millions colors
  • Mac Monitor Connector (no VGA connector)
  • TV Output Option Connector
  • 5 year limited warranty
  • For a full list of specifications, see IXMicro's ProRez product page.

Requires: Apple Macintosh or compatible with PCI; Mac OS 7.6.1 or higher; 16 Mbytes of RAM; open PCI slot

I rated the hardware design and features of the ProRez a 8.

The lack of Rave 16-bit support and overall disappointing 3D performance prevent it from getting a much higher score.

Index of IXMicro ProRez Graphics Card Review

Intro | 2D Performance  | 3D Performance | Game Performance  | Movie Playback | Features | Summary

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