Comdex Fall 1997 was the first Comdex I've ever attended and so I had to learn the hard way what it means to waste hours getting from one place to another, waiting for Taxis, waiting for buses, finding a parking spot, etc... I spent three days in Las Vegas and after that I felt like after one week of CeBIT.
Looking around for highlights revealed only one thing, something that was shown to only as small group of people in a back room in AMD's 'southern style' booth, the upcoming
The Comdex Fall 1997 Highlight - AMD's K6 3D
I went to AMD's booth already on the first day and had to find out afterwards that there was nothing else that could exceed this event. In a small back room I watched the first samples of the
From the left: Thomas Pabst, Greg Favor and Seamus Blackley, Chief Architect at Dreamworks Interactive
Two scenes of 3D Winbench 97 were ran in parallel on two systems next to each other, one equipped with an Intel Pentium II 300 CPU and LX motherboard, the other running a K6 3D 300/100 in the good old
Hey guys, nobody of you ever guessed AMD as the board manufacturer, although it was soo obvious ;-). Both systems were otherwise equipped with identical hardware and ran Windows 95, the K6 3D system also running the special extensions to DirectX5, to enable the new 3D features of the K6 3D. The result was pretty amazing, the AMD
The other impressive presentation was a new upcoming game called 'Trespass' from Dreamworks Interactive, based on Jurassic Park, The Lost World. We could see how much higher the image quality of a game like this can be when the advanced 3D features of the K6 3D can be used.
We'll have to hope now that the K6 3D will be available soon, as well as DirectX6, which is supposed to include the K6 3D's new 3D features. This way games don't need to be optimized for the K6 3D, DirectX6 is taking care of that. AMD's spokesman Dana Krelle estimates that the K6 3D will start shipping around CeBIT time, maybe a little later. This CPU will change the life expectation of Socket 7 considerably, March 98 is already late enough and lets hope that AMD will be on time.