Graphics Accelerator provides 256 Mb onboard memory.

Press Release Summary:

Suited for CAD and digital content and creation professionals, PCI Express-based Wildcat® Realizm(TM) 500 integrates visual processing unit and 256 Mb GDDR3 memory on 256-bit wide bus. It is equipped with 2 single-link DVI-I connectors, stereo connector, and 2 DVI-to-VGA display adaptors. Accelerator supports OpenGL® 2.0 API and Microsoft Windows XP 32- and 64-bit operating systems.

Original Press Release:

3Dlabs Announces Wildcat Realizm 500 PCI Express-Based Professional Graphics Accelerator

Delivering High-end Performance at a Mid-range Price, Wildcat Realizm 500 Beats Competitive Products on Five SPEC Viewperf Viewsets

MILPITAS, Calif., Aug. 1 - 3Dlabs Inc., Ltd., a leading innovator in professional visual processing, today announced the Wildcat(R) Realizm(TM) 500 professional graphics accelerator. The new Wildcat Realizm 500 offers high-end graphics performance to Computer-aided Design (CAD) and Digital Content and Creation (DCC) professionals for an MSRP of only US$899.99. 3Dlabs is a wholly owned subsidiary of Creative Technology Ltd. (NASDAQ:CREAF).

The Wildcat Realizm 500 provides twice the onboard memory (256 MB) of any competing mid-range graphics accelerator. Also touting superior graphics performance, the Wildcat Realizm 500 beats competing mid-range products on five SPEC(R) Viewperf 8.1.0 viewsets, including the 3ds max-03 viewset, with a score of over 48 frames per second, which is 29 percent higher than the closest competing PCI Express-based product.

"In Q1 of CY05 the workstation graphics industry's largest 3D segment was the mid-range category," said Dr. Jon Peddie, president of Jon Peddie Research. "With the introduction of the Wildcat Realizm 500, which offers the best performance in the mid-range segment at an amazing price, 3Dlabs strikes a very strong competitive position in the category with genuine growth potential."

"The Wildcat Realizm 500 provides a compelling new choice from our line of PCI Express-based professional graphics accelerators, providing a great value proposition for CAD, DCC and visual simulation professionals who need industry-leading graphics for both high-end and mid-range projects," said Hock Leow, president of 3Dlabs.

Wildcat Realizm 500 Performance 

Five Viewperf
8.1.0 Viewset 3Dlabs Wildcat
Scores ATI Nvidia Realizm 500
MSRP $699 $799 $899 $999 $899
Memory 128 MB 128 MB 128 MB 128 MB 256 MB

FireGL FireGL Quadro Quadro Performance
V5000 V5100 FX FX Scores Gains**
1300 1400
3dsmax-03 35.06 37.21 26.31 35.74 48.31 29.8 %
Ensight-01 17.26 19.05 7.57 19.14 25.70 34.3 %
Light-07 23.44 23.94 26.63 27.55 28.86 4.8 %
Maya-01 49.42 49.64 54.53 55.07 60.28 9.5 %
SW-01 26.40 27.25 13.92 27.01 32.17 18.1 %

* Chart uses SPECViewperf 8.1.0 scores generated by in-house testing with the Wildcat Realizm 500 and competitors' cards. All tests were conducted in the same 3.8 GHz Pentium 4-based system with 1 GB of system memory using the latest drivers (as of 6.15.05) from each company to achieve the most accurate comparisons possible. For more information and Viewperf scores, please see web site. **Performance gains are based on overall performance increase over the nearest PCI Express competitor's score.

Wildcat Realizm 500
The PCI Express-based Wildcat Realizm 500 integrates a Visual Processing Unit (VPU) and 256 MB of high-speed GDDR3 memory on a 256-bit wide bus. Wildcat Realizm 500 is equipped with two, single-link DVI-I connectors, a stereo connector and two DVI to VGA display adaptors. The entire line of Wildcat Realizm professional graphics accelerators supports the OpenGL(R) 2.0 API and Microsoft Windows XP 32- and 64-bit operating systems.

The Wildcat Realizm 500 graphics accelerator is expected to ship by the end of August from 3Dlabs' worldwide network of Wildcat System Integrators. General information about 3Dlabs Wildcat Realizm products can be found at

About 3Dlabs
3Dlabs, a leading innovator in professional visual processing, supplies a broad range of graphics accelerators to Computer Aided Design (CAD), Digital Content Creation (DCC), and visual simulation professionals. Its award-winning Wildcat graphics solutions are available in industry-leading OEM workstations, in the channel through an international distributor/reseller network, and directly to end-users at 3Dlabs' online store. For more information on 3Dlabs products, visit 3Dlabs is a wholly owned subsidiary of Creative Technology Ltd.

Wildcat and Realizm are trademarks of 3Dlabs Inc., Ltd. in the United States and/or other countries. OpenGL is a registered trademark of Silicon Graphics Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

CONTACT: Jeff Little, 3Dlabs, Inc., +1-256-319-1139,

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