Number Nine / Number 9 / #9

Number Nine was a graphics card manufacturer for the IBM PC and its compatibles based out of Lexington MA, USA.





Launched: 1992
Chipset: -
Bus: ISA 16-bit
Memory: 512 KB DRAM (70ns) or 4 MB VRAM
RAMDAC: unknown
RAMDAC Speed: 135 MHz
VESA Standard: Yes, v1.1
BIOS Dates: 04/07/92
Known BIOS Versions: 340-007-11-Rev1.00
Price: $2,295 (1992)

This card, also known as the Acumos AVGA2, supports 1024x768 TrueColor or 1280x1024 at 64 K 60 Hz in Windows 3.11.

"In the WinTach tests, the #9GXiTC posted median-to-swift speeds. Although it's just slightly slower than the Volante, this card moves right along. In the CAD results, it even outpaced the Volante. Everything about this board is thoroughly impressive. Its easy installation and excellent documentation are great. Its screen clarity, sharpness, vivid colors, and Virtual Screen utilities are superb. Because of these utilities, crystal-clear display, and extensive DOS application drivers, I rate the #9GXiTC adapter highly."     Byte's Essential Guide to Windows, 1992




Launched: 1993
Chipset: S3 Vision928
DAC: ?
Price: $895 (Apr 1993)

Imagine 128

Launched: 1994.
Chipset: Cirrus Logic CL-GL5422
DAC: ?
Memory: 4 MB
Bus: PCI
Price: ?


GXE64 Pro

Launched: 1994
Chipset: S3 Vision964
DAC: Texas Instruments 3025
Bus: PCI or VLB
Memory: 2 MB or 4 MB (64-bit) - max. supported = 8 MB.
Price: $799 (4MB, 1994), $499 (2 MB, 1994)

This card comes with the standard 2 MB of Toshiba 70ns video RAM in 40-pin DIP form, but is expandable to 4 MB with the addition of 8 x 40-pin SOJ (Small Outline J-Lead) DRAM chips - these are like DIPs but their pins form a 'J' underneath. The GXE64 Pro came in both PCI and VESA Local Bus form, both retailing for $499. The big Texas Instruments chip is a 64-bit video interface palette, providing True-Color (16-bit) and Direct-Color (24-bit) modes. The GXE64 Pro supports resolutions up to 1600 x 1280. In the top-left

In one buyer guide at the time, they said "The GXE64 Pro provides above-average speeds for DOS programs and good overall Windows performance. Although not the fastest card, it provides easy-to-use utilities and high refresh rates that provide relief for your eyes."

Maximum resolution is 1600 x 1200, with 65,536 colours at this resolution (16.7 million colours at lower resolutions).

Memory bandwidth is 240 MB/sec.

In the top-left you can see the VAFC, or VESA Advanced Feature Connector, which is 32-bit, and just below it the old 8-bit SVGA feature connector for faster transfer of motion video and additional data from other cards.

Revolution 3D

Launched: ?.
DAC: ?
Bus: PCI
Price: ?