SGI IRIX Onyx was the most powerful 3D graphics hardware available in the first half of the 1990s. $~250k and occupied a small room on its own.

We had one at GMD-FIT for developing 3D augmented reality applications in C++, and occasionally we played Doom on it over LAN.

Approximately 5 years later, 3D PC graphics cards (such as the legendary FireGL for $~250) were at least as powerful as the Onyxes.


In case you wonder how we programmed our stuff in ++ on IRIX: We actually avoided after 1995.

For many applications, we used an called on top of and later .

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