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   PlanetDreamcast | Hardware | System
    Introduction

The Dreamcast will be the most powerful console system in the American market, at least for the next year or so. Here's what makes the Dreamcast tick.

System Specs

  • CPU: The Dreamcast
    Hitachi SH4 CPU
    200MHz clock rate
    360 MIPS (millions of instructions per second)
    1.4 billion floating-point operations per second
    3D calculations
    800+ MBytes/second bus bandwidth
  • Graphics:
    NEC/Videologic CLX1 graphics chip (AKA PowerVR Second Generation)
    3 million polygons/second peak rendering rate
    Perspective-Correct Texture Mapping
    Point, Bilinear, Trilinear and Anisotropic Mip-map filtering
    Gouraud shading
    Z-buffer
    Colored light sourcing
    Full scene anti-aliasing
    16.7 million colors
    Hardware based, fog, bump mapping, and texture compression
    Shadow and light volumes
    Super sampling
  • Memory:
    16 MB main operating RAM
    8 MB video RAM (VRAM)
    2 MB sound RAM 128KB Flash RAM
  • Sound:
    Yamaha AICA Sound Core
    RISC CPU
    DSP for real-time effects
    64 sound channels
    Full 3D sound support
    Hardware-based audio compression
  • Storage Media:
    GD-ROM
    1 Gigabyte data storage
    12X speed
  • Other
    56K Modem (included, upgradeable)
    Four controller ports
    Built-in expansion ports

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