Reply 360 of 454, by supercordo
bloodem wrote on 2021-12-26, 17:41:
No. At least I haven't found any ATI drivers from 2000 / 2001 that were properly optimized for 3DNow!/weak SS7 CPUs. Anyway, ATI […]Sphere478 wrote on 2021-12-26, 09:44:
Is there a ATI counterpart to the awesome numbers you guys are getting to these geforce 3 and quadro 2s?
No. At least I haven't found any ATI drivers from 2000 / 2001 that were properly optimized for 3DNow!/weak SS7 CPUs.
Anyway, ATI had major issues with drivers during that period, so no point in digging further.
As a rule of thumb, when dealing with SS7 (from both performance and stability standpoints), it's better to either go with a Voodoo 3 or an nVIDIA GeForce 2 (a GeForce 2 MX/MX400 is usually the sweet spot, but a GeForce 2 GTS works too as an overkill GPU). Drivers are also important, based on my tests 7.76 seem to be the best for SS7 (for the majority of games).
Just as a warning, for potential future readers: regarding the GeForce 3 discussion (and especially the GeForce 3 Ti 500!), I would only go with GeForce 3 on boards that have good AGP power delivery (which is pretty rare on SS7). The Asus P5A (at least certain later revisions) is usually decent in this regard, but I still would NEVER use a GeForce 3 Ti 500 with it long term - besides the huge power requirements that can potentially damage the motherboard, it would be completely overkill for SS7 (unless you're after quick benchmarking records).
Some power consumption examples:
GeForce 2 MX: ~4 Watts
GeForce 2 GTS: ~8 Watts
Voodoo 3 3000: ~15 Watts
GeForce 3 Ti 500: ~35 Watts
So, it's obvious that the GeForce 2 MX is by far the safest for cheap SS7 motherboards, though a bit of fine tuning will usually be required to stabilize the AGP related problems.
I actually own two boards (both are Lucky Tech) that can't properly feed current even to the Voodoo 3 3000 (AGP version).
Unless you have a Geforce 3 Ti 500 with additional power.