VOGONS


First post, by walterg74

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Hi All,

Coming from the Voodoo and Voodoo that *required* a 2D card, and that I was pairing with other 3D cards (Voodoo with Riva 128 / Voodoo 2 with TNT), I pondered doing the same with the Voodoo 3.

With the first card I got it wasn’t optimal since it was a Voodoo 3 3000 but AGP, and so I couldn’t use another D3D card that would benefit most if it was also AGP.

I just got another 3DFX card, this time a Voodoo 3 2000 PCI.

Would this make a nice tandem with a TNT2? Is it worth it? I think the RAMs it has lets it overclock to Vodoo 3 3000 performance level?

Which would you use/leave and why? (This would be for a Pentium III 1Ghz cpu on a Soyo 7VBA133 motherboard).

Thanks!

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Reply 1 of 7, by rasz_pl

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It makes about zero sense. V3 3000 was faster where it counted, and in that era of windowns software you often had no way of selecting which card to use.
Didnt stop Alienware
http://i.imgur.com/SU2TG.jpg

Reply 2 of 7, by walterg74

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rasz_pl wrote:

It makes about zero sense. V3 3000 was faster where it counted, and in that era of windowns software you often had no way of selecting which card to use.
Didnt stop Alienware
http://i.imgur.com/SU2TG.jpg

That was one of my doubts, regarding card selection, although in windows I would assume it would be as easy as disabling whichever card you want to disable in devoice manager...

Regarding which was faster, so far when googling about this and finding instead posts about performance, everything I found says quite the opposite..?

Reply 4 of 7, by chinny22

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Not with a TNT as performance is still pretty close but something later it may make sense.
I've got a P3 1Ghz with a Ti4600 as the primary and V3 as the secondary.

Most Glide games also supported D3d so if you select D3D it'll just show on the primary device. If you select Glide it HAS to go to the voodoo so doesn't matter that its not primary. For one or 2 games that this doesn't work for setting PCI as the primary adapter in BIOS does the trick, Works well enough for me.

Ideally I'd have desperate machines though, I'm just doing this because I can.

Reply 5 of 7, by walterg74

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chinny22 wrote:
Not with a TNT as performance is still pretty close but something later it may make sense. I've got a P3 1Ghz with a Ti4600 as t […]
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Not with a TNT as performance is still pretty close but something later it may make sense.
I've got a P3 1Ghz with a Ti4600 as the primary and V3 as the secondary.

Most Glide games also supported D3d so if you select D3D it'll just show on the primary device. If you select Glide it HAS to go to the voodoo so doesn't matter that its not primary. For one or 2 games that this doesn't work for setting PCI as the primary adapter in BIOS does the trick, Works well enough for me.

Ideally I'd have desperate machines though, I'm just doing this because I can.

Sweet. I know it’s probably the same, but just in case it’s a TNT2, not the first one.

Reply 6 of 7, by walterg74

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So having both a PCI Voodoo 3 (2000) and an AGP Voodoo 3 (3000), besides hoarding/stocking, regardless of whether it makes sense or not for the dual setup, would there be any point in keeping the AGP one, or just keep the PCI one and sell the AGP version?

Reply 7 of 7, by Fusion

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I enjoy having a PCI version since it provides more compatibility with different systems and the performance difference is literally 0. Which is a bonus.

That 2000 will clock to 3000+ speeds no problem I bet. Just add some cooling on the heatsink or blowing towards the card at least.

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P3 800 | 512MB PC100| PCI V3 3000 16MB @ 195/195 | CT4780 SB Live! Value| WinME
P3 450 | 128MB PC100| AGP TNT2 Pro 32MB | CT4170 SB16 | MS-DOS 7.10
A64 2.4 | 2GB DDR1 | PCI-E Radeon X800XT @ 575/575 | Win2K