Reply 48020 of 50562, by TrashPanda
MadMac_5 wrote on 2023-02-13, 21:38:
Someone local was giving away a massive stash of old computer parts, and I mentioned that if he had any AGP cards like a TNT2 Ultra I'd take them off his hands. He replied with "I have a Viper V550 and a Rage Fury MAXX." I immediately grabbed them and offered $20 (he was going to give them to me for free), but I figured he at least deserved to get some beer money for giving me some genuinely interesting hardware! Both are going to get used in my Pentium II-450/Voodoo 2 Windows 98 machine, and I'm interested to see if the micro-stutter on the MAXX is as bad as people said it was. My original intent was to use the TNT to replace an ATI Rage Pro Turbo AGP, but now I may just use the Rage MAXX in single-GPU mode depending on which of the two I like better in the games that I play. No matter what, I am excited to give this oddball graphics card a try!
Wonder if he later realized that Fury MAXX card is worth more than your average Voodoo5 5500....I have two of them a broken one from a scrap lot and a very nice working boxed one, I can confirm the cards are as picky about boards and chipsets as the rumors suggest. I have had great results with BX chipset based boards (AGP 1x/2x) and bad results with anything Via based...doesn't matter what the AGP speed is. Its for sure a fun card to play around with and I ended up just leaving it in my Slot 1 Pentium III 500 Voodoo2 SLI box where it seemed very happy.
There is a thread here on Vogons that has an archive with every MAXX driver released in it, its worth going through the newer drivers to find one that works with your setup, avoid the older drivers as they all have issues with textures.