Voodoo 3 1000 (AGP), is it any good?

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Voodoo 3 1000 (AGP), is it any good?

Postby athlon-power » 2019-1-05 @ 09:16

I've found a listing for a Voodoo 3 1000 AGP card for pretty cheap, and I'm wondering if it's any good for use gaming-wise. I know of the Voodoo 3 3000, and that's an alright card, but this seems like it might be a budget variant of that, and I'm not sure if it'll do all that well. Here's the only picture that the seller posted that can really give any information about this card's specific specs:

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The rest of the photos are just of the back of the PCB.

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Re: Voodoo 3 1000 (AGP), is it any good?

Postby havli » 2019-1-05 @ 10:56

Specs are: regular (2 TMU) Voodoo3 AGP at 125 MHz with 16 MB SGRAM. Also these carsd usually (always?) lack any kind of cooling... it is just a bare chip on the PCB. Here is photo of the front side http://hw-museum.cz/vga/51/compaq-voodo ... y-200-pcb-

Unless you are very unlucky, it should be capable of overclocking to V3 2000 (143 MHz) or even V3 3000 (166 MHz) and thanks to SGRAM it might be even slightly faster than regular SDRAM V3 AGP.

So it is perfectly fine for retro gaming like any other V3. However I would strongly recommend to attach some heatsink and perhaps fan also to the GPU, otherwise it would run very hot.
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Re: Voodoo 3 1000 (AGP), is it any good?

Postby athlon-power » 2019-1-05 @ 14:41

havli wrote:Specs are: regular (2 TMU) Voodoo3 AGP at 125 MHz with 16 MB SGRAM. Also these carsd usually (always?) lack any kind of cooling... it is just a bare chip on the PCB. Here is photo of the front side http://hw-museum.cz/vga/51/compaq-voodo ... y-200-pcb-

Unless you are very unlucky, it should be capable of overclocking to V3 2000 (143 MHz) or even V3 3000 (166 MHz) and thanks to SGRAM it might be even slightly faster than regular SDRAM V3 AGP.

So it is perfectly fine for retro gaming like any other V3. However I would strongly recommend to attach some heatsink and perhaps fan also to the GPU, otherwise it would run very hot.


Hm. There's no mounting holes, so I'd need to use some sort of thermal glue, I think. I have a couple of small heatsinks that I can use that should do the job, even at 166MHz. I'll look into getting it, but the auction doesn't end in 4 or 5 days, so I won't worry about it in the immediate present.
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Re: Voodoo 3 1000 (AGP), is it any good?

Postby Mr. horse » 2019-1-06 @ 03:02

Id recommend a stick on heatsink over glue. Unless if you get a really big heatsink.
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Re: Voodoo 3 1000 (AGP), is it any good?

Postby EdmondDantes » 2019-1-13 @ 03:46

I have a V3 1000 now and its pretty good... though mine is only an 8mb model. It struggles slightly with Quake III and I haven't tried it with Unreal Tournament or Half-Life yet, but in my case I have a second comp that runs those games better, and for games that specifically use Glide I don't see any major downsides to the 1000 (though I somewhat dislike it being only 8mb when my original Voodoo 3, which went bad, was 16mb... though again, I haven't actually noticed any gameplay issues because of this).
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Re: Voodoo 3 1000 (AGP), is it any good?

Postby NostalgicAslinger » 2019-1-14 @ 13:22

The V3 1000 should have 7 ns SGRAM Modules, so 143MHz should be no problem, but I also would install a heatsink on the Avenger chip, because this chips get very, very hot!
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Re: Voodoo 3 1000 (AGP), is it any good?

Postby Ozzuneoj » 2019-1-17 @ 05:42

NostalgicAslinger wrote:The V3 1000 should have 7 ns SGRAM Modules, so 143MHz should be no problem, but I also would install a heatsink on the Avenger chip, because this chips get very, very hot!

They often have 5.5ns SIEMENS SGRAM chips as well. I've had several of those. Definitely would add cooling though if overclocking a 1000...
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Re: Voodoo 3 1000 (AGP), is it any good?

Postby appiah4 » 2019-1-17 @ 07:43

I have one. It's a semi interesting card to have, but I have like 5 3000s so it never gets use.

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The RAM on the card is rated much higher than its clock speed, it's rated very slow because the GPU has no cooler. If you stick on a simple heatsink it should hit 2000 speeds no problems.
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Re: Voodoo 3 1000 (AGP), is it any good?

Postby chinny22 » 2019-1-17 @ 13:55

I'd say any voodoo is worth it. They are only going to go up in value.
Plus even if its not that great at your glide games, they still have good dos compatibility, not that important on a AGP system I know but still good to know.
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Re: Voodoo 3 1000 (AGP), is it any good?

Postby oeuvre » 2019-1-17 @ 14:16

just do it, fox!
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