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3D Spotlight : Hardware : 3dfx Voodoo 3 3000 review

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3dfx Voodoo 3 3000 review
Posted by Julio Franco on May 26, 1999

box_p.jpg (7336 bytes)3dfx has been bringing us the fastest 3D chips for a while now. Some of you might remember when the first decent 3D cards were released, based on the Renditionís Verite V1000 chip, these cards offered us speed improvements we had never seen before. Then the first 3dfx chip was released, the Voodoo1, along with the speed improvements, this card gave us a better visual quality.

After that chip 3dfx has released the Voodoo Rush, Voodoo 2, Voodoo Banshee and finally the recently released Voodoo 3 chip. All these chips are based on a similar 3D core of the Voodoo1, of course changes and additions have been made, for example, a 2D core was just added with the introduction of the Voodoo Banshee. Also each one of the chips have offered increased clock speeds thanks to better cooling solutions and in the case of the latest chips, the use of a 0.25 micron fabrication.

All these chips have had an excellent fill-rate however times are changing and great performance is not the only point to consider anymore, thatís why other chips such as the TNT/2, Savage4 and G400 are getting more and more popular.

I consider the Voodoo3 should be the latest chip based on the same core, visual quality is starting to show its age and there are some very important features missing such as 32bit color rendering, bump-mapping and support for larger textures. But no, donít get me wrong, the Voodoo 3 is an excellent chip and I wouldnít doubt recommending it to a serious gamer looking for great 3D performance. Anyway Iíve to mention that 3dfx is working on a new 3D chip (Voodoo 4 maybe?) and although not a lot of info has been released on it, Iím sure 3dfx will create a chip from scratch.

card_p.jpg (6631 bytes)Now, on the Voodoo 3 3000...

The Voodoo 3 3000 card, based on the chip with the same name is clocked (both core and memory) at 166mhz, this card is oriented to the mainstream and gamer market, giving you the best value, offering high level performance for a good price. There are also available other cards based on the Voodoo 3 chip. The Voodoo 3 2000, aimed at the OEM market and the budget conscious gamer, this card offers similar features than the V3 3000, the major differences are that this card hasnít got TV output and also itís memory and core are clocked at 143mhz, and of course ití has got a lower price.

Also the recently announced Voodoo3 3500 TV, although we already knew about this card that should be out in a few weeks, 3dfx just revealed that the card will come with features such as a TV tuner, digital VCR and FM capture. Clocked at 183mhz out of the box, this card will be more expensive than the others previously mentioned, definitely aimed at the high-end gamer and video enthusiast.


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