Voodoo 3 3000 PCI review
Posted by Thomas
McGuire on January 31, 2000 - Page 2/6
Interactive Product: Voodoo
3 3000 PCI
was painless as expected, simply uninstalling 3dfx tools
& shutting down. Removing my older Voodoo3 2000 &
then slotting in the Voodoo 3 3000PCI. Boot up, let windows
detect a PCI-VGA display adapter & then install the
latest 3dfx drivers. Re-boot. No problem.
Voodoo 3 comes along with an install manual; you shouldn’t
need to use it at all however.
I was really looking forward to testing out. My old
Voodoo3 2000 has been running at 175Mhz pretty much since I
bought it earlier this year. I was hoping to see this card
perform just was well for me.
up the Mhz with the Voodoo 3 overclocker I got it up to
198Mhz (so far). Using the same cooling method as described
in the Voodoo3
there have been no problems experienced (such as lockups,
freezes, etc.) at this speed although I’d rather not push
it any further until I get to add a fan to the topside of
DVD hardware assist ?
I recently discovered while reading the PC-DVD
Informational text this “feature” of the Voodoo 3
offers no real acceleration effect at all:
space conversion exists in a totally different unit then
MPEG-2 decoding, which the 3dfx
FAQ claims that their "planar-to-packed
conversion in hardware" will accelerate playback. In
reality, 30 fps is 30fps. The Voodoo3 can't accelerate a
hardware DVD decoder any further for the simple fact that
they already offer a FULL 30fps. To put it simply, there
is no DVD hardware assist in the Voodoo3 chipset. It will
perform just as equal to any other chipset without
that this is also true of cards like TNT2 & G400. This
is just a small point that probably has more to do with
marketing the card more than anything else. As mentioned
above I encountered no problems with DVD playback on this
card. I was also very satisfied with the image quality of
it. Below is a screen capture from Blade.
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