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3dfx Voodoo3 3000 (Page 3/3)

Posted: March 28, 1999
Written by: Dan "Tweak Monkey" Kennedy
Estimated retail price: $179.99


The Voodoo3 3000 offers incredible performance for a fair price. If you're looking for a wicked fast, compatible, high quality 3D card, don't overlook the Voodoo3. If you're trying to decide which of the three Voodoo3s to pick up, consider that the Voodoo3 3000 offers a lot more than the V3 2000, but costs a lot less than the even faster V3 3500. If you're a pure speed demon and want all of the performance you can get, save up some money and go for the V3 3500. However, no single video card currently on the market can come close to the absolute power of the V3 3000 for its price.

If you already own a Voodoo2 or even two Voodoo2s running in SLI, there are still reasons why you may consider the Voodoo3 3000. It does offer better performance, and adds on great 2D and support for higher resolutions. If you think the Voodoo3 3000 is not for you, wait a bit and test your options. Perhaps you're interested in better AGP support in hope that future applications and games will take better advantage of 2X or even 4X support. Or, maybe you've got your mind focused on 32 bit rendering. Sure, it may not be in use right now, but who knows what the future has to offer.

Any way you look at it, the Voodoo3 3000 is a great card with even greater potential.

[+] Good

  • Incredible, top of the line performance
  • Play games at very high resolutions with little performance loss
  • 350 MHz RAMDAC ensures high, clear refresh rates
  • Great 2D output at high resolutions
  • Near 100% compatibility with 3D games due to Direct3D, OpenGL, and Glide support

[-] Bad
  • Lacks 32-bit rendering support
  • Uses AGP but fails to take advantage of it
  • Slightly washed out, less vivid colors than TNT or other new chipsets
  • Price is a little high
  • OpenGL ICD still needs some work
Overall Rating: 9.5

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