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3dfx Voodoo3 3000 PCI (Page 2/3)

Posted: February 1, 2000
Written by: Greg Heasley


The software bundle is nothing to write home about, but it's not too bad. This Voodoo3 comes with full versions of Need For Speed III and Unreal, plus a coupon for a free copy of Unreal Tournament. The Unreal Tournament upgrade will cost you $5.95 for shipping and handling. NFS3 and Unreal are both good games, but are quite old. Still, the upgrade coupon makes the Voodoo3 3000 PCI a lot more worthy of praise since UT is a new and damn fine game.


Test System
    Pentium 200 (non-MMX)
    64 MB EDO RAM
    Voodoo3 3000 PCI
    Diamond 3000 PCI + STB BlackMagic3D 12 MB V2 SLI
    SoundBlaster 16 PnP
    Windows 98
We decided to see how well the Voodoo3 would do in a very old system against a couple of Voodoo2s running in SLI. QuakeII: Demo 1 & Demo 2

As you can see, the V3 performs just as well as the V2 SLI in Quake2. The frame rates stay right at 30 fps in all resolutions. This shows us that 30 fps is all this poor p5 200 is ever going to do. However, the Voodoo3 looks a little bit better than the Voodoo2 SLI. The image is a bit more crisp than the V2. This may be due to driver updates or the passthru cable. Unreal Flyby Demo

The results are about the same on the Unreal Flyby demo. While 15 fps seems very low, the game was playable with either setup. Once again, the image quality of the Voodoo3 was a little better than the Voodoo2.

Overall the performance isn't stellar, but it is better than a pair of Voodoo2's. Need For Speed III flew by at 30+ fps, QuakeII ran well, and Unreal was playable. You can't ask for more from a computer was made 3 years ago! On faster systems the Voodoo 3 3000 PCI is almost as fast as its AGP counterpart. In most tests the PCI is only a couple fps slower than the AGP.

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