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      03.10.2003 22:59
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      Let me start by saying that my old 166 used to be TERRIBLE. Now, with the addition of my 3dfx Voodoo3 2000 PCI, it has been miraculously transformed into a super system. It runs quake2 at over 200 Frames a second at 800x600 with 32 bit color. Even a geforce 256 can only manage an average of 52 FPS on an AMD Athlon 800Mhz. As if that wasn't enough, it plays Quake 3 at 30 FPS at 640x480, 16Bpp color and Bilinear Filtering. What an achievment. Windows has never been as quick as it is now, and color qulity and vibrance has never been better. I have overclocked the card from 143Mhz/143Mhz (core/memory) all the way up too 200/200, and the card has been as stable as ever. My only issue with this card is the ammount of heat it produces. Even at its standard clock speeds, the core heatsink can burn you if you touch it, and the secondary heatsink (at the top of the card, near the back plate) turns reddish when you really start exerting graphics - intensive preassure on the card. All I have done to remedy the situation is to point a desk fan into the innards of my PC. This has increased performance and reliability of the card, as well as cool down the heatsinks greatly. All in all, I would recommend this card to anyone that can find one, now that they have been off the market for quite a while.

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        07.10.2001 08:04

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        After the exelent success of the VooDoo 1 and 2 graphics cards, the voodoo 3 was a must for me to buy...unfortunatelly. I plugged the graphics card in, and plugged in its oh-so-many heavy cables, and off I went. Amazed for a month or so at how good it was.. untill things went topsy-turvy. Games looking rather strange for example.. This card has a serious lack of blending oparations available to it.. and the ones it cant do, it guesses at.. and dosent guess to well. Walls with objects layered wrong.. solid windows.. warped light-maps. All things you dont expect for such a price!! I put up with this tho. The card comes with some amazing software allowing you to tweak it till it shines (sort of) and the colour output is incredible! All very nice and all, untill the heavy cable plugged into the back warps and breaks the port, making everything rather blury on screen.. I soon fixed this tho by stacking books behind my PC proping the cable up a bit which fixed it... untill the books fell! I cant yell at the cable to much tho.. it allows you to plug nearly anything into your graphics card.. web-cams, Digital cameras.. TV's via scart.. all very nice, and in a pretty shade of blue also.. just dont go tugging at the cable to much. After this there is the mild problem of misplacing the huge cable when moving the PC.. the card dosent run without the beast on the back you see... and I lost the cable.. which lead me to buying a new graphics card. Performance-wise it is a great card. Not to many fancy features. no texture compression, no anti-aliasing, no hardware T&L... Hmm, thinking about it, I cant think of any specific performance giving features it does have.. oh dear. To put it bluntly, this card is poo. Dont buy it, ever, or you WILL regret it!

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        14.08.2001 19:14
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        I have always been partial to 3dxf video cards, right from the beginning when they first emerged with the original 4MB Voodoo video board. State of the art it was, leaving most other 3D accelerator cards tailing behind. 3dfx’s lead was kept up with the Voodoo 2, but things where not quite so rosy when the Voodoo 3 appeared. Running mainly against Nvidia’s TNT2 chipset the Voodoo 3 received fair criticism for only having 16MB of ram and being restricted to 16bit colour rendering for 3D. The 16MB of ram was adequate at the time and few computers had cpu’s capable of adequately running games in 32bit colour, but what was once a pioneering company pushing the cutting edge of technology was now falling very much on the conservative side, leaving the cutting edge to its main rival Nvidia The Voodoo 3 came in the usual oversized box with instruction manual and drivers on CD. Installing the card was expectedly simple, but the drivers were another matter. Installation of the drivers required the CD to be placed in the drive and run, before removing the old video card, telling you when to shut your computer down, replace your old video card with the Voodoo 3 and then restart your machine, after which the drivers should complete the installation. Well that was the theory according to the manual. On restarting the drivers partially installed but then gave an ‘unexpected error, files missing’ warning. The actual card drivers and tools, or control panel for the card install as separate programs. After several attempts and failed installations, my old card was temporarily re-installed while I downloaded new drivers from the 3dfx web site. These drivers were one complete program and installed reliably and operated without fault. Although hardware DVD assist is part of the specification, a software DVD player was not included. If you want to play DVD's, you will have to purchase your own software. The Voo doo3 can shift around 6 million triangles per second and 286 Mega/Texels per second and the core clock speed is 143Mhz. Desktop resolutions go up to 2048x1936 pixels in 32bit colour, but as mentioned earlier, 3D rendering is limited to 16bit only. Only one memory option was available throughout the Voodoo 3 range, 16Mb. Despite some restrictions, this card proved a worthy competitor to the TNT2. Older games using 3dfx’s own API ‘glide’ show definite graphics superiority over the same games running Direct 3D, but this advantage has disappeared in newer games. This card, if still available makes an excellent budget buy, especially if you have a good collection of older games using glide. It’s not cutting edge and never was, but it does exactly what it says on the box, unlike some. The driver problems have gone completely in later versions, but as 3dfx has now sadly, ‘gone to the wall’ the question of how long driver support will continue for surely arises. 3dfx’s contribution to the PC graphics card industry has been huge, and without it we might not enjoy the graphical quality in games we have today. There contribution to this technology will be sadly missed.

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          04.03.2001 23:32
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          I have used a lot of graphics cards in my job as a IT support officer and most are ok but once in a while there is a piece of equipment that is totally brilliant and Voodoo 3 2000 AGP was exactly that. It performs very well in all areas I have tested and it supports a very wide range of drivers from Win95+98+ME+NT+2000 not forgetting Linux. I am a very keen online games player and playing quake 3 online is not a problem. BUT!! The only bad thing is the companys future looks thin. So the future of 3DFX is out of there hands.

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            13.02.2001 05:50
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            I bought a Voodoo 3 2000 AGP in the middle of last year, about July. I got home, opened my case, pulled out my tired old 4MB 2D card and slotted in my new Voodoo beast. I started the computer up and everything installed quite straightforwardly. First things first I set up the desktop and the resolution, I noticed that there were quite a few extra settings to choose from. Then I started to play a game and OH MY GOD it was unbelieveable. The graphics from the card are excellent. I paid only £49.99 for the card and yet whilst I fully realise that you can get better cards for the money it's unbeatable value for money! The 3D capabilities of the card are excellent, and it pumps out the graphics at a more than acceptable rate for a £50 card!

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            30.09.2000 15:57
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            I have always had problems with my computer, it often crashed during games or complex web pages so I decided to invest in a voodoo 3 2000 graphics card as it seemed one of the best for the price. So far I am really impressed with the card my computer crashes a lot less than it used to even when playing the most up to date games. The graphics have improved too, its mainly subtle changes but there is a real difference on games. We did have a some trouble with our sound card after installing the 3dfx but this was fixed by reinstalling it.

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            14.09.2000 16:44

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            Hello I picked my Voodoo up from Dixons at only £50! Since installation I have played games like Quake II and Unreal Tournament with no probs at all on an AMD550. This card is extremely good value for people who dont need the mega graphics cards that are out nowadays. In 2d for Windows use the card is fine also. I had no problems installing the drivers, and I was up and running in no time at all! I would definately recommend this card to the less hardcore-gamers who dont always need the latest chips in their Pcs! Try and get one second hand though and you'll probably pick it up for about £20 - £30

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            14.09.2000 03:39
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            The Voodoo3 2000 was the basic 16 Mb version of the then new offering from 3dfx, the Voodoo 3. The distinguishing features between the different models of the Voodoo 3 range ie 2000,3000,3500 were basically a quicker chipset as you move up and also the introduction of TV-out and little features like this. Also the core graphical processor unit speed was increased throughout the range upto a maximum 166 MHz which isnt a bad speed for a card of its generation. However you'd be foolish to ignore the faults of this card. Firstly its not that particularly quick with things like S3's Savage 4 equalling it and Nvidias TNT2 also an equal and both these at lower cost. Secondly theres the old 3dfx problem of none of the Voodoo 3 range of cards being able to do 32 bit colour, they are only capable of 24 bit colour so even though in a game you set it to 32 bit it actually only manages 32 bit. My overall opinion of this card is as follows. I think that this is possibly the card to go for for the PCI version in older systems with no AGP slot however in machines with AGP slots, better options can be made for not much more money like a TNT2 Ultra or a Diamond Viper II or a GeForce 256.

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            05.09.2000 16:55
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            Voodoo cards have earned themselves a rather healthy reputation over the years and it's for a very good reason. They make damned good cards. Simple. I originally had a Voodoo 2 in my AmdK2 450 and it made all games look very good with a nice frame rate. With the recent fall in price I became tempted to upgrade to the Voodoo 3 2000 pci and I was not disappointed. It has 16 mb of ram and is able to produce some wonderful graphics. My biggest pleasure with this card is being able to run Toca2 at the maximum resolution (1600x800) with all of the effects on - it runs very smoothly indeed. Even Grand Prix 3 (bearing in mind that my 450mhz is the recommended requirement) looks great and 90% has an excellent frame rate. If you have an average or low spec pc then this card will really transform your games playing experience but if you have something more powerful (600mhz with 128mb of ram or higher) then you'd be better off going for something with a bit more bite (perhaps even one of the new voodoo 5 cards. Installation is a doddle (all you need is a spare pci slot) and the software/drivers are absolutely superb as usual. For £50 you can't go wrong.

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            22.08.2000 22:10

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            At this price point the Voodoo3 2000 has only one competitor and I think they're about even. The reason I originally went for this was the much hyped support for AMD's 3D-Now Instructions. At that time I had a K6-2 350 overclocked to 400 and wanted a cheap but powerful graphics card to replace my ATI Xpert98 which was becoming a little long in the tooth. The fact that it would marry nicely with my existing processor meant it went to the top of my shortlist. 3Dfx were never renowned for their driver support and I would say that this was the one downside to owning this card. Every time I looked in the newsgroups there were stories of new drivers breaking what didn't need to be fixed. But with it's 16Mb of RAM it could produce some quite stunning results: Try watching the 3DMark99 demo using this after seeing it on the ATI! There is no comparison. Mine was quite overclockable but there was no point as my processor was the bottleneck so it sat at stock speed with ne'er a grumble. Lots of reviews will bemoan it's lack of support for 32bit colour. Personally I can't see the difference between 16bit and 32bit apart from the speed decrease the latter produces. If your eyes can't distinguish that many colours I don't see what the point is. This card has only just been removed from my system in favour of the CLAP, so it's certainly lasted well.

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            20.07.2000 16:56

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            I bought mine about 8 months ago for £70. I was instantly impressed. Before this I had a Orchid Righteous 3D (voodoo1) DOH, and this new one was a massive improvement - halflive came to life, and I was playing for hours on end, I just didn't want to take my eyes off the screen. It was beautiful...then suddenly: voodoo3 3000, 3500, 4000, 5000, 5500...hey man slow down...give me a chance, ive just bought this card, then you start throwing these about. I cant keep up! All of a sudden in 8 months JUST YES 8 MONTHS!!! mine becomes a fossil, and people are laughing at it. Yes Im all for progression, and speedy evolution of equipment, but you should have warned us - you should have put a labe on the box, saying "IN LESS THAN 6 MONTHS THIS PRODUCT WILL BE CONSIDERED BOTTOM OF THE RANGE". Then maybe I would have waited a couple of months, and invested in a better card, but not now, cos I've just spent all my money damn it!

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            15.07.2000 00:14

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            This graphics card is now available in som outlets for below £50. Surly no one can complain when you consider that 3years ago I paid £150 for a voodoo1 card with a `huge` 4mb of ram. This card has 9 times that at 1/3 the prive. Although it cannot perhaps compete with the new voodoo 5 cards for the price it is without equal. It is more than adequate for most games and is ideal for a lower spec machine which does not have the power to support a more advanced card. In short if you want a new graphics card for £50 you wont go wrong with this one.

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            12.07.2000 00:53

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            For the pass few years, the name Voodoo and 3Dfx has meant the best and fastest in 3D. If you were a hard core gamer you had a 3Dfx Voodoo card. There was no second choice. The power of the first Voodoo 1 blew the competition away. Voodoo 2 were so far above everything else, it seems like nothing could touch it, until the TNT came alone. Following the success of the Voodoo 1 and Voodoo 2, 3Dfx now brings us Voodoo 3. Currently there are 2 models on the market. The Voodoo 3 2000 I have here for testing and the Voodoo 3 3000 I'll be getting later. The difference between the 2 cards are clock speed, game bundle and TV out support. The 2000 runs at 142Mhz while the 3000 runs at 166Mhz. The 3000 also has a bigger heatsink to handle the speed. As for games, the Voodoo 3 2000 doesn't come with any full games, just a bunch of game demos. There is no TV out support with the Voodoo 3 2000. I don't really miss this feature because I don't play games on the TV, unless it's my N64.

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            04.07.2000 15:30

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            There's no question that the name Voodoo is popular among the gaming set for superior graphics performance. The Voodoo 3 chip consistently posts the fastest performance on both 2D and 3D applications over every processor we've tested. While 3dfx has marketed the Voodoo 3 2000 as a lower-end, more affordable card compared to the rest of its product line, you won't suffer from slow performance with this one. When it comes to speed, few cards outperformed the $120 Voodoo 3 2000 in our tests. Only the similarly priced S3 Savage 4-based Diamond Stealth III S540 and the more robust, $180 Voodoo 3 3000 bested it when tested running Quake II. We tested both the PCI and AGP versions of the card and did not see much difference in performance. In 3D graphics, the AGP performed better, but not by much. And the PCI actually did a little better in our 2D tests. Made For Action, But... Of course, benchmark tests tell only part of the story. The Voodoo 3 2000 looked great in our subjective evaluation: it served up incredibly realistic images at lightning speed, making it an ideal choice for gamers on a budget. But it doesn't possess the bells and whistles of its big brother, the Voodoo 3 3000. For instance, out of the box, this card comes with only the driver CD-ROM and was a tad difficult to install. We had to adjust the resolution on our 17-inch Dell UltraScan 1000HS monitor several times before we could run Quake II. Also lacking from this card's inventory is a TV-out port or any bundled games, as you'll find on the 3000. Another factor to consider is that the Voodoo 3 doesn't fully support OpenGL, so you may find yourself hunting down patches or drivers for certain OpenGL games, such as Quake III. Nor will the chipset support more than 16MB of graphic memory, compared to cutting-edge gaming cards such as ATI's Rage 128GL-based Rage Fury, which operate on 32MB. But beyond any technical limit ations, the card does give you excellent speed for fast, graphically intensive games. If you're strapped for cash but still want to play with the big boys, Voodoo 3 2000 will give you superior 3D acceleration at an excellent price.

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            04.07.2000 15:27

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            There's no question that the name Voodoo is popular among the gaming set for superior graphics performance. The Voodoo 3 chip consistently posts the fastest performance on both 2D and 3D applications over every processor we've tested. While 3dfx has marketed the Voodoo 3 2000 as a lower-end, more affordable card compared to the rest of its product line, you won't suffer from slow performance with this one. When it comes to speed, few cards outperformed the $120 Voodoo 3 2000 in our tests. Only the similarly priced S3 Savage 4-based Diamond Stealth III S540 and the more robust, $180 Voodoo 3 3000 bested it when tested running Quake II. We tested both the PCI and AGP versions of the card and did not see much difference in performance. In 3D graphics, the AGP performed better, but not by much. And the PCI actually did a little better in our 2D tests. Made For Action, But... Of course, benchmark tests tell only part of the story. The Voodoo 3 2000 looked great in our subjective evaluation: it served up incredibly realistic images at lightning speed, making it an ideal choice for gamers on a budget. But it doesn't possess the bells and whistles of its big brother, the Voodoo 3 3000. For instance, out of the box, this card comes with only the driver CD-ROM and was a tad difficult to install. We had to adjust the resolution on our 17-inch Dell UltraScan 1000HS monitor several times before we could run Quake II. Also lacking from this card's inventory is a TV-out port or any bundled games, as you'll find on the 3000. Another factor to consider is that the Voodoo 3 doesn't fully support OpenGL, so you may find yourself hunting down patches or drivers for certain OpenGL games, such as Quake III. Nor will the chipset support more than 16MB of graphic memory, compared to cutting-edge gaming cards such as ATI's Rage 128GL-based Rage Fury, which operate on 32MB. But beyond any technical limit ations, the card does give you excellent speed for fast, graphically intensive games. If you're strapped for cash but still want to play with the big boys, Voodoo 3 2000 will give you superior 3D acceleration at an excellent price.

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          From 3dfx Interactive, the architect of the 3D revolution, comes a new dimension of high-resolution gaming. A snap to install, the Voodoo3 2000 PCI replaces tired, old 2D cards in just a matter of minutes. Fusing the world's fastest 2D with a dual 32-bit pipeline, the Voodoo3 2000 PCI pumps out over 100 billion operations per second to bring you resolutions as high as 2046x1536 and speeds of up to 60 frames per second. Generating 6 million triangles per second to bring to life 500 of the hottest titles, the Voodoo3 2000 PCI's Patented Single pass, Single Cycle, Multi-Texturing delivers the brilliant color and amazing clarity that has made it the standard in PC entertainment.