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      15.04.2002 22:43
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      My computer had this graphics card installed when I first bought it. I was pleased to hear that it fetured a TV reciever. I thought GREAT! a TV on my computer! I unpacked all of my computer boxes and I found a round purple box with a great chunk on wire protruding from it. I thought "What the hell is this thing?" Anyways I read the documentation and discovered it was the "POD" for the Voodoo3 3500 graphics card. The pod allows users to connect their card to thier hi-fi and television. The posd also features "line in" for digital cameras and other input devices. I plugged everything in and I immediately clicked the TV icon on my desktop and.....erm..... snow! I plugged my free standing TV aerial and I recieved a poor picture which didn't improve with the on-screen tuning. I eventually had to plug my Cable box into my PC. The picture was good but not very crisp as I expected it to be. A feature on the TV is meant to be a multi-channel view, where the user can view all channels simultaneously. This DOES NOT work. "Ok time to play some games" I thought. I had some pretty poor games bundled with my PC which were not very demanding on the graphics card - They ran fine. I eventually purchased a 3D game - Midtown Madness 2. I installed the game and began to play. I though the graphics were great! until I went to my friends house. He was running the game on a card which cost half the price (TNT2 ULTRA) and it was twice as fast even with the settings cranked up full. I was a very dissapointed with this card even though I was happy with the game previously. I tested the card with other games and they were poor compared to the TNT2 Ultra. I sold my card and purchased a TNT2 Ultra which has gave me no problems whatsoever even with the most recent 3D demanding games. Stay clear of this card Nvidia will ALWAYS be one step ahead of 3DFX. Go for the TNT2 Ultra (without TV) at half the pr
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        05.06.2001 22:20

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        I had always been a 3DFX fanatic, I bought the original 'Voodoo' card when it was released. I was amazed at how it made my 133mhz Pentium better than a Playstation (just!). Of course, I purchased the 'Voodoo2' and was pleased with the increased performance and detail. When I bought the 'Voodoo3 3000' I wasn't amazed or excited, because it, essentially, is just a better performing version of the others. As always, it has full support from (almost) all games. Still, it only has 16bit colour in 3D mode, why? On the 2D side, the card is very quick, with high refresh rates at high resolutions, thanks to its 16mb of RAM. Over all, this is a solid graphics card, which is now at a very affordable price. It's compatible with all the old 3D games as well as the new ones, but with the emergence of the GeForce 2 cards, the Voodoo cards have finally met their match.

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        17.03.2001 18:33

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        I bought a Voodo 3 3000 AGP in autumn of 2000 after a bad experience with an nvidia TNT2 Model 64 (see my opinion elsewhere on dooyoo). I paid £71 for this card, the price being this low mainly because it has been superceded by newer and faster cards. But then again, so has my old Celeron 433... Installation was a doddle, both hardware and software. I immediately tried out the old favourite, Quake 2, and was knocked out by the smoothness of the game at high resolutions (1024 x 768 and higher). Unreal was also fine, as was the much newer Midtown Madness 2, while Half Life was faster than I'd ever seen it before. But what really amused me was the fact that I could play such old-time favourites as Carmageddon 1 and Tomb Raider 1. With a non-3dfx card you'd have to play these oldies in software mode. Conclusion - a great card if you want to play your older favourites at high frame rates. Shop aroun d- you may be able to pick it up for even less than I paid...

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        11.03.2001 23:49
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        I know this card is now a old boy in the league of svga 3d 3dfx cards, but i am no great game player and it has done a very good job for me for about a year now with no problems. If u want a tip i have detected this card runs very hot while it runs so a fan mounted from a pentium fan does the buisness and keeps it cool and very functional this was done by evo sticking 4 red rawl plugs cut down and the fan screwed into them and left to dry. I have done this with a few of my mates cards and no one has compained of overheating problems so if u can get this card it is a good all rounder but now seems a little slow for the elite game player of today but i cannot see me changing it till somthing goes wrong with it or a better card or the same type comes up as it has been one of the best investments i have had installed in my computer. It is now very good value for money and since that 3dfx have been taken over and nvida or sparkle sell them rebadged and they will be the same chipset with the same good performance for the price please note i am not 100 % sure what the status of 3dfx is so it may well be worth checking there website out http://www.3dfx.com as there is a statment regarding 3dfx and nvida thank you barry young

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          08.01.2001 18:34
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          The V3 3000 is a good graphics card. It will cope well with all the games you throw at it, and it even outputs them to a TV screen with decent quality for larger sized gaming if this is what you want. Even though it has been superceded, most notably by the NVidia GEForce2 range which are magnicifent cards, this is still a very respectable card if you just want to play games, not boast about frame rates. 3Dfx, the manufacturers, have now gone out of business, but this shouldn't worry you about buying the card, as the years warranty you get with it is from the retailer, not the manufacturer, (and don't let the shop tell you otherwise). It can be found at reasonable prices, nad if it's cheap enough get one, but if you have the money spend a bit more (120 quid or so) and get a DDR GeForce2 MX (don't bother with the SDR models, as they're not as good).

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          10.12.2000 20:05

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          I recently purchased a new computer, I didn't want to spend over £100 on a 3dfx card so I chose the Voodoo 3 3000. Costing just £99, I didn't really expect astounding graphics. I was wrong, when combined with an Amd Athlon Thunderbird 850, the graphics were supreme. I regularly run online Halflife on 1024x968 with no interuptions or jurkiness. The card came with simple installation instructions and was easy enough to configure. I think this card will serve me well for years to come and I hope Voodoo keep making cards of this caliber

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          02.11.2000 20:30
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          This card is well outof fdate now - everyone knows it. Therefore there is no need to get into the debate about how there are other more powerfull cards etc... However, when the performance of the card (and its other 3dfx brothers) is lower that that of the original TNT (let it be slightly overclocked) which is 1 year older, you cant give it a high rating. More importantly, with the price/performance ration it also looses out to virtually any card out there. I know a lot of people have rushed out and bought this card as a result of the excellnt performance of the Voodoo2 series, and therefore are not going to bad mouth it. However any benchmarking professional or even an amateur (eith 3dMark 2000) will tell you exactly how crap it is.

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            18.10.2000 21:13
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            I love this card! I've been in and around computers since 1992. It was my Dad's fault really, he used to own a small independant computer business and I used to get lumped on him during the holidays as my Mum didn't want to take me to work with her. Anyway, Dad had to find something to do with me and eventually he decided to stick me in front of broken machines and see if I could fix them (with his help of course!). I then progressed from fixing them to building them and upgrading them and my latest upgrade for my (ageing) home machine has been a Voodoo 3. Now my home machine is just a lowly K62-250Mhz with 32Mb Ram on a small AT motherboard with 3 PCI slots. Ever since I got a 56Kbs PCI modem I haven't been able to play 3D games as I had nowhere for the V2 to go. So I decided to go for the V3 and I am so glad I did. It is fast, even on my machine. It allowed Deus Ex to run (well, the training levels anyway which were enough to convince me that I HAVE to upgrade my machine) and I can now play System Shock 2 again! Installation was a doddle and I had none of the problems that I expected (voltage regulation problems on old K6 motherboards). The drivers went in without a hitch and, after a reboot, I was away. The only problem with the card now is that it does get quite hot, so much so in fact that I have purchased a small CPU fan to rest on the card underneath blow air over the V3 and cool it down a little. The drivers seem to be comprehensive, with seperate sliders to adjust Red, Green and Blue colours. The only pain here is that to get the Overclocking tab (to disable VSync which usually speeds up gameplay) you have to do some registry editing. It's not difficult but is annoying! Frame-rates have improved over the V2 but not by a great amount (more RAM and a meater processor would help). Overall I am pleased with the card and, if you have adequate ventilation in your case, so will you
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              17.09.2000 23:15
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              3DFX have released a great card in the Voodoo 3 3000, and although it is now slightly ageing, it still offers wonderful visuals and great performance for the price at which it currently sells. Now superseded by the 5500 and soon the 6000, the 3000 comes with three full games, and another great point about this card is the support – many games are 3dfx enhanced taking advantage of the features and functions this cards offers. Quite simply, this card offers unequal compatibility and a great support in the form of 3dfx who are one of the first to endorse new technology and release new drivers to the public. Other advantages of the card are the ability to output via the TV out socket, and ease of installation make this an essential purchase for gamers on a semi-tight budget. Although slightly dated, ths is still a very good graphics card.

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              23.08.2000 22:09
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              I have questioned many times, after up grading from a Voodoo2 to the Voodoo3 3000 AGP, whether it was actually worth doing. One thing I must say is that the Voodoo3 is substantially faster than the Voodoo2, mainly because of it being AGP. The other feature which makes 3 better then 2 is the TV output, which can make DVD videos look great and crisp. As far as actual graphics improvement goes, I have only noticed very slight changes, which makes me think that they should have just revamped the Voodoo2 and add some sort of identity number on it, eg. Voodoo2 3000. If you have got a Voodoo2, I would suggest that unless you want that little bit extra speed, with the TV output, don't buy this card. However, I must still say that it is a great allround card for anyone, who hasn't really got a good graphics card. I hope the change from this card to the Voodoo5 is greater.

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                12.08.2000 00:14

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                Can't really tell you the tech stuff on this but what i can tell you is its a screamer of a card. Personally im a Voodoo fan so your going to get a totally biased opinion im afraid. Not the top of the range anymore so get one of these for a good price but that said and the fact that it has only 16 meg of on board ram i still think it can hold its own with some of the more powerfull cards on the market and will greatly enhance your gaming experience. This model doesn't have TV out but its available in PCI and AGP so no problems with it fitting your puter. Bung it in, load the drivers and your off, its a easy as that. The latest drivers are always available at the 3dfx web site so no problem there.

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                09.08.2000 18:40
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                This is basically a very good graphics card. It plays games at a very high frame rate giving outstanding performance using glide drivers. Most games are specifically written with the voodoo 3 in mind so there are no problems with drivers. The only problem is that it is over priced. It only has 16mb of ram, it does not have 32 bit support or a 32 bit z buffer. It does not play dvd at all well and the tv out is pathetic. I sold this card and bought a ati rage fury 32mb video capture and dvd decoder included, and am having a much better all round experience. it has much better 32 bit support and plats quake 3 much faster and with better quality than the voodoo, I also use it for video capture which is brilliant and to play dvd which is amazing all for the same price.

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                06.08.2000 16:24

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                The voodoo family of graphics card in their day were the only and the dominating group of graphics cards. After the launch of the Voodoo 3 series many other brands made competiting cards with hot competition. This card is only 16 mb and suports OPEN GL, Direct 3d, 3d glide, etc... It ofers hi resolutions, in some cases 1600 * 1200. The graphics in Halflife when I tested them were good and is well worth its £99 proce tag. Not worth buying big brother 3500 because it is basically th same though with TV output for £130. Good card but i would choose the TNT 2.

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                17.07.2000 08:05
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                the Voodoo 3 3000, no question it had speed. The card was fast, fast enough to cope with all the games that could be thrown at it. But the card has its problems, firstly the fact it can only do 24 bit colour, maybe not top of your priority lists but I have had 4mb Trident cards that can do 32bit colour its hardly new technology. 16Mb memory is not enough to store textures on any more. When the 16mb is full as it allways will be on a decent up to date game, the texture have to go to main RAM to be stored. This not only takes up the RAM from other things needing it but it means it has to travel over the relatively slow AGP bus and back instaed of just to the cards high speed memory. To me thats a poor spec for a card that aimed at the top of the market. Instalation and Driver setup though is second to none, it ran smooth and took less that 5 minutes to do, but it took less that five minutes to undo as well. Its a solid card with good Drivers. If a game supports glide you can be sure that the drivers give it a boost over other cards.

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                12.07.2000 03:38
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                What a card! Although it isnt packed with loads of those new fancy pancy features you find in some of the other modern graphics cards, it makes up for this short fall with its sheer speed. I managed to clock it at 80fps on unreal tournament when nothing else was running. Its blistering performance is coupled with the TV out which i have yet to try because for somereason i cannot locate the TV out cabling which was not supplied with the card. Its relativly inexpensive compared to most and the price and this is due to fall soon as the new Voodoo5's and 6's come out over the next 2 years. A good all round card which lacks some new features but makes up for it with speed and versatility.

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