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You probably know now by the title of this opinion that I really hate this graphics card. This card has 16mb memory, and does indeed play games that require 3DFX technology. It cost £100 at the time, and was a big mistake. The problem with it is that when using my mouse to navigate around windows, the visual display of the mouse, moves up or down the screen. So, for example, the mouse moves up the screen, and I cannot move the mouse any lower than half way down the screen. But, if you put where the mouse would need to go to click on the Start button at that half way point on the screen, and click the start menu would open. So, basically the mouse is working, but the visual display on the screen of the mouse is incorrect. I have tried formatting my computer many times, but it does not solve the problem. I have tried many different mice, even a USB mouse, but that did not solve the problem. This problem has only occurred since I had this new so called excellent graphics card. I would not recommend this product to anybody in the world, not even somebody I didnt like.
Almost all 3D games released nowadays require some sort of 3D acceleration card above and beyond your computer's basic video card. In recent years, the most popular chipset has been the Voodoo chipset from 3Dfx. Setting the standard for most of the industry. Of course, in order to run the 3D card, you also need a 2D card to run non-3D applications (such as your desktop, word processor, 2D games, etc.). The solution? The 3D Blaster Banshee from Creative Labs. The 3D Blaster Banshee card is a 16MB 2D/3D card running on the Voodoo2 chipset. Being a 16MB card, the 3D Blaster Banshee from Creative Labs can run almost any resolution you can imagine. I was able to run applications in 32-bit color all the way up to 1600x1200, though that made things a bit too small on the monitor. Even if you have a moderately good video card, the 3D Blaster Banshee is probably a better 2D card, with 128 bits of 2D power. As for 3D, the 3D Blaster Banshee looks downright beautiful. For the layman, the only real difference between the Voodoo Banshee and the Voodoo2 is the lack of one texture set. This results in an almost unnoticeable Voodoo2 graphical advantage. That's it. Though the Banshee is slightly less powerful than an actual Voodoo2 card, it's still a good option for most gamers. If you already have a high-end 2D card, the Voodoo2 card might be a good choice. But for anyone buying a new computer or wanting to upgrade for ease of operation, the Banshee is the logical (and more affordable) choice. As is the case for all hardware, installation has to be taken into account. For new computers or computers with only one 2D card, installation is a breeze - just remove your old card, put in the new card, and run the setup. With a price tag equal to or less than your average Voodoo2 card, the 3D Blaster Banshee is the perfect solution for a person trying to turn their computer into a gaming machine.
If you do not have the fastest system then this card will be of worth to you. It has 16 mb of memory and comes in both PCI and AGP versions. I had problems with AGP in a Gigbyte board and had to fall back on the PCI card. This slows the system down a little but as I only have a 500 chip it keeps pace. The colour depth and refresh rate keeps up with my 17" monitor it also keeps up with the DVD for movies via an MPEG card. This is a good card for a very good price, though you could go better with the AGP version
I bought the Banshee for the low price of eighty pounds over a year ago and it has served me well so I must give rave reviews on it. This is a great graphics card for the price. I can play any game with it and I haven't found any problems resulting from malfunctions or other problems. It gives you in your face fast graphics that will kick your but if your not careful. I play Unreal tournament online all the time with it and have no problems so I hope that i have convinced you that this is an all around good card and something that you should look a little closer at.
16MB all in one graphics card based on 3Dfx's voodoo chipset. These cards are no longer made, but if you are on a tight budget i would certainly recommend one for an instant boost (unless youve already got a Voodoo3 or better!). The Banshee can be picked up at computer fairs etc for around £30, and replace your existing card for a complete 2D or 3D experience. They may not be as fast as the latest cards, but for the cash strapped they are amazing value. The card will run quake 3 easily and with impressive results. The only downside I have found is the banshee does not run direct 3D games as well as I was expecting, but switch the game to opengl and see a huge difference.
Creative Labs' 3D Blaster Banshee just blew into town on a howling wind. This PCI card brings amazing 3D acceleration and terrific 2D image quality to your PC, courtesy of the Voodoo Banshee chipset.
The first 2D/3D combo chipset from 3DFX, the Voodoo Banshee inherits its speedy processor core architecture from the legendary Voodoo2, adds support for fast SDRAM, and brings true 128-bit graphics to the table. The 3D Blaster Banshee comes with driver support for DirectDraw, Direct3D, DirectVideo, ActiveX, DirectX and Glide, as well as a 'MiniGL' driver for hot games like Quake 2. The card is ideal for 3D design software as well as games, with a full 3D feature set.