Guru3D.com Forums

Go Back   Guru3D.com Forums > Videocards > Videocards - 3dfx
Videocards - 3dfx How the mighty have fallen. Unfortunately the company is gone, but of course we still support the products. Use this forum to discuss anything concerning products using 3dfx chips from the Voodoo series.



Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Voodoo 2 article in Next Generation - Jan 1998
Old
  (#1)
ThunderForce
Newbie
 
Videocard: GTX 980 / 4 MB
Processor: Intel Core i7-5900
Mainboard:
Memory:
Soundcard:
PSU: 1000 watt
Default Voodoo 2 article in Next Generation - Jan 1998 - 12-31-2015, 00:03 | posts: 23

I remember reading this at the time and being really impressed. Took me a long time to find this article again. Enjoy.













   
Reply With Quote
 
Old
  (#2)
Barry J
Maha Guru
 
Barry J's Avatar
 
Videocard: 980Ti GAMING Frozr SLi
Processor: i7 4790K NH-d15 4.6ghz
Mainboard: Asus Z97 Sabretooth MK2
Memory: 16gb CoarsairVengence1866
Soundcard: onboard + digital hearing
PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA 1300w G2
Default 12-31-2015, 07:08 | posts: 2,556 | Location: Ipswich UK

Thanks for the good read I really enjoyed owning 3DFX GPU,s shame they were purchased by NVidia. 3dFX sli would have been so much better

some game devs should read this 3DFX were aiming for 120fps back then not the sorry 30 some game devs are aiming for now

Last edited by Barry J; 12-31-2015 at 07:11.
   
Reply With Quote
Old
  (#3)
moab600
Ancient Guru
 
moab600's Avatar
 
Videocard: 980TI Gaming
Processor: Core I7 4790K 4.6GHZ
Mainboard: Asus Z97 PRO 2501
Memory: 16GB DDRIII 1866MHZ
Soundcard: Asus Xonar STX II Z906
PSU: SeaSonic M12II 650W 85+Br
Default 12-31-2015, 07:43 | posts: 5,914 | Location: Israel

3DFX were awesome up till nvidia came with geforce 2, and voodoo 4 and so on were awful, had the voodoo 3 3500 TV, was amazing card at that day.
   
Reply With Quote
Old
  (#4)
GanjaStar
Maha Guru
 
Videocard: MSI 4G gtx970 1506/8000
Processor: Intel i5 4670K 4.6 1.22v
Mainboard: GA-Z87-D3HP
Memory: 16gb 2800mhz DDR3
Soundcard: x-fi extreme gamer
PSU: corsair tx 650w
Default 12-31-2015, 19:08 | posts: 1,150 | Location: Zagreb,Croatia

3.6gb memory bandtwith

the good ol times.
   
Reply With Quote
 
Old
  (#5)
InfinityX
Newbie
 
Videocard: 2x GTX 970 SLI
Processor: Intel Core i7 6700k
Mainboard: Asrock Extreme4 Z170
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 32GB
Soundcard: Sound Blaster Zx
PSU: Corsair RM 750 (80+ Gold)
Default 06-01-2016, 15:51 | posts: 35 | Location: Newbury, UK.

I remember this article too. Amazing to look back now and see how cutting-edge 3DFX were and how relevant and relate-able the technology is even now.

If memory serves me correctly this would have been around 1996/1997. I worked in a privately owned computer store around this time and every man and his dog wanted a 3DFX card. We sold hundreds of new computer systems off the back of some Unreal, Quake and Tombraider demos that ran on some of my builds at the front of the store. Good times.
   
Reply With Quote
Old
  (#6)
Warriorr
Newbie
 
Warriorr's Avatar
 
Videocard: ASUS GeForce GTX 970
Processor: i7-6700k @ 4.6Ghz
Mainboard: Asus Ranger VIII
Memory: Corsair DDR4 2666MHz 2x8
Soundcard:
PSU: Coolermaster 520W
Default 06-04-2016, 23:42 | posts: 18 | Location: Sweden

Funny how Pray had first screenshots around Duke3D and still it didn't come out until 2006.

Such nostalgia trip... Die by the Sword had such awesome controls and for some reason nobody have tried to copy it to this day (to my knowledge).
   
Reply With Quote
Old
  (#7)
Margalus
Member Guru
 
Videocard: EVGA GTX 980 Ti FTW
Processor: i7 6850k
Mainboard: Asus X99 Deluxe
Memory: 32GB Gskill 3200 DDR4
Soundcard:
PSU: Corsair HXi850
Default 07-13-2016, 04:58 | posts: 93 | Location: St. Louis

I loved my voodoo2 12mb cards sli. I had about 6 of them... Every computer I had back then would have a matrox card for 2d and 2 Creative Labs Voodoo 2's sli'd. Playing quake 2 at 1024x768 at 75fps was awesome stuff...
   
Reply With Quote
Old
  (#8)
Han2K
Master Guru
 
Han2K's Avatar
 
Videocard: MSI GTX1080 Gaming X
Processor: i7-2600K @ 4.7Ghz
Mainboard: ASUS P8P67 DELUXE
Memory: GSkill 16GB DDR3@2133 CL9
Soundcard: Xonar DGSI & HyperX Cloud
PSU: Corsair HX750
Default 08-12-2016, 13:13 | posts: 266 | Location: Valencia, Spain

Quote:
Originally Posted by Barry J View Post
Thanks for the good read I really enjoyed owning 3DFX GPU,s shame they were purchased by NVidia. 3dFX sli would have been so much better

some game devs should read this 3DFX were aiming for 120fps back then not the sorry 30 some game devs are aiming for now
Nvdia didn't purchase 3dfx (which was already bankrupt) but their Industrial Property an trademarks. You should inform better about the fall of 3dfx.

On the other hand, the article says clearly 3dfx was aiming for 60 fps arguing 120 fps is too much for the human eye. Lol.

Last edited by Han2K; 08-12-2016 at 13:22.
   
Reply With Quote
Old
  (#9)
Han2K
Master Guru
 
Han2K's Avatar
 
Videocard: MSI GTX1080 Gaming X
Processor: i7-2600K @ 4.7Ghz
Mainboard: ASUS P8P67 DELUXE
Memory: GSkill 16GB DDR3@2133 CL9
Soundcard: Xonar DGSI & HyperX Cloud
PSU: Corsair HX750
Default 08-12-2016, 13:16 | posts: 266 | Location: Valencia, Spain

Quote:
Originally Posted by moab600 View Post
3DFX were awesome up till nvidia came with geforce 2, and voodoo 4 and so on were awful, had the voodoo 3 3500 TV, was amazing card at that day.
The Riva TNT already matched voodoo 2/3 performance but with better IQ and better OpenGL support.
   
Reply With Quote
Old
  (#10)
Size_Mick
Member Guru
 
Videocard: Asus GTX 1070 8GB
Processor: Core-i5 6600K
Mainboard: Gigabyte GA-Z170X-UD5
Memory: 8GBx2 DDR4 2666MHz
Soundcard: Realtek ALC1150
PSU: Thermaltake 750W
Default 09-21-2016, 02:09 | posts: 108 | Location: Florida USA

Quote:
Originally Posted by Han2K View Post
The Riva TNT already matched voodoo 2/3 performance but with better IQ and better OpenGL support.
I take exception to that claim. On paper, yes the specs were better, but the Detonator drivers were awful back then, and 3dfx GLide drivers were mature, not to mention 3rd party tweaked drivers specifically for certain games. There was a whole article on Tom's Hardware if IIRC, comparing the IQ and framerate of nvdia vs 3dfx cards on Quake 3. With 16-bit textures the Voodoo render looked better with the GLide drivers than the TNT with 32-bit. Even the TNT2 couldn't match a Voodoo 3 in real-world performance in most popular games of the time. It wasn't until the GeForce 256 that the drivers were working well enough and the card was powerful enough to eclipse 3dfx. Also at this time D3D was starting to eclipse OpenGL and GLide games, which was a big advantage to Nvidia hardware. Initially most of the popular games were released with builds or patches specifically for 3dfx hardware, which allowed 3dfx to stay competitive for a year longer than they otherwise would have.

I haven't bothered to check any of what I just posted, but I think overall it's right. This is just my memories of those days.
   
Reply With Quote
Old
  (#11)
edma3d
Newbie
 
Videocard: Asus Strix GTX 1080
Processor: Intel Core i7
Mainboard:
Memory:
Soundcard:
PSU: Asus 600W
Default 11-14-2016, 23:38 | posts: 16

Thanks for the posting.
   
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump



Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
vBulletin Skin developed by: vBStyles.com
Copyright (c) 1995-2014, All Rights Reserved. The Guru of 3D, the Hardware Guru, and 3D Guru are trademarks owned by Hilbert Hagedoorn.