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3DFX... Wow, the good old days... early '90's...

Discussion in 'Videocards - 3dfx' started by Jake-from-State-Farm, Sep 10, 2018.

  1. Jake-from-State-Farm

    Jake-from-State-Farm Member

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    Bought my first PC I think it was @ 1992-93. Within several months I believe I had a Voodoo add-in card to game. Great early era of PC gaming... remember picking up 'Computer Gaming World' magazine EVERY month. Back then, 'Doom', 'Links 386', and 'Aces Over Europe' were some of my first games.

    For whatever reason, I was a huge 3DFX fan over nVidia. Unfortunately, they made some bad business decisions and went under.
     
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    Back in the day I bought a laid down card of my friend, I think it was 3dfx, can't be for sure though. Was around the same time though, elementary / grammar school, started with Aces and still a cherrished memory, Dune 2 :D
     
  3. Jake-from-State-Farm

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    Sorry, that was @ 25 years ago... I guess I didn't get the add-in card right away with my 386 DX 33 PC. I checked an old notebook/computer diary I would keep on my desk... My original vid card in that first rig was an ATI Graphics Expression.
     
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    My first PC build was a 386DX40 paired with a cheapy Cirrus Logic 512k card... but I remember able to run games like Ultima VII, Wing Commander II and Strike Commander which prompted me to get into PC over getting the Amiga 1200. By that time Origin had stopped making games for the Amiga platform.

    Didn't get my first Voodoo card till the Voodoo 2 8MB came out and that was my very first Voodoo Card purchase. Still feel that if Sega hadn't drop 3dfx to produce the graphic chipset for the Dreamcast then it's possible 3dfx might still be around or at least have enough capital to continue for a while longer.
     

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    Still remember using 3Dfx Voodoo II 8Mb card, 2 of them. What a difference it did back then! Those were the days.
     
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    Had the Voodoo 3 3500 TV out, that thing lacked T&L, so Battle For Dune looked weird, but hey it worked fast on my ancient Pentium II :)

    The good old days... i even saw the Voodoo 5 5000, that thing couldn't fit anywhere :)
     
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    You guys ever have the "budget ultimate" voodoo2 gamer's rig? This would be a 440BX motherboard (Abit BH-6 was the big one at the time) coupled with a Celeron 300a bumped to 450MHz or beyond, and 512MB of RAM, with an S3 or Matrox card for 2D video and a Voodoo2 8MB. Unreal and Quake2 FTW!!! This was my first machine for Windows 2000 later as well.
     
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    I had a 440BX Aopen board
    128MB of ram
    a 333Mhz Pentium 2 that I, um, swapped from a dead PC in school... with my old Celeron 300mhz OG
    a 4GB hdd
    TNT2 32mb from creative
    and a Voodoo X24 from Obsidian
    had 98SE in that bad boy, and I played everything under the sun until early 2000s...

    then I sold the X24...
    got a GF2 gts... and blablabla
     
  9. sapo_joe

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    I started my PC gaming with a 486DX-2 66Mhz and a whooping 8 megs of RAM... VGA? A 1mb (!) Trident Vesa.

    My first 3dfx card came in 1999, and it was a Voodoo 3 3k, paired with the great Pentium III 550, 64gb of RAM, an Asus mobo with the Intel 440ZX chipset (not BX) and a Sound Blaster Live!.... HDD? It was a 2.1GB HD inherited from my previous Pentium 233 MMX PC! LOL Only a year later I could afford a 15gb hard disk that stayed with my PC for years too.

    It was a dream computer back then, I played hundreds of hours of UT99 with my friends on it (still play that game now and then). Descent 3, Quake 3, and many other games ran great, @ about 85fps @1024x768x22 bits... Yeah, it ran with 22bit color.

    I really miss 3dfx. Still feel a bit of its tech on my Geforce GTX 980 though...
     
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    my first pc was an inhell pentium III coopermine @ 666 (ok 667 :p) with a voodoo 3 2000(16mb) and 64 mb sd ram @133 later i added another stick 256 and i had em working together 320 mb of ram in total (( surprisingly that never gave me problems ! )) i still remember the face of the guy on the computer store when i asked for a voodoo instead of the Geforce 256 .... but hey in 2000 i was 12 years old ...all i ever knew was how awesome was voodoo never heard of nvidia or ati back then :p still dear lord how much ut 99 i played on this system ...and max payne 1 , but darn my all time favorite game of the time has to be Blade of Darkness ...anyone ever played that? was awesome ! dismembering your enemies and even have the option to pick up their limbs and beat em with those !
     

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    You were better off, because even though the GF256 was a faster card with better image quality, it had hella driver issues. It wasn't 'til the GF2 that things were really over for 3dfx, IMO.
     
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    i have no idea my first geforce was a geforce 2 ti 64mb ! So i will take your word for it ...but darn why i gifted my old pc i wish i still had it !
     
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    I really loved gaming back then. It was a real time of firsts, from the first hardware accelerated 3D games, to the first shooters with a story, 3D rpgs, etc. I remember when Quake 3 came out how impressed everyone was that they managed curved surfaces!

    Then Battlefield 1942 came out and we had land/air/sea all going at once. I think that was the last memorable title I played on a Voodoo card before upgrading to a GeForce.

    Interestingly, at the moment I'm typing on a keyboard I've had since 1997 :) It uses an AT to PS/2 adapter and fortunately my mobo still has a (combination) PS/2 port. I have a ton of old computers and parts sitting around in boxes from all the way back to 1981. I'm just waiting for my golden years before I break 'em out and bring them all back to life!
     
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    I fondly recall my first "proper" PC. An IBM Aptiva. Remember thinking "wow!" - especially when I got the Internet, then an Orchid Righteous 3D 3Dfx card. My friend worked in a game shop that sold refurb'd consoles and had a couple of PCs. I remember trading in my US SNES and Japanese Megadrive with a crap load of games and controllers. I wanted that PC! The year feels a little vague, maybe it was 1995?

    Oh my, those were the days. Playing MDK, Quake and Tomb Raider with smooth textures and 'blistering' framerates. That magical *click* when the GPU kicked in (used a 2D VGA to 3D VGA bypass cable back in those days). We've been well and truly spoiled since then. Both in terms of hardware performance and sheer detail that modern games bring. A shame a lot of it is solely focused on the graphics. :(
     
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    nothing was hotter than one of those suckers... until like... 2005ish
     

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    Here is my Aptiva

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    this was my retro PC, until the board blew up, Celeron Tualatin 1.2Ghz, 384mb, V3 16MB 3000 @ 195mhz I think it was... and a Xfi I had leftover.

    afterwards, I just ran the games in my modern PC and used ZEUS' nglide and DG_Voodoo DX1-8.1 and glide emulator depending on the game

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    hmmm... I do have an old CRT... and I also have an HDMI to VGA connector... I wonder how well it will work, it'll make my old games and retroarch games would run accurate...
     
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    psh..all those cards were for noobs.
    This was the real gaming card
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    ^^Meh, There was only one true 3d card, the PowerVr Matrox card, that is the card i chose over a 3DFX card, and my choice to this day has been justified, just like how i chose the Philip cd-i, or the Amiga A570 cd rom addon, or a 386sx over a 486dx........my history of making to correct choice speaks for itself i think. lol
     
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    I always wanted to play with a powerVR card
     

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