3dfx Voodoo 3 2000 PCI Unboxing - What year is it??!?

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 12, 2015 - 04:43 PM |
Tagged: what year is it, voodoo 3, voodoo, video, unboxing, pci, 3dfx

What do you do when you have a new, in box 3dfx Voodoo 3 2000 graphics card that gets some water damage? You do a classic unboxing and then try to get that PCI graphics card from 1999 up and running and playing some Unreal Tournament. 
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August 12, 2015 | 05:04 PM - Posted by unacom

Benchmark that thing! Benchmark it to death!
I wanna know how well it runs Minecraft!

August 13, 2015 | 01:33 AM - Posted by lightspeed1212

you really should have shot this on old ass tape cameras with old ass boom mics that would have been boss. and had a 32 inch crt in the back with like a nes logo flashing on it.
moral of the story go big or gtfo

August 13, 2015 | 01:33 AM - Posted by lightspeed1212

you really should have shot this on old ass tape cameras with old ass boom mics that would have been boss. and had a 32 inch crt in the back with like a nes logo flashing on it.
moral of the story go big or gtfo

August 16, 2015 | 05:09 AM - Posted by gtxer (not verified)

Why would you want to benchmark the thing with its other old hardware? Would it be the same as it was at that time? Can it be plugged into new mobo? I'm to young for this stuff. Sigh.

August 12, 2015 | 05:07 PM - Posted by quagga

Oh come on. Quake 3!

I remember when I sold out and replaced mine with a TNT2 after Nvidia acquired them. It was so much faster / cooler. Fortunately 15 years later I am in no way an owner of an AMD card looking at a 970 / 980 to get some better performance and cooler temps. *cough*.

August 13, 2015 | 05:35 AM - Posted by JohnGR

It happened once to get a PCI S3 Virge for a couple of days and done that. Put it on my 939 dual core Athlon X2 and run Unreal Tournament. It was doing pretty nice with over 60 fps at 1280X1024 or higher resolution. The cpu was really helping performance.
Nice article. Thanks.

August 12, 2015 | 05:22 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

My very first video card because I didnt have an AGP slot.

August 12, 2015 | 05:34 PM - Posted by MAXLD (not verified)

Reminds me of my AOpen Gf2 MX-400 with a passive heatsink that fell off a few times due only being hold by the thermal paste. First time the store replaced the paste, didn't help for long, after the second time I had the card replaced with a new revision that had fixing pins included. Quite funny to remember it, but isn't so funny at the time... prevented me from playing Colin McRae Rally for a bit. I wasn't pleased, to say the least...

August 12, 2015 | 05:36 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I'm glad you used a CRT for this, anything else would have been blasphemous

August 12, 2015 | 05:36 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I still have my Voodoo2 card sitting in a box of old computer parts. I played a lot of Q2 CTF with that card.

August 15, 2015 | 07:55 PM - Posted by duttyfoot (not verified)

good old voodoo cards :) i remember getting my voodoo 2 12mb card to play quake 2. the trail from my rocket launcher looked so good :)
like you i played the heck out of capture the flag, that was one of my favorites.

its a pity once i upgraded my pc i didn't keep that card, i didn't even realized the company was taken over by nvidia.

August 12, 2015 | 05:36 PM - Posted by Lance Ripplinger (not verified)

The very first computer I bought with my money from a summer job had an ATI Rage 128 AGP card. That was 1999. The computer also had Windows 98 and 64mb of RAM. Alas, it didn't last more than maybe 2 years, since the motherboard in it (I think the brand was Jetway?) got the magic smoke. All traces for the FSB on the motherboard were totally burnt up. Oh yeah, the ATI card I had was the "Xpert 128" version. I had 16mb of SDRAM and was based on the Rage 128 GL chip. But that card held up pretty well against similar 3DFX cards of the day. Ah, the good ole' days.

August 12, 2015 | 06:28 PM - Posted by Anonymous75543 (not verified)

This was fun, I like the idea of doing a little history on vintage gear like this, with the back story and what not. Great job guys

August 12, 2015 | 07:25 PM - Posted by J Nev (not verified)

Yea, fascinating and all. But where is the 390X review?

August 12, 2015 | 08:59 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

On other respectable websites. 390X is besting the 980 by 3-15 FPS on most games.

August 12, 2015 | 09:57 PM - Posted by Mandrake

When are the DX12 drivers for this bad boy coming out?

August 13, 2015 | 08:25 AM - Posted by gamerk2 (not verified)

Voodoo doesn't need DX12; Glide was already a low level API that was amazingly fast. There's a reason why games like Diablo II and Mask of Eternity required the Glide API for the highest resolution/settings.

August 13, 2015 | 02:51 AM - Posted by Master Chen (not verified)

MUH VooDooooooooooooooooo~!!!11 *starts masturbating intensely*

August 13, 2015 | 11:47 AM - Posted by Dring (not verified)

I'm only mildly impressed. I'm still running a Voodoo3 3500 TV on my Windows 2000 media box each and every day. A digital-to-analog converter on the TV antenna input, and a discrete antenna for the FM, and it's still rock-solid and good-to-go after 15 years. (CPU is a AMD K6-III @ 550MHz.)

August 13, 2015 | 04:44 PM - Posted by John H (not verified)

I fire up a Commodore Amiga 1200 every day to play games.. Talk about some voodoo :)

(Yes there is also a 500 on the same desk)

August 14, 2015 | 10:38 AM - Posted by Master Chen (not verified)

And here I thought that I was an oldfag because one of my six currently stationed builds at home still runs a 775 with a friggin' NetBUUUUUUUURRRRRst Pentium 4 on it's board (other five stations are: Phenom II X4 955, Trinity APU 5800K, FX 6300 on AMD's side and a Gulftown 990X with Sandy 2600K on Intel's side).

August 13, 2015 | 12:58 PM - Posted by Matt (not verified)

You guys... :P

August 14, 2015 | 02:34 AM - Posted by KyonCoraeL

Love this video... I am still running Voodoo 2 SLI and I have a Voodoo 5 PCI next to my thinkpad for giggles.

August 14, 2015 | 03:12 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I had a Voodoo 3 3000 AGP, and it came with Unreal and Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit. It ran on an AMD K6 running at 333mhz which I overclocked to 350mhz with the help of using jumpers on the ASUS P5A to get the FSB frequency up. It ran on 32mb of SDRAM, of course.

August 14, 2015 | 04:38 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I remember the days. I have been involved in computers from 1995. My first gpu was the nvidia riva 128 along with the original voodoo 3d. Then I upgraded to the voodoo 2 and have been with nvidia exclusively since then.

August 15, 2015 | 05:15 AM - Posted by Master Chen (not verified)

My very first own computer was actually an Apple II machine, I got it as a present back in 1990. It was my first computer which I've owned, but It wasn't my very first PC which I've personally built for myself, though. That one happened in 1997, I've built my very first PC completely from a scratch by my own hands in that year, it was a system based on the Pentium II Klamath (266MHz, I couldn't get my hands on the 300MHz version of it, unfortunately), so, I guess it's safe to say that the year 1997 was that point in time where I've been born as a sophisticated PC enthusiast and system builder (I've literally built hundreds of different systems completely from scratch since then, both for myself and for other people). The only thing I'm regretting right now, is that, sometime during the 2001, I've sold that very first Klamath-based build of mine, to buy a new (quite expensive back then) monitor (it was LG Flatron 795FT Plus Super, a 17" 1600x1200 CRT with flat panel and maximum refresh rate of 75Hz. Back in the day, this thing was the hottest shit around. It served me well through the entire decade, for more than 12 years, finally dying in late 2013. A truly massive and gorgeous piece of hardware art. They just don't do them like this anymore. That beast didn't care about no dirt, humidity, hot or low temperatures, or sudden electricity bursts and outages, working absolutely stably for all those years in a 24/7/365 regime. You could definitely say "money well spent", I guess).

August 14, 2015 | 11:33 PM - Posted by McFee (not verified)

I had the voodoo 3 3000. i remember i had that card for a few years. it was great. played alot of unreal, quake and Need for speed 3 hot pursuit.

August 16, 2015 | 08:40 PM - Posted by djotter

This was an interesting watch, I only came into the game in 2003 with a ATI 9600XT.
Could you have locked the focal depth for this recording or something? The first half of the video made my brain hurt. :(

August 17, 2015 | 06:12 AM - Posted by Master Chen (not verified)

>ATi 9600XT
I was still on friggin' GeForce II MX400 back then. >_<

August 18, 2015 | 07:14 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I have a voodoo 5500 agp in a box of parts. Such a great card in its day. Running with a K6-III and that card back in the day was awesome!

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