Category: Monitor and Video cards
Manufacturer: Nivdia Corporation.
Caution Level: Intermediate
Download File Size: 234 KB
Operating System: Windows 98/98 SE and Windows XP.
Latest Version / Release Date: 1.2 / 15 Nov 2007
Vodoo3 refers to a series of gaming computer cards that were created and designed by 3dfx Interactive. The Voodoo line has been in production since 1999. Based on a previous Banshee product, Voodoo 3 was criticized for its limitations despite complex bit precision that was eventually downsized for better clarity. The Banshee chip combines 2D and 3D style on one chip. In an attempt to counter the criticisms, the Banshee 2 was developed to operate at higher clock speeds. A contentious issue arose regarding differences between screenshots and the actual result. Modern games such as Ultimate Tournament were Voodoo3 strongholds and outdid other chips, including RVA TNT. RVA TNTs entry into the scene proved to be too much for Voodoo3, which was unable to support 32 bit precision. Despite this lack of 32 bit color depiction, performance was still impressive with a pipeline cable that could allow two Texels per clock sequence.
Unless you update your drivers regularly you may face hardware performance issues.
To check your drivers you should manually verify every device on your system for driver updates
Voodoo cards support of a comparatively small texture size creates the risk of compromised image quality. The purchase of STB technologies granted 3dfx many brand names. 3dfx Voodoos selling point is undoubtedly the Glide application and leads the pack of 3D graphics. The Glide 3D applications were supported by key players in software development. Amidst the drama and debate among gamers, the Voodoo 3 was the leader of mainstream graphics production. 3dfx has been praised for superb image quality and Glide API support but criticized for its lack of 32 bit output and limited 16 MB memory. The last set of drivers released for Voodoo 3 was tagged at 1.2. DVD hardware speed rate guarantees 30 frames per second without any hitch. The Voodoo 3s video jack system gives provision for instantaneous output to a compatible TV screen or Monitor. This system is integrated into the 3000. The Voodoo 3 costs more because it features a 350MHZ RAMDAC which is faster than its predecessors. It is highly recommended you run a free registry scan for and 3dfx Voodoo 3 errors before installing any driver updates.