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05-30-2000, 09:06 PM
Just curious what cards everyone is using for their computers. I have a Fire GL 1000 with the diamond permedia2 chip (i think), but am looking to upgrade within the next month or so. I am not sure what to get. I am looking for an AGP one in the 100-150 price range. Currently I am looking at the Voodoo3 3000 which can be found for about $125 minus $20 bucks for a coupon +whatever is shipping. I was told by a friend though that the voodoo3 didn't have 32 bit (processing?) and that I would probably want that since it makes a significant difference (or maybe not significant but a big diff). Any thoughts on what the best card is for the $ currently? I was also told that maybe i should wait a bit longer since an new generation of cards just came out. Thoughts?
05-30-2000, 09:31 PM
i'm using a 3dfx 3500.
3dfx does process in 32 bit but it outputs in 16bit.
05-30-2000, 09:44 PM
Diamond TNT2 http://www.gotapex.com/ubb/smile.gif
05-30-2000, 09:48 PM
voodoo 1 baby!
Crunch It Now
05-30-2000, 10:38 PM
Creative TNT2 Ultra w/ 32 MB RAM
05-30-2000, 11:18 PM
tnt2, gonna wait till a card comes out with more memory than my system (384). . . although the new geforce II's are tempting. . . damnit, now look what you've done!
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05-30-2000, 11:39 PM
I have a Voodoo3 3500, but will have a GeForce 2 in a week or so. http://www.gotapex.com/ubb/smile.gif
32-bit IS starting to be a big deal. When the TNT2s and V3s first came out a lot of people made a big deal about 32-bit, but yet it really wasn't a big deal. Not a lot of games fully supported it at the time, plus it took a big hit on the cards.
Well, now it is better. The newer cards can run in 32-bit and not take as much of a hit and there are tons of games out or coming out that fully support it.
So, If you want a card that will do true 32-bit (processing AND output) and that will run decent at the higher resolutions with 32-bit enabled, then you will have to raise your price range some more. http://www.gotapex.com/ubb/smile.gif
05-30-2000, 11:57 PM
hmmm, does anyone think that card prices will drop in the next month or two?? I just don't want to buy a kick ass card, and only use a small portion of what it is capable of, when I could buy a cheaper card that will still be ass kicking good compared to my card right now and then upgrade later as needed in a year or so. Yes, i do play video games and this is my primary reason for getting a new card (i am tired of seeing big squares on quake3 when bullets hit the wall) http://www.gotapex.com/ubb/smile.gif
05-31-2000, 12:51 AM
This also depends on the system you have right now. If your systems sucks, then getting a card like the Vodoo5 or Gforce2 won't do you any good because of the bottle-necks. In this case you really can't get the full effects from those cards. If you have a pretty darn good system and the money, go for the good stuff. Gforce2 baby!!! Or if you like the Vodoo5, go for that one.
05-31-2000, 02:49 AM
I actually got a voodoo3 3000 for $130 with a $50 rebate. those bastards won't give me my money though
05-31-2000, 02:58 AM
If you have a 900Mhz cpu you can maxx the GeForce 2 out. http://www.gotapex.com/ubb/smile.gif
Quake3 1600x1200 32-bit High textures with a GeForce 2 and 900Mhz P3... 26.5fps.
05-31-2000, 07:53 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by hapoo:
i'm using a 3dfx 3500.
3dfx does process in 32 bit but it outputs in 16bit.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
So it does all the work to let the quality come out in 32 bit color but it doesn't show you ?
PS I'm using a Geforce DDR "you know the one that outputs in 32 bit color after it processes it that way http://www.gotapex.com/ubb/smile.gif "
oops, another brain fart!
I'm using a Matrox G400 Max. The dual head feature is very usefull when doing any sort of graphics work.
-So I sez to him, getch yer own monkey.
05-31-2000, 04:28 PM
yeah it does bloodymess. kinda sucks
05-31-2000, 04:46 PM
well, my computer is a PII400 with 128 megs of ram. I haven't really found anything that overly taxes the computer itself (i think it is mostly the crumby video card), how much do you think the GeForce 1 will drop down to after the GeForce 2 has been out for a little while?
05-31-2000, 10:10 PM
i run a TNT2 with 32 megs...but i forget the manufacturer...oops.
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