Log in Don’t have an account? The two texture units allow for multi-texture rendering in a single pass which give it the edge over the competition in games such as Unreal in which multi-textured environments are more common than one could possibly imagine. I think they still are? It seems that almost yesterday we were rushing to our doorsteps to greet the delivery man who carefully carried our brand new Monster 3D’s in his arms. Others are known to have accepted employment with ATI to bring their knowledge to the creation of the X series of video cards and reform their own version of SLI known as “Crossfire” and yet another interpretation of 3Dfx’s SLI ideal. This version fixed the PCI bus collisions and memory interface problems.

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With multitexturing it gave me FPS. Thu Mar 15, 6: Thu Mar 15, 3: I also had a banshee.

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In multitexture games this put the Banshee on equal ground with the Voodoo2 theoretically. Thu Mar 15, 9: The mechanical relays emitted an audible “clicking” sound when they engaged and disengaged. Wed Mar 14, 9: The V2 is better in my opinion.

If a wall in a game, such as Unreal, happens to have a texture placed on it, such as a brick texture, followed by another layer, say a reflection from a nearby fire, you basically have two textures on that one surface. Yes it had 2 texel units, but only 1 pixel unit. Post Your Comment Please log in or sign up to comment.


A majority of the engineering and design team working on “Rampage” the successor to the VSA line that remained with the transition, were requested and remained in house to work on what became the GeForce FX series. The banshee came out right after the voodoo2 remember?

For this reason, 3Dfx’s currently living and breathing chipset triumvirate consists of the 3Dfx Banshee for the mid-range PC, the 3Dfx Voodoo for the low end gamer, and the fierce monster, the Voodoo2, for the high end speed daemon. Wikimedia Commons has media related to 3dfx Interactive. I have never owned a rush card so i cant really tell about how it would have done in same system, but im quite sure that it lands some where near the voodoo 2 card without multitexturing.

After Nvidia acquired 3dfx, mainly for its intellectual property, they announced that they would not provide technical support for 3dfx products. The beauty of the Voodoo2 is that it picks up where the Voodoo left off, its performance remains completely independent of the presence or lack thereof of L2 cache and as long as you have a mid-range to high-end processor, it’ll give you its all.

PowerVR produced a similar 3D-only add-on card with capable 3D support, although it was not comparable to Voodoo Graphics in either image quality or performance. So, in some incidents where multitexturing is not involved a Banshee might barely beat a single stock clocked Voodoo2 by a few frames vkdoo second. The only real advantage the Banahee 5 had over the GeForce 2 GTS or Radeon was its superior spatial anti-aliasing implementation, and the fact that it didn’t take such a large performance hit relative to its peers when anti-aliasing was enabled.


Mar 23, Posts: Voodoo Banshee vs 33dfx 19 posts. In some cases it was shown to compete well with the GeForce 3trading performance places with the card on various tests. It was thus incompatible with the new Pentium 4 motherboards. The Rampage development project was new technology for use in a new graphics card that would take approximately two years to develop, and would supposedly be several years ahead of the competition once it debuted.

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Later, these technologies were part of the Nvidia asset purchase in December The Good, the Bad, and the Banshee? Those customers generally became Nvidia customers and no longer chose to ship 3dfx products.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Virtually abolishing the x resolution and replacing with its high performance at xthe Voodoo2 made it to the top of the market by its sheer power.

If I recal correctly the comments about the Banshee only having one texel unit are correct. The Voodoo 3 was hyped as the graphics card that would make 3dfx the undisputed leader, but the actual product was below expectations.

Unfortunately, the 3D-only design of the Voodoo2 and its ability to be run in pairs SLI quickly eats up your PCI slots, which can be a major problem for users with only a few slots available.