A shootout between the 3 hottest
2D/3D graphics accelerators:

Voodoo3 2000, ProFormance3, RAGE 128
First posted 10/22/99
© 1999 Rob Art Morgan, editor of BARE FEATS

 First some 3D fun...


Next, some serious 2D scrolling...


Conclusion: With all the talk of RAGE 128's "hitting the wall" on the new G4's, it's great to know there are alternative graphics boards that "leap tall buildings in a single bound."

The 3Dfx Voodoo3 2000 (with and without the ROM tweak) is the "King of 3D." But the Formac ProFormance 3 is the "King of 2D," especially with its new drivers (5.6.0b7). It even works with Quake II, but only if you use OpenGL version 1.1.1.

Best all around? 3Dfx Voodoo3 2000 (or better yet, the new 3000 PCI or AGP board).

Test Configurations & Procedures


version of drivers
video memory

3Dfx Voodoo3 2000 PCI

16 MB
143MHz or 166Mhz w/ ROM flash*)

Formac ProFormance3


ATI Orion RAGE 128

16 MB

* READ THIS STATEMENT FROM 3DFX INTERACTIVE BEFORE YOU LOAD THE 166MHZ ROM: "The company position is to never advocate overclocking, however we do understand that some people may want to do this. It voids the warranty, but If people still choose to overclock their card, we would definitely recommend adding additional heat sinks or a dedicated fan to maximize performance."


A big MAHALO to...

...ATI for the use of the Orion RAGE 128 board

...Formac for the use of the ProFormance3 and newest drivers

...3Dfx for the use of the use of the Voodoo3 2000 and the new beta 5 drivers.

SAN JOSE, Calif., October 21, 1999 3dfx Interactive® Inc. (NASDAQ: TDFX) today announced that it has released Beta version 5.0 of its Macintosh developer drivers, with support for the recently announced Voodoo3(tm) 3000 PCI board. The drivers include two selectable ROMs for the 143MHz and 166MHz clock speeds, featured on the Voodoo3 2000 PCI and Voodoo3 3000 PCI respectively. The release of the drivers shows a continued commitment to the Apple® Macintosh® market, by enabling developers to utilize the Company's fastest PCI board, on the Mac.


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