PC software on a 500MHz G3 with a Voodoo2 board do PC games at
© 1999 Rob Art Morgan, editor of BARE FEATS
The good news is that
Connectix Virtual PC 2.1 supports 3Dfx. The bad news is that even
with a Voodoo2 board, the game speed is below the "jerky to the
eye" threshold of 16 frames per second.
The minimum frame rate
is important to know. Even if the average is above 16 frames per
second, Unreal will still appear jerky if the minimum drops below
16 frames per second. I tried turning off special effects but
it didn't help Virtual PC very much.
CONCLUSION: It's a
good thing Apple has decided to "woo" game developers. Virtual PC
is NOT an acceptable way to address the shortage of Mac
- Testing was done on a G3/350
"Yosemite" with the PowerLogix
G3/466 ZIF upgrade set to 500MHz and 2:1 cache ratio (250MHz). The
Game Wizard 3Dfx (Voodoo2) board from Other
World Computing was
- Version 2.1.3 of Connectix
Virtual PC was used. The procedures on page 77-78 of the manual
were followed to insure that Windows 98 "saw" the Voodoo2
- Version 1.0 of Unreal
installed on both Mac OS and Windows 98.
- The "timedemo.u" document was placed
in Unreal "System" folder (courtesy of XLR8YourMac)
which calculates and displays average, minimum and maximum frames
per second. The test used was the Castle Flyby that comes up at
startup. To get the average and minimum frames per second, you
press "~" and enter "summon timedemo.timedemo" as soon as the
castle flyby begins. Then press "~" to open up the full screen
Many thanks to those who assisted me
with advice and test equipment:
for the use of the 466MHz G3 ZIF upgrade.
for the evaluation copy of Virtual PC 2.1.
- Beta team at WestLake Interactive,
home of Unreal
- Ian "Nicad" for the use of his
G3/350 Yosemite Mac.
NOTE: MicroConversions has closed
its doors as of May 27th, 1999.
The Game Wizard 3Dfx
(Voodoo2) board is still being sold by some resellers (see
the remaining inventory is being sold to a company called
Mac and my Hot
page for best prices on the above
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