Which is the best all around PCI graphics accelerator for a Yosemite G3/450, an ATI Orion RAGE 128 or 3Dfx Voodoo3 2000?
First posted 9/9/99.
© 1999 Rob Art Morgan, editor of BARE FEATS

First, some 2D tests...
(orange bar means fastest in each test)




Next, some 3D tests...
(orange bar means fastest in each test)



Conclusion: The Orion was 31% faster on 2D operations. The Voodoo3 was 81% faster on 3D operations. Best overall? The Orion has the edge since it's compatible with the most applications and has non-beta drivers.


User Feedback
"I just wondered about the validity of your 3D tests. You note 800X600X32 for Unreal. However, the Voodoo 3000 doesn't support 32 bits. Does this mean the Rage was running at 32 bits and the Voodoo in 16? Don't you think this is a disadvantage to compare cards this way?" -- P.E.
The chart title was misleading and I fixed that. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. Although the RAGE 128 was run in 32 bit mode, it doesn't go any faster in 16 bit mode. In other words, it would seem more fair to test both in 16 bit but the Voodoo3 would still stomp all over the Orion board. And to add insult to injury, the Voodoo3 makes the game look better in 16 bit mode than the RAGE 128 does in 32 bit mode. -- editor
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version of drivers
video memory

ATI Orion RAGE 128

16 MB

3Dfx Voodoo3 2000 PCI

16 MB


A big THANK YOU to...

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

...3Dfx for offering a $30 rebate on the 3Dfx Voodoo3 cards until September 18th. Net cost to average user: $85.

...Nicad for the use of his Yosemite 450.



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