The features arenít very comparable side by side Ďcoz they were
arranged in a different format from another.
The differences that matter:
32-bit rendering is not supported by the Voodoo3 3000, this is
supported by the TNT2 Ultra.
The Voodoo3 3000 doesnít support 2 and 1 pass bump mapping
which is supported by the TNT2 Ultra.
Clock speed is 166/166 vs. 150/183 in favor or 3dfx.
Voodoo3 3000 has 350mhz RAMDAC against 300mhz RAMDAC for the
16MB of memory for Voodoo3 3000 against 32MB of memory for
the TNT2 Ultra.
3dfxís support for the Glide API, non-support for the TNT2
Well, there. Those are the more important features that separate
them both. So whoís
the better option? If
you remember the TNT vs. Voodoo2, the Voodoo2 proved to be faster
and with the SLI thingy that it can do, it was clearly the option
for gamers. The TNT
however proved to be the overall winner because it not only provided
3D acceleration but also 2D acceleration, which the Voodoo2 lacked.
It also provided 32-bit rendering so that made lots of visual
quality freaks happy. I
donít really see the difference between the 2. So, I donít care
The Glide API is fine but not too many games are using it
nowadays and itís heading for the trashcan. Too bad.
As much as I would like to put screenshots of these 2 cards and
compare them, all the screenshots of the Voodoo3 3000 got fuxored so
that means no comparison between the 2 in terms of visuals.
But, without proof, you all know that the Voodoo3 series of
cards have the worst visual quality in their class.
3dfx concentrated more on speed and did away with the
visuals. If you want
great visual quality, get a Savage4 and have fun with Trilinear
thereís a downside to the Savage4. It is kinda slower and
thereíre some issues that still havenít been resolved.
But, overall, itís good considering itís el cheapo.
Well so now you guys know the thingy about these 2 cards, it all
boils down to speed.
Yeah? What about visuals? What about 32-bit and what about those
funky features added to spice up a card?
It all comes down to whoís the faster card. If you look at the core/memory clock speeds, the Voodoo3 3000
has an advantage in fill-rate power but the TNT2 Ultra has more
166/166 vs. 150/183
Itís an even match but like the GeForce2 GTS, more bandwidth gives
you more speed and thus at least removing the limiting factor of
So, letís get the benchies coming but first, the test