has been a long time since the introduction of the original
Voodoo3 3000 AGP, and V3 2000 AGP/PCI back in March. Since then
we have seen newer chips from 3dfx's various competitors, Nvidia
with their TNT2 and GeForce chips, Matrox with their G400s,
and S3 with their Savage 2000 chip. The only problem is that
all these new chips were designed to run on the AGP bus. While
most hard-core gamers have purchased an AGP system by now, there
are still a large number of casual gamers without an AGP slot
in their computer; this is where the Voodoo3 3000 PCI steps
3dfx's next generation Voodoo 4 and 5's have been experiencing
delay's and are unlikely to be released before the holiday season,
because of this, 3dfx needed a quick sales boost. Sales of the
Voodoo3 2000 PCI are still going strong so adapting the faster
166MHz V3 3000 AGP to run on the PCI bus would be a good move.
V3 3000 PCI looks much like the original Voodoo 3000 AGP, only
running off of the PCI bus as opposed to the faster AGP bus.
With the PCI bus running at only 33MHz (transfers of 133.3 MB/sec)
as opposed to the faster 1x AGP (used by the AGP based voodoo's)
66MHz (transfers of 264 MB/sec) bus, one would think that the
AGP card would be able to run circles around the lowly PCI based
card. Let's find out.