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3DFX VELOCITY 100

"3DFX Velocity 100 review featuring Videologic VividXS using a Duron 900Mhz cpu and a Jetway 663AS Pro. Software used was:- 3dmark 99 Max, OpenGL Stars and Quake 3."

3DFX VELOCITY 100

3DFX's merger with STB opened up the OEM market in a big way, previously 3DFX was a small time player in a market which was dominated by companies like SIS. The main difference between the Velocity 100 and the Voodoo3 range was that the Velocity 100 was supplied with 8MB memory instead of 16MB and the 2nd Texture Mapping Unit was disabled for "memory issues". It was quickly discovered that by applying a registry fix the 2nd TMU could be activated with no ill effect and a nice performance increase. With the 2nd TPU the Velocity 100 performed almost identical to the more expensive Voodoo3 2000. With some benchmarks the Velocity 100 was even faster due to the use of faster SGRAM memory compared to the Voodoo3's slower SDRAM memory.

For this benchmark we are comparing the Velocity to the new Kyro 2 video card. I fully expect the Kyro to win hands down, I picked the Videologic VividXS Kyro 2 because like the Velocity it has no hardware transform and lighting which would give any video card which uses it an unfair advantage.

SPECIFICATIONS

Integrated 128-Bit 2D, 3D and video accelerator
8MB high-speed SGRAM memory
AGP 2X No AGP Texturing
Single Pass, SingleCycle Multi-Texturing
300 MHz RAMDAC
2D Resolutions as high as 2046x1536
3D Resolutions as high as 1600x1200
DVD Hardware Assist
AMD 3D NOW! and Pentium SSE Optimizations
Legacy Support for Windows 3.11, Windows NT 3.51 and OS/2
128-bit 2D Accelerator
300 MHz RAMDAC for flicker free display
2D Resolutions of up to 2046x1536
Microsoft WHQL Certified
Optimized Direct 3D accleration
Optimized OpenGL Support
Designed for Glide 3.0 acceleration
Complete DirectX 5.0 and DirectX 6.0 support
100% hardware triangle setup
32-bit internal graphics pipline
2 texture-mapped, lit pixels per clock
Single pass multi-texturing support (DirectX 6.0 and OpenGL)
Square and non-square texture support
TextureBlend support
Point-Sampled, Bilinear, Trilinear Mip-mapping
Multi-texture
Bump Map
Texture modulation
Light maps
Reflection maps
Detail textures
Environment maps
Procedural textures
Per-pixel perspective-correct texture mapping
Fog: Exponential Fog Table
16-bit floating point depth buffer
8-bit palletized textures

IS THE 3DFX VELOCITY 100 STILL A VIABLE VIDEO CARD?

GENERAL SYSTEM INFORMATION

PROCESSOR AMD DURON 900 MHZ
VIDEO CARD 3DFX VELOCITY 100
VIDEOLOGIC VIVID XS KYRO 2
3DFX DRIVER v1.07.00
POWERVR DRIVER v1.00.08.0162
MOTHERBOARD JETWAY 663AS PRO
MEMORY 512MB PC-133 SDRAM
OPERATING SYSTEM WINDOWS 98 SE
DIRECTX VERSION v8.1

3DMARK 99 MAX

640x480x16

3DFX VELOCITY 1005435
VIDEOLOGIC VIVIXS KYRO 27017

800x600x16

3DFX VELOCITY 1005074
VIDEOLOGIC VIVIXS KYRO 26887

1024x768x16

3DFX VELOCITY 1002965
VIDEOLOGIC VIVIXS KYRO 26699

3DFX VELOCITY 100 VIDEOLOGIC VIVIXS KYRO 2

COMMENT "Due to the age of the Voodoo3 chipset I'm using the old 3dmark 99 max benchmark, the Kyro 2 shows it strength early and drops only 318points when going from 640x480 to 1024x768. The Velocity however although giving good performance at 640x480 and 800x600 quickly runs out of steam when using 1024x768, the difference between 640x480 and 1024x768 is a huge 2470 points."


OPENGL STARS

640x480x16

3DFX VELOCITY 10083
VIDEOLOGIC VIVIXS KYRO 2163

800x600x16

3DFX VELOCITY 10054
VIDEOLOGIC VIVIXS KYRO 2108

1024x768x16

3DFX VELOCITY 10034
VIDEOLOGIC VIVIXS KYRO 268

3DFX VELOCITY 100 VIDEOLOGIC VIVIXS KYRO 2

COMMENT "The Kyro 2 performs very well in this benchmark and is almost twice as fast as the Velocity 100 at every resolution tested. So far the only video card to run this test really well is the Kyro 2."

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

Benchmark Mode Enabled
Fullscreen Enabled
Hardware Only Enabled
Particles Enabled

QUAKE 3

640x480x16

3DFX VELOCITY 10084
VIDEOLOGIC VIVIXS KYRO 2103

800x600x16

3DFX VELOCITY 10063
VIDEOLOGIC VIVIXS KYRO 298

1024x768x16

3DFX VELOCITY 10043
VIDEOLOGIC VIVIXS KYRO 281

3DFX VELOCITY 100 VIDEOLOGIC VIVIXS KYRO 2

COMMENT "The Kyro 2 wins this benchmark easily, as shown in 3dmark 99 max the 3DFX Velocity 100 runs very poorly at 1024x768, image quality is again very good."

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

Demo001 Benchmark
32Bit Colour Depth
Texture Compression Enabled
Lightmap Lighting
High Geometric Detail
Full Texture Detail
Trilinear Texture Filtering

CONCLUSION

"The Velocity 100 is no speed demon, it's showing it's age badly especially at higher resolutions. The Velocity has an optimum resolution of 800x600 and at this resolution you can get very playable frame rates. 3D image quality is very good for a video card which doesn't support 32bit, it's 16bit is vastly superior to most other video card. 2D quality is very clear upto 1024x768 and screen updates are very fast. I recommend the Velocity 100 for light gamers or for general computer use, it will make a great budget video card which costs only $15-$20!"


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