As we switch game engines to MDK2 we get another illustration of what the hardware T&L units from ATI and NVIDIA are buying them in terms of low resolution performance.

The GeForce2 MX extends a 57% lead over the Voodoo4 4500 while the Radeon SDR holds a 37% advantage. But once again, this is at 640 x 480 x 32, most users would like to crank up the resolution just a bit, let's see how the Voodoo4 4500 hands the higher resolution in game that isn't as complicated as Quake III Arena...

While the GeForce2 MX is able to remain closer to 70 fps, and the Radeon SDR sticks its head up above 60 fps, being fill rate limited the Voodoo4 4500 finds itself yet again at the 40 fps mark. While this isn't horrible performance, it's probably going to force you to kick the resolution down to 800 x 600 x 32 in a situation like this.

Again at 1600 x 1200 we don't see any reason to even compare these cards. The Radeon SDR's higher fill rate and HyperZ features help give it the 24% lead over the GeForce2 MX and the 73% lead over the Voodoo4 4500 however even with that, at 26 fps you're probably not going to be enjoying the benefits of 1600 x 1200 x 32 for too long.

As we've seen before, it's going to take something with incredible fill rate and memory bandwidth, just as the GeForce2 Ultra to make 1600 x 1200 x 32 a playable resolution. Too bad the Ultra is way out of this price range.

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  • Thatguy97 - Saturday, July 11, 2015 - link

    ...The last gasp Reply
  • Mena13Suvari - Saturday, August 15, 2015 - link

    And here I am, thinking I`m the only one who likes to read old articles, especially about 3DFx hardware, but anything really up to 2001-2002. I like that millennium computer era the best! Reply
  • Random Stranger - Thursday, March 7, 2019 - link

    Yeah, around this was the time when most of the 90's GPU manufacturers took their last breath. Trident wiht Blade3D, PowerVR with the Kyro II, SiS with it's Xabre 600, S3 were lurking around for a couple of years, but it's last memorable release was the Savage 2000. I miss them a bit. Reply
  • coltson - Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - link

    Really weak chip Reply
  • LMonty - Saturday, April 6, 2019 - link

    It's April 2019 and one just got sold on ebay for $300. I don't get it. :) Reply
  • jajig - Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - link

    I would pay that much for one. I have a bunch of computers for old games. It is mostly for sound cards but I also have a need for 3dfx too. Reply
  • durrane - Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - link

    yo do u have discord? Reply
  • leepico - Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - link

    ceck my ebey Reply
  • durrane - Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - link

    who tf are you? Reply

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