It's no mystery to anyone
that the Voodoo3 3500 was 3dfx's performance flagship. 3dfx
briefed us on the specifications of the board last week, we found
that the video card boasts a whole new list of desktop
entertainment features we were unaware of.
The card's core remains largely unchanged, with 3dfx's
183MHz-clocked Voodoo3 chipset still powering the 16MB board.
Gone, however, is the LCDfx digital-to-analog DFP controller and
out-ports. "After talking to a lot of retailers and systems
integrators we found that Digital Flat Panel sales just aren't
what we expected," 3dfx's, Brian Burke, told STReport.
Instead, 3dfx has opted to make the 3500 a complete entertainment
package, adding a TV tuner, an FM tuner, MPEG 2 capture abilities,
and a whole slew of video editing utilities, making it a prime
competitor of not only the TNT2 Ultra, but ATI's All-in-Wonder 128
as well. "More consumers than ever are outfitting their PCs
with both high-performance graphics cards and TV multimedia
components," said Greg Ballard, president and CEO of 3dfx
Interactive. "By coupling the highly integrated Voodoo3
architecture with award-winning video and MPEG 2 technology, we
have been able to surprise the market with a Voodoo3 3500 card
that delivers all the multimedia features consumers want with the
ultimate in 3D graphics performance. Voodoo3 3500 TV establishes
an entirely new product category for PCs, delivering to consumers
the industry's fastest and most comprehensive desktop
3dfx's Voodoo3 3500 TV will let users surf television channels on
their computer, and record TV programs digitally and play them
back at a later time, much like a VCR does. The card's TV tuner, a
Philips FM 1236, also comes with a built-in FM tuner for radio
recording and playback. The card also comes with an external
assembly with ports for S-Video in, S-Video out, composite video
in, composite video out, left and right audio in, and left and
right audio out. Additionally, the Voodoo3 3500 TV comes with a
sizeable bundle that includes the VisualReality video editing
utility, an undisclosed game, and other desktop software.
The Voodoo3 3500 is running here in a Win2k system comprised of 2x600e
P3, 256mb Rim Module Ram, ASUS P3C-D motherboard, 90gb hd, etc....
on an Hitachi 21" Superscan 814 monitor. So far, this
card is a performer that rates a superb! Much better than
most in the fields including the "Force Family of Cards"
.. 3DFX still has what it takes to put a card out there in
the front of the pack and keep it there.