Posts by Gold Leader

    Today my father gifted me his Cassette tape convertor and a Com3 to USB convertor which I needed to get this device working, with the hundreds of cassette tapes from Australia I can use this to convert hem to 256kbps MP3 or wav or other formats , super handy!

    It doesn't work with Win Vista and up.


    But no probs with Win 3.11 For Work Groups, Win 95 PLuS!, 98 SE, 2K pro & XP Pro :)

    Once I get some tapes I'll post a video or two in this gallery of this cool device :)


    Here some pics:



    Not something you'd see every day,but with the hundreds of cassette tapes my dad & I have from Australia and all this device will come in great handy in my 3dfx Voodoo3 3500 system :)


    Here the holes neatly drilled, I only needed the upper two holes, since for the bottom holes I took use of that handy grid :)


    Here the fan put in place properly:


    The extra cabling is needed to get the BTO Plus Deck 2 c working :spitze:


    This is where I placed the Plus Deck 2C and a total system pic:


    The Audugy 2 ZS or Platinum pro version is next, just gotta see what the marker offers.

    Hmm does it also use the Vulkan API? I really hope so my Dual 12 core OpteronMP 6180 SE D1 with it's Sapphire Nitro+ RX Vega 64 will really be greatly used in the most efficient ways.

    Unless it already has great SMP support like most Space sims do have from what I know.
    but nothing can get as chaotic as Freespace2, well from what I seen hah xD

    But that is super cool as HOTAS support goes I too need to grab me a HOTAS someday, also idea for Microprose's Falcon 4.0 with Free Falcon 3.2 & SSI's Flanker 2.0 with 2.51 patch :)

    Modern day jets also have tons of keys and a HOTAS does that just well.

    Atm I am enjoying the Vulkan API update for No Man's Sky tho :)
    24 Opteron 6100 cores & Vega 64's 4096 GCN 5 cores love it, renders well at 2560x1600x32 in ultra settings :)

    Here a cool flyby of some mercenary ships:



    Here's Ilmoto's Home base and his UBER Tower yeah he is trying to built to space :topmodel: It's high af xD


    Here I flew my Class A Starfighter named Gold Leader towards it


    Here I went exploring about :)



    The blue on is Blue Leader as my Class B Fighter/freighter the yellow one is Blue Leader as my Class A Starfighter and waited til nightfall for a nice night picture :)


    I just hope more and more games will take use of the Vulkan API< it's the API of the future and can run under every OS not only just that of Microsoft but also all platforms support it PC"s & Consoles alike, it should get rid of the limited Microsoft strain API that refers to DirectX 12 which is sadly MS only.

    Here's a change of view, the Voodoo Table is back!


    Hopefully over time, more 3dfx Voodoo's will be added 💙💚🦖

    The card is being used my my 3dfx gaming PC of course, but the box does look great in here, brings back a lot of good memories, time to refill it right :)

    Hmm RAMDAC's on the Voodoo5 series were pretty much the same as the production boards as for Daytona that might be a different story the same for Rampage 2000.

    Voodoo3 is better developed as it wasn't rushed off as later cards were, since 3dfx was running out of time & money in 2000 it wasn't they best year even that their Voodoo5 5500 PCI Macintosh was best of Mac Word that wasn't good enough to save them sadly.

    All in allw e all should be happy of all the knowledge we have gained with and from these cards left alone from the 3x-3dfx experts, engineers & Veteran 3dfx community members, it's just cool to see new threads related to such things emerge :)

    Always worth a good read I'm like :)

    Hmm quite a lot like how No man'S Sky is but hopefully done better with joystick & HOTAS support that would make a space combat simulator like that complete.


    Star Citizen & No Man's Sky in ways but more affordable I guess looks cool either way tho :)

    Oh okay, interesting though :) Een I would expect this to be improved with VSA-101 as it was kind of a VSA-100 refresh with 64 & 128Bit DDR SDRAM ram support only at the time they were made 128BitDDR SDRAM wasn't possible wasn't it?

    Well i did manage to fix that gaping hole in my case :)

    I used a plastic 5.25" bay bracket from my Addtronics 7896A to make it neater from the front of this build's Addtronics 6896A :)
    So here some pics of this fix:



    Much neater now :)


    And here my 1985 Imperial Tyrannosaurus rex which I use as my EPoX Mascot and also as avatar :)


    G34 ist nicht dasselbe wie Sockel F, auch wenn die Dinge ähnlich aussehen.

    ( G34 isn't Socket F, even when they might look similar)


    Hmm Der Noctua NH-U9D0 A3 ist die beste Kühler fur G34, aber fur Socket F habe ich zwer ASUS Triton 70 Kühler's das geht oke mit mein zwei 6 core AMD OpteronDP 2435 D0 Istanbul CPU's :)


    Noctua NH-U9D0 A3 in Deutsch :)
    https://noctua.at/de/nh-u9do-a3?___from_store=en

    S939 = Socket F, gleiche CPU-Halterung, Meine Triton 70er sind 939-Kühler, aber sie funktionieren gut mit Sockel F

    ( S939 = Socket F, same CPU bracket, my Triton 70's are 939 coolers but they work fine with Socket F)


    Doch zehe ich keine G34 unterstützung:
    https://www.arctic.ac/eu_en/freezer-13-co.html

    Sorry for my bad German:X

    Meet the Carper Factory PC :topmodel: xD :spitze:


    And meet Desert Storm PC xD


    And this lovely Clean Desk :hre:


    Hereby I wish everyone a nich breakfast :topmodel:

    Hiermit wünsche ich allen ein nettes Frühstück :spitze:

    After some cooling advice for my Voodoo3 3500 TV AGP from my friend SWZSSR , I did some modding and applied this side fan and also reversed the fan so it cools the cards, the V3 3500 can go over 85C under load, now it goes more around 60 a 65C under load , a worthy difference for a 20 year old graphics card :)




    Much better now 8)

    Well I voted Voodoo3 :)
    Being a major Voodoo3 3500 fan myself Voodoo3 gave me the best trouble free 3dfx experience ever when it comes to production cards.

    Cool to see others that chose the Voodoo3 as well, cool beans guys! 8)

    the 3dfx Voodoo3 3500 TV AGP I have was most likely bought in 2001 by the previous owner:


    Here a closeup of that price tag detail:


    Reason why i think it was 2001 , due to the Euro value on the price tag but also the D-Mark one, Deutche Mark / German Marks :)

    So here the finished result of this old relic of mine <3


    Here I zoomed in to the 3dfx logo on my V3 3500 TV <3


    Here the entire system setup :)

    As you can see I used my Pan Am & 3dfx Wallpaper, suits this system perfectly <3

    Also I have added my 1985 T.rex EPoX Mascot to finish off this entire system :spitze:


    Here my Win2K pro start menu:


    Here some pics of all the installed parts via the Device manager:




    And here some screenshots I took of all the 3dfx Tools Options with this Voodoo3 3500 TV AGP 16MB Rev.A 3199 :)










    Here some screenshots I took with Star Wars Dark Forces II: Jedi Knight version 1.01 in Direct3D 6.1 @ 1024x768x16 max in game settings:














    Hello all :)


    it's been a while I posted in this great topic of our fiend Tweakstone aka Banshee Man  :topmodel:

    But I too have a system to add to this cool list he made and is still maintaining it, I went 3dfx Avegner style just something else than just Napalm, sometimes it's good to be different :spitze:


    So meet my oldest system which is back from the dead:


    Sveta 2002


    AMD AthlonXP 2200+ Thoroughbred-A @ !.8Ghz

    EPox EP-8K7A+ AMD 761 Chipset with VIA 686B SB

    2x 1GB PC-2700 KIngston @ PC-2100 266Mhz DDR

    3dfx Voodoo3 3500 TV AGP 16MB Rev.A 3199

    VIA 616 Onboard Sound --> Audigy2 ZS Platinum Pro Upgrade is on the way **

    1x Seagate Baracuda V 80GB 7200 RPM Main disk

    1x Western Digital Caviar SE 250GB Game Disk

    Belkin 5 port NEC USB 2.0 PCI Card

    3-Com 3C905C-TX-M PCI Ethernet adapter 10/100Mbit

    NEC ND-1300A DVD-RW Drive
    BTO Plusdeck 2c Cassette Deck Tape Player, Recorder & Convertor Drive

    Sony 3.5" Floppy Drive

    Antec True Power 550 Watt PSU

    Addttronics 6896A Entry Level Server Tower

    Compaq S710 17" Blackshade CRT from 2001

    Reso @ 1024x768x32 ! 85Hz


    Win2K pro + SP4 & RU1 for SP4

    AmigaSport 3.0 by AmiganMerlin from 3dfxzone.it

    Latest 3dfx Tools for V3 3500 TV AGP.


    Here some pics:





    it even comes with an EPoX Rexie Mascot <3



    Main build log here:
    Sveta 2002 is back Yaaaas doow xD

    it's done 100% complete and working :)

    So here's the specs then!

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    Sveta 2002


    AMD AthlonXP 2200+ Thoroughbred-A @ !.8Ghz

    EPox EP-8K7A+ AMD &61 Chipset with Via 686B SB

    2x 1GB PC-2700 KIngston @ PC-2100 266Mhz DDR

    3dfx Voodoo3 3500 TV AGP 16MB Rev.A 3199

    VIA 616 Onboard Sound --> Audigy2 ZS Platinum Upgrade is next

    1x Seagate Baracuda V 80GB 7200 RPM Main disk

    1x Western Digital Caviar SE 250GB Game Disk

    Belkin 5 port NEC USB 2.0 PCI Card

    3-Com 3C905C-TX-M PCI Ethernet adapter 10/100Mbit

    NEC ND-1300A DVD-RW Drive

    Sony 3.5" Floppy Drive

    Antec True Power 550 Watt PSU

    Addttronics 6896A Entry Level Server Tower

    Compaq S710 17" Blackshade CRT from 2001

    Reso @ 1024x768x32 ! 85Hz

    Win2K pro + SP4 & RU1 for SP4

    SFFT Alpha 41 modified by PS47

    Latest 3dfx Tools for V3 3500 TV AGP.

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    So yeah there you have it I'm back finally and it runs so fast too,love this build worked all night on it since the urge to play my 3dfx games is rather high now anyway :)

    Many thanks to Declan for helping me with the Voodo3 3500, that really made this build possible at this early stage :)


    Here the photos then :)


    Here the PSU I salvaged from my mother's old computer an Antec True Power 550 cleaned it so it's ready for use:


    I cleaned it's fan as well:


    The PSU is an Antec True Power 500 Watt PSU that I took out of my mom's old Core i3 540 PC lel


    Here the Addtronics 6896A Entry Level Server Tower that I used for this build, also custom painted it myself way back in 1999.
    But pics of that later in this thread :)

    Also I cleaned this case inside out as well as the outside so it's fresh for this new 3dfx life it will have :)


    Motherboard is neatly installed there as you can see connected the power switch, led's and other IO parts the Flat data cables as well moved on slowly



    Flat cables applied for all storage & optical devices


    Thermal compoud applied on the CPU ready for cooler montage


    Upper storage compartment left is the Western Digital Caviar SE 250 GB HDD 7200 rp right is a Sony 3.5" Floppy Drive:


    System build complete :topmodel::hre::spitze:


    Side panels applied they open up for easy maintenance


    Closeup of the cards at this stage:


    Here the first boot screen;

    And I already knew what was wrong the slave HDD. had the jumper on Master the same as the primary one and that was what caused this flaw to occur.
    A Blue Screen of Death During install also happened It seems the floppy drive needed replacing after I did that and reset the jumper of the 250 GB Slave HDD in Slave mode all issues were resolved :)

    So that was fun to find out and get sorted out :spitze:


    Here this side's Freespace 2 art I applied three starships from that game

    Shevan Carrier

    Vesudan Dreadnought

    Terran Hercules MK III


    Here the Descent 2 Pyro-GX art I also did in 1999, I can't see 3D hence the wonky wings rofl

    As for the gap that will be taken care of soon, as I am adding a Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Platinum which has an IO Drive that will fill up that open space neatly, so yeah still gotta work on that part :)

    Here the rear view of this system, all looking neatly there too"


    Anyways thanks for all the help for helping me get certain parts and also with the 8K7A+ as well, now I too can ejoy some 3dfx gaming with this neat build, I am happy with the result so far, now to grab an Audigy ZS Platinum and get that sound card setup in here as well.

    I used a 20" EIZO Flexscan and I found the image quality output of the Vodooo3 boards better sharper but also the image fidelity was better I used the RGB + Gray shades connectors to my 3dfx Voodoo3 3500 TV AGP and my V5 5500 AGP & 6000 the 3500 won for me when it came to image quality , sharpness & Image fidelity, especially at 1600x1200x32 @ 100Hz.

    I guess it only is visible iif you use the RGB + gray shades connectors heh.

    Oh well no LS-120 drive in this build the Addtronics 6896A is too tall and having the LS-120 in the spot where the 3.5" Floppy Drive would be my ATA Flat Cables won't make it up there ....


    So to avoid all the stress and agony, I decided not to put the LS-120 in here, the A-Open H600B it would of worekd but yea I kinda want to use my painted Case that is Descent 2 & Freespace themed hence this choice.

    So all in all I am going back to my old config with a standard Floppy drive just need that to flash the Bios if that is really of need.
    But if this Beta Bios is stable with my AXP 2200+ T-Bred A & EP-8K7A+. I am going to leave it be, since new is not always better that is my bad experience with any kind of system.

    HDD's are:

    Seagate Barracuda 5 80GB 7200 rpm
    Western Digital Caviar SE 250GB 7200rpm

    they were still in my system and I know for sure they work so hard drive wise this system is all set too hah!

    So now I will remove the Creative 12x DVD Rom Drive & PlexWriter 48/24/48A and replace them with a NEC ND-1300A DVD RW/CDRW drive just all media's in one and I can write & rewrite both CD's & DVD's just handier for all round use.

    And a Sony or Fujitsu 3.5" Floppy Drive, just handy to have around as well.

    So here it is then my first boxed 3dfx card since 2011 I think it was :)







    Lets open up this beauty :)



    This is how the IO Pod would of been packed with it's documents :)



    So here the card after I cleaned him up a bit, all like new now :)



    Revision i Rev.A and PCB Date is 3199m week 31, year 1999, this is the oldest PCB date I ever seen on any Voodoo3 3500!
    This card is definitely well over 20 years old amazing!










    Major thanks go to SWZSSR for helping me get this card earlier to avoid others from buying it, just perfection at it's best.

    This V3 3500 was really an emotional catch after having it in my hands again heck I even hugged it for like 15 minutes if not more, got kind of emotional and all.

    This is to me the best 3dfx card of all time it had the best image quality even better than that of VSA-100 all because it was not rushed off 3dfx took their time to make this beauty count like all their other cards.


    And I know I personally had all the VSA-100 boards the Voodoo4 4500, Voodoo5 5000 AGP & PCI, Voodoo5 5500 AGP, PCI, PCI Mac & Voodoo5 6000 AGP, had em all, but that is kind of irrelevant to this topic.

    Every time I start with a 3dfx collection or just a 3dfx related system build the Voodoo3 3500 is always the card I turn back to because this was the one card that gave me my best memories of 3dfx , it was the last true 3dfx card I actually enjoyed.

    The 3dfx Voodoo5 5500 AGP when I bought it was a DOA, my colleague John Blok also had a 5500 AGP and was also a DOA so I always reverted back to the V3 3500 TV AGP.

    Anyways it feels great to be back, all that thanks to SWZSSR really <3

    Here some fun I had with my oldest B747 in my fleet, not oldest model but inreality as registration date goes of my B747 collectin this Pan Am B747-121 the N734PA "Clipper Flying Cloud" too to the skies on December 17, 1969, roughly 50 years ag, o, 30 years prior to that 3dfx came with their 3dfx Voodoo3 3500 series graphics cards kind of an ironic difference :)

    So here some fun shots I did with my Gemini jets PAA B7347-121 and this 3dfx Voodoo3 3500 TV AGP 16MB Rev.A 3199





    And here my artworks as I closed one collection and moved on to the next big thing:


    Pan Am & 3dfx


    From Boeing 747 to 3dfx

    Hereby I hope you will love these photo's or just like em, all up to you, my Favorite Boeing 747 & 3dfx card in one setting this is perfection for me, combining both interesting to one<3


    And nice comments please, I already had a rough time at x-3dfx...