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    Default Expensive retro gear.

    Anybody have something vintage so expensive they are afraid of using it?

    Was looking at a 3dfx Voodoo 6000 for auction in the UK that is at almost $3000 with 9 days to go.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/3dfx-Voodoo...g/362751530027
    What I collect: 68K/Early PPC Mac, DOS/Win 3.1 era machines, Amiga/ST, C64/128
    Nubus/ISA/VLB/MCA/EISA cards of all types
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    Analog video capture cards/software and complete systems

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    I've got a fried one. Perhaps I should sell it as "Untested".

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    Would you fire it up and game with it if it worked?
    What I collect: 68K/Early PPC Mac, DOS/Win 3.1 era machines, Amiga/ST, C64/128
    Nubus/ISA/VLB/MCA/EISA cards of all types
    Boxed apps and games for the above systems
    Analog video capture cards/software and complete systems

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    All this stuff is going to be blown to kingdom come eventually anyway, so I can't see why not. Why prolong the agony. Now I am interested in some mid to late 90s graphics cards, but for their specific.utility, not for.gaming. I for the utter life of me can't see why anyone would assign such a high value (particularly something that can't be repaired) to something so non extraordinary. Whatever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unknown_K View Post
    Would you fire it up and game with it if it worked?
    Game? Not really. I used it every day though.

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    Are you talking about the unreleased 6000 4 GPU model of the 5500 that I purchased new and still have?
    What I collect: 68K/Early PPC Mac, DOS/Win 3.1 era machines, Amiga/ST, C64/128
    Nubus/ISA/VLB/MCA/EISA cards of all types
    Boxed apps and games for the above systems
    Analog video capture cards/software and complete systems

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unknown_K View Post
    Are you talking about the unreleased 6000 4 GPU model of the 5500 that I purchased new and still have?
    Maybe not. Maybe it's a 5000. Memory is getting old. Whatever it is, I bought one new for less than half of what I paid for a used one to replace it when it went up in smoke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tipc View Post
    All this stuff is going to be blown to kingdom come eventually anyway, so I can't see why not. Why prolong the agony. Now I am interested in some mid to late 90s graphics cards, but for their specific.utility, not for.gaming. I for the utter life of me can't see why anyone would assign such a high value (particularly something that can't be repaired) to something so non extraordinary. Whatever.
    Voodoo5 6000s have somewhat of a cult following and are repairable. An ex-3dfx employee actually came up with a fix for a few revisions of the card which have instability issues when using anti-aliasing and antisotropic filtering modes. There is still a small batch of new-old stock VSA-100 chips floating around, which means that Voodoo4 4500, Voodoo5 5500 and 6000 cards can be repaired still.

    Though the VSA-100 is generally a pretty reliable chip unless you overclock or overheat it.

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    Hmm.... the listing seems to have vanished.


    Anyway, I don't think I'd be "afraid" to use it if I had it and was going to keep it (which I wouldn't). It's just as likely to break sitting as it is to break from use, in my opinion.
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    Seems like the seller was using a picture of somebody elses card that is not for sale so shady.

    Anyway using expensive gear never really bothered me, but I get weird around expensive vintage gear (harder to replace).
    What I collect: 68K/Early PPC Mac, DOS/Win 3.1 era machines, Amiga/ST, C64/128
    Nubus/ISA/VLB/MCA/EISA cards of all types
    Boxed apps and games for the above systems
    Analog video capture cards/software and complete systems

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