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WANTED: 3DFX Voodoo2 PCI card

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  • BuggZ
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    Got lucky and picked up a Monster 3d II PCI (12 MB) on ebay Germany a couple of weeks ago for 1euro plus shipping. Included the SLI cable and external VGA cable.

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  • EverythingIBM
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    Originally posted by Chromedome45 View Post
    What is this obsesion with VooDoo 2 PCI's anyway? But FYI I might be able to find 1 or 2 at the same place I might be getting Athlon boards from.

    FYI: I have a VooDoo 3 agp available.
    Voodoo2s are popular because they're the first to implement SLI, and support a handful of older games that use it exclusively. They're powerful cards. Using two of them in a pentium 1 system goes to waste however, as the P1's bus bottlenecks them. Yes, even in my P1 233 system.
    I own such games that refuse to play [on any other 3dfx cards] but voodoo 2s with certain drivers!

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  • davk3dfx
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    Magic 3dII voodoo 2 PCI 12MB for sale

    Hi Guys ,

    If anyone is interested, I currently have a Magic 3DII Voodoo 2 PCI 12MB for sale,

    http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI....m=150976251633

    I have another one wich is a no-name rev 2.0 12MB card

    hit me up if you're keen

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  • Chromedome45
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    What is this obsesion with VooDoo 2 PCI's anyway? But FYI I might be able to find 1 or 2 at the same place I might be getting Athlon boards from.

    FYI: I have a VooDoo 3 agp available.

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  • dorkbert
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    http://www.ebay.com/itm/330792966915

    no, not mine.

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  • Unknown_K
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    I think you are better off with 2 normal Voodoo 2's and they would be cheaper and easier to replace if one breaks.

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  • EverythingIBM
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    Originally posted by Unknown_K View Post
    Good luck finding the custom cable needed to use it.
    The same seller listed the hydra cables on a separate listing:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Medusa-cable...item5d33cc20ac

    Please keep in mind these need different drivers. They're a little different than a regular Voodoo2.

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  • dorkbert
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    Originally posted by Unknown_K View Post
    Good luck finding the custom cable needed to use it.
    surely it's not impossible to wire one?

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  • dan951
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    I paid less than $20 for mine on eBay. They are out there just be patient.

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  • Unknown_K
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    Originally posted by dorkbert View Post
    there's always this
    Good luck finding the custom cable needed to use it.

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  • dorkbert
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    there's always this

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  • Unknown_K
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    I never realy seen a breakdown on what games needed the extra texture RAM or if the 8/12MB difference affected SLI performance. Think I have an 8MB model on the shelf along with other spare Voodoo 1/2/3's. What is harder to find are the video cables needed to connect a V2 to your 2D card.

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  • EverythingIBM
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    Originally posted by luckybob View Post
    The price is absurdly low, then again it is an 8mb card. From my experience people avoid them as if they are the cause of cancer.
    Technically, if you get the 90Mhz EDO chips that'll work, you could solder them on and make it 12MB.

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  • luckybob
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    Originally posted by CU_AMiGA View Post
    what do people make of this? legit?

    http://www.amazon.com/3DFX-VOODOO2-A...=3dfx+voodoo+2
    The price is absurdly low, then again it is an 8mb card. From my experience people avoid them as if they are the cause of cancer.

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  • CU_AMiGA
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    what do people make of this? legit?

    http://www.amazon.com/3DFX-VOODOO2-A...=3dfx+voodoo+2

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