Voodoo5 5500 very slow any ideas?

MarkyBoy

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I got all excited when I installed the new Voodoo5. After setting it up I ran 3DMark 2000 expecting to see a higher benchmark than the V3500 and Geforce 32Mb but i got a slower score about 3500 marks.I got 6200 marks with the Geforce and 4300 with the V3500. Does anyone know why. I feel a little let down after spending all that money!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

Pariah

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3DMark 2000 is heavily slanted towards T&L cards and a very poor barometer of how cards will perform in real world games currently available. Your scores are a little low none the less. I have Athlon clocked to 863, and I got 3800 with a V5 5500 and over 7000 with a CLAP2. Make sure you have the most recent VIA AGP driver install (4.03 I think). It will give you a decent performance boost.
 

AtomSmasher

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MarkyBoy, you are not alone. I had a 5500 for a week that I got to replace my V3-3K. I was very dissapointed with the performance. For the money they cost I felt it should have shown a much bigger improvement than it did. I ended up returning the card and got a Herc 64meg Geforce2 instead. Much, much faster and very stable (that surprised me). Even Unreal Tournament gives me a higher framerate than the V5 did.

I've been a 3dfx proponent ever since they came out with the original Voodoo1. Had a V2 and V3 but after seeing the performance difference between the GF2 and the V5 I'm sold on the nvidia. I also didn't like the fact that the V5 needed an external power supply source. That much power dissapation has to go somewhere ( it's called heat :).

Good luck with whatever you choose to do, buy my vote is to go GF2.
 

MarkyBoy

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Thanks for all your comments. I am now the owner of an Elsa Gladiac GF2 now I can play F1 2000 at max frames alot happier with a 3DMark2000 score of 7428. I have got to say though, that the extra detail which the V5 5500 brought out was excellent, but as I play racing games, who cares that I can see a blade of grass at 200mph along a straight.
 

cmaMath13

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I agree.
I purchased a Voodoo5 V5500 (should be considered Voodoo 4 as far as I'm concerned) and returned it to EB. I went back to ole reliable (my V770 Ultra). I experience lock-ups, weird effect in some games, and the performance was not that much of an increase.
 

IceStorm

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The problem was probably vsync.

The 5500 installs with vsync enabled. You need to go into the 3dfx hub and turn it off. I tried running benches, got low scores, then realized I wasn't seeing any tearing. Found the vsync controls, and that fixed it.

I turn about 4200 3D marks (default 3D Mark setup) with a PIII-550E at 803Mhz, and about 4700 3D marks with a PIII-650 at 975Mhz.

Personally, I think the card's great. 4x FSAA is what they said it was cracked up to be. Then again, I'm not a big Q3A fan. More a UT GLide/ HL/ Thief person, and those games are great on this card.

Just my $0.02
 

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