Voodoo² Accelerator Review September 1998

Creative Labs 3D Blaster Voodoo²

The Creative card is available with 8 or 12 MB memory. The design corresponds pretty much to the reference design by 3Dfx Interactive. The card runs at 90 MHz chip clock by default and thus complies with the chip specifications. Thanks to these conservative settings the 3D Blaster Voodoo² ran absolutely problem free, even overclocked to 95 MHz there were no signs of instability or problems resulting from the higher temperature. Tom had these cards running at even 100 MHz clock speed already, not very stable even with proper cooling though. I can only advise against doing this. The Voodoo² is one of the few chipsets I would not overclock, because you really risk your 3D board and the performance gain is very small even with a Pentium II 400.

The Creative drivers don't allow the chip clock to be set, so you have to use either other drivers or utilities. First I had doubts about the loop cable since it doesn't seem to be very solid. But the first impression was wrong: 1024x768 suffers only minimal quality loss. At 1280x1024 you should rather switch to large fonts, since the charts begin to fade gradually. 1600x1200 cannot be recommended in any way, it results in a fairly muddy picture.

The retail package includes the three games Ultimate Race Pro, Incoming and G-Police. In Europe you will get Actua Soccer 2 in addition.