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The Banshee only has a single texture processor known in the Voodoo2 community as a Texelfx processor meaning it requires two passes to render multi-textured environments. How can this be? If you look at 3D rendering as painting a wall, a single coat of paint can easily be accomplished by virtually any brush, while that same brush will require two strokes to place two separate coats of paint on the wall 1 texture processor. If a wall in a game, such as Unreal, happens to have a texture placed on it, such as a brick texture, followed by another layer, say a reflection from a nearby fire, you basically have two textures on that one surface. A Voodoo2, or any other chipset which has two separate texture processors can render that surface in a single pass as in a single pass of a brush from the example above while a Banshee, or any other chipset which only has a single texture processor, must make two passes as in two strokes of a brush to render the entire surface.

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A Voodoo2, or any other chipset which has two separate texture processors can render that surface in a single pass as in a single pass of a brush from the example above while a Banshee, or any other chipset which only has a single texture processor, must make two passes as in two strokes of a brush to render the entire surface. In 3D gaming and rendering situations the application of such a technique is a bit more complex, yet it follows the same basic principle.

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Unfortunately, this decision guillemto as a marketing ploy more than anything else for 3Dfx. If you look at 3D rendering as painting a wall, a single coat of paint can easily be accomplished by virtually any brush, while that same brush will require two strokes to place two separate coats of paint on the wall 1 texture processor.

In spite of its semi-crippled nature, the Banshee can surpass even the Voodoo2 in terms of performance when placed in the proper situation; at the same time, it can also be put to shame in a slightly different one.

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Since AGP is a newer technology, the market immediately assumes that it is inherently better and worth the extra attention, however in the case of the Banshee, this is definitely not true.

Not only does it operate at the AGP 1X specification, it also doesn’t allow for the transfer of textures over the AGP bus due to its lack of support for AGP side-banding the transfer of data on both the rising and falling edges guiklemot the AGP bus, i. This performance is courtesy mazi the bit 2D core that is a part of the Banshee chipset, unlike the original VoodooRush which contained a separate, external, 2D core which wasn’t of the absolute best quality.

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Sign up now Username Password Remember Me. This is an obvious deferral from the standard 3Dfx methodology of graphics accelerator production which normally calls for a separate 3D accelerator. While the 2D image quality could definitely be improved, for most users with 17″ or smaller monitors, the Banshee shouldn’t be a huge disappointment. If a wall in a game, such as Unreal, happens to have a texture placed on it, such as a brick texture, followed by another layer, say a reflection from a nearby fire, you basically have two textures on that one surface.

Presented in a single chip package, the Banshee contains essentially the same 3D texture processing capabilities as the Voodoo2 with one major disadvantage in order to decrease cost. In situations where only a single layered texture is used, the Banshee will outperform a Voodoo2, however in multi-textured situations, the Banshee will be shadowed by the raw power of the Voodoo2’s second texture processor.

Remaining fairly quiet throughout the hardware rollout season, Guillemot International hasn’t had any major successes in any PC peripheral related field since the introduction of their top of the line Home Studio Pro 64 sound card which put the original Sound Blaster AWE64 to shame.

Now imagine a brush capable of placing two coats of paint on a wall in a single pass 2 texture processors.

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Before getting into the specifics of the card itself, we have to separate the top two contenders from the 3D proprietors themselves, 3Dfx Interactive. The Banshee boasts the same pixel processing unit which is found on all Voodoo2 boards, and therefore does retain some of the power of its bigger brother.

It fully supports Direct3D as well as Glide, meaning it will be able to run all of your current games that will work on 3Dfx based products virtually flawlessly. How can this be?

Banshee vs Voodoo 2 Before getting into the specifics of the card itself, we have to separate the top two contenders from the 3D proprietors themselves, 3Dfx Interactive.

Banshee vs Voodoo 2. The Banshee only has a single texture processor known in the Voodoo2 community as a Texelfx processor meaning it requires two passes to render multi-textured environments. Almost predestined to follow in the footsteps of the Voodoo2 chipset, the Banshee will bring even more truth to the generally vague statement that all 3Dfx accelerators are created equal, meaning a Voodoo2 is a Voodoo2, and a Banshee is a Banshee, regardless of manufacturer.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at the mold for 3Dfx’s newest chipset, will it salvage 3Dfx’s name in a market that is quickly falling into the hands of the competitors? By using the latter type of brush you are essentially doubling your productivity. Post Your Comment Please log in or sign up to comment.

If you are used to a Matrox or maybe even a high end Number 9 2D accelerator on a 17″ monitor you may want to try the Banshee out on your system before making any final judgements as to the course of your purchasing decision.