Posted 1998-01-01 ‐ 3 min read
|Case||OEM AT Case||OEM ATX Tower|
|Motherboard||Chaintech 6BTM||ASUS P2B-F|
|Chipset||Intel 440BX||Intel 440BX|
|Processor||Intel Pentium 2 MMX|
|RAM||32 MB SDRAM||128 MB SDRAM|
|Storage||4 GB Maxtor IDE||Seagate Barracuda ST310220A 10GB IDE|
|GPU 1||3Dfx Voodoo2 PCI (Unknown Board Partner)||Techworks Power 3D II 12MB (v21200) 3Dfx Voodoo2 PCI|
|GPU 2||S3 Trio64V2/DX PCI||Matrox Millenium G200 AGP|
|Extra||Sound Blaster Audigy PCI|
|Extra||3COM Fast EtherLink XL|
|Cooling||Noctua NF-A6x25 FLX + ARCTIC P12 (Akasa PCI Slot Bracket)|
Unfortunately, I have no photos of this computer but I do remember that it was a White ATX Mid Tower with a tinted LED status bar in the middle of the front panel and a hydraulic drive bay cover that used to slide up and down to reveal the drive bays.
Originally belonged to my dad, the Voodoo2 card that was in it was destroyed by a short circuit.
After that, the Computer was scrapped and replaced by another beige box that my dad bought from a local computer store called MP Computers.
After having the Voodoo2 sit on my shelf for a long time, I decided to build a derivative of the original machine.
It is very close to the existing MoarVoodoo but I felt that the Voodoo2 and P2-233 combination should not be overlooked and that it deserved a machine of its own instead of just sitting in my parts bin.
However, instead of the original S3-Trio that my dad's computer used I'm going to pair the Voodoo2 with a Matrox Millenium G200 card for good 2D acceleration and DirectX 5 compatibility.
For 3D games, the Voodoo2 using Glide or OpenGL is likely to beat the G200 in most cases, potentially the G200 will have better DirectX support and might outpace the Voodoo, but at least I will have options for rendering backends.
At long last Voodoo is back up and runnning. After waiting on a replacement power supply, I was finally able to put it mostly together.
I hit some unexpected snags on the way,
- The CPUs heatsink is huge, so much so that it sits on top of some of the capacitors on the board near the socket.
- The heatsink by itself doesn't seem sufficent so I bodged a 40mm fan on top for now.
- I've ordered a 50mm exhaust fan to try and increase the airflow in the case.
- The hard drive still hasn't arrived but it should be here next week.
- Two of the three RAM modules don't seem to work properly and were causing inconsistent POST so they were removed, 128MB is still way more than it needs.
Windows 95 OSR 2 is now fully installed along with essential drivers and DirectX 6.1.
I'll be running some burn in tests over the next few days to ensure the CPU, RAM, Voodoo2 and Matrox are behaving.
- Removed Sound Blaster Vibra-16 (CT4170) and replaced with Audigy PCI (SB0100) due to some issues with stuttering in games.
- Added 3COM Fast EtherLink PCI
- Updated to Windows 98 SE for better stability and additional software.
- Removed bodged 40mm fan and replaced with Noctua 60mm case fan
- Added Arctic P12 120mm fan on a PCI bracket to provide additional cooling for the Voodoo2.