It has begun.
Canopus had a late start during the race to get
the first Voodoo 2 cards out. With Diamond and Creative lab's Voodoo's
already out in the market well before the Pure3d II, Canopus needed
to show them who's boss by giving the community a card to drool over.
After all, this is the same company that released their Voodoo 1 card
(the pure3d) way after the rest had theirs already on the shelves
for months, and still managed to wow everyone. I think people are
expecting the perfect card for the next generation of 3d acceleration,
and that's what they did.
You want it? You got it.
This card gives you everything and more in a 3dcard that you would ever want. Lets look at it for a moment.
first off it's a Voodoo2 based chipset with 12 megs of ram on board (4/4/4) Allowing you to use 800x600 in most games. Anything less would be uncivilized. Lets face it, if your gonna spend your money on something, get the goods that will keep your FPS sky rocketing into the next century. Most 3dcards, Voodoo2 based or not, only have 2-4 megs of texture memory. Even the Monster3d II and The 3dblaster II only have the 4 megs of texture memory.Canopus is rock steady with there op to go with the full 8 megs of texture memory. Why you ask? The die hard gamer needs this for improved game play and Internet experience.
2nd this card can be safely over clocked to 100mhz, unlike the Monster3d II that only clocks out to about 95 safely. This is because of something just unheard of with a 3dcard, it has a cooling fan right on the board. This feature ships with the card, no separate purchases here.
Enough with the blah blah blah Where's the beef?
The average gamer will love this card. I played 3dfx Quake2 with this bad boy and on my suck-ass system, I was able to pull off 50fps in most areas using timerefresh. No doubt this card would be most useful in a Pentium 2 system, but for the lower-end systems like mine, you will still get your moneys worth. Other games like Incoming, Forsaken, and Hexen2 run like a charm.
The FPS may make you a bit dizzy at first, but you will get used to it :). Using tunnel.exe (a direct3d bench mark utility) I was able to pull off 60fps, where my Monster3d I could only do 20-30. Amazing speed. These guys know how to make my dreams come true.
And your winner and still, undisputed champion is...
This card has it all, and the bag of chips. Canopus has really out done themselves with this wonder of modern 3d acelleration. Im glad I had the pleasure of reviewing such a fine product. This Card gets a score of 9 out of 10 on the PSX mad crazy Hardware Scale.