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Hey all, I recently got my hands on a few GPUs, did not pay anything for them and I know that they will be a sure upgrade in my Athlon K7 computer because it is currently running a Geforce2 Mx400

Now for the new (to me) cards:
An HP OEM Fire GL2 AGP T3 (Made in Ireland )

or

A Geforce4 Mx440 Model #: P162


And finally, two 3dFx Voodoo2's (12mb models, PCI interface, would be used in conjunction with main GPU) <---- Is it worth putting these in?
Edited by raidmaxGuy - 10/8/11 at 5:37pm
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Hey all, I recently got my hands on a few GPUs, did not pay anything for them and I know that they will be a sure upgrade in my Athlon K7 computer because it is currently running a Geforce2 Mx400

Now for the new (to me) cards:
An HP OEM Fire GL2 AGP T3 (Made in Ireland )

or

A Georce4 Mx440 Model #: P162


And finally, two 3dFx Voodoo2's (12mb models, PCI interface, would be used in conjunction with main GPU) <---- Is it worth putting these in?

Well, that depends on what you want to do with it. The Fire GL is a professional level graphics card (by the way, look at the prices of those things!), so if you want to use the PC for legacy gaming, you're better off with the GeForce4 Mx440, which is two years more recent also (from 2002; the Fire GL2 is from 2000).

As to the 3dFx Voodoo2, well, if you just want an extra monitor output, I guess why not ? I don't know about drivers though. Having drivers from different manufacturers (even if Nvidia later acquired 3dFx), might not work very well. But you'll just have to try it for yourself.
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Well, that depends on what you want to do with it. The Fire GL is a professional level graphics card (by the way, look at the prices of those things!), so if you want to use the PC for legacy gaming, you're better off with the GeForce4 Mx440, which is two years more recent also (from 2002; the Fire GL2 is from 2000).

As to the 3dFx Voodoo2, well, if you just want an extra monitor output, I guess why not ? I don't know about drivers though. Having drivers from different manufacturers (even if Nvidia later acquired 3dFx), might not work very well. But you'll just have to try it for yourself.
The Geforce4 and Fire GL2 have 3 monitor outputs on them (DVI,S-Video,VGA)
And I should have the drivers already on that system, I had taken them out to use in something else at one point

And yeah, the system is totally for legacy gaming

lol, i wish the model I have was worth $853, lol would make my day, would sell it and buy me a laptop, though the median price for the one i have is $20-$25, not bad for an 11 year old GPU


Edit: Installation of the Mx440 was effortless, Windows already recognizes it for what it is so I dont have to worry about drivers (good thing seeing that the wifi card wont install)
Edited by raidmaxGuy - 10/8/11 at 6:40pm
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The Geforce4 and Fire GL2 have 3 monitor outputs on them (DVI,S-Video,VGA)
And I should have the drivers already on that system, I had taken them out to use in something else at one point

And yeah, the system is totally for legacy gaming

lol, i wish the model I have was worth $853, lol would make my day, would sell it and buy me a laptop, though the median price for the one i have is $20-$25, not bad for an 11 year old GPU


Edit: Installation of the Mx440 was effortless, Windows already recognizes it for what it is so I dont have to worry about drivers (good thing seeing that the wifi card wont install)
Great!

Oh, just a note: the cards may have three outputs each, but they only support two monitors at once. Well, at least I can be 100% sure about the GeForce. But I think even the Fire GL will only support two monitors at once too. AMD only introduced Eyefinity with the HD5xxx series in 2009.

So, if you eventually would like a third monitor, the 3dFX card would be an option - but only work desktop work, of course.
 
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