Ars Technica brengt ons een review van het Voodoo3-3500TV videokaartje met ge´ntegreerde MPEG-2 video en audio capture. Dat laatste blijkt leuk te werken zolang je geen DirectX 7 wenst te gebruiken, want de huidige drivers kunnen alleen met DX6 overweg:
The 3500 is the fastest 3D accelerator available with vidcap capabilities. While the Matrox Marvel cards are better suited for capture and editing, the 3500 is perfectly suited to be used as a digital VCR. With today's drive prices plummeting, you could store 30 or 40 hours of MPEG2 encoded video on a $300 hard drive.
Unfortunately, the 3500 is hamstrung by the lack of driver support from 3dfx. Without a DirectX 7 driver that works with the Visual Reality software, the 3500 is basically just a slightly faster V3 3000. Is there any reason to buy into that? Alternatively if you install the DirectX 6 driver so your vidcap works, your 3D performance will suffer, and you'll be unable to play any DirectX 7 games, like Unreal Tournament. Quite frankly, the consumer shouldn't have to make these sorts of decisions, and given the price of a V3 3000 ($100), I don't see why I'm supposed to pay $75 more for capabilities that I can't really use.