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Voodoo II or Banshee?

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I have a PII 233MHz with 32MB RAM.
I am using graphic programs like 3D Studio MAX R2 and I'm playing new games that requires or goes faster with the new 3DFX cards.
I've been thinking about buying a Voodoo 2 Card or a Voodoo Banshee, but I don't know which. What is the difference between the cards?
The Voodoo Banshee is also much cheaper than the Voodoo 2 and I wonder why.

The Voodoo II card I was looking on was Creative Voodoo2 12MB and the Banshee was the Creative Banshee 16MB

Please help me with this simple question, or I'll have to live in my boring 2D world forever...
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The VoodooII is a 3D addon card to your 2D card where the Banshee is a 2D/3D combo card.

With VoodooII you can play games at 800x600 max. With Banshee you can play at higher res.  Performance of both card are pretty much identical, however since Banshee isn't a true AGP card, as it doesn't take avantage of memory allocation of AGP structure.

But I don't think that any of these card can aid you in 3D Max....

Check out this page for details:
http://www.tomshardware.com/releases/98q3/980818/index.html
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If I buy the Banshee card, do I have to connect a VGA loop back cable from the Banshee card to my display card as I need to do with the Voodoo 2 Card?

I currently have a MPEG card that uses a loop back cable to the display card, so if the Banshee card uses a loop back caple, how can I use two cables at the same time?
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If I buy the Banshee card, do I have to connect a VGA loop back cable from the Banshee card to my display card as I need to do with the Voodoo 2 Card?

I currently have a MPEG card that uses a loop back cable to the display card, so if the Banshee card uses a loop back caple, how can I use two cables at the same time?
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The Banshee card IS your display card....  You will have to remove your old display card to use Banshee.  As for Mpeg card, the Banshee have enough power to let you decode mpeg with software, but if you still want to use the Mpeg card then you can connect the loop back cable to Banshee.
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