Ati Rage Fury Maxx 64Mb Agp (1999)

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  1. SamuelL421

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  2. GiGaBiTe

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    A note to any potential buyers, this card will only work on Windows 98SE. The way that ATI put two GPUs on the AGP bus isn't supported by the Windows NT kernel, so if you install it in a Windows 2000 or XP machine, it will only see one of the two GPUs and run like a normal Fury Pro card.
     
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  3. Centauri

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    I grabbed one last year for $40ish Buy It Now. It had been sitting there because the seller listed it as a regular Rage. Got lucky.

    Works great. One of the fans is loud - but I can't track down a part number for it to hunt for a replacement.
     
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    I'd just pull the loud fan, snag a comparably sized Molex-powered fan, and gank it onto the heatsink. It's not a posh solution, but if you're running a graphics card old enough to vote, buy pornography and cigarettes, and get wistful about its early childhood, polish isn't really the goal. I wonder how well one of these would manage to run Unreal Tournament 2004.
     
  5. Centauri

    Centauri [H]ard|Gawd

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    Ehhhh... No. Nobody is buying these for use. They're being bought for rarity/collecting. They're famous for not being particularly well-running either. And the dual-GPU implementation here really hasn't been seen since and I'd be shocked if more than a few games even support it.

    Just want a fan that works and the ability to demo it here and there.
     
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  6. GiGaBiTe

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    To each his own. Any old hardware I get is always used. Buying something just to have it sit on a high shelf nobody can see or use is a waste and disservice to everyone who would otherwise want to use it. I have a general disdain for collectors of any sort, they drive up prices for everyone else and often behave like a smug ass "haha look at you scrub ur poor can't afford a single $<insane price>k <insert thing here>".

    Zero games supported it, which is why it was done on the back end in firmware and drivers, like 3dfx cards. The game didn't even know it was running on multiple GPUs.

    The reason that the MAXX had lackluster performance is first, the RAGE architecture wasn't that great to begin with. It was cobbled together technology over the course of several years that originally started off as a pure 2D accelerator. Second, it used a problematic rendering solution called AFR where each GPU took turns rendering alternating frames, unlike 3dfx's method of alternating scan lines. The AFR approach could lead to bad stuttering if one frame took appreciably longer to render than another frame, which happened often due to the weak architecture. ATI would have had a better card if they used a different rendering approach and better drivers.
     
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