3dfx Pre-Production Banshee

3dfx Pre-Production Banshee - Front

BIOS Boot-Up String

VGA BIOS - Version 1.00.01-SD
Copyright (C) 1990-1998 Elpin Systems, Inc.
All rights reserved.

3Dfx Interactive, Inc.


The PCB date of this card is from mid-august of 1998, the earliest production boards are from early october of 1998. The BIOS date is 1998-08-24, BIOS version is 1.00.01-SD - interestingly this BIOS version is also used in some production boards. In my collection there are cards with the 1.00.01 BIOS revision from the following manufacturers:

  • Metabyte (SDR)
  • Melco (SGR)
  • I-O Data (SGR)
  • IO Magic (SDR)
  • Guillemot (SGR)

Tech Specs

  • Core Clock: 100 MHz
  • Memory Clock: 100 MHz
  • Memory Type: SD-RAM
  • Memory Size: 16MB
  • PCB Date: 3498
  • BIOS Version: 1.00.01-SD
  • BIOS Date: 08/24/98
  • Notes: dated roughly 2 month before official sales

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