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It was rumored that GeForce 2 Ultra was intended to prevent 3dfx taking the lead with their Voodoo 5 Behind the Magic From the ground up 3dfx planned to build high end 3D gaming board capable to deliver smooth gameplay at x resolution with bilineary filtered textures. You can check screenshots in the gallery. Initial models had the chips mounted in the arrangement seen in the photograph, but this required a PCB with eight circuitry layers most GeForce 2 cards were four-layer, while the Voodoo 5 was six-layer and would have been unreasonably expensive. I have a 3dfx STB graphics card available: The only real advantage the Voodoo 5 had over the GeForce 2 GTS or Radeon was its superior spatial anti-aliasing implementation, and the fact that it didn’t take such a large performance hit relative to its peers when anti-aliasing was enabled.

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Please provide a valid price range. According to Dale Ford, senior analyst at Dataquest, a market research firm based in San Jose, California, a number of factors could have influenced Sega’s decision to move to NEC, including NEC’s proven track record of supplying chipsets for the Nintendo 64 and the demonstrated ability to be able to handle a major influx of capacity if the company decided to ramp up production on a moment’s notice.

Memory capacity and bandwidth is separately dedicated to each VSA processor. This massive raw performance made all the difference.

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Before 3dfx they worked in Media Vision on high performance multimedia product like ProGraphics Archived from the original on You are here eBay Brands 3dfx Skip to page navigation. The results showed that the Voodoo 5 outperformed the GeForce 2 Ultra and Radeonwhich were the fastest iterations grxphic the GeForce 2 and Radeon R grphic, respectively.


Card has been packed away for years. But first a warning about 3dfx screenshots.

Little is known about this series except that this is the final revision. Final pixel goes back to FBI. There are no low resolution tests because Voodoo Graphics lowest supported resolution is x Traphic latest official driver 3.

Rise of 3dfx Certainly the story of 3dfx was written down many times and in much better way, but just to stick to my format here is my few cents. Delivery Options see all. There are the following. In first competitor, the Rivaappeared and legendary rivalry between 3dfx and Nvidia over high end market has begun.

This was accelerated by the introduction of Microsoft’s Direct3Dwhich provided a single high-performance API that could be implemented on these cards, seriously eroding the value of Glide. As 3dfx focused graphuc on the retail graphics card space, further inroads into the OEM space were limited.

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The compression being lossy may be one of the reasons why Vooodoo’s texturing is unusually blured output. On the negative side frame buffers and texture memory are not united, therefore the memory capacity and bandwidth may not be fully utilized. There seems to be a problem serving the request at this time. Though at that time few games supported large textures and bit color, and those that did generally were too demanding to be run at playable framerates, the features “bit color support” and “x textures” were much more impressive on paper than bit color and x texture support.


While color writes and Z-buffer are limited to 16 bit, sensitive alpha blending operations are performed at 24 bit precision.

This does not take away any fame from 3dfx since the Riva is one year younger and with processors common in that time the difference would be smaller. Bythe improved performance of Direct3D and OpenGL on the average personal computer, coupled with the huge variety of new 3D cards on the market, the widespread support of these standard APIs by the game developer community and the closure of 3dfx, made Glide obsolete. This was my personal card back in the day of Voodoo cards.

Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page. Most of the problems seen in earlier revisions were fixed, although there may have been glitches while in anti-aliasing mode on 3rfx cards.

Memory Size see all. Appropriate For see all. Another piece of the success puzzle was good relationship with game developers and propagation of proprietary Glide. Voodoo5 ReviewFiringsquad, SGI experience was formative to both software and hardware development.