SLI capability was not offered in subsequent 3dfx board designs, although the technology would be later used to link the VSA chips on the Voodoo 5. STB prior to the 3dfx acquisition also approached Nvidia as a potential partner to acquire the company. The hardware accelerated only 3D rendering, relying on the PC’s current video card for 2D support. Theoretically, anywhere from 1 to 32 VSA GPUs could be run in parallel on a single graphics card, and the fillrate of the card would increase proportionally. This was accelerated by the introduction of Microsoft’s Direct3D , which provided a single high-performance API that could be implemented on these cards, seriously eroding the value of Glide. Prior to affordable 3D hardware, games such as Doom and Quake had compelled video game players to move from their s to s , and then to the Pentium. Nvidia offered a limited time program under which 3dfx owners could trade in their cards for Nvidia cards of equal performance value.

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These cards generally had a short life expectancy, and were largely incompatible with various motherboards at the time. Supporting Direct3D, OpenGL, and Glide, aggp do all 3Dfx chipsets, the Voodoo2 has made its presence well known among developers and gamers alike in the entertainment community. This advantage is still in place today.

Memory capacity and bandwidth is separately dedicated to each VSA processor. The only other member of the Voodoo 5 line, the Voodoo 4was as much of a disaster as Voodoo Rush, because it had performance well short of its value-oriented peers combined with a late launch.

A rare third version was produced which featured a Cirrus Logic 2D chip. May Learn how and when to remove this template message.

Its excellent performance, and the mindshare gained from the original Voodoo Graphics, resulted in its success.

Times have changed considerably since the days when 3Dfx had the only chipset capable of decent performance at x vodooo the market. Unfortunately, the 3D-only design of the Voodoo2 and its ability to be run in pairs SLI quickly eats up your PCI slots, which can be a major problem for users with only a few slots available.


Cards from this revision varied in stability from dead to fully functional. Retrieved from ” https: It was thus incompatible with the new Pentium 4 motherboards. The method used to engage the Voodoo’s output circuitry varied between cards, vanshhe some using mechanical relays while others utilized purely electronic components.


PowerVR produced a similar 3D-only add-on card with capable 3D support, although it was not comparable to Voodoo Graphics in either image quality or performance. The Voodoo2 offers the standard for multi-textured gaming nanshhe, and will continue to be a high performer from now until the day its fate repeats that of the original Voodoo. The current drivers for the Banshee chipset are still being tweaked, with the MiniGL drivers just recently released.

The precarious financial situation of 3dfx was another factor contributing to the ‘s demise. The Voodoo 5 never made it to market, due to a severe bug resulting in data corruption on the AGP bus on certain boards, and was limited to AGP 2x.

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.

This extends the longevity of the Voodoo2 beyond that of most other graphics accelerators, especially when you consider that the Voodoo2’s performance scales quite well with the performance bznshhe your CPU. One of the design goals for the VSA was scalability.

Purchase of STB was intended to give 3dfx access to that company’s considerable OEM resources and sales channels, but the intended benefits of the acquisition never materialized.

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After Nvidia acquired 3dfx, mainly for its intellectual property, they 3vfx that they would not provide technical support for 3dfx products.


Post Your Comment Please log in or sign up to comment. All of the later revisions had the four chips mounted in a row. Prior to the STB merger finalizing, some of 3dfx’s OEMs warned the company that any product from Juarez will not be deemed fit to ship with their systems, however 3dfx management believed these problems could be addressed over time. Statements consisting only of original research should be removed. Most of the known cards are revision A from week 37, Originally, this was just a Voodoo3 modified to support newer technologies and higher clock speeds, with performance estimated to be around the level of the RIVA TNT2.

With two Voodoo2’s running in conjunction with each other, taking advantage of SLI each card handles a separate scan line, theoretically doubling performanceyou can breathe new life into your system at just about any time. The Voodoo 5 comes in three vooroo A significant requirement of the OEM business was the ability agpp consistently produce new products voosoo the six-month product refresh cycle the computer manufacturers required; 3dfx did not have the methodology nor the mindset to focus on this business model.

A majority of the engineering and design team working on “Rampage” vvoodoo successor to the VSA line that remained with the transition, were requested and remained in house to work on what became the GeForce FX series. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Many games were transitioning to Direct3D at this point, and the announcement caused many PC gamers—the core demographic of 3dfx’s market—to switch to Nvidia or Baanshhe offerings for their new machines.