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webe3
06-11-2002, 07:10 AM
Man! I can remember the days when the voodoo(1,2,3, etc.) cards were the thing! Now, more or less, they are considered a joke by some of the more serious gamers! It is either the radeon or nvidia geforce 3 or 4 Ti cards that are getting the market share now! What happened to that company? Did they get a shakeup in management or something??

Darthtanion
06-11-2002, 07:35 AM
After making some poor marketing decisions, nVidia bought them out. Case closed.

GiMP
06-11-2002, 08:45 AM
I miss the rivalry, Nvidia monopolizes the market. Matrox needs to get back in the game with their new card.

Beefy
06-11-2002, 09:08 AM
nvidia don't really have a monopoly... ATi are doing fairly well with the Radeon cards... but once the Parhelia comes out, things should change a little bit.

Mr. C
06-11-2002, 11:18 AM
ahhh........back in the day.
I miss Aureal too.
3DFX and Aureal really added a whole new effect on my ol' computer. Oh well, onwards and upwards:thumb:

Darthtanion
06-11-2002, 12:03 PM
You might want to see what Creative does in the future as well. I understand that they just bought out 3dLabs and are planning on getting into the consumer level 3d market again... as well as keeping up with the CAD level video cards as well. :)

Mr. C
06-11-2002, 12:26 PM
webe3 __ I've put this link in this forum somewhere before:?:
But anyway, here's a nice article on nVidia/3DFX from salon (http://www.salon.com/tech/feature/2002/05/15/nvidia1/)

It's a pretty good read that should cover your question well.

fragman
06-11-2002, 02:23 PM
Ahhh Aureal.....I loved my Vortex 1 card. Went really well with my Videologic PowerVR card. They're another one that disappeared, their technology got bought by Kyro I think.....

Mr. C
06-11-2002, 06:22 PM
And a big thanks to all the folks who keep the drivers for these products online. Nice to have in case my media takes a dump:thumb:

Dinkus
06-12-2002, 03:42 AM
Yeah listen to Darthtanion, Creative is really planning some revolutionary video card designs as well as chips. Things should get interesting as soon as Creative jumps in the pit. I used to love their cards based off the 3dfx chips, they had the coolest boxes. :p

webe3
06-13-2002, 09:17 PM
Thanks Mr c! I will read the article! And thanks for the replys...Yeah, I think if Creative Labs gets in the game....things may just change...they have the money and talent to go head to head with an established company like nvidia or radeon! Competition is good for consumers, that is why I was wondering what happened to a company like 3dfx that made such good chips in the past! Oh, well, too bad they couldn't have handled their finances better! They were a pretty good company that made chips at a decent price! For now though, it looks like either radeon or nvidia, not many choices!!

SegiY
06-28-2002, 08:35 AM
Yesterday i saw a voodoo 3 for sale NEW at www.gamedude.com.au PCI for $99 i would of been tempted execpt for the fact I have a spare voodoo 3 sitting on my shelf at home :D
But it wasn't made by 3Dfx, it was a 3rd party one, i thought they stopped doing that after the 2 and banshee:confused:

False Christian
06-29-2002, 06:02 PM
I still use my Voodoo5-5500 for Quake and QuakeII as Quake won't even run on my RADEON 8500 and the Voodoo5's image quality is far better in QuakeII.

Also, 3dfx's 4x FSAA is superior to even the Parhelia-512's 16x AA.

3dfx is dead. Long live 3dfx.:afro:

Mr. C
06-29-2002, 10:19 PM
It does my ol' heart good to see that others are as loyal to their beloved 3DFX cards as I am.

I can picture an annual event where we all get together on a long holiday weekend where we can swap stories, drivers, run benchmarks and have a flea-market.
It'll be like a Thresherman's Reunion for 3DFX'ers:thumb:

Morgan_Lander
06-29-2002, 11:49 PM
I'd love to own a Voodoo 5 6000, but at the prices they go for on eBay when auctioned off...sheesh! Still, that would be cool to have, even if it wasn't working.

webe3
07-05-2002, 02:57 AM
There is a site called www.enpc.com that has a brand new 3dfx voodoo5 5500 video card for 99.00!! (It includes power cable and installation software) Would anybody even want it though??

RDR
07-05-2002, 03:44 AM
There is a site called www.enpc.com that has a brand new 3dfx voodoo5 5500 video card for 99.00!! (It includes power cable and installation software) Would anybody even want it though??

considering that a V5 couldn't keep up to a Gf2GTS 32MB & that GF2Ti 64Mb cards are available for the same price & that new games like UT2003 won't even run on a V5 (I've tried :mad: ) why would you buy one?

Maybe if you wanted it for a museum piece

"the last 3DFX card ever produced":clap: :rolleyes2 :crazy:

RDR
07-05-2002, 03:48 AM
I still use my Voodoo5-5500 for Quake and QuakeII as Quake won't even run on my RADEON 8500 and the Voodoo5's image quality is far better in QuakeII.

that's odd Q1 and Q2 run fine/look fine on my Radeon8500 - what drivers are you using?

Unreal and UT still run great on Voodoo's - allthough I doubt you'll be seeing anymore Glide games

zeradul
07-06-2002, 06:51 AM
Quake won't even run on my RADEON 8500
Hahahahahahahhaah!

Q1, and Q2 both run great on TNT's !!! Clearly you have some basic driver problems...

Give it up, 3dfx did have some big jumps forward in its earlier days, but the V5 was an afterthought, and it is nothing but crap.

Anyone remember that website that mocked the V5??? the WooHooo 345 !!!???? I still have the html from the Original page, and the MAIN picture of the Woohoo5, but I don't have the ... HAHA I kick ASS, I have more than I thought!!!!!!!

I should ressurect the page, just for fun. I think at the time, 3dfx forced them to take the page down, and i don't know if it ever got back up.


Here it is, in all its Comedic Glory: (in the days of 1024, and before IE had the customizable favorites bar - and I didn't know about F11 yet)


HAHAHAHahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahaahaha!

zeradul
07-06-2002, 07:02 AM
Well, I found it hosted at the creator's current site.... Here it is:

http://www.ultimatechaos.com/ucfx/

Read everything, its hillarious.

webe3
07-07-2002, 07:33 PM
he!he!he! That was one of the funniest things I have read all day! What a card! "slight case modifications"????? That is like trying to put a Corvette engine in a VW bug!! Over 5,000.00 for shipping??? yeah, right!! Thanks for that great link!! I really enjoyed that! Hey, Zeradul......always wanted to ask you this....who the heck is that guy beside your signature pummeling the crap out of somebody???(What movie is it from??) Just curious......

Mr. C
07-07-2002, 09:25 PM
Pummeling???
Not hardly --- he's trying to start his chainsaw.
zeradul is a true psychopath:laugh:

webe3
07-08-2002, 03:18 AM
Pummeling???
Not hardly --- he's trying to start his chainsaw.
zeradul is a true psychopath:laugh:


Well if that is somebody starting his chainsaw... he must have an invisible string attached to his hand!! he! he!

zeradul
07-08-2002, 04:51 AM
Its from the movie Office Space!!! A comedy about how a guy goes against the system in his cubical environment, and this particular .GIF is when they were kicking the crap out of the printer in their office that never worked.

Very clever movie.

Rage
07-09-2002, 07:16 PM
For more hilarious photo-copps go to the 8-Way SMP Athlon Board (http://www.overclockers.com.au/images/jb-8000_big.shtml).

And ofcource, the original for the Voodoo takeoff was at Overclockers Australia :)

Wiggo
07-09-2002, 07:25 PM
Now if I can get a case big enough for that board I could run four of those WooHoo5 34500's. Wonder if I could use them in SLI? :?:
<center>:cheers:</center>

Morgan_Lander
07-10-2002, 11:44 AM
LOL!:cackle: :clap:

HackofDestruct
07-11-2002, 08:08 AM
well who did creative labs just buy out well anyways when they come into the game it should be nuice with four playes in the game