It was built on a nm semiconductor manufacturing process, as with Voodoo3. Despite its high price point, the Voodoo5 would not have offered next-generation DirectX 8. Times have certainly changed – there’s no doubt about that. Webarchive template wayback links. Unfortunately the production cost of the Voodoo5 would have likely hampered its competitiveness from a profitability standpoint. We’ll examine the FSAA image quality debate in an upcoming article focused specifically on that, but for now we’ll briefly say that our initial impressions give 3dfx the edge here.

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It was built on a nm semiconductor manufacturing process, as with Voodoo3. The VSA supports a hardware accumulation buffer, known as the “T-buffer”.

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A major drawback to this method of performance scaling is that various parts of hardware are needlessly duplicated on the cards and board complexity increases with each additional processor. The Voodoo 5 is the unreleased high-end product in the Voodoo5 line.

Little is known about this series except that this is the final revision. However, it was early in its development and only approximately vopdoo5 working cards were produced before 3dfx went bankrupt, and most assets were purchased by NVIDIA in late Voodoo5 ReviewFiringsquad, Most of the problems seen in earlier revisions were fixed, although there may have been glitches while in anti-aliasing mode on some cards. The “monster fill rate” of 1.


One of the design goals for the VSA was scalability. Post Your Comment Please log in or sign up to comment. We all expected a fill rate monster out voodoo5 3dfx and the products they announced based on the VSA managed to fulfill every last one of our expectations. The name of the chip is an abbreviation for “Voodoo Scalable Architecture.

Despite its 3efx price point, the Voodoo5 would not have offered next-generation DirectX 8. We previewed the Voodoo5 back in April, but final silicon and drivers have finally arrived in the AnandTech lab and boards are now available after one last compatibility related delay.

Most of the prototype cards utilized a standard internal power supply molex power connector.

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3dgx Initial models had the chips mounted in the arrangement seen in the photograph, but this required a PCB with eight circuitry layers most GeForce voodoo5 cards were four-layer, while the Voodoo 5 was six-layer and would have been unreasonably expensive. The VSA chips used still did not have a long life expectancy, and may have had problems running anti-aliasing.

Retrieved from ” https: It was meant to be the retail unit, but shortly after the run of 10 were produced, the series was cancelled. Memory is clocked synchronously with the VSA chip. These cards generally had a short life expectancy, and were largely incompatible with various motherboards at the time.


There were five revisions of the Voodoo 5 By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Released after the Voodoo 5the Voodoo4 is vopdoo5 budget implementation of the VSA product.

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All of the later revisions had the four chips mounted in a row. In other projects Wikimedia Commons.

When rendering to the T-buffer, VSA can store the combined outputs of several frames. Of course, that was almost nine months ago and things have changed quite a 3dtx since then.

The successor to the Voodoo 5 series, codenamed “Rampage”, was already planned and had been in development for years. Times have certainly changed – there’s no doubt about that.

In terms of features, 3dfx wouldn’t be hurting nearly as bad as they would be the only one with a reasonable FSAA implementation since the GeForce is simply not powerful enough to perform FSAA at playable frame rates in most games.

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