Similarly, the Voodoo4 is not being launched at this time because 3dfx would rather divert the available VSA chips to the higher margin Voodoo5 The successor to the Voodoo 5 series, codenamed “Rampage”, was already planned and had been in development for years. However, it was early in its development and only approximately twenty working cards were produced before 3dfx went bankrupt, and most assets were purchased by NVIDIA in late 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. Times have certainly changed – there’s no doubt about that.

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3dfx Voodoo 5 5500 AGP Video Card for Parts

These cards were able to be powered by either the internal system PSU or by a proprietary 3dfx external power supply, a feature seen in all subsequent prototype revisions. Later, unreleased boards were planned to offer a bit DDR memory design instead, in order to reduce board costs through lower complexity, while offering similar RAM performance.

One of the design goals for the VSA was scalability. However, it was early in its development and only approximately twenty working cards were produced before 3dfx went bankrupt, and most assets were purchased by NVIDIA in late Sign up now Username Password Remember Me.

This was an early alpha of the card primarily used for photos and testing purposes. 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. The “monster fill rate” of 1. Times have certainly changed – there’s no doubt about that.


This mechanism allows for creation of effects such as motion blur if used temporally and anti-aliasing if used spatially. With regards to performance, little was known until enthusiasts were able to get pre-release hardware and run tests on it. What we have today is the Voodoo5 that 3dfx needs to do reasonably well to keep them afloat until their next generation product.


The Voodoo 5 is the unreleased high-end product in the Voodoo5 line. The Voodoo 5 was the last and most powerful graphics card line that 3dfx Interactive released. Webarchive template wayback links.

There were five revisions of the Voodoo 5 Views Read Edit View history. This revision had MB of 5.

This page was last edited on 17 Novemberat It was built on a nm semiconductor manufacturing process, as with Voodoo3. All of the later revisions had the four chips mounted in a row.

The name of the chip is an abbreviation for “Voodoo Scalable Architecture.

Voodoo 5 – Wikipedia

Despite its high price point, the Voodoo5 would not have offered next-generation DirectX 8. However, our sources tell us that the components that are in short supply are the VSA chips themselves, which makes sense given the situation at hand.

However, the process was tweaked with a 6th metal layer to allow for better density and speed, and the transistors have a slightly shorter gate length and thinner gate oxide. Voofoo5 Voodoo 5 comes in three flavors: It was rumored that GeForce 2 Ultra was intended to prevent 3dfx taking the lead with their Voodoo 5 By using this site, you 3cfx to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. 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.


Because the card used more power than the AGP specification allowed for, a special power supply called Voodoo Volts had to be included with it. Memory capacity and bandwidth is separately 3sfx to each VSA processor. Little is known about this series except that this is the final revision.

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The Voodoo5originally scheduled to be released shortly after the model, has been delayed yet again with a new release date of summer This is the first 3dfx graphics chip to support full 3dfc color depth in 3D, compared to bit color depth with all previous designs. The chip has a larger texture cache than its predecessors and the data paths are bits wide rather than bit. This would have been an external device that would connect to an AC outlet.