3dfx stops making cards

The graphics-chip company is about to abandon the card-manufacturing business. The company plans to close its Juarez, Mexico, card manufacturing plant and remove itself from the business of building the graphics cards that reside in desktop PCs. This is an abrupt switch from the December 1998 takeover of STB Systems, which 3dfx heralded as a move that would put them in charge of their own destiny. Instead, that move -- combined with numerous production delays and supply problems -- has removed the company from its once-dominant position in the industry.

"We're trying to be more fiscally responsible," said Lisa Grubb, a spokesperson for the company. "Basically, we're reinventing ourselves."

The company says it will now sell its chips to third-party manufacturers, who will create the boards that go in computers. Because 3dfx is in its quiet period (its latest earnings are due next week), officials declined to say how much of a write off would result from the closing of the Mexican plant.

The company's not betting its entire future on PC graphics, though. While it will retain the "Voodoo" name - a very familiar one in graphics and arguably the company's most valuable asset -- it is branching into new territory. It recently released the VoodooTV card, allowing PC users to use their computer monitor as a TV screen. And it plans to use the recently completed acquisition of competitor GigaPixel Corp. to forge into new areas, such as set-top boxes, cellular phones, game consoles and handheld PCs.

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3dfx stops making cards

Excuse me..the voodoo hasnt been rockin since the Voodoo3 3000. FINALLY 3dfx are gettin on track, STB was to be their downfall. 3rd party is always better. The rampage & sage sound pretty good! =)I want a 4 chip rampage card wit one Sage and later upgrade to another sage =) (the sage are supposed to be socketable) BTW-Rampage is moving away from the voodoo tech, but still has some the same. So anyone that says the voodoos still rock have obviously bought a V5 or V4 and couldnt take it back. Right now, the Geforce is ruling. the Geforce2 MX can mojarly outperform the V4 which is also a bit more expensive. And I've seen some heavily overclocked TNT2 utlras outperform the V5 5500. No joke. Unless you only play Glide games (which are dwindling and soon will be no more), get a Geforce.Some idiot down the list named 'Freeze' said some stuff that is totally wrong! First of all, The GF series HAS 4x FSAA! Second, the V5s perform a lil better than the GF at FSAA. Nothin amazing. Third, HAHA At 4x is useless unless you play at 640x480 which doesnt come close to the looks of 1024x768 with no FSSA. FSAA right now is a good idea, but nothing is powerful enough to use it well. By well I mean at least 1024x768x32, MAX details, 2x FSAA, ~60fps avg.

3dfx stops making cards

3Dfx has never been on top.S3 were better than 3Dfx but nobody bought theircards.Savage3D was better than VooDoo 2 and VooDoo Banshee.And Savage 4 is better than VooDoo 3 3500.And dont say that VooDoo 1 was the best back in 1998.Riva TNT was better.3Dfx has alwaysSUCKED

3dfx stops making cards

You people who say Voodoo sux, you don't know shit all about graphics. before you go and compare 1 graphics card to the other that you don't have shut the F*CK UP!! Voodoo has made more graphics cards than any other little shit company. So guys, tell me 1 other company that has broken the Gigapixel barrier besides Voodoo?? The only reason why Voodoo is dropping out of this race is cause there is probably nothing more to improve on the graphics cards they built. I have a V3 3000, and it has NEVER ****ed up on me, and the graphics are crystal clear. Maybe it is your SH!T p.c.'s that can't handle the voodoo. :P L8R

3dfx stops making cards

I own a voodoo 3 and let me tell you im desperate to get a new card. Most games tend to have problems with it and you have to wait for patches to come out! This time ill go for something which has more graphics support maybe a Geforce 2! Benchmarking has proved that the Geforce is faster more effiecient and produces better graphics than any of the voodoo cards and it has more games support!

3dfx stops making cards

its full correct they were pushed back because they've very high prices. the only good on them was their built in antialiasing and their compatibility, but geforce(2) makes the race because they are much cheaper and bring more power for lower price and today more games run under geforce than voodoo x xxxx.

3dfx stops making cards

Haha. My nvidia vanta is now faster than geeforce 256 because i overclocked the card so damn hard. And vanta is a pci version of riva tnt2 which is agp. F.U.C.K AGP! agp also eat your ram. I dont even use a stupid heatsink. The card has run without any problems for a month now.

3dfx stops making cards

This sucks!!!i know gforce2 is better but i have a 3500 card .geeze i wonder how much longer i can get drivers forwell i did hear glide is dead now i beleive it.hopefully nvidia will feel sorry for 3dfx and buy the company or at least try and use the best tech from both worlds and make a kick ass card.So is ati going to be the only comp for nvidia?

3dfx stops making cards

People, this is the beginning of the end of 3dfx's course.3dfx ruled because the voodoo1 and 2 chipsets were great, and glide cool. But when nVidia made its TNT chipset, the poor rivality that offered the voodoo3 showed that nVidia had already taken the lead. Their OpenGl and DirectX support prove they're the best, with decent drivers (not like Ati's).Now, 3dfx is trying to go back to its sources : making only chipsets and selling them to companies like Creative is (or diamond was). They'll never be another Monster3d (1 or ²).If 3DFX believe in God, they should start to pray; unless a miracle, they're f*cked up.

3dfx stops making cards

Was ein SCheiß!!!!viele Spiele laufen viel besser mit einer Voodoo5 5500 als mit einer Geforce2.Besonders das geile Anti-Analising ist super für ältere Spiele.Naja Nvidia ist halt besser.Schade das 3dfx aufgeben muss dann gibt es nur noch ATI und Nvidia und hat Nvidia keine Konkurenz mehr.SChade für 3dfx

3dfx stops making cards

i don't know if this is cool or not but, i used to like 3dfx but i have a banshee and it has lots of problems with direct 3D, specially with bleem!Altought it worked well, i think D3D and opengl have reached a new level, very far away from 3dfx.Muera el dictador, larga vida al rey!

3dfx stops making cards

I for one am (was?) a big 3DFX fan.But this is almost like the AMD / Intelscene. Just like AMD, Nvidia seems toprovide simple, better, cheaper solutions.Since I don't have a lot of cash, I wasthinking of buying a Voodoo 4, since itwas better at FSAA than the Geforce2 MX,but will I get support?Maybe I should just try a Geforce 2 MX?Or a new TNT2?Or maybe I should just go REALLY cheapand buy a second Voodoo 2, and run SLI?Who knows?

3dfx stops making cards

**** you all that use GForcenVidia has absolutely no frineds at all and is coming from the east and they still don't have enough money to buy them friendsnVidia sucks3DFX Rulez and will everOne time when nVidia is finally destroyed I will laugh on all of you.

3dfx stops making cards

This is horrendous, if it is to be true. My VooDoo3 3000 has been a faithful card and I had hoped to succede it with a new Rampage I had been hearing about. I hope that this will not deter the third party market from using the 3dfx chipsets though, because they are a hell of a lot stabler than the "need a new driver for every game every other week" Nvidia cards that I would be forced to use :(

3dfx stops making cards

This is perposterous!!!!!Why would 3Dfx just all the sudden decide to stop making the best *@!# video card on the market??? Someone please enplain this to me.This sounds like someone is badly trying to pull our perverbial legs.I for one don't believe it until 3Dfx says so.

3dfx stops making cards

HAHA! Another retarded moron named 'Jason' claims the Voodoo5 6000 broke the gigapixel barrier first. Hmmm...lets think about this. Some people own a geforce2 ultra..which does. Wait, Hold on, anyone own a V5 6000?? NO! It ended up being vaporware. 3DFX licensed the 4way SLI tech to AAnarchy's 3D systems. You wanna V5 6000, get a new system pal. Got some people in this world, they just don't keep up wit the times. =)

3dfx stops making cards

Well, this is proof that once you figure out what you're good at, stick with it. 3DFX couldn't get the VooDoo5 to market in time to beat the GeForce 1 because they had to make the cards as well, and lost out on important ground. It's going to be hard to beat Nvidia and ATI now...

3dfx stops making cards

I love to play multi-player games.Late at night.Prolong your death sentence, you put up a fight.Got my blood boiling the mood is right. I like to run circles around you in a dark maze full of rooms.I'm comming after you like we were playing the game Doom.On the internet Voodoo card get me set With this card I can make you sweat. Before you know to tap on the mouse keys.Image of you blood is what you see.As you see your decapitated head rolling down the hall you scream.Voodoo in your computer you wish, you dream.This is dedicated to ALL THE VOODOO FANS.

3dfx stops making cards

This decision will allow the company to focus on developing high performance graphics technology; enjoy greater flexibility in running its business; and reduce costs. This decision will also afford the company greater opportunities within the OEM business, by providing OEMs with qualified board manufacturing sources for 3dfx technology at a competitive price. -3dfx.com

3dfx stops making cards

Good.They never should have stopped selling to the third party manufacturers in the first place. That's what always kept the Voodoos competetive and inexpensive. I may go back to 3dfx yet.. but prolly not...

3dfx stops making cards

GeForce always sucks and it will. When GeForce released its first GPU , it had so much of incompatibility and bloody bugs in it. Voodoo on the other hand was stable and efficient. Those who say Voodoo sux don't know shit of what they are talking. Voodoo always ruled and it still will forever!!!

3dfx stops making cards

Nvidia has always made kick ass products. For a while 3dfx gave them hell, but they sunk a lot of money ant time in to mass producing their own cards. This led to less time and resources for developing newer, faster chips. Now that they have shed the manufacturing section of their company, they can concentrate on their chips once more. Let someone else worry with production delays. GOOD FOR YOU 3DFX. Do what you do best. Engineer graphics chips. For everyone that dogs 3dfx. Hey, don't be surprised when they catch up and destroy their competition. The perfect marriage of 2 companies is 3dfx and diamond. Diamond is notorious for tweaking the hell out of a graphics cars till it smokes everything else. 3dfx will be back, with a vengeance.

3dfx stops making cards

I dont know what you all talking about, because i know one for sure that Nvidia inc dont make 3dfx stops making cards So why dont you all Nvidia haters just shut the **** off.I had V3 3000 cards but i dont complain like you all Nvidia haters.

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