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

It was "destined" to happen, 3dfx got too greedy. They deserve what they got. nVidia on the other hand, are openly supporting both CPU and mobo makers, in order to deliver great graphics and speed to the consumer. 3dfx were in it for the money, which I suppose will get you rich, but not alot of friends.

3dfx stops making cards

3DFX makes (made) awesome cards. Cheap 16 meg cards that took its fair share of the market. Nvidia also makes great cards but you will pay for it. When a company that held a good portion of the market share leaves, it will cost us more to buy the other brands cards because there is less compitition. Maybe ATI will pick up the slack??

3dfx stops making cards

Redi, I know this may come as a suprise to you but 3dfx are not the only people in it for the money, but in fact everyone is *GASP!!*. You see there is this thing called an ORGANISATION, and the point of an ORGANISATION is to EARN MONEY. *WHOAH!* I understand this could be a lot to take in at once so read it through a couple of times until you get the jist of it. Until this stage, stop posting stupid comments, okay?

3dfx stops making cards

BTW- Here is a quote from some site about COMDEX 2000:"The production form of the former V5 6000 ran the original Quake 3 Timedemo 1 at 1600x1200 (no FSAA) at 65.1 frames per second."I totally thought so. Basically equal to the GF2 Ultra. If it had 4xFSAA on it would have been a super card and disrupted the flow of technology.

3dfx stops making cards

JESUS!!! How is lettin 3rd party developers made cards based on 3DFX tech. a stupid move??! You prolly think they stopped production. NO!OO! THEY WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE CHIPSETS!! Just how Nvidia does it. With Creative Labs, Diamond (alive?), Leadtek, Asus, Elsa...etc

3dfx stops making cards

Yea... Prices are gonna keep as they are because 3DFX were the greedy ones.... They ruled the throne of the greedy...Well the Knight is dead Long live the King ATI!!!!!PS: Even though the V5 6000 has 128 mb the ATI Radeon with 64mb beats the V5 and destroys 3DFX's honour... Screw 3DFX******Long Live ATI******

3dfx stops making cards

I can imagine...Some people can't spleep thinking..."hoo lord...My video card is good?" **** you...good do something useful...What about use your video card...not just talk about it...is the same thing of have a jaguar and just keep in the garage, and tell a friend "I have a jaguar" IT'S A CAR DRIVE IT!!!...i really dont care abou the frame...'cause our eyes can't percept the difference idiots...anyways...go do something useful! I have a voodo...could be what the hell I wished the time I bought...but I just don't burn my brain talking about video cards!NEEEEEEEERDSSSS!

3dfx stops making cards

Very foolish to stop suppling their chipsets to other manufacturers, after the Voodoo 2 series. This forced graphics manufacturers to switch to nVidia or something else. Also their inability to design a fast chip for their new voodoo series, sealed their doom in the market, since we have to admit that consumers seek fast frame rates, and most of them are ignorant of the technologies like anti-aliasing.

3dfx stops making cards

hmm.....very interesting move on 3dfx's part.....going back to producing chips and selling them.....probably a very smart move at that. Forging ahead into new parts of technolog is also a very smart move. i give 3dfx kudos for being run by very intelligent and bold inovators.

3dfx stops making cards

What do you mean 3dfx sux? I agree that NVidia is making the better boards nowdays, but without the original Voodoo, 3D cards would not be near the level of technology they are now. Gamers owe 3dfx alot, and in my opinion so does ATI and NVidia.

3dfx stops making cards

3dfx bit the hand that fed them when they got greedy and broke a long standing unwritten promise to be a chip manufacturer for video card makers. Video card makers poured enormous investments into developing their cards based on the continuing supply of these chips. 3dfx moved into the video card market and crippled their partners at the same time. It was obvious they thought nothing of their partners that contributed greatly to their success. Hopefully AMD will be the next to disappear into oblivion. BTW is Redhat still around?

3dfx stops making cards

Amd rulez!!! Intel is dead!! Look at them gfinale! Intel is clinging to the rambus technology that will take them down the drain. The celeron sux with it's 66mhz bus. The Duron has a 200 mhz bus and the Duron and Athlon are about as fast and or faster and DDR ram rules, plus the chips are much cheaper!!!

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Microsoft doesnt suck they simply buy companies that have good products and just add it to the "tray" so stop bitching about them u low IQ count morons.BTW intel does suck,Y?the priced way too high they had to pay someday!

3dfx stops making cards

People says that 3DFX sucks and NVidia makes better boards... One thing that I know is that the Voodoo5 5500 is faster, graphics like better, and has FSAA... The GeForce2 GTS has nice graphics, fast when you turn off FSAA... So why pay around $400 for a GeForce2 GTS... The Voodoo5 5500 is around $250 to $300 and you can use all of the features of the card...3DFX started this business and they going to end it... So **** all NVidia fans out there...

3dfx stops making cards

I Now that 3dfx is slow but Never say yes NVidia poor graphics to game it maybe fast but has no glide at all for games NVidia is a bunch of lazy ass people who don't want to write up a glide to match voodoo....Sorry NVidia Your the most Stupid Ass Poeple that only make low quality for high Price..You Kiss my ass with that Gigapixel card that fagets made!!!!!!!

3dfx stops making cards

Ok os u ppl are pised of about MiroSofa(t)but really there's not much WE can doimagine this : If Miro....... folds and goes under every thing will go to shit!!!! Banks,Stores,internet every thing!!!! cause when u look at it all of it is Miro.... dependent severs are running on win 2000/NT.........Shit if there was no Microsoft u wouldn't be abe to take a shit cause THE VALVE IN WATER COMPANY IS (PROPABLY)OPERATED BY WINDOWS or SoME THING LIKE THATSo That was My commentif only LINUX or BeOS was as popular as windows.........

3dfx stops making cards

OMG...BadBlud...you did not just say that...hehe. You are basically sayin out loud that you are an idiot. V5 5500 is REALLY slower, slightly better graphics (only in Q3A..sky), and has FSAA. GF2 GTS is MUCH faster than the V5 5500, HQ graphics..similar to everyother card, and HAS FSAA. Both the cards take a big performance hit when FSAA is on. So it doesnt matter. FSAA IS TOTALLY USELESS NOW! We need more powerful cards first...PLUS I found a Creative GF2 GTS 32MB for $152. V5 5500 is around the same price, if not more. 3Dfx is eating shit now, hopefully the Rampage and Sage will save them. BadBlud...obivously left in the dust...=)

3dfx stops making cards

hey, Mwarhead, intel's 566 celeron is without a doubt the best cpu for overclocking on the market. Because of it's 66mhz bus it can be overclocked to more then 1000mhz! Even though i totally agree that AMD is the f**king best, you have to look at these things boy. AMD releases cpu's at the fastest rate they can run, therefore overclockers don't like them. But they are cheaper then PIII's and perform better on benchmark tests. Intel's time is over, it happens to everyone, now AMD owns the market. But if you know how to overclock and how to make a super f**king cooling system, look at the intel celeron 566. It kicks ass

3dfx stops making cards

I know that 3dFx are stoping creating the boards, and thats probably not gonna stop them producing the VooDoo chips, but don't you think this might be a fall for them?Unless 3DFx book up their ideas, and use a different instruction set (cause Glide is old, buggy and not particularly fast), and get some games manufacturers to back it, then they're gonna go bye, bye.I don't care if VooDoo are there, its if people buy them are wrongly persuaded into buying one which bothers me.

3dfx stops making cards

You people should think.....Yes Voodoo is not the best but who was the first company to start th Graphics Card Busnisness, Do you remeber the Good ol' Voodoo 1, 640X480@16 and getting 30 FPS was amazing at the time, you people should think hard Voodoo created basicly nIVIDIA, they started the whole business! :)

3dfx stops making cards

Stupid Queers 3DFX was ruler and will always be ruler nVidia will always sux eventually they will die out...then comes good ol' ATI--they always suxed!! haha i had a G-Force256 and for some reason it burned itself out (never again nVidia) im always gonna stay with 3DFX even if they die out.....I am and was a proud owner of Voodoo 5 5500, 2 voodoo 2's, and a banshee i wasnt a proud owner of my old GeForce256

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Bob, you are clearly retarded and stupid. How can a card simply burn itself out? Did you put it in up-side down or something? And, these fan things....its better if you leave them spinning, and buying some if you aint got any yet. Idiot.RULE ON NVIDIA (and any one but 3dFx)!!

3dfx stops making cards

More manufacturers means more competition which leads to better products and lower prices.I still have in my old PC the first generation Voodoo Graphics (Diamond Monster 3D) and a Riva TNT 2 in my newer.Fixing some friends puters ran into problems with the Voodoo 3.With more money I would sport two or three decent systems with different gfx cards, so I could really know what's better in what...Till then Nvidia.NetratPS: flaming is lame, try not to make a religion from 3d accelerators

3dfx stops making cards

you guys who think nVidia is so great, should check history. Who started 3d graphics? 3DFX! That's Right! Now who put out the first 3d add-on card(monster), and who put out the Voodoo2, the most commonly used addon board with any display adapter, even with nVidia cards? 3dfx! good for you! now who first brought the concept of FSAA to graphics cards? Who created their own graphics API that matches or beats any others(openGL included)? 3dfx. nuff said.

3dfx stops making cards

Ok, let's face it, 3dfx was the first and the best at that time, but technology has just passed it up. The Voodoo3? A piece of crap compared to even the TNT2. And the Voodoo5? Doesn't even compare to a Geforce 256 SDR, let alone a DDR. You people need to stop living in the past and get on with the present. NVIDIA is the present and will be the future. That's why 3dfx is dropping out of the market. They know that their technology is too far behind to even catch up to first generation GeForce. Don't get me wrong, I had a Voodoo Rush for 3 years before I got my GeForce DDR, but I went with a GeForce because the numbers just don't lie, GeForce is better.

3dfx stops making cards

The damn NVIDIA always crash in games.But I never have that problem with those Voodoos. NVIDIA really provide the cheap price of high qulity of graphics, but not providing the stability of system works at all!!!!Why 3dfx gotta resign??!??!? wth......

3dfx stops making cards

Shut the hell up fools, in the next 5 years all the gaming machines will be infront of our TV. 3dfx ARE heading in the right directions because all these new consoles can do everything except word process

3dfx stops making cards

GOD! You people are all f**kin morons! 3DFX WILL STILL MAKE CHIPSETS!!!!!!! They wont produce cards anymore...cuz they realized STB is stupid.3Dfx did NOT create 3D graphics!! They produced the the first well known home desktop 3D accelerator! I don't exactly know who did create 3D gfx on a computer, but it's definitly NOT 3Dfx.Oh...and btw- 3dfx was NOT the first company to develop FSAA...N64 and DC have it. and N64 was WAY before V5. And neither use a 3Dfx chip. God, just cuz they market FSAA a shit load doesnt mean they thought of it.As for the Glide APL, pffff OF COURSE ITS GOOD! Cuz its only made for 3Dfx cards!! MORON! Its by far the WORST API when compared to the others (D3D, OpenGL) since they work with almost all gfx cards and it is only for 3Dfx. Greedy? yes indeed.Anyone who says Nvidia sux and refers to gfx history. Wow. So what. Go buy a V1 if you love 3Dfx's history so much =PTimes change. THE VOODOO IS DYING! 3Dfx's nexgen chips, Rampage and Sage, are moving AWAY from voodoo architechure!!!! Even 3Dfx knows the Voodoo is gettin old.To the next posters: PLZ read this, as it explains a lot of things so it prevents you from sayin the same WRONG shit that a lot of ppl have been sayin.Hell! I'm not even on 3Dfx's bandwagon and I know more about them than most of you 3Dfx lovers.

3dfx stops making cards

3DFX BAHHHHH! i had a voodoo 3 and changed to GeForce 2 GTS DDR sheesh this card is sooooo fast i have to put my seat belt and crash helmet on you voodoo freaks go and pay over the top for a voodoo 5 or 5500 and watch the FPS just die on GFX intense games the VOODOO JUST CAN'T CUT IT ANY MORE why do you think there pulling out of the GFX card market eh!! they know when they are beat the GeForce 2 GTS DDR whips the radeon's ass with 64 megz on board so why all these 3DFX freaks bad mouth NVidia is beyond me my answer is IF U WANT TO STAY SLOW AND STICK IN THE GLUE STICK WITH YA VOODOO THATS ALL YA GOTTA DO!!!!!!heh heh or feel the force with a GeForce

3dfx stops making cards

I have to agree with Leon. I never had any problems with my VooDoo1. Never had any Probs with a VooDoo 3. Switched to a Riva because the stats were better and I think it is an over-rated peice of crap.The sucker will lock up on me at the worst moments when playing a 3d game (midtown madness, driver, half-life...). It only does it rarely. Useually once a night. Just enough to really pi** me off! Put the VooDoo 3 back in and WahLah no probs.The general public is getting the shaft on this deal!!! There is more to be said for stability rather than speed.

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Ive got a Voodoo 5 5500 and its not a bad card. I hear so much about geforce chips and was tempted to get one but heard of unstability and some uncompatibility with games..Rogue spear for instance. I realise however that my next card will have to move away from voodoo...they seem to be sliping ;O(

3dfx stops making cards

3DFX was the only card I could get to work with any game without it freezing or crashing with the exception of the ATI Rage Pro. Looks like in the future I'll have to rely on ATI :-( (I tried about 5 NVidia G-Force/G-Force 2 cards and all had rubbish performance with frequent lock ups).

3dfx stops making cards

I'm really very sad about this fact.It's pretty shame for such a company to leave so early the graphics world.Do all these people who bought voodoo cards have to thro em and buy geforce?Do we have to be paying nvidia every six months for its new products because many games might not play? Damn!

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