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

Ignore this news - get a Voodoo 5 5500. I got the AGP, and a Geforce 2, and it litterally blows it away on my 800mhz athlons. And its got better image quality, and a better support for games, and 3dfx have the best support ever. And I mean that.Or you could wait for 3dfx's next chip - the rampage which will support t&L which is the only thing the gefoce cards have that the v5 doesn't. Its a shame there is not DDR versions of the v5, tho....

3dfx stops making cards

the world as we know it is ending i have relied on voodoo products as long as i can recall i have never had to hunt down patches with these cards i had a nivida based card that i had to frequently update to be able to play most gamesit is a shame that they would pull out of the buisness from card to card the voodoo chip blows away the compettion away with equivlent video cards

3dfx stops making cards

Basically I'm wondering about your mental health. You guys are yelling and screaming about a graphics card and totally ignoring the issues here. 3dfx is just not making the cards. The new chipsets are still coming out. And to the guy that said OpenGL and D3D are better than Glide is an idiot. OpenGL has been around for 20 years or more. Not as an API for 3d gaming but for CAD applications. It was MODIFIED for 3d gaming. Direct3D has always sucked and will continue to do so. Glide is a modified OpenGL which means its basically the same thing with a few instructions swapped out for more efficient and powerful graphics instructions for the chipsets. If you guys knew what you were really talking about you'd realize that neither one is better. It all runs down to what the API can support. Both cards clock the same speed (GeForce2 GTS DDR and VooDoo 5 5500 AGP) so speed isn;t an issue here. VSAA was around before N64 btw. It was used in the original corporate graphics renderer made by SGI (you know the $50,000 card). And as for the GeForce lock-ups? It's not the card manufactureres fault. Most people running GeForce cards that I've seen who have lock-ups overclock the graphics processor (enough said). VooDoo cards will do the same thing under the same conditions. The newer graphics cards are faster then most of your computers out there so if you have slowdown on your games start looking into your processor or system memory, not your 3d card. A Voodoo 3 3000 AGP on an 800Mhz system will outperform a GeForce2 GTS DDR on a 500Mhz system. If you guys really understood what the dependencies of your hardware are you would understand this. Do your homework and maybe you wont look like an idiot. I support 3dfx in their decision since it wont hurt your ability to get 3dfx chipsets. This decision only changes their company's direction.

3dfx stops making cards

BTW the clock speed comment was usuing a burst rate benchmark programmed to run as many OpenGL instructions throught he graphics processor as possible. I wrote this program for technical testing only. It isn't made for any certain hardware so it is the least biased benchmark for 3d cards in my opinion. And since the VooDoo 5 5500 has only just now started support for full OpenGL I think its doing pretty good to run as fast as its biggest competitor.

3dfx stops making cards

Oh well, it was bound to happen. I have a 3dfx Banshee but its aging. And the 3dfx cards are no where near as good as nVidia's cards which rule supreme. The Voodoo 4 & 5 were a last attempt at building a card and u can see they struggled. With loadsa chips on it and a huge card that still cannot beat th diddy one chip GeForce 2.

3dfx stops making cards

I have a Voodoo3 3000, I bought it when it first came out in 98, and when everybody raved the TNT2 Riva, I quietly smirked when they moaned about corrupt gfx, ie, wheels missing in 'Driver', and such. It's still a good contender, considering its only got16mb memory.

3dfx stops making cards

Jaded: I dont understand your logic. You say I'm an idiot for sayin that D3D and OpenGL is better than Glide and you gimme OpenGL past (which I ALREADY KNOW ABOUT) and I know D3D kinda sux but will become better. Gilde is stupid since it only works wit 3Dfx chips. I dont even consider it a real API. And I know FSAA was in SGI systems, but I was talkin about real consumer products, like we could all afford and are well known.Just cuz both cards are clocked at the same speeds doesnt mean anything. The Geforce has T&L-3Dfx has Glide. They are totally different chips.And dont think I hate 3Dfx, but they FINALLY got there shit together (dumping the plant) and I am looking forward to the Rampage and Sage.

3dfx stops making cards

Oh men 3Dfx are kidding!I have a 3Dfx Voodoo3 2000 PCI and Nvidia make a sucks cards.I can believe that the "Best Company of 3D Accelerators" can be leave the competition of "3DFX VS NVIDIA".3Dfx cards was better, and now, I can believe this.

3dfx stops making cards

I WANT TO SAY SOMETHING TO ALL THE PEOPLE THAT LOVE THE 3DFX VOODOO CARDS**********ATTENTION**********1ST: 3DFX CARD SUPPORT ALL APIS:GLIDE,D3D & OPENGL SPECIALY.2ND: NVIDIA CARDS ARE A SUCKS CARDS3RD: VOODOO CARDS DOES NOT MAKE PROBLEMS.4TH: 3DFX CARD HAVE SGI TECHNOLOGY5TH: 3DFX CARD ARE VERY VERY FASTEST CARD PURE 60FPS.THANKS3DFX GAMERPEDRO CRUZ

3dfx stops making cards

AND FINALY:QUAKE 3 AND UNREAL, I NOTE THE FPS PER RESOLUTION:640 X 480 X 32 OPENGL 60 - 100 FPS1600 X 1200 X 32 OPENGL 45 - 85 FPS1840 X 1440 X 32 OPENGL 30 - 50 FPS2046 X 1536 X 16 GLIDE 20 - 42 FPSVoodoo3 support 2046 x 1536 in 3D resolution.THATS FPS AND RESOLUTION WAS I A PENTIUM MMX 166MHz.3DfxGaMeR

3dfx stops making cards

Every sigle word out of your mouth is complete and utter bullshit. You need to research before you make yourself look like an idiot. I'm too lazy and tired to type up a couple pages to prove you wrong. I'm glad you could show us all what NOT to say. In you dreams...in your dreams is where your info is true =)

3dfx stops making cards

3Dfx Cards are the best I'll ever get.I don't needed these bullshit of 32 bit rendering, and now I don't need a Transform and Lightning Unit, because only Id's Quake III Arena is runing with it without problems, but not Ultima 9 Ascension!!!

3dfx stops making cards

you guys should just chill 3dfx my be leaving the seen but if they are it's their own fault. maybe if their cards were more competively priced this wouldn't of happend, they have dug their own grave. you cant blame nvidia they provided what people wanted a fast resonably price video card! there will always be new cards to replace them! it's called change ladies and gentlemen get over it!

3dfx stops making cards

We are fans of 3dfx because their cards run smoother than all other cards, even with low RAM or a slow CPU. You pay more for a 3dfx - card, but you pay less in the end because you don't need a new CPU or more RAM.

3dfx stops making cards

This is a crock of crap. I have a VooDoo3 2000 PCI and it is not the best butwhen over clocked I get a ton better pre-formance. And if this is true and 3Dfx goesout of bussinus I will buy 2 of each cardsand keep them in storage and in a fewyears I will sell them for a ton of moneyI strongely suggest that you do it aswell... =-) I also hope that they canrelease the new VooDoo 6's before theysell out the company.

3dfx stops making cards

AHHHHHHHHHH! READ THE REST OF THE RESPONSES!!!!!!! NOTE:*3DFX IS STILL MAKING GRAPHIC CHIPSETS**THEY WILL SELL THEM TO 3RD PARTY COMPANIES LIKE NVIDIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!*Jesus freaking christ, read the WHOLE f**kin article!!!!!! They just sold the their plant so they will not make their own BOARDS anymore!

3dfx stops making cards

MAN THIS IS THE BIGGEST LIAR I EVERY HEARD ABOUT 3DFX HAHAHA..MAN WHAT THE F**K IS nVidia OTHER BOOT-LEG COMPANY??? THAT MAKES BOOT-LEG 3DFX CARD OR SOMETHING.. I BET THEY SUCK MY D**K.. 3DFX WILL KICK nVidia CANDY @$$.. =+)..

3dfx stops making cards

this is very stupid....they have such agood thing already established I would take this 3dfx company in a second and create a new gen video card..(96MB Vram,strong 3D Engine,400mhz bus relay, etc.)

3dfx stops making cards

I used to have a Voodoo Banshee card that was good in the good old day then i suddenly f**kin realized that 3DFX were a load of f**kin GISSMM so i went out and baught a ATI 64mg, That to f**kin sucked ass, but then i baught a NVIDIA geeforce 32ddr and that my friends was a sheer ass kicker and even that old model beats any card 3DFX have ever made. SO 3DFX Must go down, its there destiny. but i do wish they would carry on making them for other card manufacturers because they aint too bad!! They dont deserve the PITS!!! Nvidia rulZ

3dfx stops making cards

I have a vooodoo 3 3000 and I test itwith the old AMDK6-III 400 Mhz & theactual THUDERBIRD K7 800 Mhz and I only have to say: kick all other cards in the ass: NO PROBLEM, FAST AND COMPATIBILITY PERFECT I haven't found a game that didn't work in my machine. No 64Mb TExtures??? f**k all... 16 Mb is enough for a BEST quality... Yeah......... if they don't want the factory they can move it to my country SPAIN, je,VOODOO RULEZ FOREVER!!!like Sinclair of course!!!!!!

3dfx stops making cards

i have tryed almost every card on the market and i must say for the money the voodoo 3 3000 can't be beat for the price. go to "13 minutes in hell" server with Q3 Arena or Unreal Tourny and i will prove it! frag on!

3dfx stops making cards

All you dumb f**ks stop using this as a message board to debate about cards. get a f**kin lifeMy comment on the production being stopped by 3dfx .... I think it's a good thing, they're going to be working on the technology now, not the production of it, I think this will leave room for more advancements.

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