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

I guess this means 3dfx will be as they were a few years ago with the voodoo and voodoo2 cards. They kicked arse then so I'm betting they'll kick ass again as soon as they put themselvels back together. NVidia should get ready for a real competitor again B4 they start bragging.

3dfx stops making cards

Who cares? 3Dfx isn't that great!! Nvidia makes the fastest 3D chips around, so why should we worry about the future of 3Dfx anymore? And cut the crap about 3Dfx cards being so compatible and problem-free, most people I know who have 3Dfx cards keep complaining about bugs in loads of games that work just fine with my GeForce 2 card. Did I mention that games run smoother on my PC than on theirs, even though I have a more crappy CPU than they have, while they have Voodoo 5 5500? Better believe it, baby.The only good thing about 3Dfx (and ATI) is that they try to compete with NVidia, forcing NVidia to manufacture even MORE superior chips in the future.So 3Dfx sux. That's why they have to stop making cards themselves. Wonder when they'll give up on the chips as well? But as I said, who cares? We'll always have ATI as a competitor for Nvidia anyways...

3dfx stops making cards

Hey faggot who signed as________If you like your PC your 3dfx chip and your microproblem operating system then go stick your d**k in the USB port and give big bill more money by getting ME you c**k sucker

3dfx stops making cards

people sure talk crap on this message board..FACT..FSAA is a joke on the voodoo5 5500 and 6000FACTThe $500 voodoo5 6000 doesnt even out perform the geforce2 gts ddr never mind the geforce2 ultraFACTFor Years 3dfx have ignored the wishes of users and stuck to antiquatied technology e.g(16bit)and charged high prices for there latest cards..........3DFX should hang there heads in shamethey got it Wrong with voodoo 4 and 5and to add insult to injury if your hoping to use your voodoo5 with a intel P4 cpu ,you cantthere are major incompatibility issuesI used to buy 3DFX productsand i stopped cause everytime i forked out another $200 for a card i found itto b much the same as the lastOverated and Overpriced2xvoodoo2 running in SLIwas as good as it ever got for 3dfxAnd there was no doubt the technologywas great 4 years agobut things move fast in P.C landAnd expecting u to shell out more moneyeverytime they made minor improvementsto there card is just not onThank god for companies like nvidiaand ATII for one will Never buy another 3Dfx product again.

3dfx stops making cards

drongo5 is right on this one. Sure, 3Dfx paved the way to high speed 3D gaming. I still remember the first time I saw Mech Warrior 2 displayed on a beastly 4MB Diamond Monster 3D. I didnt think it could get any better. But the fact is that things continue to get better. nVidia came along and introduced innovative features that drove the game and graphics card markets. Face it, 3Dfx is making the cards THEY want, not cards the consumer wants. And dont try to tell me they're not, cuz if they were there wouldnt be "reinventing" themselves.-KaoP.S. Oh yeah, ATI sucks... cept maybe the Radeon and the All-In-Wonder, but outside of that, their driver support is crap.

3dfx stops making cards

Sorry for all you folks wishing to get a Voodoo 5 6000... It's been cancelled. Looks like yer stuck with the Voodoo 5 5500 64Meg AGP as a top of the line model, which Nvidia's budget MX cards perform the same as. Its really quite sad hehe ;) Glad I went with Nvidia.

3dfx stops making cards

You're right on the mark here. I actually skipped the first generation or two of 3d accelerators, and actually my first experience with 3d accelerators was teh 3dfx banshee... it took me 2 weeks to finally find drivers to actually get the thing working, and I found it's performance to be downright horrible for what I paid for it. The enxt card I bought was a 16mb tnt. The contrast between the nvidia card and the 3dfx was like day and night. The drivers not only installed isntantly, compeltely w/o any problem, and the speed comparitvely was amazing. Then I got a tnt2 when they were first released... and a voodoo3 for a second, nearly identical machine... the drivers for the v3 were horrible, as was the performance, and the tnt2 was extremely amazing in everyway. Since then 3dfx has only gone down hill... and their downfall is 100% their fault. They got things rolling, but have long since been left in the dust. It's unlikely they'll ever be able to recover. And good ridance.

3dfx stops making cards

Did you guys not read the article. They are going to not make the cards anymore but there will still be cards but other companys that will use the 3dfx chips in them. Just like before with the voodoo 2's and earlier cards. Wake up. And I think the Voodoo cards are still the best 3D card all around.

3dfx stops making cards

3DFX did help the 3D gaming take shape, but NVIDIA took over and will be the no.1 from now on!And 3DFX will now never catch up with NVIDIA - AND THAT"S A FACT!Just look at the price diff's between the the cards.

3dfx stops making cards

3DFX sux!!! They have finally realized their product is $hit. My V5 5500 is barley better than my GeForce 256!!! The Geforce 2 GTS wipes its @$$ with the voodoo5. I would be upset if I auctually bought the V5

3dfx stops making cards

I would love to see the 3dfx cards disapearbecause you don't get what you paid for .The only reason people buy 3dfx is for theirname not for their 'quality'(What quality ??????) .3DFX CAN BURN IN HELL !!!!

3dfx stops making cards

All of you guys shouldn't forget that 3dfx brought out eye candy in games while all the other game developers were fiddling around with D3D. Only recently has OpenGl pulled in its weight to take that away from them, the point is that there's always competition and the fact that 3dfx started eye candy in games was what brought around such competition in games. So I think we can thank 3dfx for getting the games we do get on the market nowadays, with all those beautifull graphics. They pushed the envelope faster than any other game developer out there, look at how many games are 3dfx only and at how good the graphics are. Without 3dfx we might still be playing with graphics from the DOOM era. I heartily salute you 3dfx! And so should everybody out there. A pity you're going off graphics cards for a while but I certainly hope you come back with a serious punch. One last thing, the less competition there is in the market the higher the prices will rise for the graphics card you want.

3dfx stops making cards

My first foray into 3dfx was the agp voodoo 2000. This card was a good introduction to this using the AMDK6-2-400. I then upgraded to the 3000 agp and noticed a large performance increase. I then required a new level of graphics to play DVD films and also the new up coming graphically excellent games. I now have an NVidia GTS DDR 32mb. This really does kick 3dfx's ass.It's a shame to say this but 3dfx's day has gone. If they had delivered with the voodoo 6000 when promised and if this card was priced in the GTS2/Ultra bracket then this may have been the card to have. Bye 3DFX. I will miss you.

3dfx stops making cards

Re: RazielThe Banshee was a piece of crap, it was a Voodoo1 slapped onto an AGP board. So the only advantage was it was AGP. Of course the TNT2 is going to be better. Thou I have a Voodoo5 in my computer and it runs 10 times easier with all the games I play than the GeForce2 that I have in my other computer.

3dfx stops making cards

Ahhhh what a bunch of crap. I hate when long standing competitive companies bail on the thousands of customers that got them to where they are today. Pfft, good luck with the computer industry dumbasses. What lamer executive or analyist did you hire recently? Fire him! You guys are never gonna moake it doing something else- if it ain't broken, dont fix it. Thanks alot anyway I'll be purchasing Nvidia from now on at least they'll be around, because you all wont be in business much longer.

3dfx stops making cards

3dfx, how I knew ye........truth is, I never did like ya. I started out upon the Voodoo2 2000 PCI. (I returned it the next week and went back to my SIS 8meg graphics card and continued to play Duke Nukem 3d)This was when i first got my N64 and i loved console gaming. As the years grew by,approximately 2 years ago, I went computer crazy, I bought a voodoo 3 3000 agp, an awesome card at the time, but i still didn't like it, so i returned it for the TNT1. Graphics cards advanced some more and I decided against 3dfx again and got a TNT2, then a Tnt2 ultra, then a Creative Annilator Pro 256 DDr, and now I'm on my Creative Annilator 2 DDr and Ati Radeon 64 meg. Voodoos, i just could not ever like you, and to tell you the truth, I'm glad you're gone.

3dfx stops making cards

what are you guys talking about? 3dfx made some of the best cards ever! the voodoo3 while old as stink is still a great card for 500-mhz computers, and they are stable as hell, and 3dfx cards have the BEST fsaa in all the cards, i think 3dfx cards are great and would choose tehm over nay card any day cause direct3d sucks and opengl is wannabe Glide, so screw all you hippies, LONG LIVE 3DFX! my Voodoo 3 is a thing of beauty and my allegiance will always be too 3dfx

3dfx stops making cards

This doesnt mean anything, you should still go out and buy your voodoo 5, All it means is that they will be doing what they were before, and that's give their chipsets to other companies, like hercules, creative labs, and so on, like they did for the voodoo and voodoo 2 cards. That's all no big deal , jeez

3dfx stops making cards

While 3dfx has been lagging a bit lately, Glide still looks far better than OpenGL and I think that's what really counts in a card. The human eye can see about 30 frames/second on a good day (movies are filmed 25 fps) so I personally don't care about getting 120 fps. I don't ahve any problem with NVidea or any other company's cards, I just looked at most of them and liked what I see with 3dfx a little bit better.The only problem that I see with their plan to start selling chipsets to other companies is support. Think about this... how many cards does Creative Labs own the rights to and only give the drivers that came with the card in the first place? Or their 'latest' drives are 2 years old? Anybody other than me (and most people I know) have huge problems with Diamond's products?BTW, if 3dfx makes such lousy chips, why does a friend of mine want to trade me his TNT2 Ultra 32 MB straight across for my old Banshee AGP? And he thinks he's getting a deal. Since he does graphics work on his home PC, that's something to think about.And for those of you that still own Banshees or any other 3dfx cards and don't like the drivers, check [url removed] and check their message boards. You'll find that many people revise the drivers themselves and do a great job of it.The simple fact of the mater is that everybody has their preference and most if this thread is people arguing over whether red is a better color than blue. Each company has their strengths and weaknesses, everybody tweaks their PC in different ways, and BOTH companies ROCK in their own ways.Deal with it! (And this is from a die hard 3dfx user!)

3dfx stops making cards

Finally, Glide goes bye-bye! The whole reason why VooDoos are any good at all is because loads of games are optimised for them. Damn.Games are moving on now...Quake III uses OpenGL, which is much better that Glide (Ultra-crap) and Direct X (kinda-crap). WOOOHOOO!Nvidia chipsets rule. The fastest card on the planet is a GTS ULTRA, 2nd is GTS, 3rd is GeForce 256 Anni Pro, and 4th is GTS MX. The Voodoo 5 5500 is 9th!!!! RULE ON NVIDIA!!!

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