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duocast
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Posted - 23/12/2003 :  03:42:15  Show Profile  Visit duocast's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I found this it's pretty interesting...it also shows how Nvidia went about overtaking 3dfx.

http://www.aceshardware.com/read.jsp?id=60000292

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InSomNiaN
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Australia
120 Posts

Posted - 24/12/2003 :  00:57:43  Show Profile  Visit InSomNiaN's Homepage  Reply with Quote
A lil' brief, but good find otherwise.

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amp_man
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Posted - 24/12/2003 :  05:27:38  Show Profile  Visit amp_man's Homepage  Reply with Quote
hmm, very interesting, and I generally agree. However, I've gotta say that my V5 5500 by far outperforms my GeForce 2 GTS, and this article states exactly the opposite. One thing that's always kinda bugged me, though:
quote:
27. Will you do a version of the VSA-100 that has a tuner like the Voodoo3-3500TV?

We do not plan on announcing a VSA-100 product with a tuner. We expect the 3500 TV to continue to be an outstanding multimedia solution.

(from here)

Almost like they were trying to save a sinking ship by getting out whatever they could with as little effort as possible. Their statements concerning SLI in these cards, the choice of SDRAM, and most of all their very brief explanation for the lack of AGP 4x support really show this.
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InSomNiaN
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Australia
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Posted - 24/12/2003 :  09:47:17  Show Profile  Visit InSomNiaN's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
I've gotta say that my V5 5500 by far outperforms my GeForce 2 GTS, and this article states exactly the opposite.


Unfortunately, 3dfx went belly up before the Voodoo5 was tested and reviewed on a 1Ghz + machine.
The fact that this card just keeps on going faster and faster with a higher rated cpu, is (to me anyway) quite amazing! I upgraded from a 1.4 (@1533Mhz)t-bird, to a xp2000+ (@1.8Ghz) and jumped up by approx 10-15 frames on games... No driver updated, just cpu...
Seems 3dfx shot themselves in the foot, however, it always hits a bit of a soft spot whenever I read these older reviews about 3dfx's demise...
Eh...what could've been......

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