Started by Kreshna Aryaguna Nurzaman, 25 February 2005, 17:03:13
QuoteOriginally posted by Brandon Bell at firingsquad.comVoodoo2, much like every other product that followed, was created to fill a gap in 3dfx's product cycles. Voodoo2 again took the market in performance, more than doubling Voodoo Graphic's performance with SLI configurations. Yet through all this, the goal was to deliver Rampage.Voodoo BansheeManagement changesIt was sometime in between the Voodoo/Voodoo2 period that Greg Ballard came onto the scene as CEO. He was there for marketing, and he was good at it, though there was something missing when it came to technology. He pushed a variety of 3dfx marketing campaigns that helped bring 3dfx to the top. Problems apparently came from his lack of understanding how the graphics industry functioned. Ballard desired to deliver a single chip 2D/3D solution as the competition had thus far done the same.This would allow 3dfx to enter the mainstream and OEM markets, increasing revenue. It would also renew trust in 3dfx as their ill-fated Voodoo Rush (a multi-chip 2D/3D solution with a separate vendor's 2D core) had created doubters. With limited engineering resources at the time, the only option for this to occur was to remove staff from another project and dedicate them to this. Thus Rampage lost vital engineering resources and Banshee was created.
QuoteOriginally posted by gdonovan1) Banshee sold over a million chipsets, hardly a blunder.2) At some point 3dfx needed to develop a 2D core, and Banshee was it. The same core was used in Voodoo 3.
QuoteOriginally posted by gdonovan4) Rampage also suffered from "feature creep" you can't ship a product in a prompt manner if you keep changing the design.
QuoteOriginally posted by Voodoo5It's very interesting & sad how the company had a near-monopoly on the 3D accelerator market and then suddenly went bust? 3DFX (Greg Ballard) made terrible misjudgements on how the company should have proceeded forward as far as a business plan/model was concerned.
QuoteOriginally posted by PhalanxYou seam to forget that mainstream is where the money is. High-end is only a small percentage.
QuoteOriginally posted by PhalanxThey should have used AGP texturing and HW T&L. That would have given the Voodoo cards some more 'pazsaz'.
Quote1) Taking off the resources from Rampage development
QuoteOriginally posted by gdonovanWhat part of "THEY NEEDED TO DEVELOP A 2D CORE" isn't clear?They had NONE and the day of a seperate 3D card was gone as soon as the first AGP motherboards were sold.
QuoteOriginally posted by gdonovanTotally ignoring the fact that was all they had to release (V1/VII).
QuoteOriginally posted by gdonovanThis is totally useless speculation.