3DFX VOODOO5 5500 DRIVER

The name of the chip is an abbreviation for “Voodoo Scalable Architecture. Later, unreleased boards were planned to offer a bit DDR memory design instead, in order to reduce board costs through lower complexity, while offering similar RAM performance. The VSA supports a hardware accumulation buffer, known as the “T-buffer”. Retrieved from ” https: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. However, the process was tweaked with a 6th metal layer to allow for better density and speed, and the transistors have a slightly shorter gate length and thinner gate oxide. The VSA chips used still did not have a long life expectancy, and may have had problems running anti-aliasing.

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Because the card used more power than the AGP specification allowed for, a special power supply called Voodoo Volts had to be included with it. Unfortunately the production cost of the Voodoo5 would have likely hampered its competitiveness from a profitability standpoint.

Retrieved voocoo5 ” https: Memory capacity and bandwidth is separately dedicated to each VSA processor. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. All members of the family were based upon the VSA graphics processor. This is the first 3dfx graphics chip to support full bit color depth in 3D, compared to bit color depth with all previous designs. The precarious financial situation of 3dfx was another factor contributing to the ‘s demise.

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3dfx Voodoo 5 5500 AGP Video Card for Parts

There were five revisions of the Voodoo 5 All of the later revisions had the four chips mounted in a row. Rendering calculations are bits wide in Voidoo5 but the operands and results are stored as bit.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The Voodoo 5 comes in three flavors: A major drawback to this method of performance scaling is that various parts of hardware are needlessly duplicated on the cards and board complexity increases with each additional processor. However, the process was tweaked with a 6th metal layer to allow for better density and speed, and the transistors have a slightly shorter gate length and thinner gate oxide.

In some cases, the was shown to compete well with the next-generation GeForce 3. The VSA supports a hardware accumulation buffer, known as the “T-buffer”.

Later, unreleased boards were planned to offer a bit DDR memory design instead, in order to reduce board costs through lower complexity, while offering similar RAM performance. The Voodoo 5 is the unreleased high-end product in the Voodoo5 line.

Webarchive template wayback links. It was meant to be the retail unit, but shortly after the run of 10 were produced, the series was cancelled.

Despite its high price point, the Voodoo5 would not have offered next-generation DirectX 8. It was rumored that GeForce 2 Ultra was intended to prevent 3dfx taking the lead with their Voodoo 5 These cards generally had a short life expectancy, and were largely incompatible with various motherboards at the time. This revision had MB of 3vfx.

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Voodoo 5 – Wikipedia

Theoretically, anywhere from 1 to 32 VSA GPUs could be run in parallel on a single graphics card, and the fillrate of the card would increase proportionally. This mechanism allows for creation of effects such as motion blur if used 55000 and anti-aliasing if used spatially. Views Read 3dfs View history. While capacity is 55500 cumulative across the entire card, bandwidth is effectively cumulative and thus a card with 2x VSA processors has similar bandwidth to a single-chip graphics card using bit DDR memory.

Most of the prototype cards utilized a standard internal power supply molex power connector. This page was last edited on 17 Novemberat The VSA chips used still did not have a long life expectancy, and may have had problems running anti-aliasing.

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The results showed that the Voodoo 5 outperformed the GeForce 2 Ultra and Radeonwhich were the fastest iterations of vooddoo5 GeForce 2 and Radeon R lines, respectively. Released after the Voodoo 5the Voodoo4 is the budget implementation of the VSA product. When rendering to the T-buffer, VSA can store the combined outputs of several frames.