3dfx Voodoo 5 6000 video card reverse engineered and re-created by enthusiast

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  1. waltc3

    waltc3 Maha Guru

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    In the beginning, every 3d game sold was GLIDE. I once owned a substantial GLIDE library. There was scuttlebutt that Microsoft was going to adopt GLIDE as the official Windows 3d API, but Microsoft decided to start its own 3d API, as we all know.

    While sites like Sharkey Extreme and Anandtech and others were going ape for "AGP texturing," 3dfx was honest about not supporting it because texturing out of their onboard ram was about 20X faster, more or less. (Which is why GPUs have so much onboard ram today--the PCIe bus even at 4.0 is far slower than onboard GPU ram.) The pundits just couldn't understand 2 +2 = 4, and they all panned 3dfx for not supporting AGP texturing. This is how far the pundits missed it completely--they lauded nVidia for its fake support of AGP texturing even though even way back then nVidia textured out of its onboard ram just like 3dfx. When Intel launched its first discrete 3d cards back then, the i7xx series, they all relied on AGP texturing and they were all unbelievably slow as a result--3dfx and nVidia ran rings around them. I bought two of them--a 4mb card, which I returned, and an 8mb card, which I refunded. Horrible. It was no surprise to see Intel drop out of the discreet 3d-card market after the failure of the i7xx series. While both 3dfx and nVidia were selling 16mb cards. The ignorance was strong in those days.
     
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  2. tsunami231

    tsunami231 Ancient Guru

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    I still have mt 3dfx banshee lying around some place, it would work if i i had pc that cause use the card and drivers

    With out 3dfx Nvidia an ATI or well probably would not of been around for very long imo
     
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  3. A M D BugBear

    A M D BugBear Ancient Guru

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    Thanks alot for sharing this, goes WAAAAY back to the Diamond Stealth s540 age, Long live the old era:



    And never forget Unreal 1 + 3dfx, The reflections where absolutely incredible for its time, something like this was very unheard of for its time, absolute masterpiece:



    2 Games that really brings me back during the Savage 4 Pro+/3dfx Era, owned 2 games in the past:

    Drakan: Order of the Flame:



    And last but not least:

    Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind:



    Thank you for sharing the good ol'times, Brings back royal memories, Very memorable times, The very best of gaming, if it wasn't for games back then, you will never see games as they are now and also been an absolute pleasure, going way back to the Apple ][e age, my favorite computer of "ALL TIME".

    Sorry for the off topic, and back to on topic, One lucky guy here owning this bad boy(Final Video), damn thing is a Beauty, look at that, Jesus:

     
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  4. Venix

    Venix Ancient Guru

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    i had the voodoo 3 2000 on my first pc ever !! Hilbert benchmark that card if you have the chance will be fun ! ...well and frustrating i guess :p
     

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    Totally geeking out ...
     
  6. stereoman

    stereoman Master Guru

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    The good old days of Glide I loved my Voodoo 2's, makes me wonder what would GPU's be like now if 3DFX hadn't sold out to Nvidia
     
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    Haha good memorys from back then. try tell your kids how it it worked with loop cabel haha
     
  8. jbscotchman

    jbscotchman Ancient Guru

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    Voodoo 3 3000 was my first ever card. I felt like such a boss going into Babbages and buying Aliens VS Predator that had a sticker on the box that said: "3d Hardware Accelerator Required." :cool:
     
  9. wavetrex

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    Actually, there is no need to port anything, or write any special drivers.

    The solution exists and has existed for a long time, and it's called PLX PEX8112. https://media.digikey.com/pdf/Data Sheets/Avago PDFs/PEX_8112-AA_Data_Book.pdf
    I'm looking at it on my old sound card with a chip designed for PCI, but implemented as PCI-e x1 via this bridge chip.
    The problem is that these chips are not being made anymore for quite a long time, since PCI is basically dead outside of maintenance of industrial environments, and existing ones are probably not easy to obtain ... maybe only by unglue-ing it from some sound card ... ;-)

    But there is no point indeed, since it doesn't bring any performance benefits... it's simply a bridge chip.
     
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    Good point - not sure why I didn't think of that. This GPU probably doesn't use much bandwidth either so I'm sure there'd be no performance penalty.
     

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    vbetts Don Vincenzo Staff Member

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    Nvidia SLI and 3dfx SLI are not the same. Nvidia did not get SLI from 3dfx.
     
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    I remember trying to squeeze every bit of fps out for Quake 3 with WickedGL on a Voodoo 3 3000 AGP on 640x480 back in 1999/2000. Those were the days on CRT heating up the room, in between cleaning the ball mice as it messed up your tracking.
     
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    My first 2d card was an ATI linked to a 3Dfx Voodoo. PC has been bought used and I quickly bought a Voodoo 2 (12mb). Graphics were amazing for the time!
     
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    3dfx on!
     
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    I think 3dfx era ended before Morrowind got released.
    I may be mistaken though.. was it possible to play Morrowind with a 3dfx?
    As far as I remember I upgraded from a Voodoo3 to a Geforce 4 exactly to be able to play Morrowind.
     

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    Voodoo3 3000 on my Amiga 4000 towerized! Great card compared to Permedia 2.
     
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    Come on Hilbert, we're a lot older than you think. I still have fond memories of my first Orchid Righteous 3D. I wish I hadn't given it away.
     
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    Not bad, but Voodoo 5 9000 is still better..
     
  19. mackintosh

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    Damn, that looks like it will beat the BitchinFast 3D 2000. How many Bungholiomarks does it get?
     
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    Scan-Line Interleave (3dfx) and Scalable Link Interface (nvidia) are not the same thing and nvidia has literally no reason to "thank" 3dfx for it, as they are different technologies.
     

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