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The Voodoo 5 is the unreleased high-end product in the Voodoo5 line. This mechanism allows for creation of effects such as motion blur if used temporally and anti-aliasing if used spatially. All of the later revisions had the four chips mounted in a row.
Most of the prototype cards utilized a standard internal power supply molex power connector. Theoretically, anywhere from 1 to 32 VSA GPUs 3dcx be run in parallel on a single graphics card, and the fillrate of the card would increase proportionally. While capacity is not 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.
All members of the family were based upon the VSA graphics processor.
It used only one VSA chip and did not need an additional power connection. Cards from this revision varied in stability from dead to fully functional. This is the first 3dfx graphics chip to support full bit color depth in 3D, compared to bit color viodoo5 with all previous designs. These cards generally had a short life expectancy, and were largely incompatible with various motherboards at the time.
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However, the process was tweaked with a 6th 55500 layer to allow for better density and speed, and the transistors have a slightly shorter gate length and thinner gate oxide. Most of the known cards are revision A from week 37, 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 results showed that the Voodoo 5 outperformed the GeForce 2 Ultra and Radeonwhich were the fastest iterations of the GeForce 2 and Radeon R lines, respectively.
The VSA voodlo5 a hardware accumulation buffer, known coodoo5 the “T-buffer”. With regards to performance, little was known until enthusiasts were able to get pre-release hardware and run tests on it.
Released after the Voodoo 5the Voodoo4 is the budget implementation of the VSA product. Unfortunately the production cost of the Voodoo5 would have likely hampered its competitiveness from a profitability standpoint.
Voodoo5 ReviewFiringsquad, Despite its high price point, the Voodoo5 would not have offered next-generation DirectX 8. Little is known about this series except that this is the final revision.
The successor to the Voodoo 5 series, codenamed “Rampage”, was already planned and had been in boodoo5 for years.
The VSA chips used still did not have a long life expectancy, and may have had problems running anti-aliasing. Rendering calculations are bits wide in VSA but the operands and results are stored as bit. The precarious financial situation of 3dfx was another factor contributing to the ‘s demise.
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This was an early alpha of the card primarily used for photos and testing purposes. One of the design goals for the VSA was scalability. 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.
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.
The Voodoo 5 was the last and most powerful graphics card line that 3dfx Interactive released.