3Dfx Debuts First-Ever Voodoo Branded Boards With Voodoo 3 2000, 3000 and 3500
Company reveals details on industry-leading performance and competitive pricing
London - February 17, 1999 - 3Dfx Interactive® Inc. today released further details on its Voodoo3™ 2000, Voodoo3 3000 and Voodoo3 3500, the first graphics board products to carry the highly acclaimed Voodoo® brand name. Based on 3Dfx Interactive's hotly anticipated Voodoo3 family of advanced graphics chips, the new boards are expected to deliver the world's fastest 3D and 2D performance, and provide support for ultra high-resolution displays. In the near future, 3Dfx plans to announce the anticipated date for retail availability of its Voodoo3 products.
"The Voodoo3 family of products will be our first 3Dfx-branded boards and we are committed to delivering the best possible experience for our customers," said Greg Ballard, president and CEO for 3Dfx Interactive. "With today's announcement, we are resetting the bar for performance and delivering an exhilarating visual gaming experience."
At £99.00 (suggested UK retail price), the 143MHz Voodoo3 2000 AGP and PCI boards are expected to generate up to six million triangles and 286 Megatexels per second at resolutions of up to 2,048 by 1,536 pixels. Targeting mainstream performance users, the Voodoo3 2000 boards will feature a 300MHz RAMDAC and 16MB of SDRAM.
For £149.00 (suggested UK retail price), the 166MHz Voodoo3 3000 AGP board is expected to generate seven million triangles and 333 Megatexels per second at resolutions of up to 2,048 by 1,536 pixels. Manufactured by STB Systems, Inc., Voodoo3 3000, designed for true 3D game enthusiasts, will feature a 350MHz RAMDAC, TV/S-Video Out capabilities as well as a yet undisclosed game bundle featuring best-selling titles. The Voodoo3 3000 will also feature 16 MB of SDRAM. The Voodoo3 is expected to lead in real-world game performance by delivering super-fast frame rates for the most popular games.
The 183MHz Voodoo3 3500 AGP board (pricing to be announced) is expected to deliver up to eight million triangles and 366 Megatexels per second at resolutions of up to 2,048 by 1,536 pixels. Designed to support the latest digital flat panel displays, the Voodoo3 3500 will include 3Dfx's proprietary flat-panel support, LCDfx. Manufactured by STB Systems, Inc., Voodoo3 3500 will be available in limited quantities for consumers who require flat panel support. Voodoo3 3500 will incorporate a 350MHz RAMDAC, TV/S-Video Out capabilities and come with a yet undisclosed game bundle featuring best-selling titles. The Voodoo3 3500 will also feature 16 MB of SGRAM.
Using the industry standard Quake II time demo benchmark, demo versions of the Voodoo3 product are capable of generating record frame rates of over 106 frames per second at a resolution of 800x600, over 84 frames per second at 1024x768, and a remarkable 35 plus frames per second at 1600x1200.
The entire family of Voodoo3 boards are designed to include such advanced features as: single-pass single-cycle multi-texturing for bump mapping and trilinear mip-mapping, dual 32-bit internal rendering, per-pixel mip-mapping, sub-pixel and sub-texel correction, 8-bit palletized textures, programmable exponential fog tables, Gouraud shading, a full 128-bit 2D accelerator, DVD hardware assist, and support for DirectX®, Glide® and OpenGL®.
3Dfx leads US retail market 3Dfx currently dominates the graphics accelerator market. According to the most recent tally of retail sales by PC Data, 3Dfx Interactive's Voodoo product family led the US retail market in the fourth quarter of 1998. In its Hits List for October through December 1998, PC Data reported that 3Dfx Voodoo technology powered 73 percent of the video cards sold in the performance/gaming segment. PC Data, which ranked the retail market's best-selling video cards, also reported that in the fourth quarter, 3Dfx-based products earned the top five selling spots in the gaming/performance segment.
About 3Dfx Interactive 3Dfx Interactive develops high-performance, cost-effective 3D media processors, software and related technology that are designed to enable a highly immersive, interactive and realistic 3D experience across interactive electronic entertainment platforms - personal computers, coin-operated arcade systems and location-based entertainment. Current 3Dfx Interactive products include the Voodoo family of accelerator chip sets, Voodoo2™, Voodoo Graphics®, Voodoo Banshee™ and the anticipated Voodoo3. Visit the company on the Web at http://www.3dfx.com.
3Dfx Interactive, Glide and Voodoo Graphics are registered trademarks and Voodoo, Voodoo2, Voodoo3 and Voodoo Banshee are trademarks of 3Dfx Interactive. All other names may be trademarks of their respective holders.
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