If you’re stuck in the 90s and still have 3dfx, your patience is rewarded with new drivers

Hardware news If you’re stuck in the 90s and still have 3dfx, your patience is rewarded with new drivers

Long before the GeForce RTX and other Radeon RX 6000s, a different graphics card led the PC dance: the 3dfx Voodoo. They crave millions of players and some are no longer recovering from the brand’s disappearance. But cheers: this week, new drivers for these graphic cards have just been released. Yes Yes.

Long before the GeForce RTX and other Radeon RX 6000s, a different graphics card led the PC dance: the 3dfx Voodoo. They crave millions of players and some are no longer recovering from the brand’s disappearance. But cheers: this week, new drivers for these graphic cards have just been released. Yes Yes.

Anyone, in the late 90s, didn’t drool in front of the beauty of the “3dfx” version of Tomb Raider or Quake 2 on PC would drop me their first GPU. Before Nvidia and AMD ruled graphics chips, 3dfx Voodoo cards ruled the “PC Master Race”. Voodo’s first models were released in 1996 and were called “accelerator cards”: they added the PC’s main graphics card and allowed a serious visual boost, especially by adding anti-aliasing, which made bad pixels “lost”. Quake 2, in particular, takes advantage of the “OpenGL” graphics API leveraged by 3dfx, for a completely stunning visual difference, as you can see in the video above.

Sobriety and soft colors for Voodoo 3 box.

3dfx did not survive the year 2000

Unfortunately, the manufacturer ended up caught up in the competition. In the early 2000s, Nvidia began releasing higher -performance graphics cards (TNT was then the first GeForce), such as ATI’s Radeon (which was not purchased by AMD in 2006). 3dfx struggles to keep up and Voodoo 4, then 5, failures. The company was in a state of disrepair and ended up being bought … by Nvidia, which in the process recovered several patents and manufacturing secrets. So the latest 3dfx card is the Voodoo 5 5500, in 2000 (the 6000 version was announced, but never released). A beautiful beast with 64 MB of video memory and running at 166 MHz (yes, megahertz, or 1000 under gigahertz). It has to be said that at that time, we rarely played with a definition higher than 1024×768 pixels and the textures in the games were much heavier.

Voodoo 5 5500, last 3dfx card, in 2000

If you’re stuck in the 90s and still have 3dfx, your patience is rewarded with new drivers

Drivers for Voodoo 5, which will remain on modern screens

But, again, some seem to be stuck at this point when PC gaming is clearly a generation ahead of consoles. And thank them,
new graphic drivers
dedicated to 3dfx Voodoo cards recently released. There’s no official here, of course, because it’s a Dolenc job, active on the forums on the 3dfxzone site (but what year are we ?!).

False Tournament at 21: 9 in a 3dfx, it’s possible. Credit: Dolenc/3dfx Zone

If you’re stuck in the 90s and still have 3dfx, your patience is rewarded with new drivers

These drivers are primarily intended to make 3dfx Voodoo compatible with modern screen formats, namely 16: 9 and 21: 9. Because yes, these cards were previously made for tube screens. in cathode ray, which is in “square” 4: 3 format. With Dolent’s work, your old boomer PC can be connected to a monitor from the 2020s. For what? Great to play Unreal Tournament in 1080p, of course!

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