Voodoo4 and 5 Coming to Mac
cards support OpenGL, Glide and Rave
finally going the way it should for the Macintosh platform. At the NAB
show, we've seen some amazing hardware and software that blows away anything
previously available. And now 3dfx is adding to the exponentially expanding
hardware options for the Mac with the announcement of Voodoo4 and Voodoo5
PCI-based graphics accelerator cards. As earlier rumored, the new cards
add support for QuickDraw 3D Rave, in addition to Glide and OpenGL.
Mac users have little left to dream about.
The new Voodoo cards, which
are expected to ship by the end of the company's second fiscal quarter
(ending July 31), offer 32 MB and 64 MB of RAM and range in price from
$200 to $329. Both will include standard monitor outputs and digital connectors.
Both offer hardware anti-aliasing, T-Buffer digital cinematic effects
and FXT1 texture compression. Both cards can be upgraded for Mac OS X.
But that's not all.
The Voodoo4 4500 PCI for Mac features a single VSA-100 processor and 32
MB of graphics memory. The VSA-100 (Voodoo Scalable Architecture) incorporates
3D features like 32-bit RGBA rendering, 24-bit depth-buffer (Z and W),
8-bit stencil rendering, FXT1 texture compression support, 32-bit textures,
2,048 x 2,048 texture size support, advanced texture and color combine
capabilities and the native support of Macintosh data formats. It also
includes an enhanced 2D engine and a 350 MHz RAMDAC. The Voodoo4 4500
renders two fully featured pixels per clock and will deliver up to 333
megatexels/megapixels per second fill rates. It's expected to come in
The Voodoo5 5500 PCI for Mac features dual VSA-100 processors and 64 MB
of total graphics memory. It's targeted toward 3D Professionals and serious
gamers, providing support for 3D modeling, CAD, animation and virtual
reality applications. The multi-chip capabilities of the VSA-100 allow
3D rendering that employs full-scene hardware anti-aliasing at real-time
frame rates. Additionally, the Voodoo5 5500 PCI enables T-Buffer digital
cinematic effects, including motion blur, programmable depth of field,
soft shadows and soft reflections. The Voodoo5 5500 PCI, which renders
four fully featured pixels per clock, will deliver up to 667 megatexels/megapixels
per second fill rates and is expected to be priced at $329.99.
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