May 23
3dfx Ships Voodoo5 5500 AGP
AGP cards should arrive on users' doorsteps by Friday

by David Nagel
Executive Producer

3dfx Interactive announced late yesterday that its new Voodoo5 5500 AGP video cards have begun shipping to resellers and should hit retailer shelves and consumer doorsteps by this Friday. The new cards offer dual VSA-100 (Voodoo Scalable Architecture) processors with the T-Buffer digital cinematic effects engine and 64 MB of total graphics memory. This is the first card to offer support for OpenGL, Glide and Rave, as well as Direct3D.

The result of all this new hardware is an ultra-fast card capable of full-screen antialiasing and 667 to 733 megatexels/megapixels per second fill rates. In 2D, it supports resolutions up to 2,048 x 1,536 at 85 Hz.

3dfx had also announced a PCI version of the Voodoo5 5500, which it says is still on track for a summer delivery. The company also announced the Voodoo4 4500, a single-processor, 32 MB version of the card, which is also on target for summer and should be available in both PCI and AGP versions.

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Voodoo5 5500 AGP is priced at $299.99, $30 less than the originally planned price for the PCI version announced last month. Later this summer 3dfx is expected to ship a even higher-end version of the Voodoo5 card, the Voodoo5 6000, which will include quad VSA-100 processors and 128 MB of video memory, delivering 1.32 to 1.47 gigatexels/gigapixels per second. For more information, visit

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