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3dfx's Retail Mac Voodoo4/Voodoo5 PCI Graphics Cards Details
Voodoo4 4500 PCI (single chip) & Voodoo5 5500 PCI (dual chip)
DVI Video Output: Only the Mac versions of the Voodoo4 and Voodoo5 will feature a standard DVI output port for support of Apple's 22" LCD Cinema Display and current 15" LCD Studio Displays. There are not only the highest performance Mac DVI output cards but also the lowest cost to date. Includes support for 1600x1024 pixel mode (Apple Cinema Display native resolution).
Full Driver Support: RAVE, OpenGL, Quickdraw, Quicktime, and Glide
Highest 2D and 3D Performance ever seen on a Mac. World's fastest 128-Bit 2D Engine.
Full 32-Bit 3D support: 32-Bit RGBA rendering, 24-Bit depth buffer (Z & W), 8-bit stencil buffer, FXT1 texture compression support, 32-Bit textures (up to 2048x2048 pixel sizes), advanced texture and color combine capabilities and native support for Mac data formats. Brain Speece told me the RAVE driver was rewritten from scratch and is currently running Nanosaur and Bugdom and supports windowed RAVE so 3D applications that support RAVE are accelerated.
Real-Time Full Screen Anti-Aliasing: Voodoo5 (dual chip) cards feature hardware-based full screen anti-aliasing that's backward compatible with all OpenGL and Glide programs with no software changes required. (RAVE does not support this feature.) This feature has to been seen to be appreciated and I'm told once you see this in person "you'll never go back" to anything else.
T-Buffer Special Effects: Voodoo 5 (dual chip) cards feature T-Buffer support for motion blur, depth of field and other cinematic special effects (requires software title support)
Fill Rate Performance: Fill Rate determines framerates (3D performance) and is sorely lacking in most Mac 3D cards to date, clearly seen by their performance nosedive at higher resolutions.
Voodoo4 4500 (single chip): 333-367 Megapixels Per Second
350MHz RAMDAC: For high refresh rates (see links below for complete list of resolutions)
Estimated Retail Pricing: Voodooo4 4500 PCI (32MB) under $200, Voodoo5 5500 PCI (64MB) $329.99
Availability at retail is targeted for the company's second quarter. Details are not finalized on an AGP version of the new cards. In case you're wondering, DVD hardware assist including planar to packed-pixel conversion is supported in hardware. No definite word on a DVD player, but it is under consideration. Software bundle options have not been finalized.
It's going to be pure torture waiting for these cards to be available. I'd dying to see how these new cards perform.
Here's a snippet from the press release:
"Users will be simply amazed by the visual experience of our new products specifically designed and optimized for the Mac platform," said Bryan Speece, director of Macintosh business development at 3dfx Interactive, Inc. "All Mac users, from pre-press professionals to hardcore gamers, will now be able to enjoy a powerful new level of graphics performance and visual quality whether they're playing the hottest new games, or working against a deadline to complete their next design project. Once users experience our 3D full-scene anti-aliasing, they will never go back."
Learn More: For more details and definitions on the special features of 3dfx's new Voodoo4/5 cards see 3dfx's product pages. (DVI display output is not mentioned in the specs pages as that is a Mac-only card feature).
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