Bij Thresh's Firingsquad hebben ze het eerste deel van hun Comdex '99 report gewijd aan de nieuwe Voodoo4 en 5 van 3dfx. In het report vind je ook een interview met Scott Sellers, CTO van 3dfx. Hieronder een stukkie, hier vind je het hele verhaaltje.
With VSA technology, 3dfx is introducing two new product lines, Voodoo4 and Voodoo5. The Voodoo4 will be available as AGP or PCI single-chip budget-end boards, while the Voodoo5 series will comprise the company's multi-chip solutions. How does this work? Well, looking at the technological improvements VSA holds over Voodoo3, it makes sense for the product to be christened Voodoo4.
The Voodoo4 4000 will run at either 166MHz or 183Mhz, and will double the pixel fill rate of a Voodoo3 at the same speed. Pipelining improvements will gain another 15-20% pure fill-rate improvement as well, and support for FXT-1 and 32-bit rendering might even be enough for those looking to upgrade.
However, for power users, having the same texture fill-rate probably wouldn't be enough justification to update from that brand new Voodoo3 3500, and TNT2 (not to mention GeForce) owners will scoff at newly-added support for such "standards" as 32-bit rendering. Similarly, the single-chip solution won't be able to take advantage of 3dfx's much-ballyhooed T-Buffer effects engine. This is where the Voodoo5 comes in. Delivering on what 3dfx claims as "Insane fill-rates," the multi-chip V5 5000, 5500, and 6000 products are the ones which are going to make you sit up and notice.