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A recent thread brought 3dfx to mind, and it really got me thinking. Where would we be now if 3dfx was still in the game. I mean what if Nvidia had'nt bought them out, and they were able to overcome their financial difficulties. I think they'd still be right up there w/ the big two. Considering they were the first to pioneer multi-GPU setups... I'm just so depressed, I really want more of a selection .

I thought this would be an interesting read (wikipedia article on 3DFX)

"The Voodoo2 introduced Scan-Line Interleave (SLI) to the gaming market. In SLI mode, two Voodoo2 boards were connected together, each drawing half the scan lines of the screen. For the price of a second Voodoo2 board, users could essentially double their 3D throughput. A welcome result of SLI mode was an increase in the maximum resolution supported, now up to 1024x768. Despite the high cost and inconvenience of using three separate graphics cards, the Voodoo2 SLI scheme was clearly the pinnacle of gaming performance at the time.

SLI capability was not offered in subsequent 3dfx board designs, although the technology would be later used to link the VSA-100 chips on the Voodoo 5. Having since acquired 3dfx, NVIDIA in 2004 reintroduced the SLI brand (now for Scalable Link Interface) in their GeForce 6 Series. ATI Technologies has also since introduced its own multi-chip implementation, dubbed "CrossFire". Although Scalable Link Interface and Crossfire operate on the original SLI principle, the algorithms used are now totally different
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3DFX was WAY ahead of their time. Only now are companies catching up with their vision.
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i have a voodoo 3 3000 on my old pc,it owns untill now!
having 16 mb of memory and being able to play MANY many games without a problem......it worked for 8 years untill i got this new pc and stoped using the old one
i mean 8 YEARS!you even realise how long that is for a vid card?
    
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