3dfx has previewed the Voodoo 4 and 5 graphics boards, based on 3dfx’s new VSA-100 scaleable graphics processor.

Exhibited at Comdex, The VSA-100 supports the integration of 1-32 chips per system and promises fast fill-rates at a high degree of visual reality. Visual reality means close-to-digital cinematic effects.

VSA-100 technology marks a major improvement in 3D-rendering, through its use of advanced full-scene anti-aliasing technology, at real-time frame rates. For images, approaches include adjusting pixel positions or setting pixel intensities, so that there is a more gradual transition between the colour of a line and the background colour.

The new Voodoo 4 & 5 boards are expected to begin shipping in the US in March 2000. Based on the new VSA-100 these products deliver from 333 megapixels per second to 1.47 gigapixels per second fill rates. They’ll use 16-128MB video memory and one to four processors per board.

Scott Sellers, founder and chief technology officer at 3dfx Interactive says: "Since our inception, 3dfx has remained focused on delivering the world's best 3D experience to the desktop."

The Voodoo 4 4500 will be available in PCI and AGP versions featuring a single VSA-100 processor and 32MB graphics memory. They’ll deliver between 333-367 megapixels per second fill rates and are expected to cost $179.99.

The Voodoo 5 5000 PCI also comes in PCI and AGP versions. The Voodoo 5 family will have dual VSA-100 processors, 32MB graphics memory. The PCI variant will deliver between 667-733 megapixels per second fill rate and should be $229.99. The AGP version will have dual VSA-100 processors and 64MB memory and will also deliver fill rates of 667-733 megapixels per second.

The top-flight Voodoo 5 6000 AGP will host quad VSA-100 processors and 128MB memory. Its fill rate is over one billion pixels per second. It shall reach up to 1.47 gigapixels per second and will cost $599.99.

With prices, particularly for memory in a state of flux, the manufacturers are keen to point out that "products based on the VSA-100 are scheduled to be in volume production in the first quarter of 2000. Final board pricing and performance will depend on memory prices and will be announced in the early part of 2000."