3dfx is set to ship the long-awaited Voodoo5 5500 PCI graphics-accelerator card – the first 3dfx accelerator with official support for Mac OS.
Previously, 3dfx users had to make do with unsupported Mac-drivers to enjoy enhanced images. The Voodoo5 5500 PCI offers application-independent, 3D API-compatible full-scene anti-aliasing. At this level, such anti-aliasing offers flawless visual effects, eliminating jagged edges and popped pixels.
3dfx claim the Voodoo5 5500 outperforms any other PCI accelerator products currently available. Stephen Lapinski, senior vice president of worldwide marketing at 3dfx, said: "With the success of our Voodoo5 5500 AGP and our continued leadership in consumer retail market share, we believe the Voodoo5 5500 PCI will be another hot selling 3dfx product.''
The card uses two VSA-100 graphics-processing chips, and features 64MB of graphics memory, a full 128-bit 2D/3D/video accelerator and can support resolutions up to 2,048-x-1,536 pixels.
ATI’s Radeon system supports up to 1,920-x-1,440 pixels. It can achieve 667 megapixels per second fill-rates running at 166Mhz. Like Radeon, the Voodoo5 takes much of the burden of running 3D environments away from the host computer’s CPU, making games more immersive and 3D applications more constructive. The card supports OpenGL, and costs $350.