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Monday, October 16, 2000
Voodoo4 Review
9:30 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

A helpful reader made a post to our forums pointing out a review of the Voodoo4 4500 at Thresh's FiringSquad. This is the "little brother" of the 3dfx's Voodoo5, with only one chip and a lower price tag. The single chip means 4x Full Screen Anti-Aliasing is out of the question, but they report 2x FSAA is possible. The review puts both the PCI and AGP versions of the card through tests on a number of different PCs, with fairly good results. They also compare it with NVIDIA's GeForce 2 MX, which is also supposed to be supported on the Mac in the future. Here's a clip:

Seeing as the Voodoo5 wasn't exactly a stunner in the performance category, what could happen to a Voodoo5 that is cut in half? Since blazing performance was not the reason people bought the Voodoo5, fears should probably be somewhat alleviated. People wanted the compatibility guaranteed by 3dfx's strong reputation, FSAA, and possibly Glide support. The Voodoo4 maintains all that, but don't expect FSAA performance to be a no sweat feature.
As also noted in the past, performance between cards on Macs and PCs can vary greatly, due to a number of other factors. 3dfx seems to really be targeting the Voodoo4 at graphics users, but many gamers might find it a more reasonable buy at around $120 than either the Voodoo5 or Radeon. The official Mac boards haven't been sighted yet, but are supposed to be available this month.

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