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Wednesday, October 25, 2000
Voodoo4 PCI Arrives, First Impressions
2:18 PM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story

Various sites around the web (including xlr8yourmac.com and MacNN are reporting that 3dfx's Voodoo 4 4500 PCI for Mac OS have begun to ship to customers with preorders. This card is the second 3dfx product to ship for Mac OS, and features a single VSA-100 chip with 32 MB of VRAM.

games.macnn.com has posted their first impressions of the card, which are quite favorable. Although they seem surprised at the speeds of the benchmarks, the numbers they mention are almost identical with a Voodoo5 5500 set to single-chip (compatibility) mode, in our experience. Here is an excerpt:

The Voodoo4 itself is a reasonably sized PCI card -- about 3/4 the size of the monster Voodoo5 card and about the same size as the ATI Radeon. Unlike the Voodoo5, the Voodoo4 does not have to be hooked up to the power supply within your Mac, which makes the installation that much easier. The CD that accompanies the Voodoo4 contains version 1.0.8 drivers, with the latest 1.1.0 drivers being easily downloaded and installed using the 3dfx MacTools control panel. While the Voodoo5 came with an additional CD full of game demos and utilities, the Voodoo4 has been marketed mostly towards graphics professionals and thus comes with no such CD. But every demo and utility included with the Voodoo5 is freely available for download, making this just a minor shortfall (perhaps more so if you're on a dial-up connection).
Check this first look out for more details. Currently Outpost.com seems to be the source many are receiving their cards from; if your preorder arrives, be sure and drop us a line or mention on our Forum where you ordered the card from, and how much you paid for it.

3dfx Voodoo4 4500 PCI Mac
Voodoo4 4500 First Impressions at games.macnn.com

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