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Friday, June 30, 2000

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Voodoo5 5500 Review
2:59 PM | Toby Allen | Comment on this story

Sharky Extreme has reviewed the latest "megapixel" card from 3dfx, the Voodoo 5 5500. This very long article - a long article on Sharkys? what a shocker - explains the differences between the V5 and other cards, and also features an intensive Quake 3 Arena benchmarking report. They even discuss overclocking the Voodoo5 to push it to the max. This article gives you very precise and detailed information on this $300+ card, although the tech-speak gets a little thick. Here is what they had to say about the NVIDIA vs 3dfx debate:

Thus far, the battle between 3dfx and NVIDIA for the high-end 3D market has largely been a difference in architectures. While NVIDIA has focused on a single chip solution with high-speed memory (saving on-board real estate and memory costs), 3dfx delivers a less complicated design capable of scaling to 32 processors. This philosophy provides several benefits over traditional single-chip boards that are limited to the fastest memory available.

It is worth noting that using Quake 3 Arena as a benchmark is a hotly debated topic; 3dfx staffers we talked to at E3 said that the game was a totally inappropriate benchmarking tool for 3dfx cards due to the way the game renders multiple texture passes. In any case, we will soon get to see for ourselves just how gorgeous - and fast - full-screen anti-aliasing is in action.

Voodoo5 5500 Review at Sharky Extreme
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