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Friday, July 21, 2000
Mac Voodoo5 AGP On the Way?
11:49 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

A very interesting page has appeared on 3dfx's web site, listing an AGP version of the Mac Voodoo5 5500. While 3dfx has noted in the past they were hoping to get an OEM deal with Apple allowing them to sell G4s with the Voodoo5 installed, a lack of DVD support and general reluctance from Apple seemed to make this unlikely. The fact that there is a relatively small base of Mac AGP machines to sell cards to was also a deterrent; this fact also made it unlikely that a retail AGP card would be available for some time. But this page certainly does seem to hint that 3dfx is hoping to have a Mac AGP version ready, and that they do have at least some DVD support available. Here's a clip:

DVD hardware assist: planar to packed-pixel conversion

Assists DVD titles in running at 30fps without dropped frames.

There is still no mention of support of Apple's DVD player, though this isn't surprising, as they were supposedly working on a player of their own. Keep in mind there has been no official announcement of any kind about a Mac AGP card, though this page suggests there could be in the future. Often the webmaster is the last to know. Be sure to check out IMG's coverage of the 3dfx conference at Macworld NY for more info.

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Mac AGP Voodoo5 5500 Web Site

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