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Tuesday, February 12, 2002
 
3dfx Web Site to Shut Down
6:00 AM | Sean Smith | Comment on this story

As some Mac gamers will remember, 3dfx Interactive, once the premier supplier of graphics chipsets for add-on 3D video cards, decided in December 2000 — after an expensive foray into manufacturing its own video cards and several consecutive unprofitable quarters — to wind up its operations and sell its intellectual property and certain stocks of chips to nVidia.

Contrary to the impression of some gamers who faulted nVidia at the time for "abandoning" 3dfx's customers, nVidia never purchased its former rival. Placing the interests of its creditors and shareholders ahead of those of its customers, 3dfx chose not to make continuing support of its customers or products a condition of the sale of its intellectual assets to nVidia.

That choice, however, hasn't stopped many of the dedicated users of the company's Voodoo cards from continuing to squeeze as much life as possible from the now unsupported products.

Now the 3dfx web site, which has been serving as an archive of the company's drivers, will soon be shut down entirely. Here's a statement from the one remaining page at 3dfx.com:

3dfx Interactive, Inc. is no longer providing support for any 3dfx products and drivers. Information about 3dfx is no longer available from the 3dfx.com website. Please be advised that on February 19, 2002, the 3dfx.com website will be shut down entirely.
The 3dfx web site suggests that users looking for drivers visit VoodooFiles for third-party as well as original drivers, although the Mac support at VoodooFiles leaves a great deal to be desired. A more convenient source of the latest 3dfx Mac drivers for Voodoo2, 3, 4, and 5 cards can be found at Clan MacGaming.

[Eddie Park contributed to this story.]

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VoodooFiles: 3dfx Resources
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