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Friday, August 4, 2000
3dfx Q&A
7:48 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Just as the Voodoo5 5500's seem to be making their way to the Mac market, a new interview with 3dfx's Alf Covey has been posted at GA-Hardware. The Q&A discusses their PC sales, Glide API, and a somewhat-pessimistic question about Mac gaming... Here's a clip:

Question: In your Mac V5 campaign, you put special emphasis on your card's excellent gaming performance. However, I don't think that that the Mac platform is especially designed for gaming, even though some of the most popular PC titles are also available for Mac. ATI, apparently to reaffirm its leading position in the Mac graphics market, placed its Radeon's multimedia, CAD and animation capabilities in the forefront, and only then mentioned the new chip's 3D gaming potentials. Your V5 5500 also has these former capabilities. Wouldn't it have been wiser to follow the same policy for you in order to cut a big slice out of the Mac cake?

Answer: At MacWorld we emphasized the entire range of the Mac V5's capabilities, stretching from our excellent 2D speed and 3D rendering with both CAD programs to, of course, Mac gaming. Gaming is what the Voodoo brand name is best known for and we wanted to emphasize what we bring to the table with the Voodoo5 over and above the competition. As for the viability of the Macintosh platform for gaming enthusiasts, there is a definite market of Mac gamers and it's only going to get larger with the Voodoo5 entering the arena.

Head on over to GA-Hardware for more on this interview. Orders of Voodoo5's for the Mac are reportedly now being filled at the 3dfx store as well as Sparco, and we expect the cards to appear at other retailers over the weekend.

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