Speece on V5 Drivers, V4 Release
3:58 PM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story
With the 3dfx Mac Voodoo5 5500 arriving on shelves, we contacted 3dfx's Bryan Speece for details on the drivers for these cards, and when we might expect the lower-cost single chip V4 4500 to be released. Speece replied with details about their driver release schedule, as well as a list of advantages the V4 card will offer over 3dfx's Voodoo3 PCI cards, which are still available:
We intend to post consistent updates to the V5 software. The first will probably be within the next couple of days - but it's mainly a bug fix release - nothing in there honing performance yet. Considering 3dfx's excellent driver support for the V3, an "unsupported" card, we expect rapid development of these drivers to address the concerns and feedback we have received so far from Mac users of the V5. For those currently uncertain about a purchase of the V5, the V4 may be worth waiting for, even for those who already have a Voodoo3.
3dfx Voodoo4/5 Mac Products
The 4500 PCI is on track. We stated at MWNY that it would follow about a month and a half after the V5 and things are pretty much on schedule for that. Some advantages of the V4 4500 over the V3 would be: 32-bit color, FXT1 texture compression, 333MPixels/sec fill rate (versus 166), support for 2Kx2K textures, 32 MB RAM (versus 16), QuickTime acceleration, Quickdraw acceleration (including font and pict caching), 2-sample FSAA, DVI + VGA output, dedicated Control Panel, true Mac install (works out of the box = no ROM flashing necessary) and full service/warranty.
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