Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 7th Mar 2007 22:42 UTC
3D News, GL, DirectX 3Dfx died in the fourth quarter of 2000 and Windows XP came to life a year after. But seven years after, drivers for 3dfx cards still appear. First of all, it is nearly incredible that enthusiast community managed to support an operating system which was still in the works. Secondly - it is incredible that drivers that support both 32- and 64-bit Windows have just came out.
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Blast from the past
by Phloptical on Thu 8th Mar 2007 00:31 UTC
Phloptical
Member since:
2006-10-10

Yeah, I remember the outcry when 3dfx went under. That was a sad day indeed. I don't remember anything about graphzilla, though. I was always under the impression that NVidia bought 3dfx and the first GeForce was based on a hybrid combo of the Rage and Voodoo chipset. Apparently I was wrong.

Good for the community to keep things going. Kudos to them.

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RE: Blast from the past
by rayiner on Thu 8th Mar 2007 01:09 in reply to "Blast from the past"
rayiner Member since:
2005-07-06

GeForce was not a combo of any of 3dfx's designs. Undoubtedly 3dfx stuff went into NVIDIA's later designs, but that was post GeForce.

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RE[2]: Blast from the past
by voidlogic on Thu 8th Mar 2007 04:14 in reply to "Blast from the past"
voidlogic Member since:
2005-09-03

The Inquirer refers to nvidia as graphzilla
http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx

Does anyone know if any opensource hardware projects are based around the released 3dfx designs?

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RE: Blast from the past
by brewmastre on Thu 8th Mar 2007 16:20 in reply to "Blast from the past"
brewmastre Member since:
2006-08-01

I was always under the impression that NVidia bought 3dfx and the first GeForce was based on a hybrid combo of the Rage and Voodoo chipset.

Do you mean Riva? Rage was/is a GPU from ATI.

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RE[2]: Blast from the past
by Phloptical on Sat 10th Mar 2007 01:49 in reply to "RE: Blast from the past"
Phloptical Member since:
2006-10-10

That's the one. My mistake.

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jrronimo Member since:
2006-02-28

The first time nVidia 'admitted' that they were using 3dfx tech in their cards was the GeForce FX line (you remember the FX5800 dust buster?) There was a video presentation that showed the 'fx' from the 3dfx logo combining with 'GeForce'.

As it turns out, though, if I remember correctly, nVidia had been using 3dfx 2D intellectual property in at least the GeForce 4. I think the FX series was just supposed to be the first 'collaborative' release between the two sets of engineers.

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