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New drivers for 3dfx range still appear

GDC 007 Enthusiasm
Wed Mar 07 2007, 16:41
3DFX DIED IN the fourth quarter of 2000 and Windows XP came to life a year after.

3dfx was demolished since Graphzilla did a typical American corporate takeover and unlike AMD+ATI, killed all of the support for the products, claiming it was not responsible for them. The support of 3dfx cards then became a matter for the enthusiast community, which did not have any support from the new owners of 3dfx.

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.

If you have a 3dfx card lying around and would like to remember the old days, plug it into the computer and install the drivers that are being designed and produced by 3dfx Italia community, known as the SFFT driver.

That driver isn't a simple re-do of drivers that came out over half a decade ago, but is, in fact, built on a new, unified marchitecture and is in its Alpha 4.5 release. Unlike previous driver packages which split Voodoo3 and Vodoo4/5 product families, this unified baby supports all Voodoo3 family (Voodoo3 2000, Voodoo3 3000 and Voodoo3 3500 cards), and all 3dfx VSA-100 products (Voodoo4 4500, Voodoo5 5500 and Voodoo5 6000). µ

Enthusiast community burns long after marketing dies


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