Feeds

3dfx works its Voodoo on Mac users

OpenGL support,faster PCI board

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Remote control for virtualized desktops

3dfx continued its pursuit of non-Windows gamers by touting its latest Voodoo 3-based card, a PCI version of the Voodoo 3 3000, directly at Mac users. Well, sort of. 3dfx's Voodoo 3 2000 PCI has proved one of the company's more popular products, irrespective of platform, despite operating aat a lower clock speed than 3dfx's AGP boards.

The Voodoo 3 2000 operates at 143MHz, the 3000 at 166MHz, ensuring it can pump out seven million triangles per second at at resolutions of up to 2046 x 1536. The 2000 can generate six million triangles per second. Both cards ship with 16MB video RAM. 3dfx acknowledges that PCI products sell rather better than AGP units, so adding PCI support to the 3000 line is a clear reaction to market demand --and given 3dfx's financial state, reacting to demand is something it has to do in spades, right now. 3dfx would have a PCI Voodoo 3 3000 out now even if it had no interest in the Mac market, whatsoever.

Fortunately, though, it does. While the likes of S3 and Nvidia ignore it, 3dfx has being willing to cater for Mac gamers. It began developing and releasing Mac reference drivers earlier this year, culminating with the release last week of the first version to offer native OpenGL support.

Having tried the software with OpenGL-based Mac versions of Quakes II and III over the weekend, our own tests suggests the company has done a pretty good job, and the Voodoo 2000 makes for a considerably faster 16-bit colour frame rate (and with much better visual results, particularly in Quake III) than our blue'n'white Power Mac G3's built-in ATI Rage 128 card. But then that's not too surprising, since 3dfx recently hired away ATI's chief Mac coder, Ray Swartz.

OpenGL is particularly important here, since Apple is focusing its development of the Mac version of the 3D graphics API on the ATI card. 3dfx's driver hooks into the latest version of Mac OpenGL, 1.1.2, which is the first to support the PowerPC 7400's (aka G4) AltiVec vector processing engine.

Meanwhile, 3dfx is believed to be taking space at January's MacWorld Expo, suggesting that a rather bigger Mac-oriented announcement is in the works. It's unlikely, given the size of the market, to be a Mac-branded board, so our vote is for at-launch availability of Voodoo 4 and 5 Mac drivers. ®

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
Bladerunner sequel might actually be good. Harrison Ford is in it
Go ahead, you're all clear, kid... Sorry, wrong film
Musicians sue UK.gov over 'zero pay' copyright fix
Everyone else in Europe compensates us - why can't you?
I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations
Quick, call the Time Cops to sort out this paradox!
Euro Parliament VOTES to BREAK UP GOOGLE. Er, OK then
It CANNA do it, captain.They DON'T have the POWER!
Megaupload overlord Kim Dotcom: The US HAS RADICALISED ME!
Now my lawyers have bailed 'cos I'm 'OFFICIALLY' BROKE
Forget Hillary, HP's ex CARLY FIORINA 'wants to be next US Prez'
Former CEO has political ambitions again, according to Washington DC sources
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing and building an open ITOA architecture
Learn about a new IT data taxonomy defined by the four data sources of IT visibility: wire, machine, agent, and synthetic data sets.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
5 critical considerations for enterprise cloud backup
Key considerations when evaluating cloud backup solutions to ensure adequate protection security and availability of enterprise data.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Managing SSL certificates with ease
The lack of operational efficiencies and compliance pitfalls associated with poor SSL certificate management, and how the right SSL certificate management tool can help.