Finally, a Radeon 9700 killer available

Remedy

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I used to bid on those all the time last year. :) They look like some sort of silicon agp trains. :)
 

BFG10K

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Geez, $900? Yowser. :Q

Yet again it's another reminder of what could have been if 3dfx had stayed alive... :(
 

Killrose

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I wonder why there are'nt any benchmark scores mentioned in his comments? Looking at that card it's no wonder 3dfx left us. Was that card intended to run in a Arcade machine? I don't see why SLI isn't brought back into use today. I guess single chip solutions have'nt peaked-out yet....
 

merlocka

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IIRC, Firingsquad ran some benches on one and in Quake3 1600x1200 it measured about 69fps. That's like a Geforce2 Ultra. Wo0t.
 

vexingv

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wow...i thought 3dfx went under/bought by nvidia rite after voodoo 5500....spend your money elsewhere. though this wuld be a cool collector's item
 

Mloot

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Perhaps a silly question, but is this an actual photo? Almost seems like it would HAVE to be fake, considering its size. Btw, I didn't get into pc's until this year, so I know next to nothing about Voodoo cards.
 

chizow

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Its not a fake, there was working silicon of the V5 6k before 3dfx died.

In any case, someone should buy this. :)

That handle is great for LAN parties!!!!

Chiz
 

kylebisme

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lol, na thats the real thing, it is not the final board though, they never made it to finals. i would have realy dug one back wen the 5500 came out, would have payed up to probably 450$ for it as well, sure as hell am not gonna pay twice that now though.
 

Lonyo

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Imagine 4 R350 cores on 1 card, with 256MB GDDR3 :)
That could be something to behold (and it might need its own PSU! ;))
 

codehack2

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Originally posted by: BFG10K
Geez, $900? Yowser. :Q

Yet again it's another reminder of what could have been if 3dfx had stayed alive... :(
Yep...A company struggling to keep up by butchering together old technology. I'll miss that like a bad case of crabs.

CH2

 

codehack2

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Originally posted by: Lonyo
Imagine 4 R350 cores on 1 card, with 256MB GDDR3 :)
That could be something to behold (and it might need its own PSU! ;))
Sounds like a redundant waste of technology to me... You realize that your limiting each GPU to 64mb (roughly, the 4 chips will share a frame buffer and split the remaining memory 4 ways for texture memory.) 3dfx stuck multiple chips on a single card and banked the memory because they could not produce a single chip solution that matched the fill rate numbers that Nvida was posting. 3dfx didn't choose that path because it was superior, they choose it because they had to inorder to compete.

CH2

 

BFG10K

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Yep...A company struggling to keep up by butchering together old technology. I'll miss that like a bad case of crabs.
That's a pretty narrow-minded view of the company. Yes they did slip behind but the technology they had coming out (Rampage, Spectre) would have likely blown everyone away.
 

merlocka

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Originally posted by: codehack2
Originally posted by: Lonyo
Imagine 4 R350 cores on 1 card, with 256MB GDDR3 :)
That could be something to behold (and it might need its own PSU! ;))
Sounds like a redundant waste of technology to me... You realize that your limiting each GPU to 64mb (roughly, the 4 chips will share a frame buffer and split the remaining memory 4 ways for texture memory.) 3dfx stuck multiple chips on a single card and banked the memory because they could not produce a single chip solution that matched the fill rate numbers that Nvida was posting. 3dfx didn't choose that path because it was superior, they choose it because they had to inorder to compete.

CH2
That's not quite true. 3dfx banked on a couple key things with the VSA-100...

1) .18 wouldn't be ready in time
2) DDR memory wouldn't be cost effective for ~12 months after the VSA was released.

Turns out they were wrong on both accounts, but using scalable architecture allows them to double the memory bandwith with cheaper SDRAM. In hindsight it was a bad call, but at the time there were plenty of fanboi's around screaming about DDR's inefficiencies and .18/.22 yields.... it's always easier looking backwards.
 

Rand

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, it is not the final board though, they never made it to finals.
It was never released bu they did have a small number fo boards that did make it to final silicon/PCB revision... which was Model 4400 or 3400 or something.... can't remeber specifically.

I'd love one if only as a collectable, but the cost is way beyond me.
 

Xtasy

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Hmmm... a piece of compu technology that can actually appreciate in value :D. I still hardly doubt that it's 4 chips and sdram can even beat a geforce 3.
 

renditionkid

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Nah, the never released Hercules Thriller Conspiracy based on the Rendition v2200 chipset with geometry acceration onboard would kill the GeForceFX. It would die laughing.:D
 

nRollo

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This card is a 9700 killer? Only if it fell on it.
If this card would have shipped the same fall the GF1s shipped, it would have been the king for 6 months. The people spending $900 on these things are nuts, they're getting more and more useless every day, and as a collectable pcbs just don't cut it.
 

Jeff7

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Originally posted by: Lonyo
Imagine 4 R350 cores on 1 card, with 256MB GDDR3 :)
That could be something to behold (and it might need its own PSU! ;))
Actually, the V5 6000 also had its own power supply - a power brick, with a wire that plugged into the card's outside interface panel.
4 R350 cores would probably need 2 cooling towers in addition to a power supply.:) Of course, think of the resolutions that could do, with antialiasing.
 

Pariah

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It was never released bu they did have a small number fo boards that did make it to final silicon/PCB revision... which was Model 4400 or 3400 or something.... can't remeber specifically.
I thought Quantum3D bought the technology behind the 6000 and sold it under the AAlchemy label.

Edit:

Here it is, they are still selling it with configurations up to 16 VSA-100 chips and 1GB of dedicated video memory. That's a Radeon9700 killer, of course you'll also need to sell a few organs to buy it.

Quantum 3D AAlechemy
 

Hamburgerpimp

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ahhh, murmur! I'll stick with my 8500AIW and perhaps get three 9700AIW for the price of that. I've seen benchmarks all over charts on this card. I've also seen these card burn up since they run so damn hot. That would suck to drop nearly a grand on a video card, then have it go up in flames as soon as you install it!!
 

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