Guy makes his own 3dfx Voodoo 5 6000 video card

Posted on Thursday, Feb 18 2021 @ 21:07 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Even after all those years, 3dfx remains one of the most iconic names of the video card industry. The company's Voodoo cards were once a must-have for gaming PCs, but the company was not able to hold on to its leadership position as ATI and NVIDIA were able to bang out more compelling products.

Many of 3dfx's final products never hit the market. In the year 2000, the company was working on the Voodoo 5 6000, an over-the-top card that is remembered as a last-ditch effort to remain in the high-end video card market.

The Voodoo 5 6000 was never officially released but about 1,000 cards were produced and these are sometimes sold on auction sites. HotHardware reports a hardware enthusiast who goes by the name "Anthony" has created his own Voodoo 5 6000 video card.

This feat is possible because 3dfx VSA-100 graphics processors are still readily available, you can find them in bulk on eBay for just under $20 per chip. Four of these graphics processors are needed to make the Voodoo 5 6000 and each chip has 32MB SDRAM, resulting in 128MB of memory for the full card -- an incredible amount of memory in 2000.

With the help of some reverse engineering, Anthony created a custom PCB and managed to create a card that performs exactly like the original Voodoo 5 6000. It has the same BIOSes, same drivers, and same bugs. No real Voodoo 5 6000 cards were damaged to reach this feat.
According to a Mod Labs Chief Administrator, some of the issues inherent to the Voodoo 5 6000 (and are replicated with Anthony recreation) are:

  • Color distortion and artifacts in games on some platforms and driver versions
  • The presence of translucent stripes on the screen in high-speed modes of operation
  • Miscellaneous compatibility and speed issues
  • HotHardware says there have been no recently completed auctions for the Voodoo 5 6000 so it's hard to put a value on an original card. However, a brand new sealed box with the Voodoo 5 5500 (which has two VSA-100 processors) recently sold for $1,300 on eBay.

    3dfx Voodoo 5 6000

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    Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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