3dfx Brand Revived

Confirming recent rumors, a tweet from 3dfx Interactive announces the 3dfx brand has been purchased, and new 3dfx products will be released this (northern) winter. The only thing harder to find for your PC these days than a new graphics card is a new graphics card from 3dfx. That's because the company shut down back in 2000, selling most of its assets to rival NVIDIA. Tom's Hardware expresses skepticism, but here's the (theoretical, at least) word on the plan for the return of the voodoo doctors:
Jansen Products is proud to announce that 3dfx is returning after 20 years.

Jansen products, a new investment company in San Francisco, acquired the assets of 3dfx Interactive on July 23rd and is currently in the process of trade marking the 3dfx name. Our partners at Jansen will monitor day-to-day operations of the 3dfx brand. 3dfx is scheduled to return this winter with new graphics cards, and will expand into other products relating to smartphones, smart TVs, and sound systems.
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My 3dfx cards...
Aug 9, 2021, 03:41
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 Ant
 
I had a Monster 3D (Voodoo 1) and Creative Blaster (Voodoo 2; 12 MB of VRAM) according to my http://zimage.com/~ant/antfarm/about/toys.html list.
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Aug 5, 2021, 09:38
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Aug 5, 2021, 09:38
 
Canopus Pure 3D II domination!

My only 3dfx. But man, I had an S3 Virge, a Voodoo 2, maybe one between that, then a ton of ATI and NVIDIA. Still have one or two laying around, and it's fun seeing how they're probably 20% the weight of my current card, if that.
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Aug 5, 2021, 09:25
 
This would never happen because Nvidia owns the tech now, but it would be pretty awesome if someone made new stock of old Glide cards for retro PCs.
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Aug 4, 2021, 22:59
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Re: 3dfx Brand Revived Aug 4, 2021, 22:59
Aug 4, 2021, 22:59
 
I actually care very little for this news and am extremely sceptical that any decent product will result, however . . .

Sigwolf wrote on Aug 4, 2021, 21:25:
I still have a 3dfx card in an old computer in my guest room closet. Don't remember which model, but I wonder if it still runs. I don't think that computer even had network access, so I never had an effective way to get any data off that machine since my later computers didn't have floppy or magnetic tape backup drives.

Nostalgia !!! The awe of seeing 3D accelerated graphics on your PC screen for the first time!

I have my original Orchid Righteous 3Dfx Voodoo + original box + CD's lying around somewhere. 'tis weird that the card had no heatsink.

Came with Fatal Racing + Mechwarrior 2 games (and something else). Soundtrack for Mechwarrior 2 is awesome and is something I'll listen to occasionally.
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Aug 4, 2021, 22:58
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Aug 4, 2021, 22:58
 
This makes absolutely no sense. The gaming market back then was tiny relative today - the brand recognition wouldn't be very big - the tech would be worthless... I mean, I'm still a huge 3DFX fan (my handle has been Glide since the 90s), but this just seems silly.

The only way this works (surely) is if they become an OEM board manufacturer for AMD or nVIDIA, unless they want to ignite the retro gaming market with old tech?
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Aug 4, 2021, 21:25
 
I still have a 3dfx card in an old computer in my guest room closet. Don't remember which model, but I wonder if it still runs. I don't think that computer even had network access, so I never had an effective way to get any data off that machine since my later computers didn't have floppy or magnetic tape backup drives.
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Aug 4, 2021, 18:47
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Aug 4, 2021, 18:47
 
Since I am an undead wraith, I actually still have an operational Voodoo2 (PCI) and an operational Voodoo5 5500 AGP card. I think they both sell for around $250 each on EBay.

If anyone almost as old as I am on this board wants them for a decent price, we could open negotiations. Would need an old-skool gamer with an old-skool rig so be aware of the requirements. Needs AGP or PCI (you wouldn't use both), but both cards (when last tested) ran Independence War and the original Unreal very buttery smooth.


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Aug 4, 2021, 17:58
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Aug 4, 2021, 17:58
 
Zanderat1 wrote on Aug 4, 2021, 12:53:
Sounds like voodoo to me.

Yeah. It's pretty extreme. I still get a rush just hearing about it though.

This comment was edited on Aug 4, 2021, 18:20.
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Aug 4, 2021, 17:51
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Aug 4, 2021, 17:51
 
I hear Atari and 3dfx will be teaming up to make stuff for their local craft fairs this upcoming season.
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Aug 4, 2021, 17:10
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Wallshadows wrote on Aug 4, 2021, 16:10:
I only found out, like, last week that Elsa and Tyan are still around. Apparently Falcon Northwest is still kicking too.

The gang is all here!

The ELSA you're thinking of, the German company, went tits up in 2000. There's a Japanese partnership that was founded in 1997 that is using the name but the OG ELSA is long defunct.

Not only is Tyan still around, they are back to producing consumer level motherboards for modern CPUs. Well, they're producing exactly one motherboard for Threadripper. Their bread and butter is still enterprise oriented hardware.
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Re: 3dfx Brand Revived
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Aug 4, 2021, 17:10
 
Yaaay, brings back my Voodoo 2 graphics card memories.

Listen, unless they can even be SLIGHTLY in the market against Nvidia and AMD meaning that they can rival their products, if they can deliver the cards at normal folk prices again, they might have a chance to stay. You will look at Nvidia and AMD the luxury car brand of gfx cards and 3DFX as the poor man's car, yet it works.
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Aug 4, 2021, 16:57
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jccalhoun wrote on Aug 4, 2021, 13:00:
"new graphics cards, and will expand into other products relating to smartphones, smart TVs, and sound systems. "
So this is going to be like the Polaroid TV I had a few years ago. They are just buying the name and will slap the name on stuff they buy from China.

Yes. Or from wherever they buy it...could be China, Ohio, South Korea, Mexico.....this is just branding.
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Aug 4, 2021, 16:10
 
I only found out, like, last week that Elsa and Tyan are still around. Apparently Falcon Northwest is still kicking too.

The gang is all here!
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Aug 4, 2021, 16:08
 
Perhaps the bit brothers and glaze 3d will resurface as well.
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Zanderat1 wrote on Aug 4, 2021, 12:53:
Sounds like voodoo to me.
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They have a lot of catch-up to do. But if they can catch-up, I welcome merit-based competition.
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Daehawk wrote on Aug 4, 2021, 14:44:
What a terrible time to open a graphics card company. Theres no chips and I doubt they own a fab.

Back in the late 90's--neither nVidia or 3dfx owned their own chip FABs. nVidia still doesn't. So it's doable without a fab, but this particular Jansen company seems like a prank. It's also a terrible way to announce something like this. Etc. If they had bought the "assets" from nVidia they'd have said so...


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Re: 3dfx Brand Revived
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Aug 4, 2021, 15:46
 
I'll believe this when I see it--tomorrow there are supposed to be "announcements"--but it doesn't sound like anything to me. I wasn't aware the 3dfx had an "assets" to speak of...;) What assets did "Jansen" buy, exactly? 20 years ago nobody could compete with them in the 3d GPU markets. But...they don't exist at all today.

Sounds like balderdash to me...;) We'll see. Reminds me of when a certain PC OEM bought the remains of C= circa 1995--you know, the company that used cows for its logo to sell systems--cannot believe I've forgotten them. Anyway, lots of us were all excited that they were going to pump new money into the C= brand and bring back the Amiga. Never happened--they sat on it and then sold it to someone else, who sold it again, and the rest is history. The Amiga is gone for good--and so is 3dfx. (The Amiga brand survives, barely, but the products are not Amigas.)

You cannot just "jump" into the 3d GPU business--like buying the "assets" *cough* on July 23, and then 90 days later popping out competitive 3d GPUs. Even with all its money and resources, Intel couldn't even come close to doing something like that. Sounds contrived, to me.

I also note that none of the original 3dfx principals are mentioned here...someone's idea of a prank, I guess.

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Daehawk wrote on Aug 4, 2021, 14:44:
What a terrible time to open a graphics card company. Theres no chips and I doubt they own a fab.

Fab....long time ago when we was fab.
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Aug 4, 2021, 15:11
 
YEP , this is just like Circuit City & TigerDirect . Technically they still both exist , even though they've long been dead. Someone just bought the online name space basically.
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