Hi EVGA friends,
It has been quite a while that I posted something from my 3dfx days, something none of you have really read about, and since I have been in contact with my x-3dfx buddies and crew, I really wanted to spare time to tell you my experiences with the 3dfx people, Crew and entire 3dfx community.
Back then I made some very large milestones but also I continued supporting 3dfx communities even after the fall of 3dfx to like 2009, mainly where it came to the Napalm based boards, the Voodoo5 series which used the VSA-100 meaning Voodoo Scalable Architechture-100, 100 being the first in it's kind.
The boards I was interested in most was the Voodoo5 line, mainly the never released Voodoo5 6000 AGP 128MB & never released Voodoo5 5000 AGP & PCI.
The Voodoo5 6000 AGP was the Quad Chip SLI High-end Voodoo5, as where the Voodoo5 5000 AGP/PCI were the low end Voodoo5 boards.
3dfx worked on the Voodoo5 6000 for a good 55 weeks+, it never made it to the market, all because it was far too complex for it's time, even that ex-3dfx Engineer Hank Semenec made a fix for it in 2002, named PCI-Rework, that was like 2 years after the demise of 3dfx it's self; most of the 3dfx techies took home their work and worked on it until they really solved it, the 3dfx community was still active in 2002 and many people started buying these Engineering Samples, not only for their collections but mainly due to pure interest and curiosity, just to find out what they missed out on, what could these cards do and what could be improved driver wise.
So I thought before entering this unique world, I decided to study what is known and just question these people and these left over ex-3dfx Engineers, programmers you name it, the entire bucket list of questions, doubts thoughts everything fell in to place, eventually.
After I acquired my 3dfx Voodoo5 6000 AGP 128MB Rev.A 3700 on December 17, 2005, I started to ask around who else had this card, who else had idea's to make it run stable with what driver I was making a list that showed all the people who had this particular card and that also showed the amount of revisions the owners had and what country they live in.
And I did this list to about May 12, 2009 something like that, so all what you are about to see is from May 12, 2009, so it may be somewhat inaccurate as owners go, but the amount of boards found is pretty close to accurate even today same as the amount of Defective and functional boards go.
Before I start showing the lists & research, here a video of the 3dfx Oral History Panel with the original Founders from 3dfx Interactive it's self, interviewed by Shayne Hodge on July 29, 2013 in Mountain View, California, X6887.2013
Computer History Museum
From left to right:
Gary Tarolli - founder & CTOScott Sellers - Executive VP Engineering, CTO, co-founder, member Board of DirectorsRoss Smith - founderGordon Campbell - Chairman of the Board and Founder"3dfx was a pioneering consumer computer graphics company best known for its Voodoo Graphics accelerators for PCs. Their graphics products also found their way into popular arcade games such as San Francisco Rush and NFL Blitz. 3dfx's cards and their Glide API were arguably the most popular and important products of their era. Despite their early dominance in the computer graphics industry, 3dfx went from industry leader to bankruptcy in just a few years' span. In this oral history, the four original co-founders discuss the history of 3dfx, lessons learned, and anecdotes from their careers in technology. Visit http://www.computerhistor...ections/oralhistories/ for more information about the Computer History Museum's Oral Histories Collection." As my 3dfx past goes, mainly during the days after 3dfx Interactive was applied by NVIDIA cooperation on December 15, 2000, Itoo went my own way, had goals to collect 3dfx VGA cards and explore them research them even.
And help the 3dfx Community to apply them knowledge of the never released Engineering Samples so Icould give them a better view of what untold secrets 3dfx had with these Lab Cards.
So here is something I did for the entire 3dfx community, something no one else could do, yet i had all the contacts with probably the largest group of 3dfx collectors from 2002 to 2009, the data I have here is from 2005 to 2009, as the world owner lists go of the Voodoo5 6000's & 5000 Engineering Samples.
The World Voodoo5 6000 List Listing of defect cards: V6K Different type amount | Revision | PCB Date | V6K Total amount
«» 3 | Comdex, Rev.A0, Rev.A1 | 41-4999, 0700, 1500 | 3 «»
Omega_Supreme
«» 2 | Rev.A0,Rev.A | 0700, 3900 | 3 «»
gdonovan
«» 1 | Rev.A0 | 0700 | 1 «»
Kyle Bennett
«» 1 | Rev.A2 | 2600 | 1 «»
Nightbird
«» 1 | Rev.A3 | 3400 | 1 «»
Simon3D
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
Tim
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
GrandAdmiralThrawn
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
cUsLs
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
Chosen_One
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
Wild_Bill
Total Rev. 41-4999's: 1
Total Rev.A0 0700's: 3
Total Rev.A1 1500's: 2
Total Rev.A2 2600's: 1
Total Rev.A3 3400's: 1
Total Rev.A 3700's: 5
Total Rev.A 3900's: 1
Total of defect 3dfx Voodoo 5 6000 AGP's: 14
Listing of functional cards: V6K Different type amount | Revision | PCB Date | V6K Total amount
«» 5 | Rev.A0, Rev.A1, Rev.A2, Rev.A3, Rev.A | 0700, 1500, 2600, 3400, 3700 | 7 «»
gdonovan
«» 4 | Rev.A1, Rev.A2, Rev.A3, Rev.A | 1500, 2600, 3400, 3700 | 8 «»
osckhar
«» 3 | Rev.A2, Rev.A3, Rev.A | 2600, 3400, 3900 | 3 «»
Omega_Supreme
«» 2 | Rev.A3, Rev.A | 3400, 3700 | 2 «»
Nightbird
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 2 «»
Murfi
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 2 «»
Lt.Com.DATA
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 2 «»
SnaG
«» 1 | Rev.A2 | 2600 | 1 «»
G1nX
«» 1 | Rev.A2 | 2600 | 1 «»
Rolo01
«» 1 | Rev.A2 | 2600 | 1 «»
SK1
«» 1 | Rev.A3 | 3400 | 1 «»
feinripp
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
m14radu
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
razrx
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
Corsworth6K
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
Max_R
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
neurocrash
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
rimshaker
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
Ricednet
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
Mikepedo
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
Amigamerlin
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
OcTaGuNs
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
666psycho
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
Backfire
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
Raff
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
SATKABEL
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
exxe
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
gtxe
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
masterj85
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
Raziel
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
Tweakstone
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
Fish
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
guenter.f.68
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
Hiero
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
Zilch
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
Voodoo_Freak
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
dborca
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
Torch
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
Tomcat
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
Surrimugge
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
xr4y^
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
zzyzzyxx
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
yjfy
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
Wang Fei
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
cUsLs
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
ALT-F13
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
KokoHemmo
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
roflkopp aka Mr.LoLMan
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
ps47
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
Corn
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
Markus
Total Rev. 41-4999's: 0
Total Rev.A0 0700's: 1
Total Rev.A1 1500's: 4
Total Rev.A2 2600's: 6
Total Rev.A3 3400's: 5
Total Rev.A 3700's: 53
Total Rev.A 3900's: 1
Total of functional 3dfx Voodoo 5 6000 AGP's: 70
Total of all cards with all functional Voodoo Volts: V6K Different type amount | Revision | PCB Date | V6K Total amount | Large Legacy VV | Small Legacy VV | Late VV
«» 6 | Rev.A0, Rev.A1, Rev.A2, Rev.A3, Rev.A | 0700, 1500, 2600, 3400, 3700, 3900 | 9 | 1 | 2 | 4 «»
gdonovan
«» 6 | Comdex, Rev.A0, Rev.A1, Rev.A2, Rev.A3, Rev.A | 41-4999, 0700, 1500, 2600, 3400, 3900 | 7 | 2 | 3 «»
Omega_Supreme
«» 4 | Rev.A1, Rev.A2, Rev.A3, Rev.A | 1500, 2600, 3400, 3700 | 8 | 2 | 3 «»
osckhar
«» 3 | Rev.A2, Rev.A3, Rev.A | 2600, 3400, 3700 | 3 | 2 | 1 «»
Nightbird
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 2 | 2 «»
Murfi
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 2 «»
Lt.Com.DATA
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 2 «»
SnaG
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 2 «»
cUsLs
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 | 1 «»
rimshaker
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 | 1 «»
666psycho
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 | 1 «»
Tim
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 | 1«»
razrx
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 | 1 «»
exxe
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 | 1 «»
KokoHemmo
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 | 1 «»
zzyzzyxx
«» 1 | Rev.A0 | 0700 | 1 «»
Kyle Bennett
«» 1 | Rev.A2 | 2600 | 1 «»
G1nX
«» 1 | Rev.A2 | 2600 | 1 «»
Rolo01
«» 1 | Rev.A2 | 2600 | 1 «»
SK1
«» 1 | Rev.A3 | 3400 | 1 «»
feinripp
«» 1 | Rev.A3 | 3400 | 1 «»
Simon3D
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
GrandAdmiralThrawn
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
m14radu
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
neurocrash
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
Corsworth6K
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
Max_R
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
Ricednet
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
Mikepedo
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
Amigamerlin
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
OcTaGuNs
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
roflkopp aka Mr.LoLMan
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
Backfire
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
SATKABEL
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
Chosen_One
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
Wild_Bill
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
gtxe
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
masterj85
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
Raziel
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
Tweakstone
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
Fish
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
guenter.f.68
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
Hiero
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
Raff
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
Zilch
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
Voodoo_Freak
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
ALT-F13
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
ps47
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
Torch
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
Tomcat
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
Surrimugge
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
xr4y^
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
Corn
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
Markus
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
dborca
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
yjfy
«» 1 | Rev.A | 3700 | 1 «»
Wang Fei
Total Rev. 41-4999's: 1
Total Rev.A0 0700's: 4
Total Rev.A1 1500's: 6
Total Rev.A2 2600's: 7
Total Rev.A3 3400's: 6
Total Rev.A 3700's: 58
Total Rev.A 3900's: 2
Total of 3dfx Voodoo 5 6000 AGP's: 84
Total of V6K People: 57
Listing of Voodoo Volts: VV Different type amount | Large Legacy VV | Small Legacy VV | Late VV | Total amount VV
«» 3 | 1 | 2 | 4 | 7 «»
gdonovan
«» 2 | 2 | 3 | 5 «»
Omega_Supreme
«» 2 | 2 | 3 | 5 «»
osckhar
«» 2 | 2 | 1 | 3 «»
Nightbird
«» 1 | 2 | 2 «»
Murfi
«» 1 | 1 | 1 «»
rimshaker
«» 1 | 1 | 1 «»
666psycho
«» 1 | 1 | 1 «»
Tim
«» 1 | 1 | 1 «»
razrx
«» 1 | 1 | 1 «»
exxe
«» 1 | 1 | 1 «»
KokoHemmo
«» 1 | 1 | 1 «»
zzyzzyxx
Total Large Legacy VV's: 3
Total Small Legacy VV's: 6
Total Late VV's: 20
Total of 3dfx Voodoo Volts: 29
Total of VV People: 12
Here a pic of the Large & Small Legacy Voodoo Volts + the Late Voodoo Volts just to get the idea :)
The Voodoo5 6000 Motherboard List Compatible Mainboards for V6K's Abit Sa7 (SiS645dx) Rev. 1.2 (latest BIOS) compatible Rev.A 3700
SIDENOTE: If 98SE is used, the latest Raziel Evolution Driver is needed, Amigamerlin + Reference Drivers will cause the System to lock up in 3D Apps (no further drivers tested). No Problems under XP with reference drivers, Amigamerlin, SFFT, none further tested
Asus P4S533-E (SiS645dx) Rev. 1.04 (BIOS 1006 and 1008Beta tested) compatible Rev.A 3700
ASUS P3B-F (i440BX, v1.04): compatible (tested BIOS up to 1006, higher BIOS versions result in no-vga beep) Rev.A3 3400
EPoX EP-BX3 Rev.A2 2600, Rev.A3 3400, Rev.A 3700 compatible
EPoX EP-8K3A Rev. 1.0 Rev.A 3700 compatible
EPoX EP-8K3A+ Rev. 1.1 Rev.A 3700 compatible
EPoX EP-8K5A2+ Rev. 1.2 Rev.A2 2600 & Rev.A 3700 compatible
EPoX EP-8K5A3+ Rev. 1.1 Rev.A2 2600 & Rev.A 3700 compatible
EPoX EP-8KHA VIA Apollo KT266(A) compatible Rev.A 3700
Intel OR840 (i840, v701, v702, v703, v704): compatible
(v702 tested extensively, tested BIOSes include IBM and Intel original BIOS v225, v235, v248 and v255 versions (255 got a bug with FSB133 stability though, 248 recommended)) Rev.A3 3400
Gigabyte GA-7DPXDW-P Rev: 1.0 Rev.A 3700 compatible
SOYO KT333 ULTRA DRAGON compatible, Rev.A 3700
Tian Ji Motherboard 815 ET Rev.A2 2600 compatible Tested by Edmundoab in Kuala Lumpur in a computer store. specs of this mini ATX P3 mobo here:
http://www.alibaba.com/product-gs/230676 …ard_815_ET.html
Partly Compatible Mainboards for V6K's ASUS P3C-E (i820): partly compatible (runs, but HB1-SE66 heats up abnormally during POST and operation, confirmed to pose a real danger to the bridge chip! Do NOT try! If you absolutely have to, using a heatsink for the HB1-SE66 bridge chip is a must!) Rev.A3 3400 & Rev.A 3700
MSI KT3 Ultra2 (KT333 CE) partly compatible Rev.A 3700
Tyan Tiger 760 MPX Rev.A2 2600, Rev.A3 3400 & Rev.A 3700 partly compatible
Tyan Thunder K7X Pro Rev.A2 2600, Rev.A3 3400 & Rev.A 3700 partly compatible
Incompatible Mainboards for V6K's ABIT BX6 (i440BX, v1.0): incompatible (no POST) Rev.A 3700
ABIT BE6-II (i440BX, v1.1): incompatible (no-vga beep) Rev.A 3700
ABIT ST6-RAID (i815EP, B0 Step): incompatible (no-vga beep) Rev.A 3700
ASUS A7A266-E incompatible, Rev.A 3700
ASUS A7M266-D Rev.1.01 incompatible, Rev.A 3700
ASUS TUA-266 Rev. 1.01 Rev.A 3700 incompatible
ASUS A7V333-R Rev. 1.02 & 2.00 Rev.A 3700 incompatible
Soyo 6BA+IV (i440BX): incompatible (no-vga beep) Rev.A 3700
post edited by Gold Leader - 2014/06/30 00:59:07