3Dfx is doubling up in its attempt to stay on top of the games platform.
The graphics giant will bid to remain the graphics processor maker of choice for serious gamers with the PCI/AGP Voodoo 2, and will ask real addicts to install two of the cards for optimum performance. However, it will be April before the cards ship, at about $250-300 per card.
The firm, which has sold over one million Voodoo-based cards already, comes from an arcade games background and 3Dfx spokesmen said that the Voodoo 2 is designed using advanced arcade technology such as parallel rendering and dual texture units. Claimed performance is ten times faster than a Nintendo 64 and eight times faster than a Sony Playstation. Quake will run at 100 frames per second, the firm added.
The Voodoo 2 is optimised for Pentium II and Pentium Pro but 3Dfx says that significant performance gains will also be possible on an older machine such as a 75MHz Pentium.
The firm also believes that the Voodoo 2 could act as a jemmy into the mainstream graphics card market.
"We believe that Voodoo 2 re-establishes 3Dfx as the undisputed performance leader in the game enthusiast market, a cornerstone of our strategy for penetrating the mainstream graphics market," said Greg Ballard, president and CEO, in a prepared statement.