Aw Shucks, Nvidia's April Fool's Prank Tugs at 3dfx Fans' Heart Strings - HotHardware
Aw Shucks, Nvidia's April Fool's Prank Tugs at 3dfx Fans' Heart Strings

Aw Shucks, Nvidia's April Fool's Prank Tugs at 3dfx Fans' Heart Strings

Oh Nvidia, why must you play with our emotions like this? The GPU maker today introduced the 3dfx Voodoo 590, saying "a group of ex-3dfx veterans at Nvidia have been leading a secret double life...working on a revolutionary graphics card based on 3dfx technology." If you're an old school PC gamer, you're thinking this is too good to be true, right?

Sadly, you're correct. Today is April 1, 2011, otherwise known as April Fool's Day, and in the technology industry, that means you need to be on the lookout for goofy press releases and bogus announcements. This is one of them, no matter how much we wish it were true, but let's play along for a moment anyway.

"We named it the 590 because it matches the GeForce GTX 590 in fillrate--an essential metric in graphics performance. Both cards saturate at 77.7 Gigatexels per second, the only difference being that the Voodoo 590 is built using 3dfx technology from ten years ago," says Gary Tarolli, former Chief Scientist of 3dfx.


Nvidia's awesomely fictitious card crams 233 unaltered VSA-100 chips on a single board, each one still clocked at 166MHz with two pixel pipelines with embedded memory to both save space and provide "huge on-chip bandwidth."

It's an obvious farce, and we're happy to see Nvidia play around with the 3dfx brand, even if only as a gag, but not all enthusiasts feel that way.

"Still waiting for the official drivers that you have promised ten years ago...After this joke I'm going to buy only AMD videocards," a poster on Nvidia's forums wrote. "Although VSA-100 was late to the market and didn't survive in competition, this joke is realy stupid. Let 3dfx rest in peace. Some day you'll be there, too," another poster wrote.

Our advice? Lighten up. 3dfx may have died long before its time (Nvidia acquired 3dfx in late 2000. At the time, 3dfx was in major debt and facing bankruptcy proceedings), but the company's legacy lives on in 3D gaming as a whole, which it helped to advance. Kudos to Nvidia for the trip down memory lane.
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I used to have a 3dfx card that thing screamed at the time :)

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my first video card was a voodoo 3. that card basically jump started my interest in computer and tech in general. Man that brings back some memorizes of half life one and need for speed hot pursuit.

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I had one as well.. I cant remember what it was off had but it was impressive for its day.

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I had an old VooDoo 5500 :-P

It was pretty beast back in the day! lol

It also had a rendering of Halo on the box... back when it was still slated to be a PC game lol

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LOL, i don't even know there was such thing called 3dfx so this fools me :D

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Yup I was on the 3dfx bandwagon too back then, had the 32 MB board. lol

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Yup they were nice as an April fools though I think I liked the Webcast better it had me fooled for a second I was thinking people were coming back to market etc before I caught the AGP and 1Gb of memory.

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a nice gag and trip down memory lane for sure & brought back memories of my 4200Ti AGP which was out about 2 years later

what's most amusing are the remarks from some that take themselves way too serious with the little gag

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Love the "Does not have T&L, Shaders, and other useless things" bullet on the slide.

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As someone who owned and used two Voodoo 5 6000s back in the day, I can't say how much I wish this was actually accurate. :) (and no, I'm not kidding) 

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Ive still got a computer running a voodoo card, as much as i spent on the thing its a wonder its still not working!

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