OK folks! Listen up!
We've got some great new breaking news for you here! Today we had a little
chat with Brian Burke PR-SupaFly-Man of 3dfx! Check it...
for taking time out of your busy schedule to speak with the us. We'll let
you get back to more critical tasks ASAP. We Voodoo 3 Freaks wouldn't want
to take you off the product launch of the V3-3500 board for too long.
Uh... Brian... can you stop the Wide Screen-Quake 3-Frag Fest for a
minute???? Put down the Twinkies too! (man...
it must be tough...) Just
kidding Bri! :-)
better back off here...)
-- Anyway, a few weeks back we got a glimpse of an early version of the
Voodoo3-3500 board at the E3 show. Needless to say, we were very
impressed! Has anything changed since we saw it last? Here is a pic for a
Nothing has changed other than the driver. We are getting close with a new
rev of the Voodoo3 driver with some image quality improvements we will
talk about next week and an increase in performance. The physical hardware
will remain the same as it was announced at E3. We are still on schedule
for a release in late July. And to answer your next question, yes, you
will get a board before that. (did
I mention I love this guy?)
-- So, as we can see in the above shot, you folks have incorporated what
some would call a "break-out box" into the design. Can you
explain a little about the features and various video in and output
sources of this assembly and how they work?
a pretty simple concept really. To get the maximum functionality from a
board with all these features, the end user will need to plug and unplug
different components into it, camcorders, VCRs, etc. For example, You file
little Johnny's baseball game on the Camcorder. Take home the camcorder
and record Little Johnny's first homer in MPEG2 format. Then email it to
Grandma. If you make it easy for them to plug and unplug those components
into, they are more likely to do it, and are happier with their purchase.
So instead of making them crawl around on the floor with a flashlight to
get to the back of the computer where the connections traditionally are,
you put the connection on a little pod that can sit wherever they want to
put it. With a six-foot cable, they can set on top of the desk or hide it
in an easy to get to spot. Here
is a diagram.
usual Brian, you folks are right on the money! Make it easy and they will
the Voodoo3-3500 marks the convergence of two great product categories
into one for 3dfx/STB. The functionality we have in the Desktop
TV Card coupled
with the speed and power of the Voodoo3 makes for a killer combination. We
also know of the Voodoo3-3500's increased clock speeds. What are the
similarities and differences, other than the obvious product integration,
between the V3-3500 and the individual products?
big difference other than the added functionality, like you pointed out,
is the clock speed bump from 166 on the 3000 to 183 on the 3500. Clock
speed translates in to throughput, so the 3500 is the fastest Vooodo3 part
Sounds sweet... will the Voodoo3-3500 have a faster "speed bin"
of the Voodoo3 chip? How about RAM? The V3-3500 will still be using
standard SDRAM, right? Will that be from a faster selection as well?
we speed bin the part we put them in one of three groups: fast, faster,
fastest or 2000, 3000, 3500. The Ram on the 3500 has a faster rating than
the 2000 and 3000. They use 143Mhz or166MHz SDRAM, respectively. The 3500
uses 183MHz SDRAM.
does the card perform with respect to various multimedia processing like
MPEG capture and DVD playback?
testing is going great. We have a real slick software program that we have
written for the 3500 that is a no brainer to use. Even a PR flack like me
can use it. We have written all the code for the still capture, channel
surfing, channel naming and the skin technology. We are also partnering
with some well respected software developers to give us the expertise in
DVD encoding and decoding and video editing we need to be successful.
Companies like Intervideo have great products, so we use them to make the
3500 better. We are also looking to partner with a video editing software
These features, we have already been told, are supported in software. How
does the card perform over low end systems? Can you comment on what type
of power (CPU Speed, RAM) a user would need to run DVD playback with
acceptable frame rates?
DVD we use the Intervideo WinDVD player. On a Pentium II 300Mhz you get a
full 30 frames per second with the best quality we've seen from a software
there any new features added to the Voodoo3 core of the board? What about
drivers, are there a separate set for this card?
Voodoo3 parts all use the same driver. Basically you get the new Voodoo3
driver and the 3dfx VisualReality multimedia software application.
Speaking of software, can you comment on any "bundles" with this
already talked about the Intervideo WinDVD application and our third party
partner's application for editing. We will also ship it with VDOPhone 3.5
by VDOnet along with Microsoft NetMeeting and Internet Explorer
you want to add?
think one of the coolest features of the product is the skin technology,
which allows users to select the style of onscreen remote control they
want to use for their TV or FM controls. It works similar to the way skins
for Quake do. We put it in because when we made our first stand-alone TV
Tuner card, we got complaints about the remote control style. We knew that
regardless of which style we put in the software, someone would like a
different one better. So we have given you a selection. The card will ship
with a lot different skins on the CD. One that looks like a real TV
remote, a button bar, one that wraps around the TV window. You can
download even more from our website. You can also download a program that
will allow you to design your own remote control and assign the
Finally, I'll ask the too often asked question that you marketing types
hate to answer.... :-) When will it ship?
end of July .
for your time Brian! You were a great sport as usual! Now tell those guys
in final test and QA to hurry up! :-)