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3dfx Voodoo 5 5500 Review

Manufacturer: CoolerMaster


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It sure has been an interesting few days in the testing labs around here. With the recent arrival of our Thunderbird hardware and Hercules and 3dfx both sending in their video cards, we have had plenty to do. Being as that I had already reviewed the Hercules GeForce 2 GTS 32mb version, I had an idea as what to expect on the 64mb version, but since I had to use the new Voodoo, I was excited to see what I could pull off using this accelerator.

Let’s start off by giving you some statistical information on the card itself:

Feature Voodoo4 5000 Voodoo5 5500 Voodoo5 6000
Processors Single Dual Quad
Est. Fillrate 333 MPixels/s 667 MPixels/s 1.3 GPixels/s
Memory 32MB 64MB 128MB

April 13, 2012 | 11:03 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Piss poor review. V5 5500 wins hands down in Glide Games which were a majority at the time. Never thought of testing Unreal Tournament did you? Ever hear of Wicked GL? Easy 5-20% performance boost in opengl games. V5 5500 wins hands down in 4x FSAA mode...similar performance with 2x FSAA. Your Cpu was too blasted slow to unleash the V5 5500...and for the record the V5 6000 had enough muscle to compete with the Gefore 3 series. Oh yeah.. and the 32mb geforce 2 most certainly was NOT faster than the V5 5500.

Geforce 2 GTS cons:

2-3 games supported T@L.. which was basically a marketing hype at the time.
No Glide support and wrappers sucked.


Didn't have the molex connector which for the record was on the V5 5500 because of AGP slot issues with some motherboards..aka the AGP slot didn't provide enough power to meet the 3.3V spec.

The fact of the matter is this is a biased review and was quite possibly influenced by some $$ from Nvidia.

Nvidia lied about their tnt being faster than the Voodoo 2 sli when in most cases it was beat by a single v2 8m card. Then they screamed about the 32-bit rendering on the TNT2 which it could only run at a very low res.. forget 800x600, 1024x768...not to mention measly 3 games that actually supported 32-bit rendering. So most people were running 1024x768 in 16-color mode. Meanwhile the Voodoo 3 could run 22-bit color at the same res. Then f'n nvidia jumped the gun and released the Geforce 1 to further steal market share from 3dfx. Then there was the Geforce 2 shenanigans.

October 8, 2012 | 12:44 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Oh wow.. echoing your rage 12 years later is the most saddest thing ever. Go out of your mom's house and get some sun.

October 8, 2012 | 12:44 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Oh wow.. echoing your rage 12 years later is the most saddest thing ever. Go out of your mom's house and get some sun.

June 3, 2013 | 11:27 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Typical comment from a troll who knows nothing. Can't even make a intelligent comeback.

October 29, 2017 | 10:34 AM - Posted by Buffilian (not verified)

Trolling is trolling, some people really can't handle the thruth. Regardless of the time it happenned. :)

For the "anonymus" with the long answer, your text is 24k solid gold ! Superbly said.

Sadly, I don't have the patience anymore to start and tweak my V5 5500, so I'll be thinking about selling it for about it's original listing price.
Indeed, nVidia was an ass at the time (not that nowadays something has changed :) ) but games supporting glide after 2000 were a burdain in high detail for this card.
On a P3 600 rig I can't even breach 20fps in 1024x768 res with ProRally Championship 2001.

Nice looking card, useless fans (a larger passive heatsink would've been better), power hungry and weak a f in 3D.
Gonna revert to a V3 3000 eventually for glide games.

Nice article.
And yes, I too believe nVidia has butterred some pockets in order to obtain this kind of reviews.

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