A hardware enthusiast has created their own 3dfx Voodoo 5 6000 video card. This video card was never officially released, but through reverse-engineering the modder managed to recreate this video card.
Details on a first batch of the remake appeared on the Russian ModLabs forum, HotHardware also noted. A modder named Anthony has almost completely authentically recreated the video card. While it has made some design tweaks, the card is said to deliver performance identical to the original.
The Voodoo 5 GPU series was made by 3dfx Interactive. That was one of the major GPU manufacturers in the late 1990s, next to ATI and Nvidia. The company was acquired by Nvidia in late 2000 and officially closed its doors in 2002. The Voodoo 5 Series was the last lineup the company worked on, with the Voodoo 5 6000 leading the way. 3dfx has never been able to release this Voodoo 5 6000 video card, although as many as 1000 have been produced. These GPUs occasionally appear on sites like eBay, but are very expensive due to their limited availability.
The Voodoo 5 line-up was based on the VSA-100 chip, which Anthony has also used for his remake. This chip was produced by TSMC on a 250nm process, had a chip area of 112mm² and contained approximately 14 million transistors. The VSA-100 chips are now available on sites like eBay and cost less than $ 20 each. The video card had four of these graphics chips, two each pixel shaders had at 166MHz. Anthony’s model also has 128MB of video memory available on a 128bit memory interface, just like the original V5 6000.
Anthony has designed his own printed circuit board to mount these components. De modder has thus slightly adjusted the design of the video card compared to the original. For example, the new variant has a black pcb, while the original had a green circuit board. Furthermore, Anthony’s model has a PCI interface, where the original card used AGP. The external power supply is also swapped for a molex connector.
Despite these changes, the remake performs ‘exactly the same’ as the original V5 6000, Anthony reports. The card uses the same bios versions and drivers, and would also have the same bugs as the original prototypes. The new variant suffers from problems such as color distortion and artifacts in certain games, ‘transparent stripes’ appearing in the high-speed modes and other compatibility and speed issues; all problems that were also in the original V5 6000.
The Voodoo 5 6000 remake. Image by Anthony via ModLabs