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3dfx are the kings of the 3D accelerator market. 3dfx started out in the PC market with the 3dfx Voodoo chipset. This was the most powerful 3D solution for quite a while and dominated for around 2 years. For the time it had stunning image quality and unrivalled speed. Only when the likes of the ATI Rage Pro and Riva 128ZX came along, did the Voodoo have any real competition at all. Even then it had the advantage of being an add-on card rather than a combined 2D/3D card. Due to it's popularity, 3dfx gained the industry's support for it's proprietry API, GlideThis left it's memory totally free for 3D functions and also meant that you could keep your existing video card. A popular combination was Matrox Millenium 2 and 3dfx Voodoo because you then had the best of both 2D and 3D. Then came Voodoo2. Very like it's younger brother, only 3 times faster and with a much improved image. Voodoo2 was phenomonally successful and led to much better gaming experiences. It is also an add-on card. Another great feature of the Voodoo2 is that you can run 2 of them in parellel. This is called SLI (Scan Line Interleave) and anyone who had the money to do it could expect near double the performance of one Voodoo2, providing you had a 300MHz or greater processor of course. Recently 3dfx released their successor the Voodoo3 and no doubt it will take a huge chunk of the 3D card market. One warning about Voodoo3 is that it has very little in the way of new technology. Like the Voodoo1 and Voodoo2 has 16-bit rendering. Most other cards nowadays have 32-bit rendering which makes the textures look infinitely more colourful. Voodoo3 is still a fast and good choice though. 3dfx are always and probably always will be, worth a look.