Reply 20 of 26, by 386SX
sliderider wrote on 2020-01-15, 11:40:
As soon as the original GeForce dropped, the writing was on the wall for many other card makers. The Voodoo 4/5 arriving late and without features and performance that nVidia cards had, was the end for 3DFX. ATi was the only one that upped their game enough to remain competitive, and they had a few stumbles along the way.
32-bit color wouldn't be a thing until then, so it was largely irrelevant when it first started to appear until devs would support it more. The performance hit to early cards that supported it was just too great. 3DFX would have still been a viable choice.
At that specific time both 32bit and T&L were not really a thing in the real world performances BUT they were solutions that showed how much the chips were going to the future with their advanced complexity and DirectX compatibility. If I think reading people back than still comparing sometimes the Radeon 8500 card with a Voodoo5 5500 card, that didn't make any sense considering the amount of differences.