Reply 160 of 183, by 386SX
It's just a user opinion of course but I still think in that specific period the real origin of the beginning of the end was instead the Avenger chip, not necessary for the 16bit but for the whole offer. 😉
I understand they needed to sell some cards to probably complete the next chips but still there was no reason why the VSA came out and felt like the missed Voodoo3. And why oh why to call it Voodoo3! The only other similar situation I remember was the Geforce FX release story but that lasted only one generation and the amount of FX 5200 sold and the optimized later high end cards probably compensate the situation (after a long release list of previous impressive successes) but without the NV40, the cards on the table might have been really similar to those times. The 32bit sure wasn't such a needed feature until it became simply ordinary to have forgetting the past 16bit, even the fixed T&L wasn't considering how powerful cpu became later, but still was the road that everyone had to take to build a new chip or to change market sector as many did. The Voodoo3 meant time.. time to probably wait to stable 183Mhz chips (@ 250nm forever and ever..), time to wait for cheaper 183Mhz SDR ram modules... the Voodoo3 3500 that late.. with TV.. if there were some without the TV I've never seen them around in stores and not even in local newspaper reviews.
To say that there's a point of no return and even in the interview said above it's talked about that.. what came later is just a proof of what happened before imho.