A Pictorial History of Our GPUs

A History of Past GPUs

A History of Past GPUs 

Every now and again a thread from our Forums will catch our eye, and we'll have an urge to put them up on the front page. At least, that's what's going to start happening from now. If any thread leaps out at us there's a great chance that you'll end up reading about it here. It's a way for us to try and get everyone more involved with the forums and the great community that it holds.

AlienALX,  a member since mid-2010 and who's contributed over 5000 posts to the forums, has come up with a great idea involving the GPUs from your past. The idea is to think back through the years until you remember the name of your first GPU. With the name firmly in the grips of your memory, run a quick Google Image search on the card and link it into to the thread via the comment section, with a brief description of what the card is and, if you wish to add more information, how you came about owning it.

 

[Below, an image of AlienALX's S3 Trio 1MB from the Jurassic Period]

A History of Past GPUs

"The idea is to Google every GPU you have owned, and then set them out in chronological order." 

 

Submissions from Alien himself have included the ancient S3 Trio 1MB, a Voodoo 300 AGP, and a Radeon 9200 Pro, all the way up to the more recent Radeon 5770 from XFX, an MSI Radeon 6970 Lightning Edition, and what he's using right now, a GTX 670 Jetstream from Palit (he has two!).
Other submissions from various forum members have included Alpenwasser's Asus V8200 Deluxe GeForce 3 Ti 500, Dicehunter's ATI 2900XT, Grassman's Radeon 4870, KING_OF_SAND's MSI 5770 Hawk edition in Crossfire, and Zoot's Sapphire Radeon 7950 Vapor-X, which is his current card.

All in all it's a great thread to contribute to as it gives everyone a chance to bask in the glory days of time gone by. Not everyone will have an overly impressive history of cards, but it really would be interesting to see how all of you used to spend your time and money on graphics cards.

So then, what are you all waiting for? Visit Alien's thread here and show us what your rigs used to be made of!

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06-05-2013, 10:11:34

alienware
Please add to this, it would be nice to have a library.

The idea is to Google for every GPU you have owned then set them out in chronological order. Please note though, if you bought one for a spare rig or an experiment and not strictly at launch please put them below under miscellaneous.

Thanks.. OK so let's kick this off then. My very first video card that came branded and in a box was a S3 Trio 1mb. Before that my video cards were unbranded ISA affairs.

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...triopci1mb.jpg

The brown slots allowed more vram to be added. Shortly after I added a Righteous 3D Orchid 4mb Voodoo card.

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...voodoo14mb.jpg

After that came one of the most expensive video cards I had ever bought. It was made by a company called Nine and the card was called a Number Nine Revolution. It was an AGP card and had 8mb vram when near on everything only had 4mb.

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...revolution.jpg

Then I had a 32mb 3DLabs Oxygen

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...oxygen32mb.jpg

With a pair of Jaton 3D 12mb Voodoo 2 cards in SLI.

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...oodoo212mb.jpg

After that I built another new rig with a Voodoo 3000 AGP (16mb)

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...oo300016mb.jpg

Then I had a Voodoo 5500 PCI

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...voodoo5500.jpg

In 2001 I bought a Prophet Geforce 4 MX 64mb. This was the worst card I've ever used. It was slow as balls and would artefact a lot.

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...geforce4mx.jpg

Edit : these are the cards I missed..

For my SGI 550 dual Xeon machine I chose a Radeon 8500. I got it cheap and it was reasonably fast. The drivers though absolutely stunk. I would be working away in Photoshop then hear my motherboard beep and the PC would hard lock. It took around 8 months for ATI to sort this out.

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...radeon8500.jpg

Then another card I forgot, my Radeon 9200 pro. I got this from Best Buy so that I could play Doom 3 and Need for speed : Underground. IIRC it was about $140 and I got it for Christmas (mum sent money over to the USA for me )

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...Radeon9200.jpg

A few years later I built quite a fierce gaming PC with a Athlon XP and a Nforce 2 motherboard and at first used my Radeon 9200 pro. I found a pricing error on a site (not realising it was an error) and ended up with a BFG 5900 Ultra for $180 when they were $500. I've not had many results like this one !

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1.../5900ultra.jpg

I remember opening the box and seeing that cooler and my jaw hitting the floor. I'd never seen anything like that before ! it was huge !

Edit 2. I also forgot about my Alienware MJ12.

In 2007 I was broke and had to begin the long tedious process of moving back to the UK. I realised it would be cheaper to build a PC in America and take it home with me in a suitcase, given I was travelling by ship and you can take all you can carry

I built a Core 2 Duo 1.8ghz (Allendale) PC for $300. I remember having $80 for a GPU so when I saw this on Newegg I jumped on it given that it had a pretty macho cooler. HIS X1600 pro IceQ. This was right around the time when dual slot was becoming the norm.

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...PU/1600pro.jpg

A good quiet card, if somewhat underpowered.

I then bought my first Alienware Area 51 Predator 2 and it came fitted with a 8600 GT 256mb.

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...orce8600gt.jpg

Which I very quickly upgraded to a 9800 GT 512mb.

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1.../xfx9800gt.jpg

The next card I bought was a XFX GTX 280.

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1.../xfxgtx280.jpg

Which died and was replaced with two XFX 5770 1GB cards in Crossfire X

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...radeon5770.jpg

Which in the end ed me off so much I replaced them with a GTX 470 with a Zalman 3000f fitted.

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...x470zalman.jpg

I then got a 6970 Lightning that broke after about two weeks

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...0lightning.jpg

So I had a bit of good fortune and bought a XFX Radeon 7970 Core. What a mistake

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...n7970core.jpeg

The Radeon ed me off so much that after 3 months I swapped it for a brand new pair of EVGA GTX 480 which I ran in SLI.

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...evgagtx480.jpg

Then I had a coolant leak and had to get rid of them. After the leak I bought my first GTX 670 Jetstream and then later I added a second

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...0jetstream.jpg

Which brings us up to the current date. Other cards I have had....

Two 3870 X2 just so I could see how bad Quadfire was.

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...deon3870x2.jpg

A pair of 8800 GTS by BFG for use in SLI (cost me £45 the pair)

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...bfg8800gts.jpg

A EVGA 8800 Ultra that died shortly after I got it (Ebay baked job, got a full refund)

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...a8800ultra.jpg

Added to misc.. I forgot about my 295 co ops I had in 2010 for a sponsored build

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...n/twocards.jpg

Hint : Quad SLI sucks almost as much balls as Quadfire

So that's about it Please do your own lists !Quote

06-05-2013, 16:14:58

alpenwasser
Excellent idea for a thread!

I can't really contriboot all that much. First graphics card I bought with my own money was
an Asus V8200 Deluxe Geforce 3 Ti 500.

http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/as...luxe.jpg/w600/

Sadly, that card suffered from stability issues, and I replaced it with a Radeon IIRC, not sure
which model anymore tbh. Most likely it was an 8500, at least that's what my very hazy
memory tells me.

http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/at...-8500.jpg/w600

From then on, there really were only very minor graphics cards since I pretty much stopped
gaming for quite a while (no longer had the time due to army).

And then, we get to the Titan:

http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/ge...itan.jpg/w600/

That's pretty much it I think. There were a few minor cards in between the Radeon and the
Titan (I think a passively cooled Geforce 8800 maybe).Quote

06-05-2013, 16:24:20

remember300
alp hows the titan going for you?

and liking this thread i cant contribute but nice history lessonQuote

06-05-2013, 17:54:31

alpenwasser
Quote:
Originally Posted by remember300 View Post
alp hows the titan going for you?
TBH it's still in the box

I don't want anything to happen to it, so as long as the rest of the build is not yet ready I'll
refrain from playing around with it.Quote

06-05-2013, 18:36:35

remember300
Quote:
Originally Posted by alpenwasser View Post
TBH it's still in the box

I don't want anything to happen to it, so as long as the rest of the build is not yet ready I'll
refrain from playing around with it.
ah thats fair i know how ya feel, are you planning on watercooling it or running it off of air?Quote

06-05-2013, 18:39:25

alpenwasser
Quote:
Originally Posted by remember300 View Post
ah thats fair i know how ya feel, are you planning on watercooling it or running it off of air?
Water, but I'll test it first on air for a few weeks, make sure everything is ok. Shame really,
the stock cooler is absolutely awesome on the Titan (and the 690), at least imho.Quote

06-05-2013, 18:45:58

remember300
Quote:
Originally Posted by alpenwasser View Post
Water, but I'll test it first on air for a few weeks, make sure everything is ok. Shame really,
the stock cooler is absolutely awesome on the Titan (and the 690), at least imho.
yeah well you kind of expect it to for the money and with the new over clocking a good cooler is neededQuote

06-05-2013, 18:51:41

alpenwasser
Quote:
Originally Posted by remember300 View Post
yeah well you kind of expect it to for the money and with the new over clocking a good cooler is needed
True, although I'm not sure yet if I'll be able to overclock it in Linux.

@AlienALX: Sorry mate, </offtopic>, I promise, unless officially permitted Quote

06-05-2013, 20:59:54

Dicehunter

06-05-2013, 22:48:04

grassman

06-05-2013, 23:05:29

KING_OF_SAND
These are all the EXACT cards and models that I had.

XFX 7600gt (This is what came in my Gateway machine. First gaming computer.)
http://www.bluesting.co.za/img/items...256mb_ddr3.jpg

XFX 9600gt (This is what I upgraded to in my Gateway machine when MassEffect 1 was coming out)
http://images.compunoa.com/images/me...XFX-9600GT.JPG

XFX 5770 (This was the final GPU upgrade to that Gateway machine)
http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u1279...hd5770full.jpg

msi x2 5770 hawk (my first multi GPU config and in my opinion the greatest cards ever created. I was able to hit 1.2ghz on BOTH with ease and with VERY manageable temps with the stock cooler.)(This was also the first GPU in my first custom build)
http://www.geeks3d.com/public/jegx/2...70_hawk_02.jpg

Asus 5870 (Got tired with my 5770 xfire in my first custom and decided on a 5870)(This was also the first card I put an aftermarket cooler on, the Arctic AC Xtreme. Which fried the card)
http://www.njuskalo.hr/image-big/gra...a-16745915.jpg

msi 5870 lightning (Needed more power and a replacement the 5870 lighting got my to 1.4ghz on air and handled Metro 2033 quite well.)
http://thgtr.com/wp-content/uploads/...ightning_3.jpg

Sapphire 6990 (still have it with waterblock)(Worst decision in my life)
http://www.buycoms.com/Article/5936/...HD_6990-02.jpg

Evga x2 680 SLI (Current)
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/wp-co..._680_sc_01.jpgQuote

06-05-2013, 23:48:44

grassman
^
Hows sli compared to crossfire. Are there still micros? Or at least alot less?Quote

06-05-2013, 23:55:34

KING_OF_SAND
Quote:
Originally Posted by grassman View Post
^
Hows sli compared to crossfire. Are there still micros? Or at least alot less?
They are both the same, and both now scale close to 100% with 2 in most SLI Xfire capable applications. But there will always be micro stuttering, micro stutter is just when one GPU is slightly rendering faster than the other.Quote

07-05-2013, 00:02:10

grassman
I had 2 7870s in xfire and there was absolutely no visual fps performance gain because the micros were sooo terrible is that the case on the nvidia side as well?Quote

07-05-2013, 00:05:00

KING_OF_SAND
Quote:
Originally Posted by grassman View Post
I had 2 7870s in xfire and there was absolutely no visual fps performance gain because the micros were sooo terrible is that the case on the nvidia side as well?
Then you either had driver or GPU problems. I had almost zero stutter issues with my 5770 hawks.

My 680s have not run into to many issues with micro stutter. It all depends on the driver and game.Quote

07-05-2013, 03:19:46

Zoot
My list isn't that long since I was a console gamer throughout the late 90's and up until around 2006. I've also been on the green team more than the red one.

EVGA nVidia Geforce 6200 GT 256MB

http://i.walmartimages.com/i/p/00/84...93_500X500.jpg

nVidia Geforce 8600 GTS (OEM)

http://static.trustedreviews.com/94/...rce8600GTS.jpg

EVGA nVidia Geforce 8800 GTS

http://techreport.com/r.x/geforce-88.../evga-card.jpg

Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 1GB

http://www.sapphiretech.com//images/...90430_4791.jpg

MSi Geforce N560 GTX Twin Frozr II

http://www.pureoverclock.com/wp-cont...gtx560tf_8.jpg

And currently - Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 Vapor-X 3GB

http://techreport.com/r.x/7950-vs-66...phire-3q-3.jpg


The one I probably got the most milage out of would have been the 4870. I had it for the longest and did a lot of gaming on it.Quote

07-05-2013, 03:50:39

maniac
I dont have a very long gpu history but here are mine

First was a Gainward 5500 which was purchased sometime in 2006, I still have the receipt from Scan lol.
http://www.gpureview.com/database/im...s/old/5500.jpg

Then when i built my first pc it was an XFX 9400GT which died after 2 years of service #respect.
http://i39.tinypic.com/346t1qg.jpg

then it was upgraded to a Gainward 4850 GS which is still kicking about in my brother rig.
http://www.farayandmea.com/Images/Pr...9869375000.jpg

Then finally to the current gpu which is an EVGA GTX580
http://www.evga.com/products/images/...80-AR_XL_1.jpgQuote

07-05-2013, 08:31:32

alienware
I realised earlier I'd missed a couple so I will add them in a bit Quote

07-05-2013, 09:12:03

alpenwasser
Man, what astonishes me the most looking at this is how until rather recently (you know,
compared to my life span and the beginning of my interest in computers ) graphics cards
looked a lot different than they do nowadays, lacking such extravagant features as a shroud
or even just a massive cooler in general.Quote

07-05-2013, 09:15:03

Roooker
I am gonna have a short on here

First gpu was a 9600 GT.
http://www.etrendin.com/wp-content/u...phics-card.jpg

Then i got my current one: XFX 6950
http://media.bestofmicro.com/Y/Z/309...HD-695X-ZD.jpg


DONE Quote

07-05-2013, 09:16:27

alpenwasser
Quote:
Originally Posted by Roooker View Post
I am gonna have a short on here

First gpu was a 9600 GT.

Then i got my current one: XFX 6950

DONE
That's... quite a steep upgrading curve Quote

07-05-2013, 09:23:37

Roooker
Yeah i know
But because i am only 18 so far and money was very short when i was younger i could not afford to own a pc. When i turned 14 and was finally able to earn some money oby myself, i worked my ass off with mowing the lawn and cleaning my neighbor's cars. Then i got the pc with the 9600 GT and kept that till last year in may when i bought my new pc. I will be upgrading GPU again when BF4 gets released.
Reasons:
1. ALL DAT FRAMES !
2. I'll get bf4 for free if i buy an AMD card.
3. All the other free games
4. Got a fixed job now and have been saving for quite a while now.Quote

07-05-2013, 09:41:52

alienware
OP updated with three cards I missed. Oddly they were all in the USA and during the most stressful time of my life. Brains eh? must have blocked that part out.Quote

07-05-2013, 10:01:43

alpenwasser
Quote:
Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post
OP updated with three cards I missed.
Q: "How many cards would AlienALX buy if AlienALX could buy cards?"

A: "All of them!"

Quote:
Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post
Oddly they were all in the USA and during the most stressful time of my life. Brains eh? must have blocked that part out.
They're quite good at that sort of stuff these brains. Quote

07-05-2013, 10:12:44

alienware
Quote:
Originally Posted by alpenwasser View Post
Q: "How many cards would AlienALX buy if AlienALX could buy cards?"

A: "All of them!"
Dude before I got married I used to build a new PC every time a new part came out

So for example I built a P2 450 machine and three weeks later Intel released the P3 450. Instead of selling the CPU I sold the entire rig and built another one

That was back when I got parts for trade prices though so I actually made money. It started to get to the point where I was spending ridiclous amounts on PCs. The 3Dlabs / SLI Voodoo 2 PC cost me around three grand. It was basically the equivalent of building a SLI Titan rig now.

It's evident where the fun ended lmao. Not long after I got married.Quote

07-05-2013, 10:15:14

alpenwasser
Quote:
Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post
It's evident where the fun ended lmao. Not long after I got married.
I sense an opportunity for a tasteless and worn out joke here but I'll refrain.

In any case, that seems to have been quite an awesome time for PC building for you Quote

07-05-2013, 10:15:19

Feronix
My first GPU was a standard GeForce 6200 that came in a Compaq computer:

http://content.hwigroup.net/images/p...turbocache.jpg

I burned that thing to death playing Call of Duty 4. All the caps had popped

My dad had just bought a new laptop at the time (that's around 5-6 years ago now) so I got his old GPU. It was from a pc that he had custom built years ago (I think that thing is 11-12 years old by now, but it still runs!)

It was an ASUS V9520 Video Suite GeForce FX 5200 with 128mb DDR RAM! Wohooo. We put in in my pc, and I was really happy as I expected it to be better than my old GPU... Boy, was I wrong; My pc refused to even start up CoD4 with this GPU in it.
I couldn't handle Windows Aero either

http://users.telenet.be/ConnectoCom/.../v9520vs_l.jpg

So my dad knew this 'tech guy' which we visited and he sold us a GeForce 6200 (same GPU I already had) for like €20,-

This one was by MSI and it's still alive to date!

http://www.ezonecomputer.com/pb/wp_a...7caba678b3.JPG

Then I got a bit more into computer building and on this webshop I searched a bunch of components together. I ended up with an i5 2500, Some Intel H61 mainboard, 4GB 1333MHz RAM aaaaaand a GTX 560 Ti by Gigabyte, which was really new at the time.

http://es.gigabyte.com/images/assets...N560OC-1GI.jpg

I paid the webshop extra (€55,-) for them to build it for me cause I was scared to do it myself :x

But when I got it; WHOA! This thing plays Call of Duty 4 at 1600x900 (My monitor res at the time) and all settings cranked up! IT EVEN RAN GTA IV!
I tried playing GTA IV on my GeForce 6200 but I would literally only see blue around me, the black car that I was in was just a black box and when I pressed a key it took the game 5 seconds to respond

I then got a 24" Samsung monitor, which was full HD. I noticed that my card would start to struggle with games like GTA IV and Mafia II so I wanted a new one. By the time I had also read a LOT of computer magazines, forums and I had watched a lot of videos so I knew more about them.

Sold my old rig and used the money for my new one; 3570k, 8GB 1600MHz RAM and a GTX 670 by EVGA:

http://cdn3.wccftech.com/wp-content/...TX-670-FTW.jpg

I built this rig myself and I really love it. Though I'm looking to sell it again cause youknow... I like building them and spending time on it, I just can't keep buying rigs without selling anything

I really love the 670, it runs most games really smooth at max settings on 1080p. Maybe my next GPU set-up will be 2 somewhat lower end cards in SLI. I'm really willing to give that a try Quote

07-05-2013, 10:23:55

alienware
Quote:
Originally Posted by alpenwasser View Post
I sense an opportunity for a tasteless and worn out joke here but I'll refrain.

In any case, that seems to have been quite an awesome time for PC building for you
Kid in a candy shop basically mate.

You should have seen the monitor I had back then.. /Googles..

http://www.telecompaper.com/news/max...nitors--138633

I had a 17" CRT with a Nakamichi sound system built in. The front and center speaker were in the monitor shell and the base was the subwoofer.

Cost? an eye watering £550.

Edit. Actually price wise I'm thinking of the 19" Belinea I had. The 17 Nakamichi I got for around £240 trade price.Quote

07-05-2013, 10:26:08

SuB
Hey Alp, if that Titan needs a nice warm place to live and be loved.. I know of somewhere?

I'll find pics later on but my history goes as thus (probably in the wrong order, memory escapes me) but these are the notable ones I remember

Riva TNT2

Voodoo 3

Geforce MX 2

Geforce MX 440

Gainward Geforce 4 golden sample
(are these 2 the same thing?)

ATi 9200 (512MB ram version < got conned into this one, saw the ram and went GIMME)

ATi 9800 Pro (flashed to XT and waterblocked god damn fine card that one, learnt from my earlier mistake)

BFG nVidia 7800GT

BFG nVidia 7800GT x2 (first sli venture)

BFG or EVGA nVidia 8800GT 640MB (first release)

Ageia PhysX Card (the high end one) < watercooled that puppy, for physx it's still a beast compared to the gpu's today believe it or not

EVGA nVidia 280GTX

EVGA Hydrocopper 2 3072MB version

EVGA Hydrocopper 2 3072MB x2 (sli)Quote

07-05-2013, 10:33:36

alpenwasser
Quote:
Originally Posted by Feronix View Post
I burned that thing to death playing Call of Duty 4. All the caps had popped
Nice going mate!

Quote:
Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post
Kid in a candy shop basically mate.

You should have seen the monitor I had back then.. /Googles..

http://www.telecompaper.com/news/max...nitors--138633

I had a 17" CRT with a Nakamichi sound system built in. The front and center speaker were in the monitor shell and the base was the subwoofer.

Cost? an eye watering £550.

Edit. Actually price wise I'm thinking of the 19" Belinea I had. The 17 Nakamichi I got for around £240 trade price.
Ha my dad also used to have Belinea monitors (CRT's and later TFT's).

Quote:
Originally Posted by SuB View Post
Hey Alp, if that Titan needs a nice warm place to live and be loved.. I know of somewhere?
*winkwinknudgenudge*

Don't worry, it will get plenty of love (and work), at least if all goes according to plan Quote

07-05-2013, 10:36:04

TheGnaa11
My first Video Card within my first ever desktop pc:

Nvidia GeForce 8500 GT 512MB
http://www.pcgameshardware.de/screen..._GT_512MB.jpeg
After that card crashed i replaced it with a Sapphire Radeon HD 5550 1GB Graphics Card:
http://www.radeon3d.org/img/news/5550_ddr3_2.jpg
In december 2010 i got a Sapphire Radeon HD 6870
http://extreme.pcgameshardware.de/at...l_09002344.jpg
Mid 2012 i added a second one to build up a crossfire system.

And now i got a Gainward Nvidia GTX 660ti Phantom Graphics Card.
http://www.tweakpc.de/hardware/tests..._phantom_3.jpgQuote

07-05-2013, 10:40:21

alienware
I love the Phantom.

Alpen - Maxdata (AKA Belinea) used to make some stunning PCs. We used to get them in completely maxed out..

P3 450, Voodoo 3 and a Terratec sound card which at the time was really expensive. Lovely solid builds they were

Edit. OP updated again with more misc cards.. I need to go through my photobucket really and see what off piste cards I had that weren't part of my main daily rig Quote

07-05-2013, 10:53:27

garih
it is fairly recently that i got into gaming, but the first gpu i bought when i built my first computer was the sapphire ati 9800 pro.
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/...psc7132d84.png

then my missus bought me a laptop and a xbox 360.
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/...psd0193f98.png

after a couple of years of that i got fed up with no gpu grunt so i built a new pc, i didnt have enough money at the time for a decent card so i picked up a cheap ati 4650
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/...ps727faa1d.png

when i got a bit more money i bought my first decent gpu., an xfx 5770, great card.
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/...ps4fc988af.png

then i managed to save up and build me first intel system im currently using,
i had to keep the 5770 for a while but as money came available i bought my sapphire 7870, the 5770 is still in use in my gf's pc, still a good runner
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/...ps89e48b8e.pngQuote

07-05-2013, 12:04:25

alpenwasser
Quote:
Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post
I love the Phantom.
for that, one of the most awesome cooler designs I've ever seen. Put them in an inverse
ATX layout case and you can truly show them off

Quote:
Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post
Alpen - Maxdata (AKA Belinea) used to make some stunning PCs. We used to get them in completely maxed out..

P3 450, Voodoo 3 and a Terratec sound card which at the time was really expensive. Lovely solid builds they were
Never got one of those, but I remember Terratec used to make some absolutely eye (well,
ear, really) watering sound cards. I lusted after those for many, many hours Quote

07-05-2013, 14:48:45

UKCurtis
Hello well I dont have any old Graphics Cards as I have only been gaming on pc for just over a Year now.

For my first setup I had a XFX Radeon HD5950 1GB I cant find a picture anywhere for it.


Then Upgraded to a Asus 6950 Direct CUII 2GB
http://www.asus.com/media/global/pro...PzVe/P_500.jpg

Then I bought my first Nvidia Card bought 2 Asus GTX680's as I had to wait atleast 6weeks to get my hands on a 690 cba to wait lol .
http://www.guru3d.com/miraserver/ima...i/IMG_5955.jpg

Then I sold 1 of my 680's because they were bottlenecking with my CPU (X6 1090T) left me with 1.

But now I'm not sure if I should get another 680 or buy a 780 as I have heard they are coming out on the 23rd may and my Bday is on the 26th of may hehe ,I know it's not much but that's my GPU list.Quote

07-05-2013, 15:02:15

Kei
Started out really early with an ISA video accelerator in a 386, but I can't remember what that was so I'll exclude it.

First up was an S3 trio64V with the extra ram added. (which allowed you to move up from 16-bit high colour to 24-bit true colour IIRC) Used on a cyrix 686 166MHz.
http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...triopci1mb.jpg

Next up was a 3DFx voodoo 3 2000 pci used with an ibm P166. Got it for playing Unreal, UT99, F22 lightening 3 and tachyon: the fringe.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...o3-2000PCI.jpg

After that was a 3DFx voodoo 3 3000 TV with a cyrix 686 MII 333MHz. Upgraded to AGP motherboard so a friend donated it.
http://www.techspot.com/reviews/hard...-3000/card.jpg

Next up was an original Radeon DDR 64mb used with a Duron 800. Replaced the voodoo 3 as it couldn't play GTA 3.
http://web.cecs.pdx.edu/~idr/graphics/Radeon_DDR.jpg

Replaced by a Radeon 9800XT with zalman ZM-80D and ZM-OP1 fan. The old DDR couldn't play Prince of persia: the sands of time due to a lack of pixel shaders. Used this one with an overclocked athlon XP 2500 overclocked to 2.3GHz.
http://techgage.com/reviews/zalman/m...up_1_thumb.jpg

This then got replaced with an x850XT PE with a zalman VF700-cu. Bought because of the upgrade to pcie. Used this with an athlon 64 3700+ overclocked to 2.8GHz.
http://static.trustedreviews.com/94/...6-overview.jpg

This then got superceeded by a Radeon HD3870 which i swapped the VF700 cooler on to. Upgraded because the x850 wasn't able to handle NFS most wanted at decent frame rates. This card was used in both the old athlon64 system and my current Phenom II system.
http://content.hwigroup.net/images/p...3870_512mb.jpg

This brings us to the current Radeon HD6950 toxic card i have presently. I upgraded in advance of the release of skyrim as i predicted it wasn't going to fair well. It's now had an aquacomputer waterblock fitted and the shaders are unlocked making it a 6970.
http://content.hwigroup.net/images/p..._toxic_2gb.jpg

I gave the 9800 to a friend and the x850 & 3870 went to my brother. The rest of the cards are probably still in the loft. Out of all of the cards, my favourites were the voodoo 3 2000 and the 9800XT as they lasted a long time and allowed me to play some games that I've never forgotten. Somehow I still miss glide.Quote

07-05-2013, 17:22:10

alienware
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kei View Post
First up was an S3 trio64V with the extra ram added. (which allowed you to move up from 16-bit high colour to 24-bit true colour IIRC)
Do you remember the demo that S3 included on the disk?

It was a video of a guy jumping out of a plane. However, being those days and there not being any decent compression the video was like one second long

So I just stuck it on loop at stared at it for ages Quote

07-05-2013, 17:42:31

SeekaX
This actually isn't my first GPU, i had two more before this but i don't remember which anymore, all i know is that the first one died because of dust and the second one i gave my cousin.
Anyways, this is the first GPU i ever bought:

http://i.imgur.com/WzLZX2n.jpg

The nVidia 7600GS, i can't remember which manufacturer, i still have the package but i don't want to get it out of my basement just to check who made the card

http://i.imgur.com/L4eUpvJ.jpg

i couldn't find a picture of the nvidia gt320m, but this laptop was all i used for about 1.5 years, i still use it but only for streams and such. i had to have a laptop at that time because i was travelling between my parents a lot.

http://i.imgur.com/gZzToDI.jpg
Sapphire HD6870
this was the GPU i used for my first completely self built PC, i built in GPUs etc. earlier, but this was the first PC i really built from scratch without any help.

http://i.imgur.com/VJQ9YkQ.jpg

about half a year ago i wanted to upgrade, so i got this HD7950 DCII TOP V2, the cooler is truly outstanding, overclocking it was fun, it was amazing in benchmarks, but unfortunately not in the games i play. i had to RMA it after 2 months.

http://i.imgur.com/jWU994u.png

this is what i am currently using, the EVGA GTX 670 FTW. the cooler is awful for overclocking, but at stock it does fine. It's getting wet sometime soon anyways.Quote

07-05-2013, 18:12:31

UkGouki
my 1st card >

Voodoo
http://www.techspot.com/reviews/hard...000/card_p.jpg

2nd card i got an nvidia 6250 turbo catche 256mb dedicated 512mb shared >>
http://images02.olx.com.pk/ui/20/07/...ykazimabad.jpg

i then stepped up when i got my e6400 cpu which has a 650i chipset i purchased 2x 7600GT for sli >>
and these were my exact cards >> http://www.ixbt.com/video2/images/bf...00gt-front.jpg

then my 7900GTX>>
http://www.3dnews.ru/documents/12278...-front-big.jpg

after that i went 8800gtx single card >>
another image of my exact cardhttp://www.ixbt.com/video2/images/g8...0gtx-front.jpg

i stuck with bfg until they went bust when my 8800gtx failed i stepped upto the 1GB 9800GTX which out performed it in every way i still have my 9800GTX's here both are dead but heres my own image >>
http://img19.imageshack.us/img19/7569/wp000019v.jpg

and now my final card which is a Gigabyte 7950 windforce >

http://www.techspot.com/articles-inf.../Image_02S.jpgQuote

08-05-2013, 12:45:10

equk
Here's mine:
cirrus logic 512k
s3 virge 1mb
matrox mistique (matrox)
3dfx voodoo (orchid rightuoes 3d)
riva tnt2
geforce 256 sdr (leadtek)
geforce2 ultra (hercules)
geforce4 Ti4200 (gainward)
geforce 6800le (leadtek)
ATI Radeon X1900XT (sapphire)
geforce 8800gtx (zotac)
ATI Radeon HD5770 (XFX)Quote

08-05-2013, 16:29:51

alienware
Doh dagnabbit I missed a Matrox

I can't remember exactly what it was called but I remember roughly when I had it.. I remember playing Max Payne over two 15" CRTS And people moan about bezel sizes now.Quote

10-05-2013, 13:32:12

Josh Weston
For my fantastic contribution to the thread...a single entry!

http://www.msi.com/pic/product/five_...0416110010.jpg

My beautiful MSI r7850 Power Edition. It's the first graphics card i've ever owned, and I absolutely love it. Times have moved on now, and there are now better cards for the price - you can now pick up a 7870LE for the same price as I paid for the 7850.
Still, it clocks like hell and it plays any game I throw at it.Quote

12-05-2013, 23:18:37

garih
Quote:
Originally Posted by Josh Weston View Post
it plays any game I throw at it.
thats all that matters, well sort of, it also has to look good, and this ticks that box!Quote

12-05-2013, 23:31:33

Josh Weston
Quote:
Originally Posted by garih View Post
thats all that matters, well sort of, it also has to look good, and this ticks that box!
Yeah, one of the reasons for getting the card was because the colours go so well with the GD65Quote

13-05-2013, 06:54:34

barnsley
I've been pc gaming almost all my life. However, due to my age I've only really bought three cards with my own money.

1. A gt 520. it came with a dell inspiron. More effective than a hoover at collecting dust.
http://i.imgur.com/Xa5pQvG.jpg?1

2. EVGA GTS 450. I ended up having three of these gts 450s and replacing most of my rig at the time trying to find out why they kept breaking. They kept having to be RMA'd throughout the approximate year I had them. Hateful things. I still have one running in my old rig and it's surprisingly good. It has admittedly let a bad taste in my mouth with nvidia but I try to keep my mind open :P.
http://i.imgur.com/lr4eYfh.jpg?1


3. xfx 7870 core. Nice card. However the build quality makes poundland flaky pastries look well built. Manged to OC to 1.1 with decent temperatures. I guess I got lucky.
http://i.imgur.com/r72u93V.jpg?1

-edit- I grew up with my dad's rig having a rage 128 GL. Oh the memories of my dad getting angry at it.Quote

13-05-2013, 07:45:50

Liarma
Well here's mine.

I built my first PC in October 2008 which consisted of a Core 2 Duo E8400, 4GB DDR2 800, ASUS P5KPL-CM mobo, 500GB WD HDD but ran out of money for a GPU. After 8 months of running everything on the Intel onboard I did a week of work experience for school in a computer shop in June/July 2009. That was when I got my first real graphics card for a small discount (pretty sure I still got ripped off but I was a huge noob back then) which was a ECS 9600GT 1GB. Finally being able to play Crysis was pure bliss!

http://resource.mmgn.com/Hardware/no...GT%201GB-1.jpg

Fast forward to March 2010 and I'd finished high school and gotten a job at the local supermarket. Well that meant upgrade time and I decided to go all out and buy the best I could afford which was a Sapphire Radeon HD5870 1GB. It was a fantastic card and a MASSIVE upgrade from my 9600GT. Still my favourite card to this day.

http://www.ixbt.com/video3/images/cy...scan-front.jpg

About a year later which was about May 2011 I did a huge upgrade to Sandy Bridge and the 5870 was still serving me well, but I wanted more performance and the stock cooler wasn't exactly ideal. So I decided to get an Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme 5870 cooler. This allowed me to overclock the tits out of my 5870 and get even better performance.

http://www.realgage.com/site/wp-cont...ticHD-5870.jpg

So 2 and half years later and my 5870 while still being a great card, was really starting to show its age. After using an Arctic Cooling cooler I never wanted to go back to a reference cooler. The GTX600 series was very appealing to me as well. As I said the 5870 was great but AMD drivers were uh...brought down the experience a bit, so I figured it was time to go green again. So all that taken into account The Gigabyte GTX 670 OC was the perfect card for me. The 680 was out of the question as the 670 was $150 cheaper and arguably performed just as well. So the day I got my tax return I went down to the local PC retailer (which amazingly had the cheapest Gigabyte 670 in Australia) and picked one up.

http://www.tonymacx86.com/attachment...phics-card.jpg

MISC:

Also in June/July 2010 I moved across the state to start a mining job. A friend of a friend was selling his rig (XFX 8800 Ultra, Q6600, 4GB Corsair XMS2, 1TB HDD, Asus Striker Extreme 680i) and a 26" Samsung Monitor together for $500 (My current monitor to this day) So I bought it off him and gave it to my then current girlfriend as a rig for her to game on. After we broke up I swapped the 8800 with my 9600 and sold the rig, and use the 8800 as a PhysX card briefly and messed around with it a bit.

http://www.techpowerup.com/gpudb/images/b812.jpg

So that concludes my GPU history with a bit of story behind it, hope you guys didn't find it too boring! Quote

13-05-2013, 07:55:47

SieB
For gaming I was a filthy Console peasant until 2009, so my GPU history starts from there.

My first GPU was an ASUS 4850

http://i.imgur.com/wrYqZeyl.jpg

After that I upgraded to an Asus DCU 6850 on release October 2010

http://i.imgur.com/zkk7rS0l.jpg

Next after my 6850 died I gave Nvidia a try and grabbed a Asus DCU 460

http://i.imgur.com/y6PfoPzl.jpg

And finally I now have my Asus DCUII TOP 7950.

By the way, did I mention I like Asus GPUs?

http://i.imgur.com/aO0cRvHl.jpgQuote

13-05-2013, 09:15:38

alienware
I've had a thing for MSI since the 480 Lightning. Before that I didn't really care about who made my cards as long as the warranty was OK

I love the new Twin Frozr (Josh) and I so nearly went with 670 TF but the first batch were really bad and could barely hold their stock clocks so I went with my Jetstream.

Never had a Palit card before and the warranty is a bit iffy but thankfully I've had no issues yet. They're only stock cards under the epic cooler any way.Quote

13-05-2013, 09:16:03

yassarikhan786
My GPU history:

ATI 4350:

https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/i...E5vhj1Ec3eA5oA

And currently, a Gigabyte 580:

http://www.guru3d.com/miraserver/ima...G_4233-750.jpg

I had the 4350 for a couple of years and the 580 has been running solidly for nearly two years now.Quote

13-05-2013, 09:26:04

Josh Weston
Forum user AlienALX has created a great thread in which to share your past and present GPUs with others. Get ready for a trip down memory lane, lads.

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...185417783l.png

Continue ReadingQuote

13-05-2013, 09:39:18

TechnoProdigy

13-05-2013, 09:39:28

alienware
Nice little write up there Josh

Hopefully we'll get more lists now Quote

13-05-2013, 09:40:27

driftingforlife
My list:

9600GT > Gainward GTX275 > Pailt GTX470 > Pailt+Inno3D GTX470 SLI > MSI GTX680 Lightning SLI.Quote

13-05-2013, 09:47:32

remember300
All the reports ive seen a 770 will compare to a 680... still speculation but im saving up so at the end of the month if they come out ill be throwing my money at the 780.
Quote:
Originally Posted by UKCurtis View Post
Hello well I dont have any old Graphics Cards as I have only been gaming on pc for just over a Year now.

For my first setup I had a XFX Radeon HD5950 1GB I cant find a picture anywhere for it.


Then Upgraded to a Asus 6950 Direct CUII 2GB
http://www.asus.com/media/global/pro...PzVe/P_500.jpg

Then I bought my first Nvidia Card bought 2 Asus GTX680's as I had to wait atleast 6weeks to get my hands on a 690 cba to wait lol .
http://www.guru3d.com/miraserver/ima...i/IMG_5955.jpg

Then I sold 1 of my 680's because they were bottlenecking with my CPU (X6 1090T) left me with 1.

But now I'm not sure if I should get another 680 or buy a 780 as I have heard they are coming out on the 23rd may and my Bday is on the 26th of may hehe ,I know it's not much but that's my GPU list.
Quote

13-05-2013, 09:59:30

MrKambo
first card i remember having was a Rightous 3DFX


used that for ages and ages, on a old school pentinum machine think it was running 266MHz, this was days of Doom and Quake, omg 3DFX Quake

Ran this for a while then upgraded to a ATi X850XT


what a beast!! this is was teamed up with my Pentinum II i think, running at 666MHz

Then came my Pentinum 4 machine, fudging horrible processor, was so hot didnt need heating, but that was teamed up with a ATi x1950 Pro


Then after i got rid of this, i became a console man for a few years...

Until 8800GT


I was running AMD CPU's here, Athlon thing...i think...might have been sempron, cant quite remember, but this took gaming to a whole new level for me

next came the ATi 4870


Then i think it was the nVidia GTX275

Shortly after i decided i wanted the ATi 5870


Which was few weeks later sold to someone i used to game online with in Scotland for ATi 5770 Crossfire


why i couldnt tell you, im sure i had a good reason

Then i stopped gaming and sold off the rigs

Which brings us to today..

ATi 7970 Crossfire


Thats my history in GPU's worth mentioning, ive have had many other GPU's not worth mentioning Quote

13-05-2013, 10:00:06

Dark NighT
My first card was the Diamond stealth 3d 2000

http://s192804805.onlinehome.us/images/1/7785/x59-2.jpg

Along with a 3DFX Voodoo 1

http://content.hwigroup.net/images/a...fx-voodoo1.jpg

From there i went to a Nvidia Geforce 2MX

http://uk.ts.fujitsu.com/rl/services...e2MX-large.JPG

Then onto a Matrox G450 agp

http://www.matrox.com/graphics/media...eries/g450.jpg

Then i got myself a Nvidia Geforce 4 Ti 4200

http://i.imgur.com/j1pPYSc.jpg

Next one was a Nvidia Geforce FX 5600

http://www.ixbt.com/video2/images/ov...00-325-600.jpg

From that i went to the uber impressing Nvidia Geforce 6800 Ultra

http://www.cdrinfo.com/forum/upfiles...E972A505B6.jpg

Then onto a Gainward Geforce 7800GS+ Bliss agp

http://www.s155158671.websitehome.co...inward-Top.jpg

Then i briefly had this 7900GS since i moved over to Pci-e

http://www.pluspc.ro/images/placa-vi..._PCI-E_x16.jpg

Followed by a Geforge 8800GTX

http://img.hexus.net/v2/graphics_car...ropped-big.jpg

Which not to much later got a brother for some good SLI cooking, the heat in the case fried the south bridge

Then i followed up with 2 XFX Geforce GTX 280's

http://techreport.com/r.x/geforce-gt...80-card-3q.jpg

And finally i am currently using 2 MSi Geforce GTX 570 Twinfrozr OC cards, they are in there for 2 years now, and wont be replaced untill the nvidia 800 series comes round.



http://images.bit-tech.net/content_i...-gtx560-5b.jpg

Pretty good history, loved the 6800 ultra, it was so good at the time.

Great entry's as well, great thread.Quote

13-05-2013, 10:00:15

seumasbeathan
My entry

#1

HD 5570

Paid £60 for this :L This was when I genuinely had no idea what I was doing, infact because the system memory was DDR2 I even thought that the graphics card would have to be DDR2 also. I had just bought a £40 Dell Optiplex thing on ebay as a starter PC, hence the low profile card.

http://www.techspot.com/articles-inf.../Image_02S.jpg

I actually ended up frying the thing :L

#2

My brother kindly donated a M-ATX and as I now needed a new card I was able to get a real card :P I picked up a lovely HD 5770 from a forum my brother went on, £50 - Bargain.

http://images.bit-tech.net/content_i...b-review/3.jpg

I loved this card, one of the best I have ever owned for the price/performance.

#3

The performance of the 5770 was good but it just didn't cut it for all the new games, BF3 etc. So I had a look on here and picked up a 5850, I can't actually remember who from or what the cost was but I'm pretty sure it was a good deal.

http://www.maxit.com.my/admin/attach...ge/HD_5850.jpg

I absolutely loved this card, it was phenomenal. Miles better performance than the 5770, almost silent, and never went above 65c. I got a good few months use out of this but then I decided I needed an upgrade.

#4

For the upgrade I picked up an XFX 5870 from another forum member and put it in crossfire with the 5850.

http://assets.overclock.net.s3.amazo...tach143618.png

Performance was great and the 5870 was pretty cool and quiet.

#5

I needed some money for stuff and ended up selling both of the cards. About a month later I had a bit of money spare again and used it to buy a 6870. It was a Poweroclor PCS+ model like the 5850, and like the 5850 was great.

http://img.ebyrcdn.net/420166-414261-800.jpg

I used this card for a pretty long time and I was actually thinking of buying another for crossfire, until I won the competition.

#6

I was very lucky and ended up winning the Custom Corsair Competition, with this rig came the Asus GTX 670 DCUII

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/A.../pressshot.jpg

I was blown away by the performance compared tot he 6870, withe the 6870 I struggled to get playable fps on BF3 on high, now I can play on Ultra at 100+ fps. Not only if performance amazing but it is dead silent and I have never seen it go above 70c.Quote

13-05-2013, 10:11:50

Dario_92
My first three graphics card were given to me by my dad and the rest where bought with me saving up my money

ATI RADEON X800 XT

http://img.hexus.net/v2/graphics_car...mages/card.jpg

NVIDIA 7950GT

http://www.madshrimps.be/files/image...frey-14580.jpg

NVIDIA GTX 260

http://www.gameconnect.net/images/ne...MAXCORE_01.jpg

ATI XFX 5830

http://attach.forum.ge/post-54-1304586417.jpg

NVIDIA GTX 460

http://img.hexus.net/v2/pmason/zotac/460se/se-2.jpg

NVIDIA GTX 570

http://www.fareastgizmos.com/wp-cont...mb-450x320.jpg

NVIDIA GTX 670

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-n74eGO3A-c...s-Official.jpg

That is all I've had I still have my GTX 260 and my 7950 GT Quote

13-05-2013, 10:29:45

AverageNinja
My first and current GPU:
An NVidia GeForce FX5200 128Mb manufactured by ASUS:
http://i.imgur.com/JtP3YTm.jpg

Yes, I know... Quote

13-05-2013, 10:34:57

Vamicius
My PC enthusiasm obligates me to take part in this graphics card history forum.

http://avanhard.com/images/productos...NIC%20CARD.jpg
It all started with the ATi Radeon HD 2400 PRO, which continues to operate to this day. This card came with the very first "gaming" grade system I bought and very soon, it occurred to that I was very quickly moving into a realm of gaming for which I required an enormous graphics overhaul.

http://www.cclonline.com/images/arti...e_8800_gtx.jpg
That's when this, Nvidia GeForce 8800GTX came into the picture. At the time, it was the best thing since sliced bread. Suddenly I could run all my games at great graphical settings, and I was blown away by the performance this card had to offer.
Then one day, I purchased another and configured them in SLI. I wish I hadn't. It created much more problems than it solved, especially in regards to heat, texture glitches, and power demand. My PSU subsequently exploded one day during an online game with these two cards.

http://www.overclockers.ru/images/la..._side2_big.jpg
By this point, I had become armed with considerably more knowledge of the graphics card market, and so put it to the test, and was I far from disappointed. Miraculously, I managed to sell the PC system running the 8800s as it had reached the end of the upgrade potential line and I used the proceeds to build a new system. That's when I obtained this little wonder, the Gainward GeForce GT 640.
I found that during gameplay with this card, I was able to run my games on equal, if not higher settings than the 8800s and still achieve playable framerates. I felt like a complete fool after spending so much money on large clunky cards to possess power equal to what was bundled into this little marvel.

http://i.imgur.com/fMeYr.jpg
This is where things suffered a falter. I found a Sparkle Guru GeForce GTX 580 card being sold for an extremely low price, and it was not until I received and tested the card that I found it did not at all function. Of course I was far from happy at this as the seller would not accept a return, and would not refund me for the faulty device.

http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u9069...TX480_full.jpg
It wasn't about to get better, I was stupid enough to continue my search for a bargain and soon came across one of these; an Asus GeForce GTX 480. Believe it or not, this card did actually function, though only for time periods anywhere between 1-2 hours before the card spontaneously cut out and my system shut down. I tried everything to resolve this, but to no avail. In the end, I sold the card on to someone who likely knows more about graphics cards on the PCB level than me.

http://static.pcinpact.com/images/bd...om-gtx-570.png
We now come to the present day, in which I am in possession of a Gainward GeForce GTX 570, which is without a doubt the best card I have yet owned.
It performs outstandingly well in games on the market, even today. In regards to appearance and design, I've yet to own a card that is able to maintain lower temperatures while under stress than this behemoth. The precedent was set for Gainward being one of, if not my most favourite vendor for graphics cards, as the cards from them have yet to trouble me in any way, or have a severe falter in terms of performance.


My plans for future upgrade consist of being set on upgrading to an MSi GeForce GTX 680 Lightning Xtreme Edition this summer of 2013, and given how rare and valuable this card is, it may prove beneficial to me into 2014 when I may or may not look into a further upgrade to Maxwell, in Nvidia's soon to come GeForce GTX 800 lineup.
http://www.chiploco.com/wp-content/u...ghtening-4.jpg
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13-05-2013, 10:53:42

Chuckers
The mighty HD3650:
http://www.sapphiretech.com//images/...90122_9849.jpg

Then the PowerColor HD5770 (cheap cooler edition):
http://farm2.staticflickr.com/1324/4...a4c8797e_z.jpg

The Gigabyte Windforce GTX560ti:
http://jeffscomputer.com/store/ccdat...ain_60_136.jpg

and the current VTX3D 7870 Tahiti LE Black Edition:
http://www.techpowerup.com/gpudb/images/b877.jpgQuote

13-05-2013, 11:00:29

vorticalbox
My first ever GPU was this bad boy

http://www.powercolor.com/global/sho...=image_b_s.jpg

which i used right up till i recently got the asus 7770 v2 and i still have it now for my second system.

http://www.techpowerup.com/gpudb/images/b604.jpgQuote

13-05-2013, 11:10:28

alienware
Yay lots of lovely GPU goodness

Kambo - what did you have your Voodoo linked with? I ask because they weren't standalone cards and needed another GPU (no matter how crap) to link with..

I had my Orchid linked up with the 1mb S3 card and it was more than enough..

Quake 2 was where it really started to come together though. What a stunning game that was. Was the first game I ever knew where you could blow someone into small chunks then stand there and laugh when the flies turned up Quote

13-05-2013, 11:48:29

dalewakelin
My first gpu, sapphire HD5450, im still using it. Bought it about a year and a half ago.
http://static.clickbd.com/global/cla...0_original.jpg
My second gpu, sold it after a few months. Nvidia quadro 3400.
http://images01.olx.com.pk/ui/14/75/...3-For-Sale.jpgQuote

13-05-2013, 12:03:41

UkGouki
Quote:
Originally Posted by Josh Weston View Post
Forum user AlienALX has created a great thread in which to share your past and present GPUs with others. Get ready for a trip down memory lane, lads.

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...185417783l.png

Continue Reading

nice readup forgot to add my 8 year old 7900gtx which in 2005 was the flagship and a beast of a card yet its still alive and kicking.

that thing has lived through a thunderstorm that took out one of our tvs it lived through various power cuts even the death of 2 power supplys and a house fire! the thing is the terminator incarnate i swear you cant kill it lol

that said my 6 year old 9800gtx i managed to bring back to life after i thought it was dead. all it needed was a small re-solder of one of its power points i also put clean tim on it now its running on my old q6600 system without missing a beat still plays a few of the newer games not exactly maxxed out but good enough on 1650x1050 screen Quote

13-05-2013, 12:19:18

Robi_G
First GPU for first PC, mine has the power connectors facing out the back though.
Lovely card.
http://benchmarkreviews.com/images/r...m_IO_34_01.jpgQuote

13-05-2013, 12:35:34

alpenwasser
Quote:
Originally Posted by Josh Weston View Post
Forum user AlienALX has created a great thread in which to share your past and present GPUs with others. Get ready for a trip down memory lane, lads.

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Continue Reading
Wooot! Front page, awesome!

My GF3 even gets a mention, thanks Josh!

Also, I like the concept of mentioning good threads on the front page, I'm very much looking
forward to more of that. Quote

13-05-2013, 13:08:03

habakkuk
My first GPU came in my first computer which was a Compaq running windows ME (terrible, I know). Equipped with a 700Mhz AMD Duron. It was an 8 MB nVIDIA Vanta LT AGP card... i know right? can't even call it a GeForce.. This pc always ed me off because it seemed like none of the games i had that i wanted to play would even run at all.. (some old star wars game, flight sim, etc)
http://www.austech.uk.net/uploads/pr..._2_VantaLT.gif

My next PC my dad helped me build as a project in '04 ish. This thing was fairly beastly for the day. 1.5gb DDR 400, 3.0ghz northwood P4 with hyperthreading.. The gpu was a GeForce4 MX440. 128MB if I recall.
http://img0089.popscreencdn.com/1204...video-card.jpg

My dad, had to confiscate that pc for work, so he bought me and my brother an emachines in 2005. It only had 512MB of ram, but the athlon 64 cpu it had was better than the old P4, so I was ok with it. (despite running an entire GHz slower and having half as many threads at its disposal). That pc had intergrated radeon xpress 200 graphics which ran my games just fine at the time (flight sims, battlefront, etc). However, Microsoft Flight Simulator 10 ran horribly, so I decided to upgrade it. Mowed lawns until I could afford to max out the ram: 2gb of DDR400, and acquire a decent gpu. I read that FS10 greatly favored nvidia especially for weather, so I bought a 256mb Geforce 8500 GT.
Why was I using a single core rig in 2007? because i was a poor teenager, hence the lawn-mowing.
http://www.zotacusa.com/media/catalo...FCP_image2.jpg

Unfortunately, the game still ran horribly because it is an extremely CPU dependent game. However, I was broke again until I got a "real" job. so in 2010, after saving up enough money, I built a new PC from scratch. 3.0ghz quad athlon, 4gb ddr2 800, and a BFG GTX 260, core 216, 55nm revision. My first true gamer's card, I loved that thing. I threw everything i could find to play at it. Handled FS10, (thanks to the quad), CoD, Crysis 1 and 2, Metro 2033, Battlefield 3, (though most not at max settings).
http://cdn3.pcadvisor.co.uk/cmsdata/...60%20550px.jpg

Ever since I built that PC, i've been continuously upgrading it, 1 component (or 2) at a time til the point that now, it literally shares nothing in common with the PC i built in 2010, however, its soul lives on. I finally upgraded the GPU last november when I got back from training and had tons of cash to blow, so i bought a brand new radeon hd 7870. Note, this was my first radeon card, but i've been pretty impressed. While the 260 could RUN anything I could throw at it, I've finally achieved a setup where I can MAX nearly anything i throw at it (other than metro of course).
http://www.powercolor.com/Global/sho...mage_b_s_2.jpg


Misc. GPUs: I've built quite a few PC's for other people since I built my first one for myself. Thrown in a variety of GPU's, such as these (based on budget and gaming/work needs)

xfx hd5450 for my dad
http://images17.newegg.com/is/image/...565-TS?$S300W$

zotac 'ion' gpu for a friend
http://img.hexus.net/v2/news/zotac/z...on-upgrade.jpg

GTS 250 for another friend
http://techwiki.hardwarecanucks.com/...69/269_360.jpg

hd5770 for another friend
http://www.geeks3d.com/public/jegx/2...70_hawk_02.jpg

hd4890 for my step brother (always loved the way they looked)
http://static.trustedreviews.com/94/...89-img9219.jpg

hd6850 for my brother
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/...L._SL1500_.jpg

and, of course, an hd3870 x2 i got off ebay for chump change to see how crossfire works..
http://content.hwigroup.net/images/p...870_x2_1gb.jpgQuote

13-05-2013, 13:23:26

alienware
Quote:
Originally Posted by habakkuk View Post

The gpu was a GeForce4 MX440. 128MB if I recall.
My Prophet was the same and tbh? worst card I've ever had. I learned shortly after that that anything Nvidia put out with MX on the end was crap, and anything with Ti on the end was the one to have.Quote

13-05-2013, 13:26:44

NickOmega
My list is nice and short:

Radeon 9200LE: Came in my first desktop computer bought 2nd hand. Was also the first overclock I attempted, refitted heatsink using AS5 and fitted an old P3 fan, made no difference whatsoever Still have this in an anti-static bag in an old MoBo box
http://www.pothasttechnologies.com/e...ut-DVI-agp.JPG

Asus EAH4670: Was bought from Aria for the princely sum of £46.30 when I built this computer 4 years ago (only had a £200 budget minus HDD, monitor and peripherals) Still managed to play Crysis on reasonable settings and manages Batman: AA fairly well too
http://images.overclock.co.uk/produc...EAH4670-1G.jpgQuote

13-05-2013, 13:46:51

habakkuk
Quote:
Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post
My Prophet was the same and tbh? worst card I've ever had. I learned shortly after that that anything Nvidia put out with MX on the end was crap, and anything with Ti on the end was the one to have.
I agree, the card is pretty much worthless. Tried to install windows 7 on that old machine, and the card is virtually unsupported whatsoever. Not only does aero not work, but you can't even find any official drivers that support the card, so you're left with windows generic VGA drivers or ghetto rigging some unsupported driver which is what i did. Installed halo 1, and it barely ran and with many graphical glitches. That's a 2001 game.. Also i have the IL2 Sturmovik series of combat flight sims, which are based on a 2003 game with a variety of patches updates and expansions, and on the box, it clearly says that Geforce 4 MX is "NOT SUPPORTED". that's the only gpu it mentions lolQuote

13-05-2013, 14:07:11

Zoot
Quote:
Originally Posted by SieB View Post
For gaming I was a filthy Console peasant until 2009
That's a badge of shame I wear too. Although I'm slightly better, I saw the light in 2006.

I forgot my brief entries on the mobile side of things.

ATi Xpress 1150

http://www.techpowerup.com/gpudb/images/681.jpg

That powered a laptop I had with an AMD Turion X2 TL-60. It was onboard so the gaming performance was non-existant. It's still alive after nearly 8 years and happily running Debian now.


nVidia Geforce 8600M GT

http://i.imgur.com/bLMGPqc.jpg

That's still alive and kicking in my current laptop, with an Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 which is going on 6 years old now. It served me great during college for LAN parties. I have fond memories of 12+ hour Civilisation 4 and Sins of a Solar Empire sessions!

It wouldn't have been a great gaming system but it ran games with their settings turned down just fine. Lugging around the desktop (with the HD4870 and Phenom II) wasn't an option really.

I reckon my next in the mobile world will be an AMD Temash powered one, as those hybrid tablets are looking very interesting.Quote

13-05-2013, 16:57:46

Diablo
This takes me back; my first pc (not a family pc) had a matrox millenium dualhead

http://www.matrox.com/graphics/media...eries/g450.jpg

That PC got stolen along with loads of other stuff and was replaced with an 1100MHz Athlon with an Nvidia Geforce II (MX IIRC), which was a little below par.

[img]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c1/GeForce_2_MX_400.JPG[img]

When I built my first PC I picked the best card (my)money could buy at that stage; a 7800GTX, which was pretty decent.

http://images.planetamd64.com/athild...TX/7800GTX.jpg


After that I did a complete rebuild, with a pair of 280GTXs in SLI, which were loud, power hungry, and yet I loved them. One is still going strong with a custom cooler on it, the other is on its way out.

[img]http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u7/bfg-geforce280GTX-beauty-small.jpg[img]

I also needed a spare graphics chip for testing so bought an 8400GS, with 512mb RAM. (I love how crippled that RAM must be with DDR2 speeds and a tiny bus)

http://tekgems.com/images/large/GF8400GS-128-PB-box.jpg

I decided to wait for the 480GTXs to be released, found out they were quite poor, and got myself a pair of 5970s. Absolute mistake; I went for eyefinity as well, and found that games worked well with eyefinity but not quadfire; I ended up watercooling them and found they worked fine on their own, but not together. On my next upgrade cycle I sold one of the cards, and kept the other in a half built PC (it just needs an LGA 1366 CPU).

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5348/7...24a9da71_b.jpg

When I got those, I wanted to try out physx, and bought a 9800GT second hand, which turned out not to play with eyefinity. Unfortunately I had a short circuit with a fan, causing the PSU that went bang and took out the graphics chip too. I also bought a 9800GT with a better cooler, initially for a server, but I then donated it to my mum after getting rid of the 280GTXs from my main machine.

http://www.gpureview.com/database/im...512mb-8045.jpg

I then bought two 680GTXs which currently reside in my behemoth, fully watercooled, and attached to four screens.

[img]http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-7-1bIPHSQ8c/T3pc8KmrreI/AAAAAAAAAd0/UdAJ1QDRvZQ/s1600/koolance_vid-nx680_03.jpg[img]

Finally my server was running a 280GTX, but this started to crash, and after a bit of problem solving I think the 280GTX is dying. I replaced it with the cheapest card I could find: a 610GT which had the advantage of being passive and therefore quiet. It also meant I could remove a very loud fan that cooled the graphics and raid card.

http://www.asus.com/media/global/pro...ORmO/P_500.jpg

I think that's the lot.Quote

13-05-2013, 17:16:29

alienware
Quote:
Originally Posted by Diablo View Post
This takes me back; my first pc (not a family pc) had a matrox millenium dualhead
I'm pretty sure that's the one I had. 16mb IIRC.Quote

13-05-2013, 17:52:31

alpenwasser
Quote:
Originally Posted by Diablo View Post
This takes me back; my first pc (not a family pc) had a matrox millenium dualhead
Man, we had one of those back when Matrox were pretty much the only halfway affordable
option for dual-screen setups (it was my dad's PC, so it's not in my post thought).

On another note: Some of your images are not yet working (I think you're missing the forward
slashes for the closing [/img] tags). Quote

13-05-2013, 19:11:09

MrKambo
Quote:
Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post
Yay lots of lovely GPU goodness

Kambo - what did you have your Voodoo linked with? I ask because they weren't standalone cards and needed another GPU (no matter how crap) to link with..

I had my Orchid linked up with the 1mb S3 card and it was more than enough..

Quake 2 was where it really started to come together though. What a stunning game that was. Was the first game I ever knew where you could blow someone into small chunks then stand there and laugh when the flies turned up
i think i had the S3 too, i remember the cable used to loop round, and one night my cable split in 2, omg i cried that night.....Quote

13-05-2013, 19:28:30

alienware
Quote:
Originally Posted by MrKambo View Post
i think i had the S3 too, i remember the cable used to loop round, and one night my cable split in 2, omg i cried that night.....
Yeah back then there really wasn't much of a choice tbh. Cirrus logic used to do a 1mb card but the S3 Trio was about £25 and did everything the Cirrus could so there wasn't much point in bothering with much else given that you needed the Voodoo to do the hard work.

I avoided Nvidia for years because I hated the way they won out over Voodoo. Most of their marketing was just boasting and bragging. They began the GPU crap war that's for sure Quote

14-05-2013, 12:12:04

Notorious

14-05-2013, 14:22:56

Snortan
Mine is quite a short history but the first GPU was an ATI I think, but it was so long ago I can't remember the model. Then when GTA San Andreas came out, the game kept crashing and had very low framerate on the ATI card, so I took my savings and went to the closest computer shop and asked for a card that would play GTA:SA and was recommended a nVidia FX5200.
http://www.cyborg.co.il/%5Cimages%5C...5C114%5C23.jpg
Next upgrade to E8400 and Palit 4850
http://www.theitdepot.com/images/pro...500_004566.jpg
The 4850 died after ~2 years(tried to bake it , it "cured" the BSOD's but all the artifacts were still there) and I got a Gigabyte GTX460 1GB
http://img1.mlstatic.com/combo-board...251_042013.jpgQuote

15-05-2013, 02:20:41

dipzy

15-05-2013, 17:24:36

demonking
well i tried but my browser keeps logging me out Quote

15-05-2013, 18:13:38

garih
before i bought the 5770 i was very very close to buying asus 4850 matrix
i love the look of that cooler, reminds me of the ss enterprise!

http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/...psfe61cf99.jpgQuote

15-05-2013, 19:21:46

berthez
Lovely tread this is.
Here is my GPU history

So the first GPU was a XFX Radeon HD 5770, it was a huge upgrade to my OEM PC from HP and I loved it. Also I had to buy a better powersupply for the graphics and I bought a Corsair 550w psu.
http://benchmarkreviews.com/images/r...0_Label_01.jpg

Later on I decided to sell that HD5770 computer and years went by without a real dekstop gaming computer.

In 2012 I bought my new computer, I bought a PowerColor Radeon HD7870 GHz edition card with that build.
http://www.komplett.no/img/p/800/a96...9077fc448b.jpg

Just a couple of weeks later I saw the XFX Radeon HD 7950 on sale for the same price I bought the 7870 for and I replaced the 7870 by right of withdrawal (45 days open trade, if your not satisfied you get your cash back).
So that was a nice upgrade.

http://www.google.no/url?sa=i&source...68745772744013

I had that for until january 12th 2013 and sold it to a friend so I could buy my self a Nvidia Gainward Phantom GTX 680 because I was starting to play some FarCry 3 and Crysis 3, I just wanted all that nice eye candy, and It was the most powerful single gpu on the marked at that time.
http://www.google.no/url?sa=i&source...68745961214008

Then I bought a TITAN and sold the 680 and here I am.
http://www.komplett.no/img/p/1200/e5...166d0518fd.jpgQuote

15-05-2013, 19:33:25

alienware
Wow I can't believe the 5770 was so popular tbh.

It's looking like the most popular GPU in this thread ATM (though I admit I've not added them up).Quote

15-05-2013, 19:49:02

berthez
I'm really supriced of how many old GPUs there is in this thread. Its cool to see how the GPU technology has developed through the years, especially the heatsink design. fascinating idd.Quote

15-05-2013, 19:54:35

berthez
Just to let you know AlienALX, I created a post inspired by your thread, the title is identical and I think it had to in the case of being inspired by your thread that I thought was awesome. http://forum.overclock3d.net/showthr...306#post643306 -A Pictorial History of Cases
Cheers ! Quote

15-05-2013, 19:56:28

spazgadget
Here... Laugh all you like.

Palit 8400GS 1GB DDR3.
I didn't have that much money ok.
http://www.palit.biz/product/vga/pic...0e68c22087.jpg

XFX Black edition HD5870 (Current card)
I still don't have that much money.
http://images.bit-tech.net/content_i...edition06b.jpgQuote

15-05-2013, 19:59:54

berthez
Quote:
Originally Posted by garih View Post
That gpu looks sweet man, SS enterprice for sure ! Quote

19-05-2013, 08:20:53

TBash
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheGnaa11 View Post
My first Video Card within my first ever desktop pc:

Nvidia GeForce 8500 GT 512MB
http://www.pcgameshardware.de/screen..._GT_512MB.jpeg
After that card crashed i replaced it with a Sapphire Radeon HD 5550 1GB Graphics Card:
http://www.radeon3d.org/img/news/5550_ddr3_2.jpg
In december 2010 i got a Sapphire Radeon HD 6870
http://extreme.pcgameshardware.de/at...l_09002344.jpg
Mid 2012 i added a second one to build up a crossfire system.

And now i got a Gainward Nvidia GTX 660ti Phantom Graphics Card.
http://www.tweakpc.de/hardware/tests..._phantom_3.jpg
I live in the states and from the first time i layed eyes on a gainward cooler i was massivley jealous of how they look very minimalistic but sexy as hell.

My one and only graphics card that i purchased was an EVGA 9800gt and it got me through just about everything in the last couple years . I only got that so i could play Diablo 3 i was waiting till i modified my case before stepping it up, Sadly my first two computers were dells which i dont even thing had a graphics card but all i needed it to play was diablo 2 so it didnt take much lol.Quote

05-06-2013, 04:40:03

Trylen
Who remembers Cirrus Logic? My first PC used an 386sx with the i387 and a Cirrus Logic ISA 512KB. Then the lazer 486 with another Cirrus Logic with a full 1MB.
Then came the K6-2 days,
S3 Trio64 2MB and S3 Virge 2MB with a super-glued heatsink. Then the real power, my Voodoo3 3000 AGP 16MB bought so I could play Black & White.
The Voodoo3 lasted up to my Athlon 1400 and XP1700. By this point 3DFX had been bought by Nvidia and driver support was getting hard if not for third party support, so I got a True ATi RadeonVE 32MB (aka 7000) which allowed me to play Neverwinter Nights. The was replaced by an Apollo GeforceFX 5200 128MB which smoked on Sept 11, 2003 (the irony was not missed) and was replaced by a gainwood GeforceFX 5200 half-height (still running today in one of the Yarmouth SPCA office systems.) Due to warranties being an issue the gainwood was a bit of an insult and I changed stores and got me a Sapphire Radeon 9600Pro 256MB from a rival store that I kept to till it closed. After that was my Gigabyte GeforceFX 5500 256MB (running in a friends pc) up till I upgraded to my first Athlon64 939 system that used that cool ULi apg/pci-e chipset.
Then on the Athlon64 3500 came my Asus Geforce 7600GS 512MB Block of aluminium. Heavy card.
Round then I got the next 939 system, an Athlonx2 3800 on the Asus A8N-SLi Premium. Then came the Sapphire Radeon HD2600XT 256MB GDD4.
Round this time my choice store had gone under and I started going to another, and switched to Intel based Core2 4600 on a Asus P5K. The 2600 got kinna load so I got a Sapphire Radeon HD4850 512MB (still have but non-functional due to needing a new cooler) then a second HD4850 only with the dual slot cooler.
Update board to P5Q-E (now my storage server) I kept the 4850 for until the HD5770 1GB came out. That also came with a change in cpu to a Q9450, then a Q9650.
During the era of the Q9x50s I kept the HD5770. (with a brief span of BFG Geforce 9600GT OC for PhyX)
Before the turn of this year I moved from Canada to the US and I had to replace some parts due to damage by UPS, and that leads to my current rig with the PNY Geforce 550Ti.

As spare parts came in, I've also had:
Sapphire 9700Pro (sold to a friend)
Sapphire 9800Pro
another Sapphire 9600Pro
Sapphire 9600XT AIW (in a box here)
Sapphire x700 (in Father-in-law's pc)
Voodoo Banshee
Voodoo1
Voodoo2
another Voodoo3
Voodoo4
Voodoo5
Refence GeforceFX5600 (dead)
Asus GeforceFX 5700 (in Wife's XP for old game system)
Sapphire X1900XT (sold with that Ax2 3800 before the move *sob* I miss that system)
Asus GeforceFX 5200 with TV tuner (I forget the model)
and lots of S3 cards over the years.Quote

07-07-2013, 03:28:25

XOR
Oh - nice idea - I'll play!

Date:?
GC: S3 Trio

http://bryankollar.com/shopping/imag...064v2%20dx.jpg

Date: 1996
GC: Matrox Mystique

I remember buying this in Belgium and the guy telling me it was one of those weird new-fangled things and he didn't understand why I would want one. I shortly remember seeing tomb raider on a 3DFX and kicking myself!

http://www.vgamuseum.info/images/sto...ique2204mb.jpg

Date: 1997
GC: Riva 128

Can't remember why I bought this, it was definitely for something I was playing at the time - could have been OpenGL Quake or quake II.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...a_Riva_128.jpg

Date: 1999
GC: Riva TNT2

I think I got this to play Unreal..

http://www.vgamuseum.info/images/sto...1.0_top_hq.jpg

Date: 2000
GC: Geforce 2 GTS

Can't remember what prompted me to buy this, I think it was just whimsy

http://www.ixbt.com/video2/images/over-2003/gf2gts.jpg

Date: 2004
GC: Geforce 6600 GT

Maybe bought for half life 2, my neurons are not so good these days.

http://www.3dnews.ru/documents/8219/...-front-big.jpg

Date: 2007
GC: Geforce 7950 GT

I think this buy was because I was fed up of frame outs in raids in WoW went hand in hand with a new mobo and CPU..

http://www.techpowerup.com/gpudb/images/183.jpg

Date: 2009
GC: Zotac Geforce GTX 260 core 216

Card came with Far Cry 2 and thats what I wanted to play ;-)

http://media.bestofmicro.com/mainstr...-214346-13.png

Date: 2011
GC: Gainward Geforce GTX Ti 448 core

Sadly, this is still what I have ;-), but hey, new things soon.

http://www.techpowerup.com/gpudb/images/b1146.jpg

Cheers for the cool thread!

XORQuote

08-07-2013, 15:23:36

{SAS}TB
Love threads like this, loads of nostalgia - i may have a go if I can remember them all, but for now - spares :

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7284/9...64399493_o.jpg
GPUs by Jon°, on Flickr

Quote

16-07-2013, 11:46:11

mArTyN
A REALLY good thread and boy does it bring back memories
Alas at the moment in my main two rigs I am running an EVGA 560 Ti 448 core and an Asus 6950 Direct CU 11, but that's life.

mArTyNQuote

16-07-2013, 11:51:36

Rastalovich
The OP looks like the junk shelf I have in work.

Got an S2 (I believe) Amiga graphic card somewhere, huge vram on that.Quote

03-09-2013, 09:49:28

Luscious
Back in the days of Windows 95 and Pentium MMX, this was a pretty sweet card:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...0px-ET6000.JPG

Tseng Labs ET6000. Ran on PCI instead of ISA. Used MDRAM. Was a killer 2D card that could also handle games. I remember playing EF2000, Flight Simulator 98 and Need for Speed on this thing without a sweat.

The rig this was in was a baby AT tower case, Gigabyte motherboard, SB16 sound card, 2GB Quantum HDD, dual floppy drives, a HP CD burner, 5GB Travan tape drive, Goldstar 17" CRT with stereo speakers built-in (a rare find at the time), fax modem card and a HP Deskjet 400 printer.Quote

03-01-2014, 15:58:55

Wraith
My first was a Cirrus Logic Nitro v64 1MB then I moved onto the 3DFX Voodoo Graphics 4MB, then the Voodoo Banshee in SLI with a whopping 24MB Combined vram. Those were the days.Quote

03-01-2014, 16:54:01

CreatiXx
Well since i'm only 17 atm i havent updated my pc a lot

But i started a few years ago when i want to buy my OWN PC part and i went with a ATI MSI 9800GT back then. Damn it was real beast in my eyes and so proud i bought it!

http://ic.tweakimg.net/ext/i/1218703083.jpg

Then 2-3 years ago it got old and saw a sale in a store close to where i live and was able to buy an asus 5870 HD V2 for just 150€ while those were easily around the 300€ i gues back then? But tbh it was a magnificent card imo. It could play BF3 together with an AMD 965 on ULTRA with a max temp 35 degree

http://images.hardwarecanucks.com/im...-MATRIX-13.jpg

Than this summer i upgraded my GPU cause he was slowly dying and went for 2 Gigabyte GTX680 windforce x5 SOC in SLI and are currently under water

http://cdn.wccftech.com/wp-content/u...force-5x-4.jpg

I'm happy with the 680's and hope i can keep using them till late 2015/beginning 2016 but we can never predict the future Quote

03-01-2014, 17:01:02

Davva2004
My first card was an ATI Rage 128 Pro that came bundled in my first PC - a Time Machine. Yeah.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...B_IMGP8663.jpg

After many years of playing Tomb Raider 3 and Rage: Incoming, I eventually sold the whole POS to my neighbour for peanuts, and early in 2009 I built my first ever system - based on the Legend that was the Athlon X2 7750 Black Edition processor, and an ASRock motherboard with onboard graphics. Which totally kicked the Rages ass. Bearing in mind my PC was primarily used for porn and ICQ.

But after a while, I got into gaming and quickly realised that onboard graphics suck tramp . My 3DMarks score was pretty damn bad...

https://scontent-a-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/..._7761809_n.jpg

... so I upgraded to a HIS HD5770 in early 2010...

https://scontent-b-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/..._5997469_n.jpg

... which improved my 3DMarks score by quite a bit!

https://scontent-b-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/...0_619215_n.jpg

Then at the end of 2010, I upgraded to a Phenom X4 955 Black Edition processor, and an XFX HD5850 Black Edition...

https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.n..._1014021_o.jpg

... and that's where I'm currently at.Quote

03-01-2014, 17:07:41

QuietOne
My first card was a Matrox Mystique 220

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...0-4MB-card.jpg

Then I added a Voodoo 2

http://www.vgamuseum.info/images/sto...odoo2hisfb.jpg

Then I had Geforce4 ti4200.

About 6 years ago I invested in 2 of these bad boys

http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q...Picture001.jpg

XFX Geforce 8800 Ultra's

And now I have this.

http://hothardware.com/newsimages/It...780-acx-12.jpgQuote

31-03-2014, 09:47:56

RobCrezz
As far back as I can remember:
S3 Virge
Matrox Millenium + 3DFX Voodoo
Matrox Millenium + 3DFX Voodoo 2
TNT2 Ultra
Geforce DDR
Geforce 3 Ti 500

--- Went to Xbox and Xbox 360 for a while --

ATi 4650 in HT pc
8800 GTX
Asus 560 Ti
GTX 660 "OEM" (except its not a 660 really, its got a gk104), which I have currently cooled by a H55 using the Kraken G10, bios unlocked and tweeked and big overclocks.Quote

31-03-2014, 13:02:32

JR23
Ok this isn't going to take long for me, i'm just not old enough I guess!

First up I had two Gainward GTX570 Phantom 3's

http://static.pcinpact.com/images/bd...om-gtx-570.png

Followed by two EVGA GTX780 reference Superclocks which I bought on release day.

http://eu.evga.com/PRODUCTS/IMAGES/G...83-KR_XL_4.jpg

and now I have two EVGA GTX780 Classifieds.

http://eu.evga.com/PRODUCTS/IMAGES/G...88-KR_XL_4.jpg

No old green ones i'm afraid, the card in our old home P4 has a bright red PCB, not very manly though unfortunately, Robot Wars was too much for it.

JRQuote

31-03-2014, 13:37:57

Zoot
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zoot View Post
My list isn't that long since I was a console gamer throughout the late 90's and up until around 2006. I've also been on the green team more than the red one.

EVGA nVidia Geforce 6200 GT 256MB

http://i.walmartimages.com/i/p/00/84...93_500X500.jpg

nVidia Geforce 8600 GTS (OEM)

http://static.trustedreviews.com/94/...rce8600GTS.jpg

EVGA nVidia Geforce 8800 GTS

http://techreport.com/r.x/geforce-88.../evga-card.jpg

Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 1GB

http://www.sapphiretech.com//images/...90430_4791.jpg

MSi Geforce N560 GTX Twin Frozr II

http://www.pureoverclock.com/wp-cont...gtx560tf_8.jpg

And currently - Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 Vapor-X 3GB

http://techreport.com/r.x/7950-vs-66...phire-3q-3.jpg


The one I probably got the most milage out of would have been the 4870. I had it for the longest and did a lot of gaming on it.
Some Updates:

I replaced the 7950 with this:

Sapphire Radeon R9 290 Tri-X

http://i.imgur.com/JTj7WbM.jpg

I then had annoying driver related lock-ups, so I sold the 290 to switch to this, which is what I currently have.

Asus Geforce GTX 780 DirectCU II

http://i.imgur.com/lNvms66.jpgQuote

10-04-2014, 17:51:08

Meladath
As far as I can remember.
When I didnt' know anything about computers and my dad bought me the parts since he did:
ATI Rage 128
Some random stuff I really can't remember since I was about 7
Nvidia 7200GS

When I started to really get into computers:
Nvidia 8500GT

Went to Xbox/360 For a while, only played WoW on my PC so I missed out on the "CAN IT PLAY CRYSIS? hype"

Nvidia 9500GT
ATI 5850
AMD 6950 2GB unlocked to a 6970
AMD 7870XT
R9 280X crossfire
770 2GB
Still deciding what to buy in the next few weeks as I am RMA'ing this 770 Quote

10-04-2014, 18:07:32

Dicehunter

10-04-2014, 18:30:55

dalewakelin
Why not,
my first graphics card before i knew anything about computers, i seen 1GB which means it can play any game. Oh how i was disappointed. HD5450
http://media.sapphiretech.com//image...99_600_600.jpg
then there was the hardcore cad graphics card, also a disappointment. Nvidia Quadro 3400.
http://techgipsy.com/wp-content/uplo...phics-card.jpg
Then TTL was a nice chap and gave me a loan of a 650, i think it was the 650 ti boost but im not completely sure, it was a great card, cant fault it really. No titan but it played everything i threw at it. And it looked great with my rig.
http://images.bit-tech.net/content_i.../650tib-1b.jpg
Then i for the best price to performance ratio msi gtx570, i own two of these now one in my personal rig and one in the family rig. Works great for everything i need.
http://content.hwigroup.net/images/p...xm2d12d5oc.jpgQuote
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