Your GPU History (PICTORIAL EDITION!) (DO NOT LINK IMAGES)

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  1. [RMS] ST1NG3R

    [RMS] ST1NG3R Member

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    Okay guys, I thought I'd start up one of these ala. what they have going on over at overclock3D: http://forum.overclock3d.net/showthread.php?t=53027

    Pictures are a must for this one please guys!

    I'm 99% sure we don't have a thread the same as this running at the moment and it is sure to be interesting. So lets get this cracking!

    (I most definitely not the best example of high end cards, but here goes my listing)

    The Lineup:

    Nvidia Riva TNT2 (Unknown).
    In my familys first computer, I remember playing the games demo disk that came with the PC over and over with this beast.

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    ATI Radeon 9200SE (Gigabyte).
    In my first self build computer, scrounged out of a thrown out computer that had a dead motherboard

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    ATI 1950 PRO(Powercolor)
    I remember driving all the way to the other side of town to pick this up after winning it on an ebay auction. And remember holding it all the way back just thinking how insane the cooler was.

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    Nvidia 9600gt 2GB (ECS)
    Again, this is a GPU in my families computer, and it just outperformed my measly 1950 by such an amount that I left my own AGP computer switched off for weeks

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    AMD 5770 (XFX 'XXX Edition')
    Saved up for so long to afford this (doing my weekly paper route)

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    AMD 7970 GHz edition(Gigabyte 'OC') - Current GPU
    My first real high end GPU of the current gen. Loving it to bits.

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    Other notables:

    2x ATI 3870 (HIS 'ICEQ3') A temporary set of cards for my own PC borrowed from a mate until I could afford my 5770.

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    And as the original thread goes; That's my list, please do you own! :D

    Edit: Hope new hosting has solved issues regarding pictures :)
     
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  2. jmannik

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    Way back to my 486 days my first noteworthy card was a Tseng Labs ET4000/W32 Vesa Local Bus card (Edited to fix the typo... thanks HeXa lol)

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    Next card I got when I upgraded my PC to a Cyrix 686 PR166 machine was a S3 Virge, Cant remember if it was a DX or a GX

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    Next upgrade was to a K6-2+ 500 and it got some proper lovin' in the form of a 3DFX Voodoo Banshee

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    Next upgrade was the last to be a do everything at once for some time, upgraded my pc to a Duron 1200 and the first card I got was an ATi Radeon 9200 Pro

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    I decided that card just wasnt cutting it and got myself a second hand ATi Radeon 9600XT to replace it,

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    But then a short while after I had the opportunity to get my hand on a ATi Radeon 9800 Pro once again second hand

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    It was time for another full upgrade now (I had gone from Duron to Athlon XP during that time) but it was definately time for an Athlon 64 and just to tide me by till the card I ordered arrived I bought an Nvidia Geforce 6600gt

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    But that only stayed in my machine for around two weeks as in short order my main card showed up... Nvidia Geforce 6800gt

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    That lasted me until it was time to move to dual core processing... Athlon 64 x2 and a nice little Nvidia Geforce 8800GTS 320MB

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    This kept me going through the remainder of the AMD days until it came time to do another full system refresh, Intel Core 2 Duo Q9450 with at first one then a pair of ATi Radeon HD4870's

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    And that would last nearly 7 years until the motherboard finally died (I temporarily picked up a second hand Phenom x6 mobo proc ram combo to tide me by till my full refresh).
    I got myself an Intel i5 3570 and a nice shiny ATi Radeon HD7870 (the new version not the old one)

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    Well thats my main pc listed... I wont cover the second and third pc's as my memory about those is a bit sketchy
     
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  3. HeXa

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    jmannik - VLBUS is a 486 era interface

    speaking of which, I'll start there as I can't remember back 30 years to what my CGA and Hercules video cards were in the XT, or the many 286s and 386s after that :p

    in my 486DX50, a WDC90c31 based VLbus card.... kicked butt in Ultima 8 :thumbup:
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    then built a Cyrix 686 P200+ system with a Creative 3D Blaster PCI.... made for some sweet vQuake :thumbup:
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    3DFX was all the rage at the time, so I soon got a VooDoo 1 (was Legend brand black PCB)
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    Next build was a P3-450, in which a Creative TNT2 Ultra went (fan died quickly, so on went a blue orb)
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    later upgraded to a Geforce2 MX400 when the VRAM died on the TNT2U
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    since then.... 6200 (SFF), 7300GS (SFF), 7900GS (f**k SFF!!), 3850, 4830, 5770, CF 5770, GTX680
     
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    [RMS] ST1NG3R

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    Sorry admin, i'll update OP with self hosted pictures :thumbup:

    Keep em coming guys! I love seeing and trying to comprehend the stuff from before my own time.
     
  5. Smuffy

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    EDIT: nvm cbf hosting pics lol.
     
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  6. Oosh

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    SNAP! (kinda)

    Nvidia Riva TNT2 Ultra (Diamond Viper V770)
    I just reached out and snapped this pic now, the card surfaced a while ago, and has just been floating around my study as a paperweight/shelf ornament/dust gatherer. :)

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  7. rhinobeetle

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    PCI TNT2 32mb

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    what a beast! i was finally able to lan and play CS with my buddies. they all had Geforce2 MX's! phwaahhh!


    PCI Radeon 7500

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    with the family PC not being advanced enough to have an AGP slot, I did what i could. a modest upgrade.


    Geforce3 Ti500

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    I arrived to the GF3 party late with this, but it still kicked so much arse at the time


    6600gt

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    I could play far cry, yay!


    Radeon X1950 AGP

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    again, pushing the boundaries of agp on my P4 Northwood system, but a cracker of a card.


    640mb 8800gts

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    it could play crysis :D i was stoked, saved up so hard for this


    8600m

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    briefly tried laptop gaming. blegh.


    4870 crossfire

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    there was nothign i couldnt run at the time, paired with a Q9550, i was swimming in fps


    6970

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    awesome card. hard to upgrade when i moved to an i7, shame it died when i moved to QLD


    GTX 580

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    my current baby. 2 years on, still smashing games :)
     
  8. kieran

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    Tseng Labs ET4000
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    Edfx Voodoo2
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    nVidia TNT2 Ultra. Guillemot Maxi Gamer Xentor 32
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    then for some reason they decided to start over stuffing the gpu with transistors, making it rather hotter. Some whiz in tech decided to encase the entire thing in a massive heatsink/airflowy case thing.. hiding all the interesting innards in this process. As the years have gone.. this has gotten (and will get) progressively larger.

    nvidia 7600
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    nvidia 8800gts
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    nvidia gts250
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    nvidia gtx680
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    ... the future
    nvidia gtx1800
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  9. |einad

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    Here are the models and brands I have had as my gaming GPU’s

    TNT2 – Running in my overclocked Celeron something – loved to be able to play half-life higher than 320x240 software mode. Artifacted quickly when I tried to overclock it

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    MX440 – In Overclocked P3 1Ghz, Good old LAN days, fondly remember playing Q3, HL1, CS Beta, Tribes 2, UT and LOTS of case projects.

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    FX 5600 – In P4 4ghz

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    9800 Pro – Gave flat mate my FX5800, I recall at the time the 9800 seems to run my games worse than the FX did..

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    7800 GTX – In time for some half-life 2, CS Source loving

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    7800 GT – Sold the GTX to a friend, got out of PC gaming for a few years

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    Gap between GPU's I got out for PC gaming for a few years.

    HD 5850 – Had time to get back into PC gaming, loud fan that had..

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    GTX 480 – Reference model, noticed a great performance increase from 5850.. ended up in parteners PC

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    HD 6950 – Crossfire – Powercolour Fans Too loud so went Gigabyte models

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    GTX 560ti Sli – AMD drivers giving me hassle so went these, found performance lacking too much so gave the 7970 a go.

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    HD 7970 – Very good performance for games I played, drivers gave me hassle in a few still.. wanted to try 670s and excuse to upgrade crystals PC again

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    GTX 670 Sli – Running these for past year, neve a single problem. Just need to get around to an Overclock

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  10. the3coopers

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    I'm not a gamer, so never needed grunty cards. Main thing for me is enough memory to get the resolution high. It was hard to get a decent card that had enough RAM to do justice to a 17" DiamondView at 24bit colour!

    For at least the past 10-12 years I have run dual 19" Viewsonics then Dual 23" Sammy's, so all I was interested in was getting dual DVI. Gamer cards too expensive, so I used low end Workstation cards instead. List of most of my CPUs, and associated cards...

    386SX16 >> Dunno what video, but VGA 256 colour.

    486SX25 >> Dunno what video, too pissed to care.

    486DX2/66 > some massive long Vesa Local Bus thing

    P133 >> Dunno what video, but my first true colour card

    Celeron 300A O/C >> Intel i740 AGP 8MB (CPU benching machine) 1998-99

    XP 2500+ Barton O/C >> same Intel i740, then cannot remember

    P4 478 2.6 HT >> AMD FireGL X1 128MB AGP dual DVI
    P4 478 2.6 HT >> Nvidia Quadro FX1100 128MB AGP dual DVI

    P4 478 2.8 HT >> Gainward 6800GT Golden Sample (Ultra Clocks) 256MB AGP
    - young kid's gaming machine, still have that card (will sell soon)

    E8400 >> 4870 512MB (also GTS250, 9800GTX, 4850 but sold)

    P4 478 2.66 single core >> HD3650 1GB AGP dual DVI (my current internet box)

    HP Server >> Onboard who cares what video

    G630 >> Onboard I think (not yet assembled)


    I have boxes and boxes of old video cards and I use them all from time to time. Especially when testing things for sale. I am the king of old archaic computer crap, and I am still using it too :lol:
     
  11. Menthu_Rae

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    Creative NVidia TNT2


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    Hercules NVidia GeForce2 MX


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    HIS NVidia GeForce2 GTS Pro


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    Leadtek NVidia GeForce4 Ti-4400


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    Sapphire ATi Radeon 9800XT


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    Sapphire ATi Radeon X850XT


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    XFX NVidia GeForce 8800 Ultra


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    ASUS NVidia GeForce GTX465


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    eVGA NVidia GeForce GTX560Ti


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    Zotac NVidia GeForce GTX680


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  12. Frontl1ne

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    XFX XXX 7600GT
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    MSI 8800GTS 640MB
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    Sapphire HD4870 512MB
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    Sapphire HD4870X2
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    Sapphire HD5870
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    XFX HD6870 CF
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    Sapphire HD6950 2GB
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    XFX HD7950
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    You can see the trend... :Paranoid: Every time I'm upgrading, it just seems like AMD has the better bang-for-buck card :(
     
  13. BIG DWIFTER

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    Awesome thread.

    Be even more awesome if everyone listed the year they got the cards:)
     
  14. Muddy Funster

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    This. While I was happy to see people listing the Tseng Labs ET4000, this one was the card to have, the first AGP card released, designed by intel so people would have something to buy as they released the new AGP motherboards.

    Pity pci cards were still faster than it :D
     
  15. Enverxis

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    Intel 810 Chipset Graphics (onboard)

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    16MB 3dfx Voodoo Banshee

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    32MB Geforce2 MX-200

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    This is not the card, I had a generic brand, do not remember the name.

    64MB Geforce2 MX-200 (very brief hand me down)

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    64MB Geforce4 TI-4200

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    Once again not the card. Mine was a generic one, green pcb, it cost $380 at the time and was the 1x vga only version, it had a Triflex fan as well.

    256MB Powercolor Radeon 9600 Pro

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    Didn't like this card, it ran Call of Duty 1 terribly (most likely a driver issue though), ended up trading it for a

    128MB Asus Geforce TI-4800SE

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    Mine had a different cooler though. This was one of my favourite graphics cards. Ran Call of Duty 1 great. 800x600 @ 100Hz, 125FPS.

    Unfortunately it died so I was forced to use a

    128MB Powercolor Radeon 9200SE

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    for about 2 years, when I wasn't gaming

    But I got the Call of Duty 2 bug in early 2007, so I went out and got a

    256MB Leadtek Geforce 6800 Ultra AGP

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    It was clear however that I needed to upgrade from my Athlon XP 2600+ system though.

    256MB Powercolor Radeon X1950 Pro [PCI-E]

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    Great card for Call of Duty 2. Did 250FPS on 1024x768 @ 120Hz on my 19" Sony CRT.

    The card 'died' on me, but I figured out years later that it still does work, just not all the time. Still have it in a drawer at home.

    512MB BFGTech Geforce 8800GT OC

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    used this for most of my Call of Duty 4 gaming 2007-2009, still works, sitting at home.

    1GB Sapphire Radeon HD4890 Vapor-X

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    Still use this card to this day, in my second machine, due to it having a VGA port for my 24" CRT.

    1GB MSI GeForce GTX 560-Ti Twin Frozr II

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    Recently retired this card for good. I broke one of the fans off due to rattling issues.

    CURRENT: 3GB Asus HD7970 DirectCUII

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    Pretty happy with it so far, waiting for the frame time drivers
     

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