Your Video Card Timeline

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  1. St8uS

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    If your anthing like me, when it comes to computers/hardware I have owned since the mid-late 90's, the one component I'm sure to remember is the video card. The video card to me has always symbolised the whole build and bring's me back to a certain point in history, whether it be the first time I experience bilinear filtering on a Glide API, or the pixel shaders from Direct X 8.0.

    I was sitting in bed last night thinking through of all the great graphics cards I have previously owned, how much excitement each upgrade bought, why I had sought the upgrade in the first place and what games/hardware I had running on it and I though, hey what a cool idea for a thread.

    So let me start with my timeline:

    16mb Creative Labs Voodoo Banshee (PCI)

    An impulse buy that I never regretted. As a young teenage boy I purchased this from a computer store in our local Westfield (and I'm certain I overpaid, something like $350) and never looked back. Run this on my parents Compaq Presario which had a Pentium MMX 166mHZ and a massive 40mb of SDRAM.

    I remember such great games (to me) such as NBA Live 98, FIFA 98, Quake II and Unreal.

    32mb nVidia TNT 2 m64

    After years of begging my parents finally purchased a new pc for the family. Little did I know the m64 actually stood for 64bit memory interface in stead of 128 bit. So while I now had access to 32bit rendering, the card couldn't do it.

    The biggest disappointment ever this card. Quake 3 looked like shit in 16bit colour and this card couldn't run anything in 32 bit, even on my new Pentium III 733mHZ computer we paid some $3000 for.

    64mb Apollo Kyro II

    At the first chance I upgraded to the Kyro II for its 32bit native rendering (and tilebased rendering). This card was a beast and fulfilled my Quake III requirements. Eventually I would build my own PC with an AMD 1600+ XP on the classic Epox 8KHA+ motherboard. This card would follow to this build and I would put the crap TNT2 back in my parents PC.

    32mb Leadtek GeForce 2 GTS

    Then I got into 3DMark 2001 and tweeking/overclocking. The Kyro II just didn't like 3DMark as it lacked T&L support. So I jumped on OCAU, sold the Kyro II and purchased the above card, all in the name of extra 3DMark 2001 points (noting I was still at school and couldn't afford that GeForce 3 I so dealy desired).

    64mb Sparkle Geforce 4 MX440

    Another pointless upgrade in the name of 3DMark 2001. This card overclocked like a dream and allowed me to take out top position on the ORB (as it was known back then) in my CPU catagory for this card.

    ATI Radeon 9500pro

    I finally started working part time at Woolworths and could afford to purchase a midrange card. This card rocked and I was so happy that it pumped out everygame I through at it. At this stage I had also upgraded my CPU to an AMD 2400+ and I was a happy camper, especially running Doom 3 (though my friend had a 9700pro which was amazing). That was until NFS Hot Pursuit 2 came out and the card didn't run it as well as I would have liked it too. Then a friend of mine purchased a new PC with a 6800 GT, so naturally the next card was....

    ASUS GeForce 6800 GT (AGP)

    Now with the 6800GT I could again run all games to my desired settings/resolution.

    Another monster mid range card that could handle Doom 3, Quake 4 and FarCry.

    320mb Leadtek 8800 GT

    And so it came time to say goodbye to AGP and upgrade to PCIE. My new build was still AMD (wasn't ready to go back to Intel yet) and I purchased my 4600+ with an ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe motherboard.

    It was now time to game all the new CoDs. Eventually I would pickup an identical 8800GT from the forums and SLI them, oh the fun, but unfortunately it still didn't run Crysis at max settings, so it was time for the...

    ATI Radeon 4890

    Purchased with my new i7 920 setup. Crysis ran like a dream, on one monitor that is. But then something called DX11 came out and the Eyefinity/Surround gaming setups just looked so awesome, I just had to have one.

    Asus 470 GTX x 2 in SLI

    So I ordered 3x Dell IPS monitors and 2 470 GTXs. I wanted to stay AMD but Physx was just cool in games that supported it.

    Next upgrade

    Well a couple of those 690 GTX's wouldn't go astray but I'm yet to pickup a game I couldn't run on max settings across three screens (though I do have to go without AA sometimes, not sure if its worth an upgrade yet).

    Top Three

    If I had to pick a top three it would have to be the Voodoo Banshee, Kyro II and the 9500 pro. Each were awesome upgrades at the time and bought some of my best gaming memories.

    Anyway please share your timeline, I'm sure others have similar experiences.
     
  2. MR CHILLED

    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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    No 9700 pro!!?? You missed out big time :p

    I've had so many I couldn't even remember to list them.
     
  3. self_slaughter

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    Yeah that was a boss card at the time.
    Was out of my price range at the time though :/

    I ended up getting a 9600xt I think it was called when they came out a while later which was a nice upgrade from my GeForce DDR :)
     
  4. ex4n

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    Nice timeline.. mine is pretty basic.

    First PC was a Pentium1. No video card. Only used for games like Doom and Warcraft. Was a family shared PC.

    Second PC was also a family shared machine, a P3. Also had integrated 8MB integrated graphics by SiS and no AGP slot. I started getting into gaming a lot more, played starcraft, diablo 2, wc3 and even a few hundred hours of morrowind... it was painful at times.

    Finally got my own PC, athlonxp 2500 and 9600XT. What a beast, lasted for ages.

    Next upgrade again, q6600 and a 2900xt. This was a regret, card was a fucking dud. Cost over $500 and shortly after the 3000 series came out at like half the price. Repalced eventually by 2x5770s which i got really cheap.

    Currently using 2600k and a 7970, my new beast.

    /end :)
     
  5. elvis

    elvis Old school old fool

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    How on earth do people remember their hardware timelines?

    I joined the x86 revolution with a 286, and have had anywhere between 2 and 20 PCs in my house at any given time since then. Hell, I find old hardware stuffed in cupboards and in boxes all the time that I totally forgot I even owned!
     
  6. self_slaughter

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    Yeah I'm trying to remember but can only think of half a dozen memorable ones.

    dual voodoo 2s were awesome, GeForce DDR was good, GeForce 2 mx was more or less the same, 9600xt was good. Gts 250 got me out of trouble, dual 6870s were awesome, current 7970 is more or less the same

    God knows how many other cards ive had but those are the few I remember.
    Drugs are bad mmmmkay? :D
     
  7. simmo2302

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    i cant remember what the old 286, 386 & 486 used to run, probably onboard.

    but i remember having

    Nvidia TNT 2,
    Radeon X800SE,
    Nvidia 8400GS,
    Radeon HD4870.
     
  8. MR CHILLED

    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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    With a heavily overclocked system, at the time, it got me to about 68th ranked (3dmark score) PC in the world : )
     
  9. electro rc

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    Started off with a GT610 and now I have a 6950... not a very long list haha
     
  10. elvis

    elvis Old school old fool

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    I've had Cirrus Logic 256KB (yes, KILOBYTES OF RAM) cards, Tseng Labs ET4000, ET6000, Diamond S3 ViRGE, Nvidia Riva 128, Riva TNT, TNT2, TNT2 Pro, TNT2 Vanta (what a piece of shit), Matrox Mistique, G100, G200, PowerVR Kyro, GeForce1, 2, 2 Pro, 2MX, 3Ti 200, 3Ti500, 4, 4MX, ATI Mach, ATI Rage, ATI 7200, 7500, 9500, 9600, 9800, Radeons galore. Even the odd Quadro and FireGL in there from time to time.

    I'm sure there's a few vendors in there I've forgotten.

    And no, never a single Voodoo card ever. Why? Because they were pants. Yeah, I said it. Come at me bros.
     
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  11. PsychoSmiley

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    Voodoo 2 > GeForce 2 MX > Kryo 2 > Radeon 8500 LE > 9700 Pro > GeForce 6800 Vanilla > 7800GTX > 8800 GTS 320mb > 4870x2 (current)
     
  12. MR CHILLED

    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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    I did love the ti4200 which was a killer little card at the time.....but couldn't reach the lofty 3dmark heights with it though.

    4400 series was a nice step up.
     
  13. ywn

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    some vga onboard card in the old 486 ( i think it was a Tseng Labs ET4000 by memory)
    then got a newer hp athlon k5 with the sis onboard card , then a trident 3d with a hole 8mb of ram , tnt2 m32 , geforce 2mx64 , 8500le ,9600xt, x800gt ( first pcie card) , x1950xtx ( still have it in a box some where in the back cupboard) ,hd3870 ,then the current card hd5770
     
  14. DarthWindu

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    • whatever came in an XT
    • whatever came with a cheap 386 clone...1993?
    • Tseng Labs ET-6000 1994
    • memory upgrade from 512k to 1mb on a Tseng Labs ET-6000...psychological upgrade
    • A Voodoo Banshee that was faulty, took 6 soft restarts to get windows to load...1999
    • A Geforce TNT2 something..1999
    • Geforce 3 (got it on launch day...comparative beast!)
    • Geforce 4 ti 4400...psychological upgrade
    • AMD x800xt
    • geforce 8800GTX
    • amd 5800...May 2010

    managed to stick with the last one for 2.5 years so far...good investment! waiting for the next significant jump in performance.
     
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  15. staffy007

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    I thought it was bee's knee at the time i got mine :p

    then went fx5500 :wired:what a mistake
    from there 6600gt ; 9600gt ; sli 9600gt ; gtx260 ; sli 260 ; gtx470 reference ;gtx 470 sli non-reference (hopefully by next week have both w/c).

    forgot about my xp2200 oc'd with mx4400 :)
     
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  16. hairy

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    voodoo1, sli voodoo2's12mb, s3 savage, tnt2m64, voodoo3 3500, geforce2mx440, geforce ti4200, geforce ti4600, radeon 9700pro, x800pro, 6600gt, x1800, 8800gtx, sli 8800gt's, sli gtx470's, gtx 580.
    dam im a hardware whore!!!!
     
  17. C-BuZz

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    Would take you to long to scroll to the bottom of my timeline. At a guess I'd say I've owned >500 GPU's since 1992 starting at the ISA era. This is the one thing I chop/change on a regular basis for absolutely no valid reason :wired:

    Currently own around 40GPu's including an ISA :lol: My pride & joy, the absolute standout GPU's for me over the years is my VooDoo 2 SLI's & 4 x 8800Ultra's :D
     
  18. Loop Goose

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    The first card was an ISA card, and it had maybe 2MB of VRAM ?

    I remember when DOOM 1 first came out, and I doubled my system RAM from 4MB to 8MB, for a "cheap" price of just $396 at Harvey Norman. The technician was running on about how cool DOOM was, and how his kids had put their faces on the characters, and ran around shooting each other for fun. My mum was horrified lol. I just smiled calmly.

    I upgraded my card at that point to a 3dfx Voodoo 8MB, then a TNT, TNT2, Geforce 2 MX400 32MB, (Serious Sam 1 era) 3dfx Voodoo 5 5500 64MB (this was a great card, Quake 3 Arena era), Geforce 4 ti4200, Geforce 4 ti4600, Radeon 9700 Pro (paid $630 for that one, first card I bought from these forums), 9800 Pro, X800 pro, X800XT, (Half Life era) Nvidia 6600GT, X1900XTX 512MB ?, HD2900XT, HD3870 crossfire, ATI FireGL card, Nvidia 9600XT 1GB, 8800GT, (bit hazy on the order of these cards, as I had several machines at this point in time), then I bought an ATI HD5850 1GB, and only upgraded to the HD7950 3GB a few months ago. This card had major issues for some time, then I RMA'd my ram, bought a new power supply, and ATI/AMD released new drivers, and now it works fine without a hitch.
     
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  19. issa2006

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    oak isa 32k cga video card, ega 129k, isa oak 512k vga card, etc.. up to 295(still using)
     
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  20. sammy_b0i

    sammy_b0i Laugh it up, fuzzball!

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    Oh god.. this'll get me thinking..

    Riva TNT2 M64
    Geforce 2 GTS Pro
    Geforce 4 MX440-SE
    Geforce FX5200
    Geforce 6600 Vanilla
    6600GT
    6800GS
    7900GS
    7950GT SLI
    2900XT
    HD3870
    8800GTS 320MB
    9600GT
    9800GT
    HD4850
    HD5770
    GTX460
    HD6870 > CF
    HD5850 > CF
    GTX560ti
    GTX580
    GTX670

    That's my approximate timeline over the last ~10years. I've definitely had more video cards than that, but that just gives you an approximate idea of the path I followed.
     
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