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Your Video Card Timeline

Discussion in 'Video Cards & Monitors' started by St8uS, Oct 25, 2012.

  1. AthlonMan

    AthlonMan (Banned or Deleted)

    Oct 8, 2002
    1996-2003 - S3 Trio 64v+ 2mb
    2003-2004 - GeForce 4 Ti4400
    2004-2007 - Radeon 9800Pro
    2007-2009 - GeForce 8800GTX
    2009-2011 - GeForce GTX285 (SLi)
    2011-2013 - Radeon 6970 (CF)
    2013 -???? - GTX Titan
  2. ni9ht_5ta1k3r

    ni9ht_5ta1k3r Member

    Feb 11, 2006
    remembering the dates are just as vague as what cards i had but it was this order:

    - Albatron GeforceFX 5200 (it was out well before COD1 came out so 2003)
    - ??? Radeon X800 AGP (after the GeforceFX 5200 died)

    ...big gap...

    - Gainward Radeon HD 4870 x 2 (2008 i think)
    - Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 OC (2011?) / Gigabyte Geforce GTS 450 (2012 - current) <<< owned both at the same time
    - Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 OC (2012)
    - Gigabyte Geforce GTX 670 OC (2012 - current)

    the GTS 450 is in my HTPC
    the GTX 670 OC is in my main PC.
  3. fried_chicken

    fried_chicken Member

    Dec 8, 2005
    1988 - Amiga OCS
    199X - some unknown 256kb mobo integrated
    1996 - Diamond Stealth64 Virge DX 2MB
    1997 - Canopus Pure 3D 6MB Voodoo1
    1998 - Diamond Monster II Voodoo2 8MB
    1999 - 3DFX Voodoo 3 3000 16MB
    1999 - TNT2 M64 32MB
    1999 - TNT2 Ultra 32MB
    ~2001 - Geforce2 MX
    2002 - Geforce MX440
    2004 - 9600Pro 128MB
    2005 - 6600GT 128MB
    2006 - 7950GT SLI 512MB
    2007 - 8800GTS 320MB
    2008 - 4850 512MB
    2009 - 5850 1GB
    2010 - 6950 2GB
    2013 - GTX680 4GB
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2013
  4. Radioactiv3

    Radioactiv3 (Banned or Deleted)

    Jul 6, 2011
    My video card gaps are getting smaller - really wish i wasn't a sucker for upgrades.
  5. bozodos

    bozodos Member

    Oct 17, 2010
    pre 1995 no idea cant remember

    1995-1997 S3 Vision 868

    1997-2000 Matrox Mystique 2mb / ATi Mach 64

    2000-2003 TNT2 M64 32mb

    2003-2007 GeForce4 MX440 64mb

    2007-2009 GeForce 8400 GS

    2009 GeForce 8600 GT

    2010 Sapphire ATi 4830

    2010-2012 2x Gigabyte GTX460 1gb SLI

    2012- EVGA GTX 560Ti
  6. Xenolah

    Xenolah Member

    Jun 11, 2006
    Coffs Harbour
    Good memories in this thread (barring the mx440 SE aka shit edition) ;)

    S3 Virge
    TNT2 M64
    Geforce 4 MX440se
    Radeon 9600pro
    Radeon X800pro
    Radeon HD3870
    Radeon HD4870
    Radeon HD6950 (later crossfire 6950)
  7. Kurosaki

    Kurosaki Member

    Dec 8, 2005
    S3 Virge
    Voodoo 2 12MB
    TNT2 Ultra
    Geforce MX440se
    Radeon 9600pro
    Radeon X1950 Pro
    Radeon 4870
    Radeon 5870
    Radeon 6950
    GTX 570
    GTX 580
    Radeon 7970
    GTX680 (2gb and 4gb flavors)
    Ares II
    GTX Titan.
  8. emett

    emett Member

    May 19, 2012
    Scarborough W.A.
    I've had some mid and low range stuff but the good stuff has been:

    Powercolor 9800pro
    Palit GTX 590
    Inno3d GTX 680 x2
    EVGA Titan x2
  9. auslagger

    auslagger Member

    Sep 12, 2005
    Melbourne CBD 3000

    wow geez going way back there!
  10. AthlonMan

    AthlonMan (Banned or Deleted)

    Oct 8, 2002
    Those M64s were complete duds weren't they? Completely crippled TNT2s?
  11. sandeep

    sandeep Member

    Jul 8, 2003
    Year 2004 marked the beginning of PC adventure

    nVidia Ti 4200 128meg
    nVidia FX 5900ultra 256meg ;)
    nVidia 6800ultra 256meg
    nVidia 7800gtx 256meg
    Ati 4870 256meg
    Ati 5870 512 bit 256meg
    Ati 6970 2 gig
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2013
  12. Thalyn

    Thalyn Member

    Jun 2, 2005
    Not completely, but enough that they lost all the advantages the TNT2 offered. Realistically they just had half the memory bandwidth (64-bit instead of 128-bit) and slightly lower clocks but that really hurt them badly.

    But wow does this take me back.... discounting anything non-PC (and dates missing because I really don't remember):

    256KB ISA Trident of some description
    512KB VLB Western Digital of some description (Branded WD, not Paradise)
    Onboard AGP SiS 6326
    8MB PCI 3DFX Voodoo 2 (paired with the SiS)
    16MB AGP S3 Savage4 (Returned due to poor driver support)
    32MB AGP NVidia Riva TNT2-M64 (Hardware failure)
    8MB AGP Intel i740 (Borrowed stop-gap)
    16MB AGP 3DFX Voodoo Banshee
    32MB AGP NVidia Riva TNT2-Ultra
    64MB AGP NVidia GeForce DDR (Driver update irreversibly broke 4-pixel-per-clock)
    64MB AGP ATI Radeon 8500LE (Hardware failure)
    64MB AGP NVidia GeForce FX5200 (Worst card I've ever owned)
    128MB AGP ATI Radeon 9600XT
    128MB AGP NVidia GeForce 6600GT x2 (Both DoA)
    256MB AGP ATI Radeon X800 Pro
    512MB PCI-e ATI Radeon HD 2900XT (Still own this)
    1024MB PCI-e ATI Radeon HD 4870
    3072MB PCI-e AMD Radeon HD 7970
    2048MB PCI-e NVidia GeForce GTX670 (Currently in use)
    1024MB PCI-e NVidia GeForce GTX560 (Also in use as CUDA card)

    Seeing it all listed out like that... even without dates... kinda makes me feel a little awkward. I didn't realise it'd been so many!
  13. DriftMagister

    DriftMagister Member

    Jan 9, 2007
    South Brisbane
    Multiple S3 Virgins :p
    Matrox Mystique 32mb
    NVidia TNT Riva 2
    NVidia Geforce FX5200
    NVidia Geforce FX5500
    NVidia Geforce 6200GS
    NVidia Geforce 6800GS
    NVidia Geforce 7800GT
    ATI HD Radeon 4870
    Nvidia Geforce 9600GT
    ATI HD Radeon 5850
    Nvidia Geforce 570GLH
  14. Wolfje

    Wolfje Member

    Jul 9, 2007
    So much nostalgia in this thread.

    32MB Nvidia riva TNT2 m64 - this card was an absolute pile of shit

    64MB nvidia GeForce 4 MX440 - a lot better but not much better. I can remember how much unreal tournament 2003 ran on this card, my god, so good.

    256MB PowerColour 9800 XT - JESUS LORD AND SAVIOUR OF ALL THAT IS GEEKY THIS CARD WAS FAST. I had this card for years. I can even remember playing FEAR on it when it first came out.

    PowerColour HD3870X2 - ATI had crossfire going for a while now, and I must have played thousands of hours of CoD on this card. Still got it.

    Gainward GTX275 - replaced the 3870X2 when the fan got the clunks and rattles

    GTX285 SLI - slightly faster

    HD5970 - worst card ever

    HD7970 - bored and unexcited of PC games, I now take solace in frame rates to fill the hole in my old cold soul that yearns for those good old days where nothing existed nor mattered but the game; not the night, your hunger or personal needs, school, the 10-15 fps, nothing. It was just you, the LAN and a fucking good time.
  15. ni9ht_5ta1k3r

    ni9ht_5ta1k3r Member

    Feb 11, 2006
    it's amazing to see the huge jump in vram within the last 20 odd years cos i remember the first video card i had ever came into contact with was the TNT2 IIRC...that was a long time ago!
  16. Utetopia

    Utetopia Member

    Jun 18, 2004
    All started in the 3dfx days for me.

    - Voodoo Banshee Creative 16MB PCI: the first card ever bought with 3D. Paired with a P2 333 & Intel 440LX
    - Gigabyte 660 Riva TNT2-A 32MB?: paired with a Duron 600 & KT133 mobo
    - Asus V7700 Pure GeForce 2 GTS 32MB: on a Thunderbird 1200 & A7A266 ALi
    - Hercules GeForce 3 TI200 64MB which saw a couple of years before finally upgrading to
    - Sapphire Radeon 9500 Pro 128MB: my favourite card. AXP 1700+ A7N8X iirc
    - Then came the Radeon 9700 Pro. This 9 series was just awesome.
    - The X800 Pro VIVO 256MB another of my favourites. It still works to this day and passed 3DMark like 20 minutes ago at 520/560. With P4c 3.5 AI7.
    - Radeon X1950 Pro PCIe: My first PCIe card paired with A64 3000+ V & DFI UT nF4U.
    - Next came the 6800GT, 7900GT, 8800GTS-320 & 9800GTX before moving onto Core 2.
    - Radeon 4870 512MB Asus lasted a good 3 years paired with E6400/8500 P965/X48

    - Radeon 5870 1GB Asus. My current card. This I bought a while before the platform change to Z77. Starting to struggle a bit for performance.

    So hopefully the Radeon 8970/8870 or whatever they name it will be out sooner than later. Does ANYONE know when exactly??
  17. aeon.

    aeon. Member

    Apr 18, 2012
    i've started playing with pc's in the last two years, but ive owned quite a few pc's even when i wasnt benching...

    in year 6 i owned a rig with a MSI 8600GT (it's now my mum's rig)

    then I owned a proper gaming rig with a Gigabyte HD5850 (that card was great)

    then I started toying with PC's and my first proper gpu was a HIS HD7970

    then i saw the 3d11 thread and i wanted to top score so i got an Inno3D GTX680.

    note that I have also got for various other people 6870's, 6970's, gtx560ti, gtx580, gtx670, 7950's... so my timeline is quite crowded in the recent times :)

    also note that every single card i've owned is a stock card, i've never owned a non-ref card :(
  18. Unframed

    Unframed Member

    Mar 30, 2010
    Hella south west
    I think this is the right order, I went through a stage where I had no PC (9550 to 9400GT) and as such a big time gap appeared. I really haven't had as many cards as I thought though.

    Nvidia Geforce 2
    Nvidia Geforce MX440
    ATI Radeon 9550
    Nvidia 9400GT
    Nvidia 8600GT
    Nvidia 8800GT
    Nvidia 8800GS
    ATI 4870
    ATI 5770
    ATI 5850
    Nvidia GTX570
  19. Iron_Horse

    Iron_Horse Member

    Oct 17, 2005
    On the Borg ship...
    - 386 DX 66 w/16mb RAM - 16 colour graphic card (I don't know the model, I didn't know computers back then).
    - 486 DX 4/100 w/32mb RAM - 256 colour graphic card (same deal, I don't know what model).
    - Pentium 133 w/64mb RAM - Had an S3 Trident (as far as I recall which I believe was 1mb). Upgraded the video card by adding in a VooDoo 2 12MB (CPU/Board was also upgraded to a Pentium 200).
    - When the Pentium 200 w/64MB RAM died we upgraded to a Celeron 300a @ 450 w/128mb RAM with an S3 Trio 3D/2X (8mb AGP) and before mentioned VooDoo 2 12MB.
    - Later upgraded the S3 Trio to an nVidia TNT 16mb AGP and it was still coupled with the VooDoo 2 (CPU was also upgraded to a Celeron 500 later on).
    - When the Celeron died I got a Pentium 3 733 w/256MB RAM (later upgraded to 800EB) which used my TNT 16MB for a short while and then I upgraded to an ASUS V6600 (GeForce 256 w/32mb RAM and TV In/Out).
    - When I retired the Pentium 3 I got an Athlon 1800+ w/512mb RAM and moved the GeForce 1 over to that until I got a Leadtek GeForce 4 Ti4400 with 128mb RAM (I think).
    - That later died and I replaced the Ti4400 with an PowerColour Radeon 9600XT (256mb).
    - Post that I got an Athlon 64 X2 4400+ w/2GB RAM and an HIS Radeon 1900XT w/512MB RAM. That died recently so I replaced it with a Palit GeForce GTX 650 w/2GB RAM DDR5. (This PC has also been upgraded to 4GB RAM as well).

    This is just my PC history, I can't be bothered typing up my family PCs.
    I am just wanting a new system since my last build was 2006.
  20. dobbyb

    dobbyb Member

    Mar 10, 2009
    - My (own) first PC made by Comdek in Perth had a TNT2 M64 32MB

    - I then had a HP which I think had a Geforce MX440

    - *long time between drinks*

    - Built my first PC in 2009, had a GTX260+
    - 2nd hand GTX275
    - HD6950 (current card)

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