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Graphics What was the first gaming GPU you had?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Neogumbercules, 6 Apr 2010.

  1. okenobi

    okenobi New Member

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    Lots of younguns here then!

    I had a 16mb Voodoo3 3000 PCI. UT99 was amazing. However, it wasn't look before I upgraded to a TNT2 and got to see 32bit UT99 and Deus Ex.
     
  2. CrapBag

    CrapBag Well-Known Member

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    3D power Geforce 3 64mb (might be 128mb) AGP card.

    First ever pc I ever built and owned and the card cost me a whopping £345 back in 01 (I think).

    Still got it and its running fine in my same old pc that my lad runs older games and emulators on.
     
  3. Bloodburgers

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    I made several very big mistakes.

    1) I bought on the high street.

    2) I bought from Maplin

    3) I bought a Nvidia 5200 FX (W00T) :'(
     
  4. Coltch

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    ATi Rage Pro to a Riva TNT (32MB of RAM!!!!).

    biggest let down was a HD2900XT - happily using an HD4850, will go for a 5850 when they drop a little in price
     
  5. masterjonny

    masterjonny New Member

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    Dear lord! Upgrading your graphics card to add 32bit functionality. That really must have been the dark ages!
     
  6. sotu1

    sotu1 Ex-Modder

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    oh memories...

    Voodoo 3000 AGP, 16MB ram I think,
    followed by a Radeon 9800 (even though my 4x agp mobo didn't fully support it, i still forced the bugger to run!)
    then a 6600GT 128mb, which was a beaut of a card, which aged gracefully. IIRC, I got this to play Doom 3!
    and now a 8800gts, which is starting to show it's age.
     
  7. Domestic_ginger

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    Nvidia TNT in my athlon 500mhz. Was very nice at the time and I was lucky enough to get a geforce 2 not long after they were out!
     
  8. Showerhead

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    8800Gt...
    Yeah i'm new to this. Though interestingly everyone who's posted who bought their first card in the same generation as me bought an 8800GT
     
  9. azrael-

    azrael- I'm special...

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    Don't know if we're talking 3D accelerator or just a standard graphics accelerator. If the latter, then my first graphics card was an ATi Mach32 back in 1992, when I got my very first PC.

    My first 3D accelerator was a Matrox Mystique 220, which later got coupled with a Voodoo card (Orchid Righteous 3D, like Silver51). After that I got another Matrox, the G400. Subsequently I got a Geforce 4 Ti4200. That got swapped out for a Radeon 9800 Pro, which was the first and only graphics to die on me (I had fitted an Arctic Cooling Silencer and somehow the power plug got loose without me noticing). A friend gave me a "loaner" in the form of that cool ASUS Radeon 9800XT with the dual cooler, which got replaced with my current Geforce 7950GT.

    Currently really looking forward to a graphics card upgrade, most likely a HD 5850... :)

    Not 32 bit functionality, but 32 bpp (bits per pixel) functionality. Believe it or not, but running 32 bpp as opposed to 16 bpp was a huge issue until about the early to mid "noughties".
     
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    thehippoz New Member

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    for pc was the voodoo 2- software mode 3d before that XD
     
  11. masterjonny

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    Wow. Us younguns taking this all for granted :lol:

    Not trying to make you feel old ofc :p
     
  12. cybergenics

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    Had an early Voodoo which replaced this sort of unbranded thing on my Pentium II but I got a Diamond Stealth 3d 2000 (s3 virge chip) which I swapped for a SCSI drive and controller, wish I hadn't sounded like someone ccutting carboard boxes up with an electric carving knife.

    After I had some kind of Voodoo got it from a computer fair, also got a Soundblaster 16 at the same time, this was in about 1998 I guess, can't remember. The main bragging rights in those days were how fast your optical drive was, 16 spin CD drives that burned too were **** hot.
     
  13. Sloth

    Sloth #yolo #swag

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    Radeon 9250 back around 2003 if memory serves. I'd owned a pre-built Dell for about a year prior with integrated graphics and wanted a little more grunt as I got more serious about PC gaming. Thought it was the best thing in the world.

    After that came a 7600GT, in 2006 I think it was. It was in my first totally self-built PC and I wanted something a little more powerful, because at the time mid-range was pretty good in my mind. Also wanted to give the green team a try. Again, thought it was the best thing in the world. Poor thing died just last year, sold the PC to my friend and he, being the leet hax0r he wishes he was, did an 'x-treme' overclock on it and roasted it.

    Just back in 2008 was the year for my current PC, and with it came my beautiful 8800GT. After seeing such great reviews for how good and relatively cheap it was I decided to take the plunge and buy an even higher end card than ever before. Since then she's been fabulous and I'm very happy with my purchase. But all things must end...

    On Saturday I placed an order for an HD 5870. Going to be my first true high end graphics card and I'm very excited. It may not be the very best, but it's a very top notch card and I'm quite proud to have gotten Sapphire's Vapor-X version as well. Only time will tell if it steals my heart from the 8800GT.

    Looking back, 7 years certainly isn't as long as many here, but I have found it funny how little it seems I upgrade compared to some with the same or less time, Otis1337 or Sh0cker for example. Lucky bums :D
     
  14. Kovoet

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    That's easy mine was the xt9600 from there onto the famous XT9800 then the XT800, from there I went onto the nVidia range which was totally different but refreshing.

    Of there's I had the 7950GT, 7950GX2, 8800GTS 512mb, then went back to the Ati range 4890 (smoothest card I have ever used in game. ) to what I have now which is the 5870 for gaming and my other pc the Gtx260 which I use for photoshop
     
  15. rollo

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    9700 pro ati thing from back in the day my first half decent one i had some geforce mx 440 before that

    6800 ultra in sli after that

    8800 ultra in sli after that

    5850 in crossfire after that. 6800 setup is in my sisters pc still plays most games at max detail + 1280 * 1024 reso. 8800 ultra is in my dad and mams pc.

    9700 melted and i bined the 440mx
     
  16. Andre_B

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    3dfx Voodoo 2, Riva TNT2, Geforce 2MX, ATI X800, ATI 3850, ATI 5870
     
  17. Andre_B

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    Didn't GPUs start with the GeForce series? hehehe
     
  18. yodasarmpit

    yodasarmpit No longer the other Brett.

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    If I recall correctly, mine was a Voodoo 3 something or another.
     
  19. thewelshbrummie

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    The same, it somehow managed to push GTA: San Andreas to 15(ish) fps - just about playable for me but undoubtedly dire... and that was 2005.

    I didn't build a gaming rig until 2 years ago - installed an 8800GT (with 256MB RAM), which I replaced in January with a 1GB Sapphire HD 5770 Vapor-X
     
  20. Zipboom

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    Geforce px6600td, made by Leadtek.

    I got that for the first PC scratch built for me by a friend, rather than just picking up shop built computers. It was intended as a filler card as I planned to upgrade it a few months later. Took me about two years to get around to doing this of course.
     

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