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Graphics What was the first gaming GPU you had?

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

  1. AsSuLuTo

    AsSuLuTo Boing boing boing!

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    A Radeon 7500, that thing rocked :)

    I didn't quite have the money to get a Geforce 2 and ended up saving, I ended up with a Radeon 9800 but bought an official ATi one instead of an partner board so I couldn't flash it to a pro :(
     
  2. Krikkit

    Krikkit All glory to the hypnotoad! Super Moderator

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    My first was a Matrox of some description, I think it was a G400 that I bought from acrimonious once he bought a Parhelia.

    After that I went for an ATi 7500 I think, then a 9600 Pro and an X800 Pro.
     
  3. Pieface

    Pieface Well-Known Member

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    My first one was a Nvidia 5200FX I believe.
     
  4. theskirrid

    theskirrid New Member

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    My first 3D GPU was Denise in my Amiga.

    My PC cards:
    S3 Virge VX [bought 2x512Kb VRam chips froma shop in Swansea and upgraded to 2MB Ram]
    3dfx Voodoo 1
    Nvidia Riva 128 [absolute pants]
    3dfx Voodoo 2 x2 SLI [Monstrous]
    PowerVR VR2 [Beautiful quality but a bit slow]
    A Matrox thingy [crap drivers]
    3dfx Voodoo 3 [Class]
    3dfx Voodoo5 5500 [Massively expensive, hot and big. 3dfx's Fermi]
    Geforce 3 Ti200
    GeForce 4 Ti4600
    FX 5200 [hot and slow]
    FX 6600GT
    FX 8800GTS 320MB SLI
    Radeon 4850 512MB CrossfireFX
    Radeon 5770 1GB CrossfireFX

    Edit:- There were more in between cards some Matrox's / Riva TNT variants. those were the most memorable. Damn that's a lot of kit.
     
  5. oasked

    oasked Stuck in the Mud

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    Damn, I'm impressed that you can remember it all.

    If geeks had medals of honour, you'd get one! :D
     
  6. okenobi

    okenobi New Member

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    Yeah thanks. Compared to most people here, I probably am old.

    Honestly, you don't know how good you have it! The difference between 16 and 32bit was night and day in terms of colour depth and richness. Interestingly though, the Voodoo 3 was actually quicker than the TNT2 in terms of raw speed. So that bugged me for a couple weeks!
     
  7. Burnout21

    Burnout21 Is the daddy!

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    same with the GeForce 4 compared to the FX 5 series, the 5 series sucked but was DX9 compatible.

    Thinking back, i only ever upgraded my graphics cards to chase DirectX,i remember moving from a GF2 to a 5700 just to play Battlefield vietnam, which i then regreted because vietnam sucked!

    Battlefield 2 was when i upgraded to the 6800GT, it died at 475MHz after 4 years of service.
     
  8. Hovisloaf

    Hovisloaf New Member

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    nvidia 6600, i was only twelve at the time i am suprised i knew what i was doing i can't beleive i managed to buy the right thing, tbh i didn't have clue what it was, and i rushed home to play age of empires 3
     
  9. Iskador

    Iskador New Member

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    My first gaming card was a 2mb ATI PCI card, this then got combined with the awesome 3dFX Voodoo 1. I played Mechwarrior 2, Quake 2, and even Half Life 1 on it.
    My graphics card history:

    ATI 2mb PCI
    3dFX 4mb Voodoo 1
    Geforce Ti4400 128mb
    Geforce Ti6600 256mb
    ATI HD 5770 1GB

    The later i've just purchased and haven't tried it out yet.
     
  10. nimbu

    nimbu Well-Known Member

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    Diamond Stealth 1MB DRAM! Think it was S3 chip based.

    After that ATI Rage Pro with a Orchid 3DFX addon card.

    List goes on and on and I'd be here a while if i carried on.
     
  11. atanum141

    atanum141 I fapped to your post!

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    I'd have to say it was a Orchid Voodoo2 Pci with Ati 2D graphics in tandem.

    Voodoo2
    Riva TNT
    TNT2
    Ti4200
    Ati 9600pro
    Ati 9500 Non-Pro, Softmodded. not 100% successful
    Ati 9500 pro
    Ati 9800pro not gimped 128bit version.
    Gainward Geforce 6800GT, fully softmodded 100% working
    Asus 7800GTX
    Powercolour HD3850 OC edition
    EVGA 8800GT single slot model
    Sapphire HD 4870 OC edition.
     
  12. dire_wolf

    dire_wolf Last Of The Dovakhiin

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    I had to make do with software rendering well into 2003 when I was able to self fund a Radeon 9500. Thankfully in the meantime I had a PS1 to keep me ticking over.

    1997 -1999 - ATi Mach64 something or other

    1999-2003 - Some S3 Virge POS

    2003 - Got my first job and broke free of the shackles imposed on me by the family poota. Radeon 9500 - softmodded Cheesecake :D

    2004 - Radeon 9600 when 9500 sadly died

    2006 - Switched camps to Nvidia - 7800GT in SLI w/ aftermarket Arctic Cooling heatsinks.

    2010 - Radeon HD5770 Cheesecake :)
     
  13. Bhuvsta

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    The earliest one I can remeber was a Voodoo Banshee, if you could call it a 'gaming' gpu. I've have a few older machines, but those could hardly be called gaming rigs.
     
  14. confusis

    confusis Kiwi-modder

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    S3 Virge 4mb
    MX440 64mb?
    FX5200 128mb
    6800GT 256mb
    HD4850 512mb

    looking at the trend next card will be a 1gb. woo?
     
  15. Combatus

    Combatus Bit-tech Modding + hardware reviews Staff Super Moderator

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    All my money went on model planes and bikes till I went to Uni but my first was a GeForce2 Ti

    GeForce2 Ti
    GeForce 3, Ti 500
    GeForce 4 Ti 4200 :rock:
    Radeon 9700
    Radeon 9700 Pro
    Radeon 9800 Pro:rock:
    GeForce 6800GT (first £300+ card and worth every penny!)
    Radeon X1900XT
    Radeon 3870 + 3850 crossfire :waah:
    GeForce 8800GTS 512MB
    Radeon 4870 1GB
    GeForce GTX 280
     
  16. masterjonny

    masterjonny New Member

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    Has anyone noticed that nearly everyone can remember their entire graphics card history down to the model number, memory, and even the core speed, directx functionality and features.

    But I bet a lot of those very people, get beaten once a year for forgetting the anniversary or birthdays? :lol:

    If our other halves could see this they would be more than a bit unimpressed ;)
     
  17. j_jay4

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    My first was a Geforce2 MX 400 with 32MB of RAM I think, man that was a beast, at least it didn't have a fan or a heatsink for that matter.
    Then I got a 9600 pro and jumped to PCI-E for a 6800 GT now I'm on a 4870 1GB
     
  18. Aracos

    Aracos New Member

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    Nvidia 32MiB TNT2 Pro PCI (That baby played FFVII awesome!)
    Ati 256MiB X1300 Pro AGP
    Ati 256MiB X1950XT AGP (couldn't get to work :()
    Ati 512MiB HD3870 PCI-E
    Nvidia 1GiB GTX 280 (Getting given it free in a couple of weeks :D)
     
  19. barndoor101

    barndoor101 Bring back the demote thread!

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    it shows whats important to you :p
     
  20. okenobi

    okenobi New Member

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    If you've got a girlfriend/wife, you clearly aren't geeky enough to be here. Get out ;)
     

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