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Old 06-05-13, 02:11 PM
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A Pictorial History of GPUs

Please add to this, it would be nice to have a library.

The idea is to Google for every GPU you have owned then set them out in chronological order. Please note though, if you bought one for a spare rig or an experiment and not strictly at launch please put them below under miscellaneous.

Thanks.. OK so let's kick this off then. My very first video card that came branded and in a box was a S3 Trio 1mb. Before that my video cards were unbranded ISA affairs.



The brown slots allowed more vram to be added. Shortly after I added a Righteous 3D Orchid 4mb Voodoo card.



After that came one of the most expensive video cards I had ever bought. It was made by a company called Nine and the card was called a Number Nine Revolution. It was an AGP card and had 8mb vram when near on everything only had 4mb.



Then I had a 32mb 3DLabs Oxygen



With a pair of Jaton 3D 12mb Voodoo 2 cards in SLI.



After that I built another new rig with a Voodoo 3000 AGP (16mb)



Then I had a Voodoo 5500 PCI



In 2001 I bought a Prophet Geforce 4 MX 64mb. This was the worst card I've ever used. It was slow as balls and would artefact a lot.



Edit : these are the cards I missed..

For my SGI 550 dual Xeon machine I chose a Radeon 8500. I got it cheap and it was reasonably fast. The drivers though absolutely stunk. I would be working away in Photoshop then hear my motherboard beep and the PC would hard lock. It took around 8 months for ATI to sort this out.



Then another card I forgot, my Radeon 9200 pro. I got this from Best Buy so that I could play Doom 3 and Need for speed : Underground. IIRC it was about $140 and I got it for Christmas (mum sent money over to the USA for me )



A few years later I built quite a fierce gaming PC with a Athlon XP and a Nforce 2 motherboard and at first used my Radeon 9200 pro. I found a pricing error on a site (not realising it was an error) and ended up with a BFG 5900 Ultra for $180 when they were $500. I've not had many results like this one !



I remember opening the box and seeing that cooler and my jaw hitting the floor. I'd never seen anything like that before ! it was huge !

Edit 2. I also forgot about my Alienware MJ12.

In 2007 I was broke and had to begin the long tedious process of moving back to the UK. I realised it would be cheaper to build a PC in America and take it home with me in a suitcase, given I was travelling by ship and you can take all you can carry

I built a Core 2 Duo 1.8ghz (Allendale) PC for $300. I remember having $80 for a GPU so when I saw this on Newegg I jumped on it given that it had a pretty macho cooler. HIS X1600 pro IceQ. This was right around the time when dual slot was becoming the norm.



A good quiet card, if somewhat underpowered.

I then bought my first Alienware Area 51 Predator 2 and it came fitted with a 8600 GT 256mb.



Which I very quickly upgraded to a 9800 GT 512mb.



The next card I bought was a XFX GTX 280.



Which died and was replaced with two XFX 5770 1GB cards in Crossfire X



Which in the end pissed me off so much I replaced them with a GTX 470 with a Zalman 3000f fitted.



I then got a 6970 Lightning that broke after about two weeks



So I had a bit of good fortune and bought a XFX Radeon 7970 Core. What a mistake



The Radeon pissed me off so much that after 3 months I swapped it for a brand new pair of EVGA GTX 480 which I ran in SLI.



Then I had a coolant leak and had to get rid of them. After the leak I bought my first GTX 670 Jetstream and then later I added a second



Which brings us up to the current date. Other cards I have had....

Two 3870 X2 just so I could see how bad Quadfire was.



A pair of 8800 GTS by BFG for use in SLI (cost me £45 the pair)



A EVGA 8800 Ultra that died shortly after I got it (Ebay baked job, got a full refund)



Added to misc.. I forgot about my 295 co ops I had in 2010 for a sponsored build



Hint : Quad SLI sucks almost as much balls as Quadfire

So that's about it Please do your own lists !

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Old 06-05-13, 08:14 PM
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Excellent idea for a thread!

I can't really contriboot all that much. First graphics card I bought with my own money was
an Asus V8200 Deluxe Geforce 3 Ti 500.



Sadly, that card suffered from stability issues, and I replaced it with a Radeon IIRC, not sure
which model anymore tbh. Most likely it was an 8500, at least that's what my very hazy
memory tells me.



From then on, there really were only very minor graphics cards since I pretty much stopped
gaming for quite a while (no longer had the time due to army).

And then, we get to the Titan:



That's pretty much it I think. There were a few minor cards in between the Radeon and the
Titan (I think a passively cooled Geforce 8800 maybe).
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Old 06-05-13, 08:24 PM
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alp hows the titan going for you?

and liking this thread i cant contribute but nice history lesson
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Old 06-05-13, 09:54 PM
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alp hows the titan going for you?
TBH it's still in the box

I don't want anything to happen to it, so as long as the rest of the build is not yet ready I'll
refrain from playing around with it.
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Old 06-05-13, 10:36 PM
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TBH it's still in the box

I don't want anything to happen to it, so as long as the rest of the build is not yet ready I'll
refrain from playing around with it.
ah thats fair i know how ya feel, are you planning on watercooling it or running it off of air?
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Old 06-05-13, 10:39 PM
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ah thats fair i know how ya feel, are you planning on watercooling it or running it off of air?
Water, but I'll test it first on air for a few weeks, make sure everything is ok. Shame really,
the stock cooler is absolutely awesome on the Titan (and the 690), at least imho.
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Old 06-05-13, 10:45 PM
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Water, but I'll test it first on air for a few weeks, make sure everything is ok. Shame really,
the stock cooler is absolutely awesome on the Titan (and the 690), at least imho.
yeah well you kind of expect it to for the money and with the new over clocking a good cooler is needed
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yeah well you kind of expect it to for the money and with the new over clocking a good cooler is needed
True, although I'm not sure yet if I'll be able to overclock it in Linux.

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Old 07-05-13, 12:59 AM
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Ahhh the memories

From oldest to most recent -

Nvidia 7600GS 512MB


ATI X1900XT 512MB


ATI 2900XT 1GB


ATI 4850 1GB


AMD 6970 2GB


Nvidia EVGA GTX 680 Superclocked + 2GB
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Voodoo 3



ATI Radeon 7000



ATI Radeon All in wonder



Sapphire Radeon x1300



EVGA Geforce 7600gs



ATI Sapphire Radeon x1650 pro


Radeon HD 4870



Sapphire HD 7870 x2



Sapphire HD 7970












@op

Why did the Radeon 7970 piss you off so much? For 2 480s? lolwat
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