Most aesthetically appealing Video Cards of All Time?

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  1. erek

    erek 2[H]4U

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    Is this pretty to anyone?

    (sgi ge7 geometry engine)

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  2. Armenius

    Armenius I Drive Myself to the [H]ospital

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    The magnesium alloy reference cooler on the original TITAN that has now become ubiquitous on NVIDIA products is the most pleasing to me. It's simple, industrial, and has the right lines.

    I'm a fan of the STRIX cooler from ASUS, too, but I might be biased since I own 2 cards with it right now. Black and red seems to be a tired color scheme these days, but I think ASUS did a good job of keeping the use of red to a minimum. I also like the contrast of the visible heatsink and heatpipes against the black shroud. That the fans look like owl eyes is pretty neat, too, it's just a shame you'll never see it when the cards are sitting in your case.

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  3. caddys83

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    Wow
     
  4. ROShay

    ROShay n00b

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    The elegant ASUS HD 4870. Archeress and cherry blossoms...

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  5. kuyaglen

    kuyaglen [H]ardForum Junkie

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    Power Color Golden Pig X1650 Pro

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  6. blade52x

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    You beat me to those. I loved the X1900XT and 7900 GTX cards. Those were the best looking of the true red vs green.
     
  7. Liquid_Cooled

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    lol, that is AMAZING. I need this card in my life.
     
  8. erek

    erek 2[H]4U

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    awesome, never seen or heard of that one before
     
  9. wdeydwondrer

    wdeydwondrer Limp Gawd

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    Never knew they had used white boards. That's absolutely amazing!!!
     
  10. RadXge

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    Oh my, a video card pageant contest. :eek:
    My fellow nerd friends are having a slow Monday... :p
     
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    Knew it was only a matter of time before the voodoo 6000 hit this thread.. pretty awesome and the box as well?? Crap!
     
  13. eclypse

    eclypse 2[H]4U

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    Oh and what is that monster before the voodoo card?? Thing is nuts! Haha.. sweetness.
     
  14. erek

    erek 2[H]4U

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    how much you sellin the 6000 fer? shipped
     
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    3870x2. Used to have two of these in a crossfire, picked them up for pennies on fleebay. Hate to think about how much power they munched through.
     
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  16. Killa Cam

    Killa Cam n00b

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    I've only been into pc hardware for 7 years, so it's cool to see items that were before me.

    Asus 7970 matrix is still my fav.
     
  17. MrCaffeineX

    MrCaffeineX [H]ard|Gawd

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    I had the ASUS version of the 7900 GTX. The King Kong of video cards back in the day:

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    In the modern era, there is no denying that the Titan cooler is very sharp. There is a certain simple, yet industrial elegance to it.
     
  18. dr.stevil

    dr.stevil [H]ardForum Junkie

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    I agree. Those cards were always kind of neat looking. The new titans are also pretty nice

    Less is more and all that. Couldn't stand the silly graphics that manufacturers would slap on GPU's back even a few years back. They were cringe worthy lol
     
  19. samuelmorris

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    Actually not a lot - two HD3870X2s would use less power than a single R9 295X2. Quite a bit less! Idle, of course is a different story ;)

    It might be cheap and flimsy plastic, but I still like the look of my HD4830 :)
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  20. DanBuh

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    was always a huge fan of the way this looked
     
  21. samuelmorris

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    I liked single-slot GPU coolers. Shame they usually did a pretty poor job :p
     
  22. dr.stevil

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    Same here. Almost forgot about those cards. They were pretty slick (minus the stickers)
     
  23. ozzuneoj

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    I really liked the look of the old (antique?) Hercules 3D Prophet 4500 cards:

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    Good old Kyro II. :)

    I actually have one of these and a 3D Prophet 4000 (Kyro).
     
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    I was always partial to the 8800 Ultra, was the best card you could buy for eons

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  26. Zinn

    Zinn Pronouns: ze, zis, zit

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    Yeah I really dig the designs of those old ATI blower cards. Although the Titan X reference cooler is pretty slick too :)
     
  27. LeninGHOLA

    LeninGHOLA Vladimir Hayt

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    I like the last couple of generations of XFX DD style cards. Clean and well presented,
     
  28. defaultluser

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    Yeah, the 8800GT single-slot was pretty cool, but NOTHING tops the design of the HD 4850 single-slot reference cooler! Under that clear red airguide was a massive copper heatsink shaped in a paper fan, expanding out from the blower wheel at the root!

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    Here is a detail of the card without sticker:

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    But as sexy as it was, it was noisy at full load. I was so happy when my next card was a 2-slot axial cooler.
     
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  29. gamingarena23

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    Wait, so you think that two of their respective companies biggest failures are the best looking cards...at least they had something going for them.
     
  32. Kor

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    Had one of those (still do). The stupid housing warped and the fan blades start hitting one of the mosfets. Had to replace it with a Zalman aftermarket thingo (which was totally sweet).
     
  33. Odellus

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    ew, no. the reference design with the simple white nvidia claw is the best.
     
  34. TFchris

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    iunno, i always liked the 9800gx2's unique design. from what i know, it's the only gpu with designs on both the fan side and the pcb side.

    for some reason, i also liked the gtx480s design.. it was so ugly that i loved it hahah

    im weird i know :(
     
  35. primetime

    primetime [H]ardness Supreme

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    Used this card up till i went with x58 platform with pic express.....just cant seem to part with it even though its ancient and worthless by today's standards...but it was my proudest agp card and got my moneys worth of use out of it.....and to be honest i always thought it was a sweet looking card so ill just keep it on display to bring back those sweet memory's
     
  36. s3rvb0t

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    Leadtek 5900 Ultra :D
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  37. primetime

    primetime [H]ardness Supreme

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    ATI made some very nice looking cards them days.....very nice indeed;)
     
  38. HeavensCloud

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    I really like Galax's current offering of cards as some else posted, very sexy. Anything (older) with a lot of copper heatsink is also a plus.
     
  39. suiken_2mieu

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    This thread is full of win. I also really liked the 5000 series coolers. Mostly for this though.
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    I really like the MSI 290x/780 Lightnings.
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    The 780 still has the awesome reactor.
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    Also a fan of Sapphire's Latest Batch of Vapor-X Coolers.
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    I like big cards with LEDs apparently.
     
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  40. xXaNaXx

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    wow, nice....i had that same exact card (in the 5900 ultra version)! :D
     
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