My personal video card history

Discussion in 'Video Cards' started by Forceman, Sep 1, 2008.

  1. tisb0b

    tisb0b [H] Pirate

    Aug 29, 2006
    Powercolor x1950xtx
    HIS HD 4850

    Oh yeah I wins

    LOCO LAPTOP [H]ardForum Junkie

    May 4, 2006
    My list
    ATI Rage 128
    Geforce 2 GTS 64MB
    Geforce 4 Ti4600
    Geforce 5200FX
    Geforce 6200
    ATI X700 Pro
    Geforce 6600GT SLI
    Geforce 7800GT
    Geforce 8800GTS 320MB
    Geforce 8800GTX SLI
    Geforce 8800GTX 512MB

    I seem to have been an nvidia fan for a while...
  3. jnex26

    jnex26 2[H]4U

    Aug 7, 2001
    All the ones i can remember.

    Diamond Stealth 2MB Upgraded to Diamond Stealth 4MB
    Voodoo 2 3d acellerator, add on card
    ATI Rage 3D
    Nvidia Geforce 2 GTS.
    ATI 9600 Pro
    Nvidia 6800 GT Ultra (AGP)
    Nvidia 6800 Ultra (PCI-E)
    ATI HD4750
  4. Ocean

    Ocean [H]ardness Supreme

    Oct 19, 2003
    voodoo 5500
    radeon 9600 pro
    geforce 7800 gs
  5. pizza

    pizza Limp Gawd

    Sep 1, 2008

    I just got into PC gaming/building.
  6. ballpoint

    ballpoint Gawd

    Mar 30, 2006
    I have been ATI all the way from the first computer I bought myself at the beginning of my senior year of high school. My memory about this stuff is pretty detailed so I also include approximately what I paid at the time, which was usually high because I started buying the cards immediately upon release.

    1994: 486DX2/66 w. 1MB ATI VESA VGA $?
    1997: P166MMX w. 2MB ATI RAGE 64 $?
    1998: P166MMX upgrade to 4MB Diamond Monster Voodoo1 $240
    2000: P3 866 w. 64MB ATI RADEON 64MB VIVO (1st Radeon released) $600
    2001: P4 1800 w. 64MB ATI RADEON 8500 VIVO (1st 8500) $450
    2004: P4 2.66GHZ Laptop w. 64MB ATI MOBILITY RADEON 9200 (dedicated) $?
    2004: P4 1800 upgrade to 128MB ATI RADEON 9800 Pro $Warranty Replacement of 8500
    2005: P4 1800 RMA to 256MB ATI RADEON 9800 All-In-Wonder Pro $Warranty
    2006: A64X24400+ w. 512MB ATI RADEON X1900XTX $640
    2006: A64X24400+ add 512MB ATI RADEON X1950XTX in Crossfire mode $580
    2008: A64X24400+ upgrade 2GB ATI RADEON HD4870X2 $590 (plus$60+tax lost on first buying and then selling off the single-gpu 4870)

    The first Radeon was a bit of a waste because I paid through the nose and used it for less than a year. The Radeon 8500 was a fantastic value, because it was the fastest card on the market when released, and continued to do alright in most games through 2004. After almost the full three year warranty it started to lose video modes on me (bad DAC), so I got a 9800Pro as a free replacement in the last week before the warranty expired. The guys at Future Shop didn't even blink. This was pretty sweet because I was rather broke at the time and wasn't planning to upgrade any time soon. Getting the free upgrade to 9800Pro got me back into PC gaming bigtime, because now I could play Far Cry, HL2, Doom3, etc. properly. so for once Future Shop has put some good out into the world (yes I bought the extended warranty!)

    I used the 9800Pro until early 2006, so the $450 I spent in October 2001 kept me gaming in decent style for four and a half years.

    The X1950XTX CF Edition in late 2006 was probably a bit wasteful. I never really felt like the Crossfire scaled very well... in fact many games played better with one card for this second generation of Crossfire.
  7. Bigbacon

    Bigbacon [H]ardForum Junkie

    Jul 12, 2007
    4 meg trident card
    4meg Diamond Rage Pro
    4meg voodoo
    12 Meg Voodoo 2 (later SLI)
    16meg TNT 1
    32Meg Tnt 2
    Geforce (non ddr)
    Geforce (DDR)
    Geforce 2
    Geforce 3
    9700 Pro (day it came out, was one that wouldn't work in 8x AGP (still wont))
    X800XT AIW
    SLI 7800GT

    Other cards not for a main gaming PC (either my wifes PC or media PC)
  8. Shottah_king

    Shottah_king Gawd

    Dec 7, 2005
    ATI 3D Expression 2MB
    Hercules Stingray 128bit 3D Voodoo 8MB
    Diamond Monster 3D Voodoo 2
    Riva TNT 2 ultra
    Geforce 3 Ti 200
    Geforce 4 Ti 4200
    ATI Radeon 9700PRo (Partially defective only worked on certain Mboards)
    ATI Radeon 9600 Pro
    ATI Radeon 9800 Pro
    Geforce 7800GT
    Geforce 8800GTS 640MB

    Now trying to decide either GTX 260 or 4870.
  9. SpeedyVV

    SpeedyVV [H]ardness Supreme

    Sep 14, 2007
    GeForce 6200SE
    XFX 7600GT XXX
    XFX 7600GT XXX SLI
    EVGA 8800GTX + XFX 7600GT XXX
  10. ganesh21

    ganesh21 2[H]4U

    Jan 22, 2006
    My list:

    x1950 + x1950 crossfire
  11. Impulse

    Impulse [H]ardForum Junkie

    Apr 5, 2001
    Voodoo 1 thru GF2 I'm right there with ya, most of mine were Diamond as well (tho one of the GF was an ASUS, I don't remember the other). I don't remember what my 486 had, or what the P1 had originally... I think some kind of S3 card? /shrug I've upgraded a lot less frequently since then though. I've had an ATI 9500 and an ASUS 6800 OC, probably moving to an ATI 4850 soon.

    It's kind of surprising the amount of carnage left in the wake of these GPUs when you look back... 3dfx, Diamond, S3, etc. Then there's companies that just went into specific niches (Quantumm, Matrox)... Had Diamond not had early success being an NV/3dfx partner the whole explosion of MP3 players might've turned out quite different!
  12. Andross182

    Andross182 Gawd

    Sep 20, 2005
    4mb Trident chip
    32mb voodoo4
    Nvidia MX400
    ATI 9700 pro
    ATI x800pro
    ATI x850xt AIW (i think)
    Nvidia 7800gt (SLI)
    Nvidia 8800gts 320mb
  13. Gaiden133

    Gaiden133 [H] Ninja

    Aug 6, 2004
    nV Geforce 4 MX 440
    ATi Radeon 9000 pro
    ATi Radeon 9800 pro
    nV Geforce 7800GT
    nV Geforce 8800GTS 640mb
    nV Geforce 8800GTS 512mb
    nV Geforce 9800GX2 1GB
    ATi Radeon 4870 512mb

    and i just sold the 4870 :p so in the market for a new one..
  14. Dan_D

    Dan_D [H]ard as it Gets

    Feb 9, 2002
    Until Diamond Multimedia's demise all my cards were Diamond for the most part with rare exceptions.
  15. houseofbugs

    houseofbugs [H]Lite

    Apr 5, 2007
    Wow. I think I remember all mine. Let's see here:

    Commodore 64 NTSC
    Trident S3 Integrated (486DX)
    ATI Mach 64 1MB
    SiS 4MB AGP 3D
    Nvidia Riva TNT2
    GeForce 2 MX400
    GeForce FX 5200
    GeForce FX 5600 Ultra
    GeForce 6600GT
    GeForce 6800GT
    GeForce 7800GT
    GeForce 7800GT SLi
    GeForce 8800GTS 640MB
    GeForce 8800GTX
    GeForce 8800GTX SLi

    Trident Integrated
    ATI Integrated
    Intel 945GM
    ATI 9700 Pro
    Nvidia 8600M GT

    Thats about it. I know there are some missing somewhere but that is what I remember.
  16. batmanwcm

    batmanwcm Gawd

    Oct 31, 2005
    ATI 8500 VIVO
    GeForce Ti4800
    GeForce 6800
    GeForce 6800GS
    GeForce 7900GS

    I rarely upgrade.
  17. Mr. Stryker

    Mr. Stryker [H]ardness Supreme

    Mar 15, 2005
    Whatever was in Packard Bell 66MHz machine during Doom days.
    Whatever was in my custom-built K-5 116MHz machine during Duke Nukem days.
    IBM Aptiva 2270 500MHz celeron w/ integrated Intel 815G 8mb graphics.
    1.2GHz Athlon Thunderbird w/ Geforce3 Ti500.
    2.0GHz Athlon XP 2100+ w/ Geforce 4 Ti-something, I can't remember.. maybe Ti4600, dunno brand
    ASUS 9800XT in A64 3000+ clawhammer
    PNY 6800GT in the same A64 computer
    BBA X850XT PCI-E (friend gave it to me, didn't have a PCI-E computer)
    BFG 7800GTX in Opty 144 computer
    (later bought a 6800 vanilla & unlocked it, put it in the Athlon XP computer)
    Sapphire X1800XT 512mb to replace 7800GTX
    Sapphire X1900XTX 512mb to replace X1800XT (Opty 144 replaced with a X2 3800+)
    When I was broke, had to sell my video cards and used a XFX 7900GS that dad got for me
    XFX 7950GT (short time, belonged to a friend)
    EVGA 8800GTS 640mb (When I had 3600+ X2 w/ nForce 590SLI AM2 board)
    (4 month gap)
    EVGA 8800GTX 768mb for a week
    (1 month gap)
    Sapphire HD 2900XT 1GB GDDR4, was a really sweet card but drivers was hurting
    Then got another 8800GTS 640mb XXX from XFX, loved it
    (5 month gap)
    Picked up a HD 3870 IceQ3 Turbo by HIS, had to sell that too
    (sold all video cards I've had except for the X850XT and BFG 7800GTX cards, the X850XT is in a girl friend's computer to play MMOs)

    Here I am, stranded in the 2005 generation of video cards again until I'm out of debt. Then I'll maybe pick up the GTX 260 rehash..
  18. Scheibler1

    Scheibler1 [H]ard|Gawd

    Jul 8, 2005
    Integrated graphics(gateway comp)
    PNY mx440se pci
    PNY 6800 vanilla agp
    ATI 9600xt agp
    Sapphire X800XL pci-e
    Sapphire X850XT pci-e
    MSI 8800GT OC pci-e

    My next card is going to be a 4870x2 in 2009
  19. oogly

    oogly n00b

    Aug 30, 2008
    Some kind of Trident chip
    Some kind of Vesa Local Bus card
    Matrox Mystique
    3dfx Voodoo 1 (Diamond Monster 3D)
    3dfx Voodoo 2 (Diamond Monster 3d II
    Nvidia Riva TNT (Diamond Viper V550)
    3dfx Voodoo 5
    Nvidia GeForce 256 DDR
    Nvidia GeForce 2 GTS
    Nvidia GeForce 4 Ti 4200
    Ati Radeon 9600XT
    Nvidia 7800GT
    Nvidia 8800GTS 640
    Nvidia 8800GTX 896
    Ati Radeon 4850
  20. tissimo

    tissimo Limp Gawd

    Dec 8, 2007
    Mines very short, lol...

    Nvidia Riva TNT2 Ultra (creative)
    3dfx Voodoo 3500
    Nvidia GeForce 3 Ti 200 (VisionTek)
    Nvidia GeForce 8800GT (evga)
    Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 (evga)

    I got away from computer gaming for a long time then got back into it about a year ago.
  21. Staypuft

    Staypuft Gawd

    Jun 29, 2007
    My computer since '94:
    STB Systems Horizon 64 1MB PCI
    Diamond Stealth II S220 4MB PCI
    3Dfx Voodoo3 2000 16MB PCI
    Abit Geforce4 Ti4200 64MB AGP
    Abit Radeon 9550Guru 128MB AGP
    EVGA Geforce 6800GS 256MB AGP
    EVGA Geforce 6800GS 256MB PCIe
    BFG Geforce 8800GTS 512MB PCIe

    son's computer since '03:
    Gecube Radeon 9550XT 128MB AGP
    EVGA Geforce 6600GT 128MB AGP
    EVGA Geforce 6800GS 256MB PCIe
    EVGA Geforce 8800GS 384MB PCIe
    EVGA Geforce 9800GT 512MB PCIe

    The S220 is a card I regret to this day. Should have saved my money. It NEVER worked right. Went DOA a few years later.
  22. Slyr7.62

    Slyr7.62 Gawd

    Feb 9, 2008
    3 months after this post in Sept, I got a GTX 260. This is my 6th/current card. :D. Sometimes I run it @ 600/2200. Usually run it stock, so fast. Maybe someday I'll need more FPS, then it might get OC'd.
  23. Jonnyy

    Jonnyy [H]Lite

    Jul 23, 2007
    3Dfx Voodoo Banshee
    Nvidia GeForce 256 DDR
    ATI AIW Radeon 7500
    ATI AIW Radeon 9600
    ATI AIW X800XT
    ATI Sapphire 1950 XT 256
    Nvidia ECS 8800GT G92
    ATI Visiontek 4870 512

    I really liked the AIW line of cards and was sad to see it die off. The catalyst software always seemed to suck I spent alot of time reading the rage3d forums trying to tweak and fix things.
  24. ninjaturtle

    ninjaturtle 2[H]4U

    Dec 25, 2004
    Ati AIW Radeon 32ddr, still have
    Ati Radeon 9700pro, dead
    Ati AIW Radeon 9600xt, dead
    Ati Radeon 9600xt, still have
    Geforce 6200, still have

    Geforce 7600gt fatality 256mb, still have
    Geforce 9600gt, HTPC
    Geforce 9800gt, Main system

    LOCO LAPTOP [H]ardForum Junkie

    May 4, 2006

    updated list.
    ATI Rage 128
    Geforce 2 GTS 64MB
    Geforce 4 Ti4600
    Geforce 5200FX
    Geforce 6200
    ATI X700 Pro
    Geforce 6600GT SLI
    Geforce 7800GT
    Geforce 8800GT
    Geforce 8800GTS 320MB
    Geforce 8800GTX SLI
    Geforce 8800GTS 512MB
    ATI 4870X2
  26. CrashingBeaker

    CrashingBeaker n00b

    Nov 3, 2008
    ATI Rage something or other
    Voodoo 2 12mg
    Voodoo 2 12 mg SLI
    Geforce 1
    Geforce 2
    Geforce 3
    ATI 9700Pro
    Geforce 6800
    ATI 1900xtx
    ATI 4850

    I was going pretty strong with upgrades on graphics cards and cpu/mobo's and then...*BAM* I stretch a system a lot further and I went with the latest "midgrade" offering this time around instead of high end, because, A) I'm a little cheaper these days, and B) the 4850 is plenty enough power for 1680*1050
  27. CHAoS_NiNJA

    CHAoS_NiNJA [H]ard|Gawd

    May 26, 2005
    Text only (Apple II)
    Whatever my PI Packet-Bell had
    Intel Extreme Graphics
    ATi Rage 128
    ATi Sapphire 9800SE
    nVidia MSI 6600GT
    ATi Sapphire 850XT
    nVidia Dell Brand 7800GTX
    ATi VisionTek HD4850

    I still laugh whenever someone calls me a fanboy to green ro red :p
  28. texuspete00

    texuspete00 [H]ardness Supreme

    Sep 9, 2002
    My history has a nice little clusterfuck in the middle from when I went off the deepend as well. I upgraded a 9700pro to a 6800GT(long time coming it was), then got a x800XL while the 6800GT was in the shop, 7800GTX, x1900XT, 7900GT x2, x1900XT x2. You just lose control once in awhile. :) Now I still have that cross fire setup but am fixing to finally PC game again. I'm not going to buy another card after this upgrade though. No double gpu shit either I think it soured my taste on this stuff to begin with.

    That doesn't even account for the weird shit I bought in that era. Like a Ti4200 with pentium cooler on it just because for $60 it was a nice piece to practice my volt modding skills on, without being TOO pathetic of a card at the time.
  29. Dk975

    Dk975 Gawd

    Sep 24, 2005
    Cirrus Logic 2MB PCI in P-200 system
    Rage Pro 8MB AGP
    AIW Rage128 16MB
    AIW 7500
    AIW 8500
    AIW X800XT
    X1650XT PCIe
    HD4670 512MB
  30. Gaius_Verres

    Gaius_Verres n00b

    Nov 6, 2007
    3dfx Voodoo3 2000 16mb PCI (you could broil a steak over this card, jesus. this was my first PC upgrade other than RAM. I was about 11 years old I think.)

    Creative 3D Blaster TNT2 Ultra 32mb AGP (had this thing FOREVER. Kickass performance for it's day)

    Hercules 3D Prophet 4500 (Kyro II) 64mb AGP (worst card ever made.)

    Gainward Geforce 4 Ti4200 128mb AGP (another great card)

    Gigabyte Radeon 9600XT 256mb AGP (got it on sale soon after release)

    Powercolor Radeon X800GTO 256mb PCI-E (what I'm currently running. Has a loud fan but otherwise I love it)

    Sapphire Radeon HD4870 512mb PCI-E (shipping to my house via UPS at this very moment :) )

    There it be... I'm glad I remembered the Kyro II, though I'd be better off forgetting it I guess.
  31. jadesaber2

    jadesaber2 Limp Gawd

    Nov 8, 2005
    My video card history:

    Diamond Viper VLB - hand-me-down from my brother after he got himself a new computer.
    S3 Virge - actually in my dad's computer, but I was on it so much that I considered it mine.
    3dfx Voodoo3 2000 - another hand-me-down from my brother.
    ATI Radeon 9000Pro - bought to replace the Voodoo.
    ATI Radeon 9600XT - replaced the 9000Pro. Loved this card.
    ATI Radeon 1600XT - this was my last-gasp attempt to keep my AGP rig going on the cheap. It wasn't cheap, though. And I got rid of my AGP rig very soon after I bought this card. Overall, a waste of money. Sold it.
    ATI Radeon 1950Pro - my first PCIe card. And I loved it.
    ATI Radeon HD4870 - current card.
  32. kernel32

    kernel32 n00b

    Oct 19, 2006
    Whatever in my old i486
    nVIDIA Vanta 16mb
    ATI Radeon 9700pro 128mb
    ATI Radeon X1900XTX 512mb
    BFG GeForce GTX 280 1G
  33. Prophecy

    Prophecy [H]Lite

    Jul 27, 2004
    ATI Rage Pro
    3dfx Voodoo3 3500
    Geforce Ti4200 (can't remember the brand)
    Geforce 6800GT (again, can't remember the brand)
    eVGA Geforce 8800GTS 640MB

    And I will probably be getting a GTX260 in the near future.
  34. Hornet

    Hornet [H]ardness Supreme

    Oct 4, 2005
    I have very few graphic card

    GeForce 2 MX200 PCI
    Radeon 9600 Pro
    GeForce 6800
    GeForce 8600GT
    GeForce 9800GTX+

    They are usually big jump, except for the 8600GT, which I got merely as a replacement for my old system which the motherboard died, and took that opportunity to jump to C2D system (my cpu was even bigger of a jump, P3 > P4 > Core 2 Duo:p )
  35. Slyr7.62

    Slyr7.62 Gawd

    Feb 9, 2008
    I also went from P4 to C2D a few months ago. :p. To be exact, 533FSB 3.06ghz P4 to E8400. :D (Before that it was just 1.7ghz P4 to 2.4ghz P4 to the 3.06).
  36. ivandurago

    ivandurago [H]ard|Gawd

    Jun 5, 2008
    I started late o_O;

    My first card was GeForce FX 5700 that I put into my first PC, a Dell that I got for High School graduation. I met a couple great kids in college who got me into PC's and I have been obsessed with them since.

    Next was a GeForce 6600gt I purchased with my first real PC build. A couple years later I picked up another 6600gt to run in SLI, and was surprised when I did not see any real FPS improvement, but damn, did it look badass. :eek:

    Then I picked up a 7800gt from a friend and was amazed at tech available!

    I then picked up a 8600gt and used that for a very long time and still am quite happy with that liitle guy :p

    And now, I have my beautiful Sapphire HD4870 1gb card, my first ATI card, and I could not be happier! :D
  37. DWade

    DWade Limp Gawd

    Dec 22, 2008
    Dang, I think a lot of you wish you had more girlfriends than you had video cards, lulz.
  38. Whisperfang

    Whisperfang Gawd

    Nov 12, 2007
    My system specs may be a bit off, sorry

    Hercules 2MB ISA - Pentium 90MHz
    Some 1MB PCI card that was faster than the ISA card but i ended up reverting back to the ISA card anyway because it could do 800x600 @ 16bit color i believe - Pentium 90MHz
    Diamond Monster 3D (4MB Voodoo 1) coupled with the above PCI card - Pentium 200MHz
    Asus Riva TNT - Celeron 300A
    Orchid Righteous 12MB Voodoo 2 (2 in SLI) coupled with the TNT card - Celeron 300A
    Creative 3D Blaster (Geforce 256 DDR) - P3 550 @ 825
    Geforce 2 Ultra - AMD Tbird 1.2GHz
    Geforce 4 Ultra - AMD Tbird 1.2GHz & P4 2.26GHz
    Radeon 9800 Pro (wow, HUGE upgrade) - P4 2.26GHz
    Radeon x1950xtx - P4 2.26GHz & Core 2 Duo E6600
    Geforce 8800GT (512MB) - E6600
    Geforce GTX 280 - Q9450 (current)
  39. rocketr2

    rocketr2 Gawd

    Mar 16, 2007
    I remember the Obsidian X-24. It was a bad mofo. It would be like todays 4870x2 or 295GTX.
  40. PMildren

    PMildren Limp Gawd

    Sep 4, 2006
    3Dfx Voodoo3 3000
    Geforce 2 GTS 64MB
    Geforce 4 Ti4600
    GeForce 5200 AGP (biggest mistake of my life)
    GeForce 6600GT AGP
    GeForce 6600GT PCI
    GeForce 8800GTS 640