What Is Your Personal Favorite Video Card of All Time?

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  1. M76

    M76 [H]ardForum Junkie

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    Honorable mentions:
    • Diamond Monster 3D (3DFX Voodoo 4MB) - still have this card in the original box, it was a world changer
    • ASUS V3800 Deluxe (NVidia Riva TNT2 32MB VIVO) - the card that introduced me to VR and video digitizing.
    • Sapphire Radeon 8500LE (Ati Radeon 8500 250/275Mhz clocks, officially LE cards should have had 250/250 clock, but this one had non-LE memory) - the first video card I bought with my own money
    • S3 Virge 2MB - Because who wouldn't want to play Jedi Knight at 400x300 8 fps, with horrible graphics issues.

    But my actual favorite: Gigabyte Geforce GTX660 SLI - just amazing value it cost much less than 690 or even 680 cards but regularly outclassed them in tests.
     
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  2. cybereality

    cybereality [H]ardness Supreme

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    I did have a 690 at one point, that was kind of nice when SLI was still somewhat relevant.
     
  3. Revenant_Knight

    Revenant_Knight Limp Gawd

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    I’ve got a pair still sealed and factory wrapped. Even has the CompUSA rebate sticker LOL. I’m never opening them.
     
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  4. Lmah2x

    Lmah2x Gawd

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    I prefer my 2080ti to my Savage 3D, Geforce2 MX400, 8500LE, 9500 Pro, 9700 Pro, Ti4200, X900XT, X1900XT, 3870, 4870, GTX 480, GTX 580, GTX 680, Titan, Titan Black, Titan X Maxwell, Titan X Pascal. They were all trash by comparison. I can do some benches if anyone wants to see the difference.
     
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  5. harmattan

    harmattan [H]ardness Supreme

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    And you likely could have bought two of some of those prior cards for the money you paid for that 2080ti :)
     
  6. FlawleZ

    FlawleZ Gawd

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    Try 3, 4, or 5 even. The 2080TI will be "trash by comparison" very soon too so it's really not special.
     
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  7. Lmah2x

    Lmah2x Gawd

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    I agree. Every old generation is trash once the new one comes. I can't think of any generation that was worse than the previous.
     
  8. M76

    M76 [H]ardForum Junkie

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    Riva 128 after Voodoo1 felt like trash. Horrible dithering and faded colors. Volometric fog never looked as good on any later card than it did on voodoo.
     
  9. FlawleZ

    FlawleZ Gawd

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    Just because theres a newer product doesn't mean the older is automatically "trash." And there have been some really underwhelming generations. The GeForce 9 series was about as exciting as watching paint dry and the 9800GTX struggled to best the 8800GTX in many cases.
     

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  10. Armenius

    Armenius I Drive Myself to the [H]ospital

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    The 9800 GTX was literally just a die shrink of the 8800 GTX. It struggled in some cases against the 8800 GTX because they neutered the memory.
     
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  11. DejaWiz

    DejaWiz Oracle of Unfortunate Truths

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    Similar for me, as well.

    Current 980Ti is just a powerhouse, even with some of the newer demanding games that I play. It is starting to feel a little long in the tooth trying to push the capabilities of a 144Hz monitor, but it's still chugging along nicely.

    Runner up for me would have to be the GeForce 8800GT. That thing was still running in a backup system up until last year when it finally died. Had an illustrious Accelero S1r2 on it, which provided for idle/load temps of only 38-40C/50-55C, passively.
     
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  12. Starfalcon

    Starfalcon n00b

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    Sapphire HD 3850 AGP, bought it new back when it came out because it wasnt a 2 slot card and would fit in my dual AMD system.
     
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    ccityinstaller [H]ardness Supreme

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    Came here to say the same thing. I put hundreds of hours, perhaps over 1500 really, into Tribes. My V3000 OC'd gave me liquid smooth frame rates.

    First runner up would be my 1800XTX. Being able to run FarCry with max quality at 1280x1023 and still have over 60FPS was crazy. That game was my second favorite moment in PC Gaming.

    From an adult perspective, my favorite would be my farm of RX VEGA cards. I spent a ton of time tweaking and tuning those cards, and they made me a tidy profit to say the least.

    I have had mixed feeling about my 5700XT 50th that is run with a custom loop. The card has moments of greatness, but it is also maddening at other times.
     
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  14. Legendary Gamer

    Legendary Gamer Gawd

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    I have to agree with you. I got a helluva lot of mileage out of my Voodoo II, I am pretty sure it was a CL model as well. I miss the 3DFX days and Glide applications the cards were sweet for the time. I recall playing stuff like Wing Commander Prophecy on it. People would drool when they saw the graphics.

    I am fielding all Nvidia parts at the current moment with little reason to move to any of AMD's graphics solutions (ATM).
     
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  15. Legendary Gamer

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    The first, real 3D I ever had.... Prior to the CL Voodoo II. It made Mechwarrior 2 the shit.
     
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  16. SeymourGore

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    I like to think that perhaps at some point in our Tribes days - I gave you a mine+disc to the face.
     
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  17. FlawleZ

    FlawleZ Gawd

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    Right. It would have been better labeled the 8900GTX. But then again theres a number like that. Yay marketing.
     
  18. AlexisRO

    AlexisRO Limp Gawd

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    Chronologically speaking: Leadtek 6800LE - modded from 8 to 16 pipes and GT clocks when OCing, loved the look of that cooper heatsink. XFX 8800GTS 640mb, monster GPU for me and the industry at the time. Was the first card to actually spoil and wow me graphically. Contrary to general opinion, i liked my Evga GTX 480. I liked it so much i bought another one, SLI'd them and watercooled them. Decided to sell them when the 1,5gb memory became a hindrance more often than not. And my current 1080Ti.
     
  19. revenant

    revenant [H]ardForum Junkie

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    So ... "got me in the feels" huh? I would have to go with the voodoo1... man I just loved playing glide games on that... it was a night and day difference once I slapped that baby in.. I still get positively giddy every time I see that 3DFX logo spin around.

    honorable mentions:
    Riva TNT2 (so much quake2 CTF played on this one - on an Abit BH-6 and celery 300a at 464mhz)
    Radeon 9700 Pro (I rode this card for a long time - this was the first card I was really able to use anti-aliasing with - played Unreal 2 on this one ... was so pretty)
    6800GT SLI (MSI - ran these on air and then water - very overclockable on a DFI nf4 motherboard with all of the extra mobo power connectors in)
    8800GTX (I ran single for a long while and then slapped in card #2 for some SLI action about a year later when I upgraded to an x58 platform)
    GTX 1080 (so quiet and cool and a great overclocker..)
    GTX 2080ti (Asus strix - sooo expensive but god damn a beautiful card and simply a beast in performance)
     
  20. erek

    erek [H]ardness Supreme

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    Same here, the nVidia GeForce FX 5800 Ultra (here's the 3 from my collection)

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  21. revenant

    revenant [H]ardForum Junkie

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    I still have my S3 Virge pci.. lol.
     
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  22. eclypse

    eclypse 2[H]4U

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    Looks like 8800GTX is taking the crown. I'd say the same! Work horse! Had 2 in sli back when and still have them and ek water blocks for them.

    3dfx is still king! Voodoo2 12mb SLI! Enough said.
     
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  23. Starfalcon

    Starfalcon n00b

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    Dang Erek, I thought I was a vintage computer part hoarder...you def got me beal lol.
     
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  24. Armenius

    Armenius I Drive Myself to the [H]ospital

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    You should dig into his post history. He has a shit ton more. Could probably open up his own museum or vintage PC arcade.
     
  25. ochadd

    ochadd Gawd

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    1080 ti. It was the first time I had the $ to buy the best of the best.
     
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  26. Armenius

    Armenius I Drive Myself to the [H]ospital

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    Technically, Titan Xp was the best.
     
  27. Starfalcon

    Starfalcon n00b

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    Yeah I did, He has a metric ton of high end stuff to make me jealous. I was the king of vintage hardware back on TR, but I have to bow before the emperor of vintage hardware here at the [H].
     
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  28. ochadd

    ochadd Gawd

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    When I ordered the 1080 ti the Titan XP didn't exist yet.
     
  29. christpunchers

    christpunchers Limp Gawd

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    5870. Much better than whatever NV was offering at the time. But a bit unstable.

    GTX 680. Low power, great performance. New era of efficiency.

    1080 TI. For my needs if I had a better CPU then I’d already have a perfect machine.
     
  30. Och

    Och n00b

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    I have experienced jaw dropping effect twice - first when I got my Orchid Righteous 3dfx Voodoo and saw accelerated graphics with texture filtering and lighting. Second time is when i got my G400 Max and ran EMBM demo.
     
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    First time firing up Unreal and watch the demo flyback was insane. The first monster you meet in a corridor after all the lights turn off was amazingly spooky.
     
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