What Is Your Personal Favorite Video Card of All Time?

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Radeon HD 5870.

There was something magical about that card. AMD/ATI had just found their footing again with the HD 4870, and then they decided to clobber Nvidia on the performance front with the HD 5870. It took Nvidia 6 months to answer with Fermi "Jensen Grillin" GTX 480. Seriously, that HD 5870 was an amazing card, especially priced under $400.

I went for the magic approach at the same time as trialling Crossfire with 2x 5770 to give approximately the same performance as the 5870 for 2/3 the price.
How wrong was I !
Dirt 2 worked well in crossfire, it was absolutely wonderful, exactly what I wanted.
But absolutely nothing else was good enough, either didnt work with 2 cards, gave very little gain and/or was very jittery.
And the drivers were disgraceful, so bad I used modded drivers from a Guru3D member who was equally appalled, without which, even single card was a bad experience.
And single card wasnt quick, Xfire was quite a waste of money for 1 game.
/rant, I learned my lesson and can smile now :)
 

kingsack

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I'm a big fan of my Radeon HD7870. I bought it in 2012 and used it until last summer. Definitely long in the tooth the past couple of years. But it was absolutely fine until about 2017. Only around then, did games start really hammering it. Even still, Soulcalibur 6 played great on it, last year.

I had cards all the way back to the Radeon 9000pro, which was my first card. Lots of stuff in between. Including some Nvidia cards, such as Ti4200 and 6800 non ultra. Other stuff too. I had 3870 for quite awhile, which I liked pretty well and got a lot of mileage from. But the 7870 has been the best experience and quite a long term companion.
I have ti share the 7870 love, paired with a 2600K it lasted 7 years, it was really only my desire to mover from 1080p to 4K that obsoleted it for me.
On the other hand neither it nor even to 2080 I have now have ever touched the thrill of breaking 20K 3DMarke with my 9800 Pro back in the day. despite the fact that it went up in flames taking my MB with it moments later o_O
 

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I have ti share the 7870 love, paired with a 2600K it lasted 7 years, it was really only my desire to mover from 1080p to 4K that obsoleted it for me.
On the other hand neither it nor even to 2080 I have now have ever touched the thrill of breaking 20K 3DMarke with my 9800 Pro back in the day. despite the fact that it went up in flames taking my MB with it moments later o_O

I still have my hd7870, still plays a lot of games surprisingly well with an overclock. Crazy a mid range card had such a long life.
 

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It's been said before but, just ask anyone that's been gaming since wolfenstein games on pc: Where were you when the 9700 pro dropped?

I got mine from a bestbuy, and for the first time in my life, could turn on 4x/8x aa and the fps didn't tank. It was the future, and the future was fast and clean. Back then people didn't riot on the internet when radeon released a fast card, they just bought it if they had the money.

Where were you when the world changed forever?
 

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It's been said before but, just ask anyone that's been gaming since wolfenstein games on pc: Where were you when the 9700 pro dropped?

I got mine from a bestbuy, and for the first time in my life, could turn on 4x/8x aa and the fps didn't tank. It was the future, and the future was fast and clean. Back then people didn't riot on the internet when radeon released a fast card, they just bought it if they had the money.

Where were you when the world changed forever?

9700pro got me into PC gaming. I remember being in the grocery store looking at magazines while my parents shopped and I remember seeing the 9700pro on the front cover of maximum PC. Bought that magazine and have been obsessed ever since.
 
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Heres a couple I found while cleaning my closet!
 

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480 GTX was the first high-end video card I ever bought (I ran SLI even though I bought three of them for 3 way SLI but never got it working correctly) they felt like you just finished installing a tank inside your computer not to mention they sounded like jet engines taking off !
 

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I'd have to say the GTX 670. The card was a beast, and I paired it with the release of BF(3?) and got a Korean 27" 1440p monitor that could OC to 120hz. Those were good times.
 

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Can I claim a favorite AiB instead? I've always been a fan of Sapphire due to build quality and customer support; they've been close to bar-none for the past couple decades I've been building.
 

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My favorite was the original ATI all in wonder that I got back in the late 90s. I didn't need a tv in my dorm room because I had the all in wonder. I used the heck out of that thing.

I have a 1080ti now that I'm partial to. I just took the 1080ti out and put a 3090 in, but I'm more attached to the 1080ti. I got it for FS2020, and researched it and figured out what card would do frame rates on that thing, then which 1080ti to get. Stayed up nights bidding on ebay until I got one for like $400.
 

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Geforce Fermi EVGA 580 HydroCopper for sure!

It was the last generation to have the 'full fat at the high end' GPU released first. The 680 was an insult, doubly so because under water, volt modded and overclocked, a 580 would beat a stock 680 quite easily. Nvidia then capped the overclock on 580's to 1000mhz shortly after 680 launched. There was no 680ti, that became the 780ti because the 600 series was marred for being so weak against Fermi.

Loved that damn card, and had a really nice waterblock pre-installed at a fair price, unlike the ludicrous markup waterblock editions get these days. :rolleyes:

Long live Fermi!
 

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8800 GTS that was in my first build, but I also greatly enjoyed the Radeon 4870 that replaced it later. Both cards saw a lot of use between my setup and my family's.
 

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Canopus Spectra 2500 with voodoo1/2 passthru. It let me have a 2d card that was decent and a 3d accelerator. It "felt" like what a modern setup would eventually be, 2d/3d seamlessly integrated.
 

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Geforce Fermi EVGA 580 HydroCopper for sure!

It was the last generation to have the 'full fat at the high end' GPU released first. The 680 was an insult, doubly so because under water, volt modded and overclocked, a 580 would beat a stock 680 quite easily. Nvidia then capped the overclock on 580's to 1000mhz shortly after 680 launched. There was no 680ti, that became the 780ti because the 600 series was marred for being so weak against Fermi.

Loved that damn card, and had a really nice waterblock pre-installed at a fair price, unlike the ludicrous markup waterblock editions get these days. :rolleyes:

Long live Fermi!
Ah yes, the good old days when you bought an nVidia flagship card you got a flagship i.e. non-gimped, full-fat chip. Not a chopped down version so nV can release another more expensive SKU 6 months later. I do respectfully disagree, however, that even a volt-modded, water-cooled 580 could beat a stock 680.

I also fondly recall my dual Powercolor 5870 LCSs (factory-blocked) that didn't cost an arm and a leg. Cypress wasn't a revolutionary chip, but they looked super classy as well with simple black anodized blocks and black PCB. An elegant weapon for a more civilized time.
 
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El_Capitan

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My fondness for the GTX 460 in SLI back in the day got me into overclocking graphics cards. It beat the GTX 480 quite easily, and even gave the GTX 580 a run for its money. Now that SLI is a thing of the past, my GTX 1080 Ti has really held up really well for almost four years.
 

harmattan

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My fondness for the GTX 460 in SLI back in the day got me into overclocking graphics cards. It beat the GTX 480 quite easily, and even gave the GTX 580 a run for its money. Now that SLI is a thing of the past, my GTX 1080 Ti has really held up really well for almost four years.
The time around the 400-series/6000-series was what I'd consider the golden age of mGPU. There was nary a mainstream game to be released around then that didn't support it, and updates in drivers were frequent (remember everyone losing their heads and talking boycott because Arkham Asylum didn't have SLI support?).

I had dual unlocked 465 SLI's for a while, as well as tri-SLI 480s. They were barn-burners, but had great performance.
 

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Yeah, I had GTX 470 SLI, my first SLI system, it was great. Had one card for a few months, and really wanted to try PhysX in Alice Madness Returns. Got the second and my FPS doubled and I could enable PhysX and it looked great.

Back then almost every game worked with SLI. Sometimes here and there you would find issues, but, for the most part, it just worked. This was also before reviewers and people were concerned with microstutter, frame variance, and latency, so I never noticed any problems (but I'm sure they were there).

It's sad the concept was dropped, but it does make sense given the situation today. Even mid-range cheaper cards can do 1080p high refresh ultra settings, and if you need more power, there are more expensive cards to fit your use case.

When even Nvidia lowest end card, the RTX 3060, can do 4K well, there is not a need for SLI anymore. Yes, I have the 3060 on my second rig. On older games I can get 4K144 max settings, and even new games I can get 4K60 with tweaked settings. And if you need more performance, buy a better card.
 

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Yeah, I had GTX 470 SLI, my first SLI system, it was great. Had one card for a few months, and really wanted to try PhysX in Alice Madness Returns. Got the second and my FPS doubled and I could enable PhysX and it looked great.

Back then almost every game worked with SLI. Sometimes here and there you would find issues, but, for the most part, it just worked. This was also before reviewers and people were concerned with microstutter, frame variance, and latency, so I never noticed any problems (but I'm sure they were there).

It's sad the concept was dropped, but it does make sense given the situation today. Even mid-range cheaper cards can do 1080p high refresh ultra settings, and if you need more power, there are more expensive cards to fit your use case.

When even Nvidia lowest end card, the RTX 3060, can do 4K well, there is not a need for SLI anymore. Yes, I have the 3060 on my second rig. On older games I can get 4K144 max settings, and even new games I can get 4K60 with tweaked settings. And if you need more performance, buy a better card.
I think most of all, I just miss the look of 2 video cards in my case... lol
 

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I'm certain I've already posted in this thread but shout-out once again to the Geforce 4 Ti 4200 128mb.

That carried me from 2002 till HL2/Doom 3 came out and I snagged an ATI 9800 Pro..

(Back in the days when you were lucky to get 18 GOOD months out of hardware)
 

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I have owned Sli eVGA 7900GTO/ 6800GS Started Crossfiring on Evga x58 HD 5850/7950 and same board 10 years later RX 570's with no ribbon on x58 wOW.. started the sickening with MOHAA MX 420 before it became a 4200Ti 64Mb /FX 5900 XT/ 6800 Ultra (Clan Wars era before COD) My Clan played COD also and that was my SLi encounter ..

I was just starting to learn this game as why level 6 before my Hospital visit .. So I really just like the IQ that Polaris offers and I have a RX 5700 / Had a 5500 XT .. but that RX 570 is my Pick and don't mind the kid talking as I block that out of my mind ..from as Match play is always ran by one XO and only if I had knew how to heal myself at that time lol..

 
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