What was the very first video card you ever bought?

Discussion in 'Video Cards' started by jarablue, May 26, 2016.

  1. RazorWind

    RazorWind 2[H]4U

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    Every once in a while, I'm tempted to buy a 3DFX card on ebay just to remind me of the good old days of PC gaming when graphics cards had cool names and came in really cool looking boxes.
     
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  2. horrorshow

    horrorshow [H]ardness Supreme

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    The fan on the 4200 I had was held on by nothing more than the sheer desire of wanting to be a fan.

    It popped off like it was nothing.
     
  3. Krenum

    Krenum [H]ardForum Junkie

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    Well, the next time you get an itch, I have a couple of Voodoo's ( 2 & 3) lying around, I may decide to sell one of them some day :p
     
  4. pcgeekesq

    pcgeekesq [H]ard|Gawd

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    Intergraph Reactor or a Matrox Millenium or an ATI Rage II ... I owned all of those at one time or another but I don't remember which was first. Life came at you fast in the PC space back then.
     
  5. Jake

    Jake [H]ardness Supreme

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    Diamond Monster 3d, with a MASSIVE 4mb of vram!
     
  6. Commander Shepard

    Commander Shepard 2[H]4U

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    I was late to PC gaming. My first true gaming card was a BFG 6800GT.
     
  7. halo000008

    halo000008 Limp Gawd

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    My first computer had a cirrus logic card. All I remember is that it was PCI and 64 bit. The first card I bought was a screaming 3d. Unlike a previous poster I actually liked it.
     
  8. JohnleMVP

    JohnleMVP [H]ardness Supreme

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    DiamondMM 3DFX Banshee, it had the 2D card built in!
     
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  9. s0skey

    s0skey n00b

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    The first video card I ever bought with my own money was a Geforce 4 MX 440. Poor choice on my part but I was 14 haha.
     
  10. euskalzabe

    euskalzabe Gawd

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    It was a Voodoo Banshee if I remember correctly. It's rained quite a bunch since those days...
     
  11. Mut1ny

    Mut1ny [H]ard|Gawd

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    Geforce 2 MX...was very late in the owning a computer game. Mainly consoles before hand. I want to say
    Medal of Honor: Allied Assault was my first real PC game.
     
  12. Hornet

    Hornet [H]ardness Supreme

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    GeForce 2 MX 200 PCI

    My dad bought me the game Serious Sam which ran at less than 1 fps on the onboard graphics, it was then that I learned about the existence of graphic cards:p
     
  13. Zepher

    Zepher [H]ipster Replacement

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    this was the first real card I got when I started to really game on the PC,
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  14. horrorshow

    horrorshow [H]ardness Supreme

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    So you were on [H] before even owning a dedicated graphics card?

    You crazy....
     
  15. Zepher

    Zepher [H]ipster Replacement

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    I did have dedicated cards, just not for gaming.
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  16. horrorshow

    horrorshow [H]ardness Supreme

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    Ultramon.

    *sheds a tear for the old days
     
  17. Revdarian

    Revdarian 2[H]4U

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    2d a Trident 9440 VLB that i expanded to 2MB in order to play Rise of The Robots, 3d a Matrox M3D with a PowerVR PCX2 chipset inside.
    So i have been into video cards for over 20 years :p dang i feel old hahahaha
     
  18. Stoly

    Stoly [H]ardness Supreme

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    ATI 3dRage Pro IIRC, then a RivaTNT2, a Matrox M3d and a voodoo2 (which I still have somewhere) and a voodoo banshee. Also had an intel i740 IIRC and my first geforce 2 GTS.
     
  19. jfreund

    jfreund Gawd

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    Diamond Edge 3D with nVidia's original NV1 chip. The only game that used the "quadratic rendering" method the chip performed was the included version of Virtual Fighter. It had onboard sound which never worked. They promised Direct3D drivers and never delivered. I actually got Diamond to refund my purchase price due to false advertising.

    I used the refund money to get a card with the Rendition V1000 chip. VQuake with fullscreen antialiasing looked better than GL Quake on the Voodoo 3D, but 3DFx got more support, so I got a Voodoo card too. I stuck with Rendition with the V2200, and ran that alongside a Voodoo 2. After that, I think it was an AGP Riva TNT. Since then, there have been to many to keep track.
     
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    Misterzeno [H]Lite

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    Skylinestar Limp Gawd

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  22. crazycrave

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    My first card MX 420 and oldest working card (current) FX5900XL, oldest card I can put my hands on at this moment MSI 7900GT..
     
  23. Zepher

    Zepher [H]ipster Replacement

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    I still use Ultramon on my 3770k machine.
     
  24. {NG}Fidel

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    Radeon 9200 then upgraded to an x800xtpe
     
  25. TheGamerZ

    TheGamerZ [H]ardness Supreme

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    First card I ever bought with my own money was a GeForce 2 MX
     
  26. Betaboy1983

    Betaboy1983 [H]ard|Gawd

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    Matrox Millennium, then moved to the TNT.
     
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    Macblastr Limp Gawd

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    I also built a heathkit 386 cga and upgraded to vga.... but my first big money video card was a 5800 ultra... that thing was a leaf blower it was so loud!
     
  28. alxlwson

    alxlwson You Know Where I Live

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    MY OWN first computer was a Sony Vaio. It had one of those funky Pentium 4 chips that were smashed on to the Pentium 3 package. Dad and I each bought a copy of Diablo 2, and that was my start into gaming. The onboard graphics ran the game ok (for the time), but I couldn't have the overlay map on while running around. I called Blizzard tech support, and they said I needed a card with hardware T&L. They recommended the Voodoo 4 4500. So, that's what I bought. The difference was night and day!

    So, I started with a Voodoo 4 4500.
    The rest is history:
    ATi Radeon 7500 le (for RTCW, fuck, what a great game)
    ATi Radeon 8500 (for BF1942)
    ATi Radeon 9500 Pro 128MB (Omega driver mod to 9700 Pro)
    ATi Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB (Tyan card...where did they go?)
    nVidia Geforce 5900 (won this at a LANwar event, reference board)
    nVidia Geforce 6800 GT (from BFG)
    ATi Radeon x1600XT
    ATi Radeon x1600XT Crossfire
    AMD Radeon HD 5770 (XFX)
    AMD Radeon HD 7950 (MSI)
    AMD Radeon R9 280X (XFX, Crossfire with the above card)
    nVidia Geforce 980 Ti (Zotac AMP! Omega)
     
  29. pendragon1

    pendragon1 [H]ardForum Junkie

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    thumbs up to the tnt crowd!! that and older rep the old school crowd!
     
  30. Ronjon

    Ronjon n00b

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    metempirical n00b

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    first card I bought was a Trident tvga 9000, followed by an s3 virge backed up by the 3dfx voodoo 2. ran that voodoo 2 combo until 2007 when i finally left Windows 2000.
     
  32. DanNeely

    DanNeely 2[H]4U

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    Mine was a no-name card with 1MB of ram and an ISA bus that claimed to be for gaming in some hyped way I don't remember anymore; but which sounded awesome to my 1995 ignorance. I puttered around with that on the family 486 for about 4 years. I got a new (home build) PC for college; only to discover a week or two in that the family member who built it bought a card that was basically a rebadged S3 Virge (the worlds only 3 DEcelerator). I replaced that for an nvidia TNT2 asap.
     
  33. deaedius

    deaedius Gawd

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    Voodoo3 then upgrade to a geforce256
     
  34. niqht

    niqht n00b

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    first ATI 3D Rage All-in-Wonder. Useless for gaming. But came with Mechwarrior 2, which I still have just for the soundtrack.
     
  35. wirerogue

    wirerogue Circle Jerkin'

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    Diamond Fire GL 1000 Pro w/8MB SGRAM. had the permedia2 chip from 3dlabs.

    [​IMG]
     
  36. Ieldra

    Ieldra I Promise to RTFM

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    The first videocard I personally purchased was an nvidia 6600gt

    Had a sexy mermaid on the box.
     
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  38. heatshiver

    heatshiver Limp Gawd

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    Matrox Capture Card circa ~2003.
     
  39. jadesaber2

    jadesaber2 Limp Gawd

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    First card I spent my own money on was an ATI Radeon 9000 Pro.