For the last 5 or 6 years Ive been skipping multple gens.
You can tell im under 30 by my past gpu's.
My first gpu was ati all in wonder 7500
5950 Ultra $200 or so
6800 GT for $380 when It just came out & I was working alot.
Won a 7950GX2 at a showdownlan. put on by pdxlan people in 06 to 08 iirc.
Gtx 260 for only $160... nice improvement.
gtx 460 for $40 lawl, helps my average gpu cost.
Old, older, and oldest. Not necessarily in the correct order. lol.
Diamond VGA 512 (?Paradise?)....512K was considered a mind bending about of memory back then. You could run 640x480 in 16.7 million colors!
Quite right. I was remembering things wrong.My first "video card" was Mac II built in video on a Macintosh LC III. After that I moved to the PC world with a Matrox G200 and a Diamond Monster 3D Voodoo1. I've gone through hundreds of cards since, run a computer repair business.
I think your memory has a bit of rose tinted glasses.
24 bit color at 640x480 would require 900 kb of VRAM and then some for overhead.
You could happily chug along at 320x240 with 24 bit color though.
Some older cards worked pretty good for years and years. I put a 6800 gt in a relative's pc still used.Hey I miss the old days! I still have my Voodoo II's around here somewhere along with my Hercules 3D Prophet III! My 300A is still boxed up around here as well. I managed to get 500mhz out of a 300mhz stock chip. Some of the hardware back then could do incredible things.
These days I spend more time yelling at people to get off my lawn than tweaking my PC though.
Monster 3D and I upgraded the jsod (jpod? can't remember, they were the weird ones that you pressed into the open slots) ram chips on my mother board from one mb to two. They came packaged in a tube, and I had to upgrade the s3 onboard to support the 3Dfx card. That was state of the art shit.Mine was a ATI Rage 128 Pro PCI that I returned the same day to best buy for a Voodoo 3 2000 PCI that went back the next day for a Voodoo3 3000 AGP.
This was in June of 1999, before then from 1990 - 1999 I was onboard video man. Fear me. What was your first card?
That must have felt like a huge upgrade there. Tried playing crysis on it?With my own money, ATI 4870 used for 7 years. 2nd card was a EVGA FTW 1080.
Before the 4870 I bought a ATI 9800 AIW that was used for 4 years, actually this might still be in use by my father.