What was your 1st 3D video card ?

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  1. rocketr2

    rocketr2 Gawd

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    I always wanted this one, but it was too expensive.


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  2. xLegendary

    xLegendary [H]Lite

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    ATI Radeon 8500 :D Good first ATI card...
     
  3. Pandur

    Pandur Limp Gawd

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    My first 3D accelerator card was a 3Dfx Voodoo with 6Mb ram. I think it was an Elsa card, but I don't remember 100%.
     
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    Diamond Edge 3D (nVidia NV1 video/sound card)
    SEGA Virtua Fighter
     
  5. jh24

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    To The Max 4MB 3DFX Voodoo card on a P133 with 32 MB Ram. Not long after the computer was upgraded to a P200 which allowed Unreal to run so much better.


    Quake, Quake 2, Hexen 2, Half-Life, Unreal, etc. Sometimes I wish I could experience it all over again.
     
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  6. MrSteel74

    MrSteel74 [H]ard|Gawd

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    Th Canopus Pure3D 3Dfx Voodoo board with it's jaw dropping 6 MB of ram!!!! That card in turn was what led me to the [H] doing research on it and tweaking it out. I remember thinking how amazing games looked running in Glide.
     
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    gar818 [H]ard|Gawd

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    3dfx Voodoo 4MB
     
  8. gar818

    gar818 [H]ard|Gawd

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    I remember having wet dreams about this card in high school! :eek:
     
  9. Furystrike

    Furystrike [H]ard|Gawd

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    Diamond Monster Voodoo 2 12MB. Picked up another a few months later for SLI. 2D was powered by the onboard ATI card. CPU was a pentium 2 300mhz, 32 megabytes of ram.

    Ran half life at more than 60fps!
     
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    The powerhouse S3 ViRGE
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    ATI Mach64 GT was my first 3D accelerator although it was embedded on the motherboard so I don't know if it counts.

    If it doesn't, then a 3dfx Voodoo3. I think it was a Voodoo3 2000 16MB AGP but I can't be sure.
     
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    Corvette [H]ard|Gawd

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    440 MX, 4200, 260, 460, 970. Uh, Final Fantasy 8 or Warcraft 3.
     
  13. magnetik

    magnetik Moderator Staff Member

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    Diamond Monster 3D
     
  14. pxc

    pxc [H]ard as it Gets

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    Western Digital Paradise Tasmania 3D 4MB PCI. I still have it. It was one of the first consumer 3D accelerators and came out before Voodoo Graphics. You plugged it into a 2D video card via a loopback cable and all video was output through the 3D accelerator, a design 3dfx later copied.

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    It wasn't D3D compatible and never got a OGL ICD. It did have support of several games, so at least it had that. My first "real" 3D card was the Rendition V2x00 based Diamond Stealth II S220. It was a competitor to Voodoo Graphics and the Riva128 (I also bought both of those cards later).
     
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    3DFX Voodoo was my first real 3D card but for the life of me I can't remember what game I played on it first.
    It's been what now? Nearly 20 years?
     
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    ATI 3D Rage Pro Turbo AGP 8x w/ 8MB SDRAM
    This sexy beast brings back a taste of 1999! :D

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    RamonGTP [H]ardness Supreme

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    Voodoo 2 8MB. Need for Speed II, Forsaken, Quake
     
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    Voodoo Banshee

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/preview-3dfx-voodoo-banshee,72.html

    Going from CPU rendered games to this was like going from SDTV to HDTV.

    Specifically this exact model:

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    There will never be the same level of graphical improvement you'll witness like there was going from an N64 to playing Computer games (and they felt quite different than console games back then) on a 1024*768 60 Hz progressive scan monitor.
     
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    PNY MX420 PCI. Bought it to play BF1942 and C&C Renegade. Was so jealous of people who had and AGP slot for much faster cards
     
  22. shae

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    320x200, not 320x240. That was before the invention of square pixels. :) VGA could only do 640x480x16, but with 512KB it was probably an SVGA.

    HL2 runs on GF2?!

    What did you have before? If I recall, the only thing Diablo 2 did with 3D hardware was some fancier lighting on the 2D graphics.

    ATI or Voodoo 2? Besides games that only supported 3D well in Glide, TNT was newer and more advanced so looked better than Voodoo 2 in D3D/OGL.
     
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    Almost the same story for me, except I had a Sierra Screamin' 3D for playing the Papyrus sims.
     
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    That was so long ago I am having trouble remembering, but I do know I had a diamond stealth 3d 2000 in the mid 90's.. and at some point a 3dfx voodoo banshee..
     
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    ATI 9000 Pro 128MB. I had been a console gamer all my life and didn't really know PC gaming existed. I bought my self a cheap AMD Athlon computer for college that I only used for school and pr0n. I went to go buy beer one day and at the checkout they had a PC gamer magazine. I bought it and inside was a demo for Black Hawk Down. I tried to play it and was confused why the game was running so choppy. I learned that I needed a video card and after buying the 9000 Pro and then playing BF 1942 I never touched my PS2 ever again.
     
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    Diamond Monster 3D was my first IIRC, so many cards in so many systems over the years that it gets hard to keep it all straight.
     
  28. Elios

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    i had an Obsidian Voodoo2 12MB card
     
  29. FalconSS

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    depending on how you want to classify it:

    ATI 3D Rage (first 3d chip, but was not a discrete card)

    ATI Radeon 7000 (I guesz technically my first discrete cardbut was given to me while i waited on ordering my card for my first build. only had it about a week though)

    ATI Radeon 9800pro (first dedicated card that was permanent in my system)
     
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    OMG This.

    Me and the rest of the high school geek squad used to install Tribes on the PCs in the computer lab and play for hours after school - until they got wise and finally hired an admin who was smarter than we were, lol it took a few tries until they found one!