What was your 1st 3D video card ?

GURU7OF9

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Voodoo 1 with 4mb then a Diamond Viper V770 TNT2 Ultra , Quake 3 Arena
My very 1st video card I had was not even mine really! I borrowed a mates and it was a Voodoo 1 with 4mb ! The first card i actually bought I saved up for 6 months and got a Diamond Viper V770 TNT2 Ultra with 32mb. It was in my first pc and I got it all from the shop where my mate worked! p2 333mhz 128mb ram . Actually at the time he mentioned something about a Celeron 300A blah blah blah and i said well its slower so i prefer the P2 333mhz. I look back now and think I AM SUCH AN IDIOT ! He probly should have pushed it more, but shit happens! :(
I used to run Q3A time demo relentlessly with my never ending quest for more frames and with the Voodoo 1 and 4mb I cranked that baby up to just barely crack 30FPS at 512x384 with low low low graphics! But after I put that shiny new V770 TNT2 ULTRA in I was super pumped and could run Q3A demo four at 800x600 with beautiful beautiful graphics at 45FPS ! God that was so damn Beautiful and so damn FAST ! haha ! Was AWESOME ! :)
 
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Geforce 256 DDR. I still have mine! Quake 3 Arena @ 1024/768 @ max details, with TRANSFORM AND LIGHTING, at 60fps. The original cooler died / fell off, so I have the naked card, but no AGP board to run it, and I don't even know the last drivers that would have worked for it. I assume that died in the windows XP era. It also only had the VGA output and that was it. Man times were simpler back then. I do know that I could push the core +25 Mhz, and the memory +40 Mhz, I remember that clear as day. Crushed some 3dMark 2001.
 

ender1598

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Mine was the Intel i740... looks like it was one of the earlier ones to use AGP. Was my first computer when I went off to college and I still did plenty of gaming on it with Half-life. Really can't remember what I upgraded to afterwards though.
 

Grinmaul

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Couldn't even guess, first computer was a 286/12 with a 4 colour display. so whatever came with that, i do still have a few of the cards i got over the years, 3dfx, matrox, some ati's.
 

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Riva 128, I think? Paired with a 300mhz P2.

Ran Unreal like shit, but did pretty good with Quake 2.
 

erek

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GeForce 2 MX / MX 200 (Unknown first party or AIB Partner)
 

RamboZombie

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s3 2000 or some something it was directX 2 - it actually ran slower when using 3d fuctions - but it could show the demo from MS at about 2-3 fps - quite the experience...

but this was my first 3d (if you wann call it that) card.

before that i had a 386 25sx with some kind of vga card and my trusty pc speaker doing config.sys and autoexec.bat all night long - it actually sucked :)
 

edmaroro

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My first card was a Trident TVGA8900 with 1mb of video memory (Enough to play Descent). Always wanted a Quantum3d Obsidian2 X-24. (I would exchange my 3090 to try one of those with a roland scc-1/scb-55 these days - not kidding - pm if you have one 🙂)
 

shae

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Trident 8900 wasn't a 3D card. :)
And Descent... did it even support SVGA? Even if it did, I'm guessing it worked also on plain VGA, so no need for 1MB video RAM.
 
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This was the best $20 I ever spent on a video Card. Back in 1998 Comp-USA had a sale for $50 marked down from $99 with a $30 mail in rebate (which i did get back).
Used it for 2 years until the House burned down, and it got replaced with a Diamond Viper V770 Ultra (TNT 2 Ultra)
 

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I actually just tossed out my voodoo card, i found buried in a pile of shit that i had been meaning to go through for years 😞 Anyway, yeah. Mechwarrior was definitely the shit, but I also loved Myth: The Fallen Lords. Watching zombie chonks bounce across the screen with rivers of blood and that satisfying explosion sound from the dwarven sappers made me smile every time lol
 

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First real one was Monster 3d voodoo 2 12mb. It was actually an 3d accelerator card, still needed a video card lol. I was 15, working at pizza hut. The year was 1998. Music was good, chicks were hot, and PC gaming was on fire. I miss those days man. I didn't have a care in the world other than saving up money for hardware and trying to get my fingers wet. Not gonna lie, getting a little misty eyed over here.
 
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cybereality

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Mine was a Voodoo 3000 AGP, 1999. Still remember running the Unreal 1 benchmark, those graphics were crazy.
 

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First one I bought for myself was a voodoo 3 3500TV card, earlier systems came with assorted crappy S3 decelerators.
 

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Technically the first was a RIVA 128, that came pre-installed in a system. I never really played any 3D games that ran worth a darn on the RIVA 128 from my memory except a demo of Need for Speed.

Ended up getting a Voodoo 3 2000 AGP to replace it. I got that when Unreal Tournament came out and I played that in Glide. I played that game a lot... against bots, and online via 56k modem...
 

Koldur

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I bought the very first Voodoo 3D Monster card at a for me at 16 years old insanely high price of 300 guilders back then. I did love the hell out of the card, was such a revolutionary piece of tech!
If I only knew I would buy a €900 RTX 3080 card last December back then haha!
 

Slade

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ATI rage II I think. I think my first real 3d card was a 3dfx voodoo, followed by voodoo2 with a canopus spectra riva tnt which I got a relative to bring back for me from asia.
 

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GPU's with no fan support was hip back in the day. I think the G200 was the hottest GPU i've ever had.

I used to mount Intel retail box CPU fans with glue on the edges and thermal paste in the middle. I wish I could take a picture of my Voodoo3, but it's in a closet at my parents' house. I think it did close to 200MHz on the core.
 

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WilyKit

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Diamond 3DFX Voodoo 2 and the first 3d accelerated game I played with it was Need For Speed 2 SE. I still have that card somewhere in my "retro hardware" box
 

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Ti 4600. I was somewhere between 16 and 18 and have not since bought a video card new. Not that I regret that purchase, but life...maybe one day, but I’ll always have fond memories of being top dog on graphics at UT lan parties. I was a terrible player so I had to have some reason to feel important. Haha
 

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Ti 4600. I was somewhere between 16 and 18 and have not since bought a video card new. Not that I regret that purchase, but life...maybe one day, but I’ll always have fond memories of being top dog on graphics at UT lan parties. I was a terrible player so I had to have some reason to feel important. Haha
The Ti 4000 series lasted pretty long in the DX8.1 days even though it was post 2001 (dx9 release). I had my Ti 4400 for 3 years until real games in Farcry 2004, Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory came out.
It was more geared toward games like medal of honor: Allied Assault, Warcraft 3. That was a great era.
 
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cybereality

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I originally got an ATI 9000 Pro, but I found out it didn't work with 3d shutter glasses, so I had to swap it for an Nvidia.

Pretty sure it was the Ti 4400 I exchanged it for. At the time it was a $400 video card and that seemed like crazy money for a GPU.

Clearly remember playing American McGee's Alice in 3D, that was such a great time.
 

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Another vote for Rendition Verite 1000. Mine was a Sierra Screamin' 3D that I used to play IndyCar II...loved that game.
 
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