I don't remember the first, it was probably something with my Riva TNT2. My most recent was going from a 560Ti to a 1070 with DOOM. I went from ~15fps to a buttery smooth 60.
As i get older i'm getting motion sickness in a lot of the first person games these days.. =( can only play for 30 mins at a time and when it hits I feel very ill for the remainder of the day.. So I've been afraid that VR would make me hurl immediatelyFrom your past of living on the bleeding edge it's shocking you've not had 've for 2 years so far!!
Go buy it!!! Oculus rift is what I bought months ago and I'm like you.. will blow your mind!
As i get older i'm getting motion sickness in a lot of the first person games these days.. =( can only play for 30 mins at a time and when it hits I feel very ill for the remainder of the day.. So I've been afraid that VR would make me hurl immediately
lot of young people here.. so I gona throw a question for the older ones..
no one ever remember Supaplex for MS-DOS?. it was one of the first games I played for around 1991-1992 IIRC it was like a super vitamined boulder dash for the ZX Spectrum and Atari.. I was blown by that game for months, it was really challenging and I was never able to finish it all.. amazing game.
but my first "wow" moments started with:
I got a 4870 X2, the holy cow there was I was shocked at how much heat that thing put off. Good Lord it was a furnace.
My first PC game was around 1990 and was called Crack Down. It was on two 5.25'' floppies, I doubt most of you guys here have ever seen a 5.25 floppy in person lol. I loved that game. I also played wolfenstein and quake throughout the 90's. But, none of those games required a discreet GPU because there really wasn't any at the time lol. I kind of took a hiatus from PC gaming in the early 2000's, I was more into cars at the time. But, I remember in early 2009 is when I built my first true gaming PC with a graphics card so I could play COD world at war with a friend. I built a Phenom II system, a 740 triple core CPU that I unlocked to a quad, and a gts 250 graphics card. That was an amazing setup to me at the time.
I've had a few holy cow moments with graphics cards over the years. I got a 4870 X2, the holy cow there was I was shocked at how much heat that thing put off. Good Lord it was a furnace. Another holy cow was when I got a 5830 and I first tried eyefinity with 3 monitors. Amazing. I also remember when I bought a gtx 460, at the time that was quite an amazing GPU. They overclocked so well they ran on par with the gtx 470's. That was definitely a holy cow moment. I could go on, tons of sweet GPU memories.
Your post made me laugh
While I was thinking about being astonished at the graphics on screen thanks to the switch to a video card, there are definitely other holy cow moment types. On the issue of heat, you reminded me of the furnace that was my GTX470. And I do mean furnace literally, because at the time I was a broke grad-student in a tiny apartment. Thankfully, electricity was covered in my rent, so instead of paying for heat I would leave my PC on all the time (it was an AMD Phenom II which also ran mega hot) and the case open, running a game, which, I kid you not, would warm up my small apartment perfectly. Never paid for heat that whole year, just kept the PC going
I remember this British accent saying "orbital" while cycling through weapons, that game was dopeholy shit forsaken. that was literally the first game i tried with my shiny new voodoo 1 (it came bundled with the game). those lighting effects were god damn phenomenal. oh the memories...
Playing descent in the early 90s, just being able to almost freely fly around flip etc. Playing that online (along with doom 2, heretic, hexen, original rise of the triad with the heat seeking missle cam lol) vs friends via 14.4k modem lol it was so much fun