A Pictorial History of Our GPUs

A History of Past GPUs

A History of Past GPUs 

Every now and again a thread from our Forums will catch our eye, and we'll have an urge to put them up on the front page. At least, that's what's going to start happening from now. If any thread leaps out at us there's a great chance that you'll end up reading about it here. It's a way for us to try and get everyone more involved with the forums and the great community that it holds.

AlienALX,  a member since mid-2010 and who's contributed over 5000 posts to the forums, has come up with a great idea involving the GPUs from your past. The idea is to think back through the years until you remember the name of your first GPU. With the name firmly in the grips of your memory, run a quick Google Image search on the card and link it into to the thread via the comment section, with a brief description of what the card is and, if you wish to add more information, how you came about owning it.


[Below, an image of AlienALX's S3 Trio 1MB from the Jurassic Period]

A History of Past GPUs

"The idea is to Google every GPU you have owned, and then set them out in chronological order." 


Submissions from Alien himself have included the ancient S3 Trio 1MB, a Voodoo 300 AGP, and a Radeon 9200 Pro, all the way up to the more recent Radeon 5770 from XFX, an MSI Radeon 6970 Lightning Edition, and what he's using right now, a GTX 670 Jetstream from Palit (he has two!).
Other submissions from various forum members have included Alpenwasser's Asus V8200 Deluxe GeForce 3 Ti 500, Dicehunter's ATI 2900XT, Grassman's Radeon 4870, KING_OF_SAND's MSI 5770 Hawk edition in Crossfire, and Zoot's Sapphire Radeon 7950 Vapor-X, which is his current card.

All in all it's a great thread to contribute to as it gives everyone a chance to bask in the glory days of time gone by. Not everyone will have an overly impressive history of cards, but it really would be interesting to see how all of you used to spend your time and money on graphics cards.

So then, what are you all waiting for? Visit Alien's thread here and show us what your rigs used to be made of!

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06-05-2013, 10:11:34

Please add to this, it would be nice to have a library.

The idea is to Google for every GPU you have owned then set them out in chronological order. Please note though, if you bought one for a spare rig or an experiment and not strictly at launch please put them below under miscellaneous.

Thanks.. OK so let's kick this off then. My very first video card that came branded and in a box was a S3 Trio 1mb. Before that my video cards were unbranded ISA affairs.


The brown slots allowed more vram to be added. Shortly after I added a Righteous 3D Orchid 4mb Voodoo card.


After that came one of the most expensive video cards I had ever bought. It was made by a company called Nine and the card was called a Number Nine Revolution. It was an AGP card and had 8mb vram when near on everything only had 4mb.


Then I had a 32mb 3DLabs Oxygen


With a pair of Jaton 3D 12mb Voodoo 2 cards in SLI.


After that I built another new rig with a Voodoo 3000 AGP (16mb)


Then I had a Voodoo 5500 PCI


In 2001 I bought a Prophet Geforce 4 MX 64mb. This was the worst card I've ever used. It was slow as balls and would artefact a lot.


Edit : these are the cards I missed..

For my SGI 550 dual Xeon machine I chose a Radeon 8500. I got it cheap and it was reasonably fast. The drivers though absolutely stunk. I would be working away in Photoshop then hear my motherboard beep and the PC would hard lock. It took around 8 months for ATI to sort this out.


Then another card I forgot, my Radeon 9200 pro. I got this from Best Buy so that I could play Doom 3 and Need for speed : Underground. IIRC it was about $140 and I got it for Christmas (mum sent money over to the USA for me )


A few years later I built quite a fierce gaming PC with a Athlon XP and a Nforce 2 motherboard and at first used my Radeon 9200 pro. I found a pricing error on a site (not realising it was an error) and ended up with a BFG 5900 Ultra for $180 when they were $500. I've not had many results like this one !


I remember opening the box and seeing that cooler and my jaw hitting the floor. I'd never seen anything like that before ! it was huge !

Edit 2. I also forgot about my Alienware MJ12.

In 2007 I was broke and had to begin the long tedious process of moving back to the UK. I realised it would be cheaper to build a PC in America and take it home with me in a suitcase, given I was travelling by ship and you can take all you can carry

I built a Core 2 Duo 1.8ghz (Allendale) PC for $300. I remember having $80 for a GPU so when I saw this on Newegg I jumped on it given that it had a pretty macho cooler. HIS X1600 pro IceQ. This was right around the time when dual slot was becoming the norm.


A good quiet card, if somewhat underpowered.

I then bought my first Alienware Area 51 Predator 2 and it came fitted with a 8600 GT 256mb.


Which I very quickly upgraded to a 9800 GT 512mb.


The next card I bought was a XFX GTX 280.


Which died and was replaced with two XFX 5770 1GB cards in Crossfire X


Which in the end ed me off so much I replaced them with a GTX 470 with a Zalman 3000f fitted.


I then got a 6970 Lightning that broke after about two weeks


So I had a bit of good fortune and bought a XFX Radeon 7970 Core. What a mistake


The Radeon ed me off so much that after 3 months I swapped it for a brand new pair of EVGA GTX 480 which I ran in SLI.


Then I had a coolant leak and had to get rid of them. After the leak I bought my first GTX 670 Jetstream and then later I added a second


Which brings us up to the current date. Other cards I have had....

Two 3870 X2 just so I could see how bad Quadfire was.


A pair of 8800 GTS by BFG for use in SLI (cost me £45 the pair)


A EVGA 8800 Ultra that died shortly after I got it (Ebay baked job, got a full refund)


Added to misc.. I forgot about my 295 co ops I had in 2010 for a sponsored build


Hint : Quad SLI sucks almost as much balls as Quadfire

So that's about it Please do your own lists !Quote

06-05-2013, 16:14:58

Excellent idea for a thread!

I can't really contriboot all that much. First graphics card I bought with my own money was
an Asus V8200 Deluxe Geforce 3 Ti 500.


Sadly, that card suffered from stability issues, and I replaced it with a Radeon IIRC, not sure
which model anymore tbh. Most likely it was an 8500, at least that's what my very hazy
memory tells me.


From then on, there really were only very minor graphics cards since I pretty much stopped
gaming for quite a while (no longer had the time due to army).

And then, we get to the Titan:


That's pretty much it I think. There were a few minor cards in between the Radeon and the
Titan (I think a passively cooled Geforce 8800 maybe).Quote

06-05-2013, 16:24:20

alp hows the titan going for you?

and liking this thread i cant contribute but nice history lessonQuote

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