What's your GPU history /g/ and what's your favourite of all time? What will your next GPU be?
My history is obviously pic related (not including non-gaming or SoC iGPU/APU GPUs).
My favourite has to be the EVGA GTX 680 Classified 4GB. Was such a monster in the day, physically and in terms of performance. Was pretty chuffed when I got it for $400, but saddened to have let it go since it was too big for my mini-ITX case back then. Still, I sold it for $600 so made a healthy proifit.
I'm looking forward to the Pascal GTX X80. Should be breddy gud, if it lives up to the hype
something (didnt even know the word GPU back then)
integrated intel laptop crap with whopping 350 MB vram, could run LoL at 25 fps
A10 5800k, pretty decent
looking forward to Pascal, Polaris or Zen, whetever comes first and has better performance/price
W/e Radeon card was in 2002. Think it was the 7000 or 9000 series. Maybe it was 2001. Was after 9/11 I remember that.
Nvidia 6th > 7 > 8800 Ultra for years.
Back to the red team with the AMD 5800
Currently on a GTX 970 after the 390x had terrible driver support.
Well, it's a hobby for some people I guess, others might use the same system for 6+ years and then just replace it whole.
Anyways, I forgot the exact models but it went like so:
Some 4MB video card in my P2 266Mhz system late '97.
I might build a new system with a 980 Ti in it, should be enough for anything at 1440p.
Sapphire Radeon x1650 pro
Asus GTX 285
Now i'm not sure what to change it for or if i even need it. Gigajew's 980 or 390x maybe. Or good ol 3.5 vram meme. Shit's expensive here, behind the iron curtain.
290 Tri X
290 Vapor X
Best: R9 290. Sold Tri x because the warranty finish and change to Vapor x. Overkill for 1080. Run fine at 3200x1800.
Worst: 8600gt. Same performance with 7600gt with way less price. Cant even run game at max on 1280x1024.
Favourite: 7300gs. Big difference when oc'ed compared with stock.
2007: Nvidia GTS8600 512Mb
2010: MSI HD6670 2Gb
2012: EVGA GTX295 Co-Op edition 1792Mb
2013: XFX HD5870 1Gb
2014: Gigabyte GTX 460 OC(Paired with HD5870 for PhysX but didn't work) 1Gb
2015: Sapphire R9 290 Dual-X 4Gb
I was offered a straight swap to the GTX 980. I studied all the benchmarks and the GTX 980 was a better performer at the time. Plus I never used more than 3GB of VRAM at 1080p anyway.
Guy must have wanted all dose 8GB for some reason.
>some integrated Mac shit
>nothing but integrated sHit for the next decade
>back to integrated shit
Next GPU I'm buying is probably a Quadro FX 4600 to match my DD and I'll probably just run it with a 960 or some shit for when I need higher GPU performance. Don't really care for gaymes or consumer hardware anymore so I'm not rushing.
My history begins with my old rig from 2007, then has a few laptops, and ends with my current desktop:
>2004 Club3D Radeon 9800 Pro
>2007 GeForce 8600M
>2011 Radeon HD 6490M
>2014 Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 Windforce OC (second hand)
>2014 Asus GeForce GTX 970 STRIX (also second hand)
Bought all apart from the 8800GT as b-grade items
>Nvidia Geforce2 MX 400
>Sapphire Radeon 2600
>Asus Radeon 6970
>XFX 7870 Core edit (Asus housefire with the reference cooler boiled itself, got this after RMAing the GPU on its final days of warranty)
>Asus R9 270X (ran it in crossfire with the 7870)
>2x Asus R9 280 TOP (got two of them for little money, bought them because the R9 270X and 7870 combo didn't work well)
>Asus R9 390X (because the 280 combo didn't cut the butter. retailed for 500, got it for 340)
>Considering another R9 390X once the prices drop
Out of all the cards I think i like the current R9 390X best. It was a mad deal and the performance is superb, though I'd like even higher framerates at 1440p using ultra settings.
I like the EN9600GT too, gave that away to another person because it was too old for my use even though I remember that card specifically for working over its capacity often and never giving me trouble. The 7870 too is a solid card that delivers for little money.
>Matrox G400 dual-head
>PNY FX5200 PCI 256MB
>XFX 8600GT 512MB DDR3
>EVGA 8800 ULTRA 768MB GDDR3
>GTX 555m (Alienware M14, I was mainly a console gamer during this time)
>MSI GTX 750ti 2GB GDDR5 (failed, got refund)
>Gigabyte GTX 750ti 2GB GDDR5
>EVGA GTX 960 2GB GDDR5
I have a rather fucked up GPU history......favorite was definitely the 8800 Ultra
At least once in your life you should go extreme with a build, preferably if you're anticipating a major game release.
I can't even remember what I built my Ultra rig for, but I loved that thing, can't believe I sold it to a friend now that I think about it. It had a P45 DFI mobo, Wolfdale Xeon OC'd to the max with a Thermalright (the cool black version) and hidden UV lights in a windowed Lian Li Mid-ATX case.
Damn I just want to buy a broken Ultra and use it as a coaster, that thing was so badass. I remember showing my friends Crysis and blowing their fucking minds, the best we'd graphics we'd seen was Gears of War. I singlehandedly converted them after letting them play it.
don't you have an attachment to what you could do with them at least? that's the only reason I remember any particular card fondly, there were good tools and bad tools....
I had 2x260's in sli from 2011 till 2015
and the r9 fury was purchased in 2015 not 2014
>something with pentium 2
>something with pentium 3
>gtx 980 ti
Planning a switch to AMD Vega if it matches the hype and doesnt blow my budget.
Favorite is the 980ti simply because the 570 was loud as fuck under load.
Nvidia Geforce 2 - came with first PC, played the fuck out of Quake 3, RoTC and AVP
Radeon 9600 pro
GeForce 7600 GT
Radeon HD3870 - Believe it or not, played Deus Ex HR pretty decently
GTX 460 OC - still using it today.
Favourite : probably the 7600 GT, for the number of games I really loved playing on it : FEAR, NOLF, San Andreas, SWAT 4, Splinter Cell, Far Cry, COD 2...
Planning on upgrading for GTA V, MGSV and Fallout 4. Thinking about getting a 960.
Some really entry level ati card in 2008
Some entry level mobile in 2010
Xfx Radeon hd 6870 in 2012
Gtx 660ti since early 2016
Best was the 6870, had to clock the 660ti down because crashes
Looking to buy a ~300€ card from Polaris/pascal, whatever has the best performance to price to power consumption ratio
Really wish the r9 380x were more efficient. Maybe I can get a nano used for 300 some time soon
Honestly my favorite gpu ever is a tie between the gt 520 and the gt 610.
I buy them for $10 and sell them for $30 to single moms who want to give their kid the ability to play minecraft on a shitty dell prebuilt.
Geforce GTX 260
Radeon HD 5850
Radeon HD 7970
Radeon R9 280X
6200LE was with store bought shitbox, bought the 7600GT as an upgrade and then the 7950GT because I wanted to waste money. GTX 260 kept crashing and hard locking my system (had to disconnect from mains before it would work again) so I got my first Radeon as Nvidia had no good cards out at the time. Dude at work offered me the 7970 at a bargain price but it was soon RMA'ed due to a faulty fan and replaced with the R9 280X.
Favourite is still the 7600GT as it was my first card which was actually better than the on board I'd always had to use.
I have literally upgraded 0 times in the span of your pic OP.
>2004: ATI R400 something
>2009: Gainward HD4870 1GB Golden Sample
Still running this beautiful beast, that can play almost no recent games.
Some integrated 8mb card on a mobo with a amd k6-2, then i put in a pci radeon that was probably worse than the integrated card.
nvidiea 5200fx (AGP)
nvidia 6200 TC
nvidia 8800 gt
intel integrated hd graphics 4000
Aside from all of the CPU GPU's from old, old systems when I got hand-me-downs as a kid (or that one prebuilt I got when I was 17)...
Nvidia GeForce GTX220 or 240 (I've since forgotten which. Either way I only got it for a HDMI port to use and it served me well in that.)
AMD HD6670 (sent wrongly) which was then corrected for the HD6770 (First self built computer, cheaped out because I was poor and didn't know better)
AMD HD7950 (got this when FC3 came out, the poor 6770 only got 20fps while driving so I knew I had to upgrade)
AMD Fury X (got this in the first UK sales batch due to pre-ordering within the first day of orders. Revision 2 pump, no issues at all.)
7950 was fucking GOAT. In fact, I'd still be using it if it wasn't for the fact I got a proper monitor and wanted to get use of the whole 2560x1440~144hz & freesync. My 7950 withstood 2560x1440 when I kept it to sensible graphics options and could even reach 60fps when doing so, but the fact I was missing out on Freesync and higher tier graphics options was enough to push me forward.
Looking forward to Polaris, if it turns out well I might even see about selling the Fury X for its successor, since I'd be benefiting from the extra HBM2 memory, reduced energy usage (which doesn't bother me in itself, but would be damn nice) and improved tech inside of it.
IF the Polaris 'Fury X' doesn't improve all too much on the current gen version, I'll just keep what I got for another year or two.
In my main gaming pc its been
Some voodoo I can't remember.
And currently running sli 980 TIs
Had a bunch of ATI/AMDs in secondary machines too.
>early 2000s - some piece of shit but at least it could run maplestory and gunz
>mid to late 200s - shitty dell laptop with what was an expensive laptop gpu at the time
>2011 to present - evga 570 1gb
Favorite is the 570 obviously, even though the vram is incredibly limiting.
Probably going to pick up a 1070 or whatever they're going to call the pascal series, or maybe make the switch to AMD depending o n how that goes, and that will last me another 6 years
2004: Integrated into my AMD Athlon 28xx
2008: 9600 GT IIRC
2010: GT 2xx something
2014-today: GTX 750 Ti
Probably pleb tier, whatever. I get my 60 FPS. Planning on getting a 144 Hz monitor and something like GTX 980 Ti or whatever.
UK, US or Euro?
I've got my 7950 sitting as a backup but I really doubt I'm gonna have to fall back to it.
I've thought about selling it but I don't think I have the original box since when I moved, a lot of the boxes I'd been keeping for stuff like this went missing and the family members who helped later told me they'd got rid of them because they thought I didn't need them and was just hoarding.
Ah, unfortunate then. I've looked at shipping to the U.S before because a friend offered to buy it, but the cost of it just isn't worth it for either of us.
Shipping would cost an arm and a leg on my end and customs for you to accept it on yours.
Sorry to let you down on this one anon.
Well we're expecting the node shrink to be across the WHOLE range, on AMD's side if not Nvidia's too.
This will improve efficiency, the improved designs will be a good thing for you and you're already on what is essentially a low/mid tier card as it is.
There's literally NO benefit compared to just waiting for a little longer.
If you were on a Radeon HD6770 or 480, I'd have said sure, but no, not on a 950.
Well that settles it; definitely DO NOT UPGRADE RIGHT NOW. Put into laymans terms, I'm telling you this:
The next generation of graphics cards are going to be using processes of manufacture that shrink the size of the transistors inside. The more transistors you have inside, the more powerful something is when compared to another thing with the same design aside from that one variable.
So going from 28nm to 14 or 16nm will bring a HUGE difference to the next generation of graphics cards, which are due to be released any time around Q2 or Q3 of this year.
The difference between a 950 and 980ti for example might be quite a jump, but for the money you have just spent - and the money you would spend again, it is NOT worthwhile.
The difference we expect to see from a 950 to 1050 even should be quite impressive.
It should use less electric while being more powerful and have better compatibility with future technology.
It will last longer and have longer support before drivers are eventually dropped from it.
Something like the 1070 or even 1080 will have a LOT more power in them as long as Nvidia doesn't sit on the exact same design as they're on right now.
IT IS NOT IN YOUR BEST INTERESTS TO UPGRADE SO SOON, NOT TO THE SAME GENERATION OF GPU'S.
900 is a generation. 1000 is a generation.
The 900's all use the same technology, bar some small differences.
The 1000's will all use the same technology, bar some small differences.
Don't throw your money away needlessly and then regret it once you smarten up about these matters.
You're welcome. I just hate the thought of someone making that kind of mistake.
I know a lot of people here scream WAIT FOR X a lot, but in this case, it really is a time to wait for x.
If you were on a 5 year old card or something, it would be different, but I'd have still said wait if you are able to do so.
For you though, waiting really is the best option.
>Intel GMA 950
>Mobile Intel GL60 Express
>Intel Mobile HD Family
>ATI Radeon 32xx Family
>Radeon Mobility HD5470
>MSI R6850 Cyclone OC Edition
>Asus Direct CU II GTX 660
I think every upgrade has been worthwhile.
oh god OP, why? That's just unnecessary. And lots of downgrades and sidegrades.
As for my history:
christmas 2012: HD7950
2 months ago: R9 290 used for 200 bux, sold HD7950 for 100 bux.
Would not even have considered upgrade if it cost more than a hundred dollars.
And no, I'm not a poorfag. I just prefer to spend my money on different things than video cards I don't need. I can max out pretty much anything on this 290 on 1080p
2007: GTX 8800
2009: GTX 9800
2011: GTX 560 TI
2013: GTX 770 4gb
2015 GTX 770 4gb SLI
Waiting for whatever architecture comes next before updating.
EVGA 9600GSO 512
EVGA 560ti 1GB
EVGA 750ti 2GB
Asus 980 reference 4GB
As you can see i always double my VRAM on upgrade, so i have to wait until there is a GPU that bests the 980 and has 8GB VRAM.
My favorite was the 750ti because the tiny TDP let me run jt passively.
Intel GMA 900
Geforce FX 5700 LE
Geforce 560ti 448 cores
Nvidia GTX 980
Didn't regret any of them, minus the first being a prebuilt emachines piece of shit. My favorite is definitely the GTX 980, closely followed by 560. That 560ti lasted for a little over 4 years, and still works today. Just needed to be able to max the new stuff out.
~2001: riva tnt2
~2002: geforce2 mx400
~2004: radeon 9200
~2008: geforce 9600gt
now, since ~month: r9 390
got a real job last year and finally stopped being poor.
fav one? every was a major upgrade, can't decide that. i guess 390, 1st non budget gpu.
Voodoo? You do!
Some shitty PCI card I can't remember
Voodoo (not sure which version)
Matrox card I forget (Not Parhelia)
More Radeon crap I forget
Radeon R9 290
Can't remember this one, didn't care about computers back then
GTX 460 SLI
GTX 970 SLI
Hopefully the 1080 comes out sometime in the next 12 months so I can buy nvidia again like a good goy and sell these 970 meme cards to some random tech illiterate gamer for a decent price. If nvidia fucks up HBM I don't mind getting AMD though. Not getting SLI again, too many drawbacks and frustrations compared to a single card.
Yea, I doubt I'll do SLI again either. I was under the impression that the drivers themselves were able to adapt SLI to anything, but it seems like it is something the game developers have to account for themselves.
And developers are lazy so that shit never works properly.
Nvidia Vanta 8MB (Low budget version of TNT2)
Geforce 3 Ti200
For my main computer, throw in a handful of low-medium end AGP (Geforce 4MX, 7600Gs) and PCI-E (Low end AMD 5450s) cards i have used for media PCs and old PCI cards used on servers.
Definitely liked the Geforce 6800s best, it was during the top of my tweaking and overclocking and when i gamed the most so many good memories from that time.
Also have a pair of Voodoo 2 cards with SLI cables laying around that i have been meaning to use for a retro gaming box for a while, just never get to actually doing anything with it.
Other than a whole bunch of mobile GPUs between 1999 and 2006, here are the GPUs which i purchased directly
- 8400 GS (For a single slot card, This thing was quite a space heater)
- HD 7750 (Really don't know why i bought the 2GB DDR3 version instead of the GDDR5 version)
- R9 280 (For a $210 card, this thing overclocks like no one's business and impressively handles more than you'd expect it to. The 750W PSU i got is overkill though)
Now, do i go ahead and get a 390X or wait for Pascal... i've never been a strict AMDrone and could probably jump back on the Nvidia bandwagon if the product is convincing enough
Im pretty pleased with my history
amd 3870k apu
5800k apu again
150$ r9 290x(i fried it with voltage tho)
100$ r9 280 (shit the bed last month cuz of moisture me thinks)
gtx 750 i got literally for free
at this point im just playing dragons dogma and other shit that runs amazingly well on the 750 so i dont plan to upgrade until i get my oculus/vive/pascal/polaris
1999: Some Diamond card with 2MB of video memory
1999: ATI Rage 128 16MB
2002: Nvidia GeForce 2 GTS 32MB
2004: ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB
2005: ATI Radeon X800 Pro 256MB
2007: Nvidia GeForce 8800GT 512MB
2010: Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 1.28GB
2012: Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 2GB
2015: Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 4GB
i can't remember the years i had them but here goes.
gforce 4 mx 440
radeon 9800 Pro
Radeon 800 XT
Nvidia 8800 GTX
Hercules Gforce GTX 470 (This one died on me)
Asus Gforce GTX 560Ti 448 cores.
Nvidia gforce GTX 970 (reference model) i like this card the best. It's such a beast.
Don't know what my next card will be but i'll probably get a new one maybe in 2-3 years.
>NVIDIA geforce 9800 X2
>Nvidia GTX 285
>ATI 6870 Sapphire
>GTX 780 Ti
>GTX 980 Ti
I honestly wasn't expecting or planning to upgrade to the 980 Ti but I got it as a Christmas present.
the r7 was a gift
and got the 390 a few months ago.
Waiting for polaris
Oh right I forgot. Honestly I'd probably have to say my favorite card where I noticed a huge difference was the 6870 sapphire.
Man. What a card that was.
I thought the 285 was good because I could run crysis at around 40-50 at medium-high settings. The 6870 blew that away and then some. Honestly that card was the beginning of the modern age of graphics cards where 60fps on full resolution just became the norm. Where no one thought twice about it.
Before then you really had to think about your goals, what you wanted to achieve, and what you were willing to sacrifice. Even with a massive budget.
2005: 6600GT. Solid starter card, and played everything I wanted to (Doom 3, Half Life 2, WoW) without issue. I think I upgraded it since there was a few games giving me issues that came out around 2006.
2006: MSI 7800GT. Good card as well, but I don't remember the performance upgrade being too big.
2008 or 2009: I think I picked up a EVGA 8800gt or a 9800gt at circuit city when I did my new build. Whichever it was, it was a decent card, lasted me awhile. Fan sadly gave out on it and it was time for a upgrade anyway.
2011: Sapphire AMD Radeon HD 6850. Decided to try out a AMD/ATI card. Was OK, had some issues with my new monitor and had some issues with some of the games I played, but wasn't absolutely terrible. Eventually upgraded after getting tired of the monitor issue.
2012: EVGA GTX 570. My longest running card, thing was a goddamn beast. Even in 2015 it was playing a lot of shit on a mix of very high and high and did damn well.
2015: MSI GTX 970. Was not my first choice for my new build, but I wanted to go ahead and get it built and I had a car issue come up that I sunk half my graphic card money into. Honestly a good card and ran everything on 1080p extremely well, 3.5 only really came up as a issue with GTAV and even that ran well regardless. Sold it back in December.
2016: ASUS/ZOTAC 980 ti. First card I bought that was in the 600 range. I originally got a ASUS 980 ti, but I accidentally bought the version that was more or less the stock 980 ti with shitty overclocking abilities and did not realize it. Returned it and got a ZOTAC AMP! Extreme. Shit is marvelous. Depending on how Pascal turns out for performance boost over the 980ti, I will either sell this and get a Pascal card and eventually SLI it, or just SLI the 980ti if the performance gains are minor.
Nvidia something, came in a prebuilt Compaq Presario that I inherited from my parents as a teenager
Radeon HD 7670M in the laptop I bought after that prebuilt died
Currently a Sapphire R9 380X which I bought recently for my custom build
Dunno about the future, I might go Nvidia if they have something good by the time I need to upgrade. If the 960 ti was a thing I might have bought it instead of the 380X
These are the only ones I still have the boxes for. I miss my metal men.
Also, can anyone identify this one? Back is bland as shit.
S3 Trio 64
GeForce 2 MX400
GeForce 4 Ti4600
Radeon 9600 Pro
GeForce 9600GT SLI
Favorite was the 9600GT. Got it for cheap in early 2008, and it was almost on par with the 8800GT that /g/ hyped back then.
You've come to my issue here. The label that should show the name is fucked. I found it inside of this next picture, if that helps date it.
Some pre-HD ATI Radeon
>First card I picked and put in my own computer
>Unlocked to 6970
>Only upgraded because of the first Never Settle bundle and I wanted Far Cry 3
>Steam Machine prototype