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ITT: Post the first graphics card you ever purchased

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ITT: Post the first graphics card you ever purchased
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6 Fucking years without any issue
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I was late to the game.
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Still works to this day despite the cracking die issue.

What a pimp.
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I saved $150 for this as a kid in high school wanting to play Crysis on my computer.
I also later saved money to buy a 900W PSU because I didn't think about power requirements and so my old PSU died. I overshot my system's power usage by a shit ton, falling into the "future upgrades" trap.
The card now sits in my older brother's PC playing CS:GO or whatever the fuck he does on it.
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>>46924668
fugg
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>>46924659
later added a voodoo
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could play l4d2 at 25-30 fps on 1024x768
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I got one of these niggers when it came out and it still works
I had to regrease the fan (and I think I damaged it doing so)
holy shit a 512mb framebuffer these days sucks major ass
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>>46924668
CS:GO is shit.
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>>46924659
Good times good times
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This is the first discrete graphics card I purchased.
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Still running
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This motherfucker right here. It could even run Crysis with medium settings @ 1024x768. At around 10 FPS, that is.
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Riva TNT2. Lots of UT deathmatches won on that.

"Upgraded" to a 6200LE - boy what a totally great and not shit in any way card.
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>>46924659
my first was a trio32, was 400$ when i bought it
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>>46924777
I love older card designs
first there was no active or passive cooling, then there were heatsinks, then it looked like they begrudgingly put the smallest possible fan on
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I still have the shirt
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>>46924805
Now you get a heatsink and fan brick with a video card attached.
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I think I mostly played AoE2 on it.
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Its a Voodoo 3
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Ive had some gpus before this, but this was the first I got with my own cash and shit and researched before buying.
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>>46924809
>8800
That was a good card.
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I didn't buy this card, but it was my first I later upgraded to a 9800GTX
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>>46924837
Indeed. It lasted me till 2012
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Bought this without knowing anything about computers and installed it in my family's shitty prebuilt pc. Went from 2 fps in GTA Vice City to around 25.
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>>46924735
>>46924864
Those are the shittiest cards ever made, together with the whole GeForce 4MX line.
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Likely the oldest card in the thread.
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>>46924587
Damn... It could run NFSU, dude... It was the best.
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No pic currently available, but I used to have a GeForce 4 that we scrapped from an older computer. Unfortunately it wasn't any good, so I couldn't benchmark it.
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Friend passed this on to me and once i got a gtx 460 I passed the torch on to another friend.
Shortly thereafter Mr 9800 passed away.
Goodnight Sweet Prince
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cost about $415 in mid-2007

Pretty much in constant use until 2012 when it broke. I fixed it by baking it in the oven, and it broke again in 2013
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>>46924902
Actually it was this one. Radeon 9250.
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>>46924900
Is it as old as this one? This is a google image of the 256 color one from my Pentium before I replaced it with a SiS one to play Quake.
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Any oldfags fuck around with PCI or ISA video cards? What was that like?

Tell us stories from the before times, please.
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>>46924934
I have a shitty old PCI graphics card like this. It's actually quite useful for troubleshooting if your PCIe graphics card fails and you dont have integrated graphics or any other way to see a video output (ofc you need a VGA adapter, though). You can browse the web and shit, just dont expect to be able to watch video
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>>46924825
BROTHER
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>>46924961
Hardware was never the issue. Your power supply was never too small, you never had to worry about having the right power cable, and there was only one place in the city to buy from. Now when it came to configuring and installing, there was your weekend gone.
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>>46924934
Same age, yours was the low end though.
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>>46924961
PCI? VESA was the thing back then
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Galaxy GeForce GT430

I bought it at Best Buy
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>>46924961
I use to play the shit out of Unreal Tournament on my voodoo 3 pci even set up some lan games with it in my high school Networking class
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>>46924703
Ban warning for racist language.


You faggot.
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>>46924900
You know if you hold up number nine cards to the light, there are Beatle lyrics printed in the PCB?
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First card purchased with my own money.
Now I have the shroud removed and two 90mm fans tied to it with rubber bands for reduced noise and temp.
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>>46925014
this isn't reddit you double nigger
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>>46925043
I think he was emulating forum culture back then
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>>46925057
oh, I see
carry on then
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Intel i740, it ran quake 3 at 800x600 full detail!
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>>46925029
Yep. Great easter egg. You're a nigga who knows his shit.
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still haven't upgraded.
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>>46925088
>nobody does cool shit like this anymore
Fucking hell.
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ati 9200SE
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It wasn't the first I bought (and back then it was still my parents' money), but the first card I remember being a great noticeable upgrade.
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Voodoo 3 3000 AGP
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>>46925119
You rang?
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>>46925185
the fuck?
I want to know why the front half is low profile but not the other end
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only built my first PC a year ago, went with this.
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>>46925029
is that someone ejecting a floppy disk in space?
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>>46925197
Jigsaws
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>>46925197
Fuck if I know mate, it's the version with a TV Tuner, used it as an HTPC card
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>>46924587
>inb4 3.5gb
>I bought it knowing the issue
>I barely use over half a gig of graphics anyway
This is the year I get my entire pc gaming rig setup now that I have a stable income. Just two parts left.
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>>46924587
A 2MB ET4000 Tseng that run on a VLB.
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>>46925197
more ram
and prolly cause it would be too large and too far away from the gpu
they did large cards, but i guess they evolved
i have an old isa gpu that's at least 30cm long
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ATI Sapphire x1650 (AGP)
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>>46924606
>>46924609
>>46924676
>>46925089
>>46925208
>>46925247
Newfags pls gtfo.
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>>46924731
My is still running at friends house

RIVA TNT M64
Gothic 1 at ~20fps
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I got this in 2013 and I'm still using it now.
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>>46924996
Lmao I dropped into a local Future shop( electronics chain store now owned by bestbuy) and bought the 8400gs. Anything was an upgrade over my prebuilt onboard pleb GPU. Too broke to buy anything else. Mind you I was 13 and didn't know much about the difference in price/performance.
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>>46925563
no idea if i got scammed when i got it it was brand new if i remember correctly when i bought it
price tag was prob 380-450€ did i get scammed?
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I actually didn't "buy" this one, I traded a Best Buy gift card for it to a similarly poorfag friend so he could buy some overpriced RAM.

God I didn't miss being poor. And yet, here I am again.
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>>46924587
>graphics cards
I bought one when they were called 3D cards.
Eat a dick, embryos.
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>>46925143
RIP Glide
You were better than OpenGL.
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>>46924587
First card i bought with my own cash:
Leadtek Winfast GeForce Fx 5700 256MB AGP 8x
Directx 9 ready

Used this nigger for video in/video out with my Xbox hooked up and playing games on the 19inch AOC CRT

Purchased Dec 2003
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Voodoo 3dfx 4mb PCI
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4 long years finally replaced this baby still runs far cry 3 on med-high settings and was so proud I could run crysis at 20-30fps on max

I was late to the PC party
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>>46925831
lol same. forgot about this one.
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I can't understand how back in the 90s almost no graphics card needed a fan to operate, but now in 2015 you NEED one or it catches fire.

What's stopping companies from making ultra efficient graphics cards that rely on just a heatsink? Is it because it's cheaper to just throw things together and add a leafblower to it?
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>>46925905
Samefag here

Before this: Matrox Millennium II
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>>46925978
Faster clocks, more cores, more heat.
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>>46924587
Can't believe I remember what it was off the top of my head.

Bought it when I was in elementary school for my POS HP desktop just so I could play HL2.
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Pretty good card. I also like how it doesn't have a case around it, so I can factor in cabinet air circulation to its cooling.

Later upgraded to SLI with it. But now I'm getting a single 980.
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>>46925978
Blame Nvidia, they started it with the FX5's
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>>46925978
> What's stopping companies from making ultra efficient graphics cards that rely on just a heatsink?
Nothing, really.
You want your passive cooling? Wait for another 10 years and you'll get a low-end card that can overperform a GTX980.
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>>46926006
Scratch that, just double checked HL2 release date, and I would have been in middle school at the time, so I'm not too sure what I bought this thing for.
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>>46926026
That's one of the best things about building a micro PC to stick under the TV, being able to get graphics cards for next to nothing which can max out any game from 2005.
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HD 4670 512 mb, was about early 2011 so it wasn't exactly cutting edge, but alongside a pentium 4 that fucker could play tf2 and skyrim just fine.
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Added this card to the one that was in the prebuilt, ATI Rage IIC 8MB.
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>>46926079
Forgot image...
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>>46926083
>image is 3DFX
>post says ATI
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>>46926083
> 8MB instead of 12MB VRAM
> stuck with <800x600 due to limited vram

welp, still better than playing on a psx at 320x240 without z-buffering.
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>>46924684
Remembers me of my HD2400
Replaced it with a GT520 in 2012
>tfw all of your oldschool games work fluent in max quality
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>>46924587
this place is full of kiddies
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>>46924587
I honestly can't remember at all. I was pretty young when I built my first computer, so I had next to no idea what I was actually putting in it.
The first GPU I can actually remember buying was a 6950.
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HD4870, I must have RMA'd about £500 of equipment making that build, God bless eBuyer for putting up with me
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Nvidia Riva TNT. It was an incredibly shitty card in every way even back then, and over the years I had much better experiences with Radeons. Now sporting a spanking new 290x, first desktop gpu I've had in about 10 years
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>tfw no hardware T&L
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>>46924668
>a kid in high school wanting to play Crysis
Amazed at how young you redditors are finding 4chan.
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>>46924934

Muh nigga
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>>46924587

ATI All in Wonder 128
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Amiga Master race.
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good'ol ti 4200
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>>46926638
>tfw crysis is almost 8 years old
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>>46924587
voodoo 3

So I could play the OG diablo, some shitty star wars game, and starcraft.

Fuck I must have spent 1000 hours creating maps in starcraft.
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GOML kids.
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This bad boy right here.
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>>46926628
Hello, I am the Silicon Graphics Reality Co-Processor.

I was the N64's graphic chip in 1996.

I had hardware T&L.
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>not still owning your first graphics card
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RIVA_128#mediaviewer/File:RIVA_128ZX_GPU.jpg

one of these at a computer fair from the fattest man I have ever met in my 29 years (this was a long time ago too).
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This piece of shit. [spoiler]And I used it until 2009[/spoiler]
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>>46926858
I gave mine away to a guy who couldn't afford his own PC, so I gave him my entire PC, since it was older, it ran the few games he plays, so why the fuck not.

>holding onto old useless shit for no reason.

good will mother fucker
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>>46926875
And once again, I forget that /g/ has no spoilers. Shame on me.
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>>46926868
fail. here's the picture.
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here she is, all 64MB of it.

Mine had red PCB though. Dat passive cooling fuck yes I still have it somewhere in my parents basement.
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Tseng Labs 4000 2 MB PCI
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>>46926877
I might frame it one day. This thing was my loyal companion in my gayming shit.
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>>46926902
damn, what a beast
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Remember when Matrox were good?

Also an S3 Savage3d but only because the GPU was really nice to program.
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>>46926610
>TNT
It was also basically the first of it's kind (VooDoo was expensive) I really wish I bought stock in them knowing it would take off...
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>>46926682
>Not the PicassoIV

kek

(Yes I did actually own an A4000 with a PicassoIV, and a Cyberstorm 060. I was dripping in pussy..)
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>>46924587

9500GT
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>>46926109
Yes, he ADDED the Voodoo to his ATI Rage IIC

>in b4 you're too young to know how Voodoo pass-thru worked
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Started with a TNT2 M64, fuck that card was complete ass and it was my first major bummer in my pc gaymen life. Read about stuff and got confused, bought a geforce 2 mx400 next thinking it was the same as the "normal" geforce 2. Swore to myself that ill not fuck up next time. Saved up for long time then bought my first proper card, and i got a geforce 3 ti 200. Pc gaymen has never been the same
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>>46926911
I could run Diablo II, Vice city, Mafia, Gothic, NFS Posrche unleashed etc.... glorious days.
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>>46925080
>Intel i740, it ran quake 3 at 800x600 full detail!
first, 16 bit colors aren't full detail for Quake 3
second, it had to be less than 20 fps
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Radeon HD 5770. Breddy good, except for the noisy fan
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If this was your first graphic card, you would never buy a graphic card ever again.
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It might not have had four color graphics like the CGA cards all my friends had but it kicked every other PC's ass when it came to resolution (720×348 vs 320x200). Playing the original SimCity on this baby was great. Losing two colors was a good trade off for the much clearer picture.
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I have had the disturbing revelation that my first graphics card may be older than many posters on this board....
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>>46926913
what did you program on it? Something in Metal?
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>>46926963
>this edgy
it would be good great upgrade for me back in the days, I would tame the cooling myself
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>>46926981
> discrete components
> DIP ic's

This is very cool
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>>46926109

I just google ATI All in Wonder.

Also now that its mentioned, I think it was ATI All In Wonder Rage.

The thing was from like 98 or so if that helps.
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>>46926963
Wow, heatpipes on an AGP card?
That's pretty fucking weird.
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>>46926963
Has your hearing recovered?
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>>46927008

> Reply wasn't even my card

Fuck that forget my retardation...
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>>46926991
>what did you program on it? Something in Metal?

Nah, I actually wrote/ported (from X) a driver for another operating system. I'd done a few, the Savage was the only one that wasn't utterly horrible.
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Riva TNT2 PCI
Later some guy told me he'd sell me a GeForce for cheap. I bought it but it turned out to be a "Gemini PCI junk which was horrible".
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>>46927013
what?
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Some kind of 64mb agp card I don't even remember.

The first one I actually remember the details of was 4870.
Lasted fucking ages.
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>>46924837
>>46924809
Oh wait, >>46927074 here, the 8800 was my first card.
The fucker died after half a year. Switched to AMD and never looked back.
Figures why I forgot about it.
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fx5200
played so much quake 2 on that thing.
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>>46927034
that is first TNT
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Stuck this thing in a shitty prebuilt with a 2.26GHz Pentium 4, though I was the shit at the time.
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>eternal poorfag
>graphics were gifted, traded, integrated and gifted again
shit, i guess the first card i have bought for actual money would be a used FX5200 for like $3, only to take the passive radiator off it for a second FX5200 with more VRAM bought last year
damn hate those tiny whining fans on cards that work fine with passive cooling

definitely not the oldest card i've got though
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>>46927041
HAS YOUR HEARING...Oh never mind.
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8500GT 512MB. Bought this badboy to play CoD4 back in 2007.
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I had no idea what i was doing back then
My pc was a prebuild back then, this was the first gpu i bought on itself
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For some reason the cable tuner was important to me
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best 13th birthday ever
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Voodoo Banshee 16MB PCI

Paired with an Intel Pentium III 750Mhz and 320MB RAM
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I never bought one, but I lusted after the ATi X-800 line.

I still wonder what would've happened if I'd built that gaming PC 10 years ago instead of buying an Xbox with Halo 2.
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>>46924587
Don't have picture but it was an ATI AiW 9600 card with the tv tuner, video in and everything. It was so cash
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>>46927678

>dat feel when you would start nfs2se with your voodoo for the first time and bugs would splatter on your screen.
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>>46925941
Good times brother.
>Technically not a 'GPU' though, but a 3D accelerator

I had an S3 Trio64V+ for 2D duties.
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voodoo something so I could run
glQuake!!
transparent water!!
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>>46927785
I feel like a caricature of an old man but fuck it, back in our day the Texture Mapper was a discrete IC.
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>>46927771
TFW using 3dFXGlide on UT99
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I had no idea what I was doing.
I remember buying a second motherboard because I panicked about my cpu fitting.
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9 years without issue, burnt by PSU failure.
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>>46927524
right on brother
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bought two of these
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MX4000. total bullshit.
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Payed an uncle to put in a Hercules kyro 2 in my computer.
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If you count prebuilt pcs.
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changed the sticker and got it for the price of an s3 trio, haha. good times.
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>>46924606
How's DX11?
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ATI 3D rage pro
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9001 decibels while playing sims
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The love of my life
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>>46928211
I had 2 of those in crossfire in my dell xps, they weren't that bad
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>>46924922
>>46924839

based 9800 bro's

The card that last me 5 years, never will we see a champ like it.
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>>46928222
I think it was the case I had more than the card tbf
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>>46928188
I used my rage pro until 2004 when I got a 9800 pro because I heard doom 3 was coming.

>>46928046
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>>46928211
>had GTX7800
>the stock fan blew hot hair directly back into the center of the case just like this one

how can you design something to dissipate large amounts of heat just to immediately put all of that heat BACK INTO THE FUCKING TOWER
AS;LDFJKA;SLDKJFA;LSDKFJAS;LKDFJ WHY
WHY
FUCKING STUPID FAGGOTS

i replaced it with aftermarket fan that rectified the issue but jesus christ my temps were riding high as shit before i replaced it
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>>46924587
>gf 6200 agp
Can't remember the manufacturer but looked something like that
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>>46928308
Yeah the 9800 was awesome. I used it for 5 years.
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>>46924587
s3 savage 3d
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>>46924587
it's a dinosaur
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How fucking young are some of you?

I bought this with a combination of savings & parents giving me money when I was 13 back in 2003.
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>>46928600
>J3 Open: CPU clock <= 33MHz
>J3 Closed: CPU clock > 33MHz

That's great.
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>>46924587
Served me from mid-2009 to early 2013, when it started artifacting under any sort of load.
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I got a Radeon HD 6450 for an ITX silent HTPC.
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>>46928624
yeah, i also used to overclock CPUs via the motherboard jumpers.

you can't do that anymore :(
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This :(
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>>46924963
This.
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Good to see some Tseng oldfags ITT.

First one I ever bought was a generic Tseng Labs ET6000 or a Genoa Phantom 64. Can't remember.
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before I bought it I always just used whatever the built in was. Went to a lan party and my computer couldn't run anything they where playing so I bought it off a friend
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This! Still kicking asses
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>>46924587
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Still have it.
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>>46924587
The Voodoo 3
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>>46928731
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>>46928710
I always wanted the one with the black PCB, but I couldnt find one so I had to settle with the green PCB version. Still, it was a solid card, and it's still kicking today as my secondary GPU.
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>>46928757
Oh no. I had one of those in my computer when it was relevant
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First one I purchased with my own money instead of my parents.


Allowed me to get headshot in CSS and destroy the world of Cyrodiil
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>>46926687
This, I had a stock overclocked version, can't remember the vendor, but it ran like a raped ape until the Video Memory perma-glitched due to the oc.
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>>46924587
I was such a noob, killed the bastard by letting it constantly overheat... DUST OUT WHEN?
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>tfw I just met the CEO of S3 graphics during its glory days
>tfw he tells you the story behind how S3 got left behind at the dawn of the 3D era

If anything though, Dado is one hell of an entrepreneur/engineer.
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not my first but one that still makes me nostalgia so damn hard
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Can't remember, but it was definitely a first-generation 3DFX, unless you mean stuff like CGA.
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>>46924587
No VooDoo cards up in dis bitch?
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FX5500

It was the most powerful one I could find for AGP. My computer didn't have PCI-e
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>>46928608
>Implying everybody was into PC gaming when they were a kid

I'm five years older than you and didn't buy my first gay men PC until 2009. Before that I only owned toasters with integrated graphics, because consoles were fantastic up until the PS2 era. It's only last gen that everything went to shit and jumping ship to the PC was the way to go.
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this baby still plays hl2 just fine
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>>46929443
had one of those but in "all-in-one wonder" flavor
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high school gpu
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Straight from the depths of hell
My first and last NVIDIA card
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>>46929443
>this baby still plays hl2 just fine

My cousin greg once, while stoned out of his mind listening to Mr Tambourine man, rambled that music hit its pinnacle 60 years ago and that no significant improvements have actually been made.

>that card
>that game

Video games are suffering the same fate!

you can get all you need from video games, 15 years ago.

SHIT
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I had 9800 radeon agp then that got fried one day, I bought something like 8175 512mb or smth similiar, it was just before the x series
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>>46928608
>CineFX Architecture
>128MB VRAM on a 64Bit Bus

After the Geforce 4 MX Nvidias second super-scam card
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Nvidia GeForce 8400 GS!

Is there a website that tells you what year video cards came out? I'd like to think I got this car in like 2005 but maybe not.
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>>46930288
mid or late 2007. there were 2 versions
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>>46924864
Think I was using similar card that my dad bought for his build. Was able to play runescape, perfect world, and a few other games. Good time...good time...
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Trident SVGA card up to 800x600 in 256 colors

All that VESA goodness
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>>46924795

Fuck Year, Trio32!
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Used to be pretty hot ran at 76 celsius under load still it was a ok card
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>>46926006
I also had this and the fan shit the fan so I had to buy another fan from china and it took like 2 weeks lol.

Ran Oblivion and all the Sims perfectly.
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