WOF: What was the first graphics card you ever owned?

By Jos
Mar 29, 2013
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  1. My first card was an ATI Ultra in an old Gateway 286.​
    I wen through the Mach8​
    IBM 8513a (I think) in PS2 Model 70​
    ATI VESA bus card before PCI came out​
    Then ($250 20 years ago - WHOA) A Hercules 1st-Gen 3Dfx with an Arch daughter card​
    Then nVidia Riva​
    Some old PowerVR​
    The S3 Trio64​
    The Diamond Trio64+​
    Matrox G400​
    Then nVidia 440​
    ATI Rage something​
    3 ATI All-in-Wonders did video up conversion and recording for an old Proscan projector​
    Then back to an ATI to a Radion x1600​
    ATI Radion 9600​
    ATI 2600​
    ATI 3000 series​
    ATI 4000 series​
    ATI 5000 series​
    NVidia 250​
    ATI 5770 (I think) it was directx 11, didn't require a fan or extra power jack.​
    Nvidia 450​
    to now, an ATI 6850​
    Most of these cars I still have...​
    ...and Yes, I still remember CGA, EGA, HGA and VGA on NEC Multisyncs...​
  2. exozito

    exozito Newcomer, in training

    First was an ATI X1300PRO, now I'm using AMD 6950 BIOS unlocked to 6970 speeds.
  3. Voodoo 3 2000 PCI version, can't forget the first one. Especially when 3DFX makes awesome looking boxes for the Voodoo series.

    First game I loaded on it was Half-Life 1. Good times.

    Also, still have a laptop with an ATi Rage Pro 8mb which can play Deus Ex (with tweaked drivers), Baldur's Gate II, Planescape, Starcraft....
  4. First 3D card I had was a Diamond Monster 3D Voodo 4MB card. Paired it up with the 1MB onboard video I had and was blown away by how awesome Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II looked cranked up to 640x480.
    That card lasted me for years. Still have fond memories of it.
  5. You're all still babies by the looks of it, my first card was one for monochrome graphics on a PC XT in the mid '80s.
  6. SiS 6326 (8MB) *sigh*

    Followed by:
    Riva TNT2 32MB
    GeForce MX440 64MB
    Foxconn GeForce 9600GT 512MB
    EVGA GeForce 650 Ti SSC Edition 1GB - only 3 months old.

    While SiS 6326 let me down in gaming department many times I have to admit that it sparked my interest on GPUs. As a kid I had the impression any 'PC' can play any 'PC' game (just like gaming consoles do) until one day I got a pop up 'Your graphics card doesn't support Hardware T&L' while trying to run a game.

    So my GPU enthusiasm began with 'What the hell is Hardware T&L??'
  7. p51d007

    p51d007 TechSpot Booster Posts: 267   +35

    If you don't count what came in my old Compaq Portable One...then I think the first genuine "PC" one was an old Trident.
  8. smartu89

    smartu89 TechSpot Enthusiast

    My first Graphic Card is Nvidia Gefore 8600GT..
    Before I used only Intel own board graphics....
  9. Geforce FX 64MB
    All in Wonder 128MB
    Geforce GTS 250 1GB x2
    Geforce GTS 450 1GB x2
    HD 5770 1GB
    Geforce 560 Ti
    XFX Radeon 7970
    MSI Radeon 7870
    evga GTX 680 superclock edition
  10. Zendo911

    Zendo911 Newcomer, in training

    S3 trio 3D
    S3 Savage 3D

    after nearly 10 years off the field

    ATI HD 3780
    Nvidia GTX 570
  11. Jetway Wonder Nvidia TNT2 M64 (1999)
  12. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,098   +1,189

    WOW with the exception of about 4 comments, I feel as if I need to go out and purchase a walking cane with all these recent cards being posted.
    trgz likes this.
  13. hitech0101

    hitech0101 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 423   +19

    Nvidia gs 8400 still own it
    now ati hd 7770
  14. The first card I ever owed Intense3D Voodoo some really old one now I have 560ti
  15. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,251   +531

    nVidia Riva TNT 2
    GeForce 4 MX 440
    GeForce FX 5200
    GeForce FX 5900
    Radeon X800XT
    GeForce 8800GT
    GeForce GTX 260
    Radeon HD 4970
    GeForce GTX 460
    GeForce GTX 570
    GeForce GTX 670
    I'm not a GeForce fan booi am I?
  16. mrtraver

    mrtraver TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 224   +7

    My first PC came with an Intel i740. I played a lot of unreal tournament, freespace 2, and crimson skies on it.
    Soon though I upgraded to a GeForce 2 MX (32 Mb), playing pretty much the same games plus MechWarrior 3, but with the graphics options cranked up.
    For my first home-built PC I had a GeForce 6600GT, and was playing Unreal Tournament 2004.
    After about four years the fan died and the card fried, so I went with an 8800GT (512 Mb). I played a lot of Command & Conquer 3 and the Kane's Wrath expansion by then.
    I built another PC to upgrade to a Core 2 Duo, and I put a GTX260 in that build. The old computer with the 8800GT became my wife's PC in a new chassis. I started playing Bad Company 2 with a clan about that time (I had generally shunned multiplayer before that, first due to having dial-up until 2006 and then due to the fact that I didn't like getting routinely slaughtered on M-rated games by 10 year old pottymouths who played more hours per week than I worked).
    Now I have a GTX480, with the 8800GT running PhysX. I played a lot of Battlefield 3, until I suddenly got burned out on it a couple of months ago. Now I am mainly playing Freespace Open (the Freespace upgrade, along with lots of stand-alones such as Diaspora, and mods and new campaigns), so I have sort of come full circle, playing basically the same game that I was playing on my i740 but at much higher resolution and with much more eye candy.
    The GTX260 is now in my son's PC.
  17. tomkaten

    tomkaten TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 65   +25

    80x286 CPU, don't remember the video board, it was probably an S3.

    Then S3 trio with Voodoo 1, 4 MB VRAM.

    Then Voodoo Banshee, Riva TNT, Geforce2 Ti, Geforce 4 TI 4200 (runs fine to this day), Geforce 6600 GT, Geforce 8600 GT, Geforce 9800 GTX+, GTX 260, Radeon 6850 (black screens, had to return it, permanently ending my short relationship with ATI), GTX 460 768, GTX 460 1024 (my current card).
  18. t3chn0vamp

    t3chn0vamp TechSpot Booster Posts: 146   +19

    Nvidia 9500GT
  19. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,705   +589

    Most of my early use of graphics was funded by work ( Chips and Technologies EGA, NEC µPD7220 etc.). First graphics bought was for my then fiancée's system - an Orchid Fahrenheit 1280 (S3 911), followed by a succession of ATi Mach cards.
    Wouldn't try listing all I've owned, but since joining TS I've owned HD 4890 (+ CF), GTX 280 (+ SLI), HD 5770's, HD 5850's (XFX Black Ed.'s and Sapphire Toxic 2G), GTX 580 (+ SLI), and my present GTX 670 (Palit Jetstream).
  20. cromagnon

    cromagnon Newcomer, in training

    S3 ViRGE 2mb

    Trident 3DImage9750 4mb

    Nvidia Riva TNT2 M64

    GeForce2 MX400 32mb

    GeForce FX 5500 64mb

    GeForce 6600 GT 128mb AGP

    GeForce 7600 GT 256mb AGP

    GeForce 8600 GT 256mb

    GeForce 9600 GT 512mb

    GeForce GTS 250 512mb

    GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1gb

    GeForce GTX 670 2gb
  21. trgz

    trgz Newcomer, in training Posts: 31

    I forget exactly what was in my Viglen P90 before I dropped my first 3D card in (though it might have been a Diamond Stealth 64), but my first 3D card was the Orchid Righteous Voodoo 3D (Voodoo1). Had a Voodoo 3 2000 or 3000 after that
  22. Nvidia TNT2 32mb
    nvidia 5700 128mb
    nvidia 7600 256mb
    nvidia gtx460 1GB/ati 6670 2GB
  23. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,277   +22

    My first card was an S3 Trio32. Replaced a few years later with a Riva TNT2, followed by a Radeon 9200SE, and then later with a GeForce 6600 (non-GT), that lasted me quite a while, until I invested in a pair of X1950XTs. These were replaced later with a 8800GTS 512 (a downgrade period where I had to sell the old PC to fund part of my education costs), which was eventually replaced by my current (aging) HD 5850.

    I was on a pretty regular AMD-NVIDIA tick-tock cycle. ;)
  24. Gars

    Gars TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 227

    1996 - Tseng ET6000 with 2,25 Mb
    1999 - added Voodoo2 with 12 Mb
  25. All2surreal

    All2surreal Newcomer, in training

    The first video card I ever purchased was a brand new MacMagic 8MB 3Dfx Voodoo1 card by Village Tronic. It was for a Apple Macintosh PowerMac 6500/300. We got the computer in 1997 and I believe we bought this card in 1998. I still have the video card and the box it came in, all of which is in excellent condition. The computer on the other hand was trashed a long time ago.
    The games I played on this card were Tomb Raider I and II, Myth I and II, Quake I and II, Future Cop: LAPD, Duke Nukem 3D, Dark Vengeance, and Unreal. Unreal was the last game that was played on this card because in the year 2000 we got a new computer. Fun times!
  26. WillemVanVliet

    WillemVanVliet Newcomer, in training

    First card I purchaes of a friend was a 3dfx voodoo 3. (High five pacostrano)

    Switched to a nVidia TNT2 because the system it was in overheated because of it.

    Then a MX440. I think I finished Half-life 2 on that thing :p

    ATI x800Pro, which still runs in a friends system 'till this day. That Sapphire card is indestructible and can run Crysis (sort of)

    nVidia 8800GTS512, been baked twice I believe... as all 8000 cards of nVidia are :p

    Now I'm running on a 560Ti SLI setup. Maybe looking for something else when the 700 series arrive.

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