Top 10 Most Significant AMD GPUs of All Time

Thunder6230

Posts: 66   +40
Yeah, I can't either. One of my friends bought an RTX 3080 and when he told me what he paid, I said to him "OMGWTFBBQ! That's more than I paid for my entire platform!"

I have a rule. My video card must NEVER cost more than my platform components combined.
I have a lenovo notebook with ryzen 4500u to learn, code and basic games nostalgic and a ps4 pro. I just play with older AAA games costs around 10 usd. The whole setup didnt more throughout the years than a new 3080 :D
 

Avro Arrow

Posts: 1,727   +2,047
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But what if your platform components comprises a Threadripper Pro 3995WX, ROG Zenith II Extreme Alpha, 256 GB of DDR-3400 ECC, and four 8 TB M.2 SSDs? :)
Well then clearly I'm using it to make money and so more expensive options for the GPU would be considered. For a build like that, I might even be considering a card like a Quadro (or whatever nVidia calls them now).

That's why I have the rule worded as I do. If I'm building a heavy productivity PC, I'll be able to put in the expensive card while still maintaining adherence to the rule.

It ensures that my builds will always be well-balanced. :D
 

cuerdc

Posts: 231   +70
Still running HD5770 been going aboutt 10 years now fan cooler held on with tape as been cleaned out so many times plastics tabs have snapped. Very much overdue upgrade but to be fair still plays a good few old titles does what I need but have been gaming on ps4 mainly for past few years thinking of going back to pc IF stock of parts become available and at reasonable prices (yeah big if).
 

Avro Arrow

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I remember the HD 5770, the 40nm proof-of-concept card for ATi. Not nearly as potent as the mighty HD 4870 but far more efficient.
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Well, it’s been quite a long time but I remember one of my first graphics cards was a GeForce FX5500. I must’ve been 5 or 6 when my parents upgraded my computer.
Since then I’ve had only AMD cards: Radeon HD 4350 that I’ve got in a prebuilt. Then upgraded to an HD 7770 GHz Edition. Really good card, used for a couple of years, but unfortunately it died on me.
That got replaced with an R9 380 in 2015, and lasted me till 2019. Found a great BF deal on an RX 5700 and that’s the card currently driving my system.
You guys took me on a nostalgia trip. :)
 

MisterSpock

Posts: 12   +24
I had an All-in-Wonder 128 Pro, which destroyed the poor Via chipset in our Compaq crapfest of a machine. I also used that card in a Pentium 200MHz machine.

From there, had an FX 5200 on a single thread P4. It wasnt until I upgraded that to a Radeon 9600 that I realized it was the system completely holding performance back, as it delivered no uplift whatsoever in Halo, Killing Floor, etc.

From there, HD 6870 with my 2500K; even ran dual cards for a while before understanding that SLI/Crossfire was essentially dead, and upgraded to a 4GB RX480, which does the job today. If I ever upgrade my desktop, the 480 will go in it and one of the 6870s will be used when I convert it to an XP retro machine.

I also have a Gigabyte BRIX GB-BXA8-5557 with HD 8550G, which does far better than its physical profile suggests. To any owners of this model - reverse the fan direction and give it a rethermal and it quiets down *considerably*.
 

b3rdm4n

Posts: 47   +44
The counterpart thread got my memories going, had some great ATi / AMD GPU's along the way for sure, including;

Multiple 9200's and 9250's for whatever reason
9600XT "extreme" oc
9800 Pro 128 HIS IceQ
X1950 Pro AGP
HD 4870 x2 in CF
HD5850
HD5870 (was able to CF w/HD5850 - epic)
RX580 8GB

loads of good memories with these
 

Lionvibez

Posts: 2,403   +1,999
The counterpart thread got my memories going, had some great ATi / AMD GPU's along the way for sure, including;

Multiple 9200's and 9250's for whatever reason
9600XT "extreme" oc
9800 Pro 128 HIS IceQ
X1950 Pro AGP
HD 4870 x2 in CF
HD5850
HD5870 (was able to CF w/HD5850 - epic)
RX580 8GB

loads of good memories with these
Ah yes good times I've owned all of those going back to the very first radeon 64 DDR.
 

pildorman321

Posts: 127   +79

ATI HD 4770 - World's First 40nm GPU w/ GDDR5 ... thechspot? meh also, no Ati Radeon 9800 Pro ???? clueless.com
 

NeoMorpheus

Posts: 883   +1,678
As others mentioned, its missing several cards, like the 5770 and 570.

Its a shame that the current situation allows them to overcharge for their current offerings, because I dont think a 6900xt should go for 999.

Then again, compared to the magical, overhyped and definitely overpriced 3090, the 6900 its a bargain.
 

Vanderlinde

Posts: 47   +42

I never understood the driver complaints either. ATi or AMD worked for years here, and I had a ATi from the 9600XT era till this day. XFX is known (and a few others) to skimp out on certain parts. There are vendors that dont take AMD's initial PCB design and kind of cook one of their own, with usually cheaper parts. Thats why some of the cards are usually a few bucks cheaper then the other. The downside is usually the worse power delivery which can cause BSOD's, or simply restrained on overclocking for example. Not that it matters now anyway, since chips can automaticly boost their clock(s) according the workload, but it was different back then.

With buying ATi, AMD pretty much had all the IP ATi had and we see that in major consoles and PC's these days. They are able to bake their own APU's and perhaps in the future a APU with it's own HBM memory.
 

lesovers

Posts: 15   +16
I had many 3D graphic cards and all have been good cards. Most issues have always been hardware related with just as many Nvidia failures as ATI/AMD. Never really had any software driver issues at all from any brand (appart from Matrox G400 card on an AMD K7 system) most problems ended up as a hardware fault. The intermitant black screen reboot on the RX 5700XT has always been a hardware fault and I have proven this with two different branded 5700XT's in the same computer. The driver version makes little different as the "good" 5700XT never back screens. Here is a list of my 3D graphic cards;

• 1998 - Nvidia Riva 128 + 3dfx Voodoo 2 8MB
• 2000 - Matrox G400
• 2001 - Leadtek GeForce 2 Ti200
• 2002 - Hercules GeForce 3 Ti500
• 2003 - Albatron GeForce 4 Ti4200P
• 2005 - Albatron GeForce 6600 GT
• 2006 - Asus GeForce 7900 GT
• 2007 - Asus GeForce 8800 GT
• 2009 - Asus ATI Radeon HD 5850
• 2014 - Asus ATI Radeon R9 280X
• 2018 - Gigabyte AMD Radeon RX 580 Gaming 8GB
• 2019 - Gigabyte AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT Reference 8GB
• 2019 - MSI AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming X 8GB
• 2021 - ASRock AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT Reference 16GB
 
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Lounds

Posts: 897   +796
The HD 7970 surely is the daddy of Radeon cards, it's aged better than anything they've ever made. The GTX 680 not so much.
 

Avro Arrow

Posts: 1,727   +2,047
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The counterpart thread got my memories going, had some great ATi / AMD GPU's along the way for sure, including;

Multiple 9200's and 9250's for whatever reason
9600XT "extreme" oc
9800 Pro 128 HIS IceQ
X1950 Pro AGP
HD 4870 x2 in CF
HD5850
HD5870 (was able to CF w/HD5850 - epic)
RX580 8GB

loads of good memories with these
I have an HD 5870 (Dell Blower Model with a metal frame) and I ran twin XFX Radeon HD 4870s in Crossfire and they were great. They ran Arkham Asylum perfectly at top settings.
 

Avro Arrow

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I never understood the driver complaints either. ATi or AMD worked for years here, and I had a ATi from the 9600XT era till this day. XFX is known (and a few others) to skimp out on certain parts. There are vendors that dont take AMD's initial PCB design and kind of cook one of their own, with usually cheaper parts. Thats why some of the cards are usually a few bucks cheaper then the other. The downside is usually the worse power delivery which can cause BSOD's, or simply restrained on overclocking for example. Not that it matters now anyway, since chips can automaticly boost their clock(s) according the workload, but it was different back then.

With buying ATi, AMD pretty much had all the IP ATi had and we see that in major consoles and PC's these days. They are able to bake their own APU's and perhaps in the future a APU with it's own HBM memory.
I've really stopped looking at which "brand" a card is because the difference in performance between them, if there even is a difference, is so slight as to be irrelevant. Those extra 3fps in some games isn't worth a $50 increase in the price of the card. That's why I always bought Vanilla cards unless they were selling them off cheap (Like they did with the HD 7970 when they wanted to re-brand them as the R9-280X). The difference in price was never worth the difference in performance and I DEFINITELY am not going to pay a tonne of extra money just to have fancy lightning on the card itself.
 
GPU's that I have owned:

ATI Rage Fury MAXX
GeForce3 Ti 200
GeForce4 Ti 4200
Radeon 9800 Pro
Radeon X800 XT
GeForce 8800 GTX
Radeon HD 6870
Radeon R9 270X
Radeon R9 280X
Radeon R9 390X
GeForce GTX 1080
Radeon RX 5700 XT
Radeon RX 6900 XT

The Radeon 9800 Pro left such a positive impression on me that I have gravitated to AMD/ATI ever since.
 

Raytrace3D

Posts: 248   +269
Brings back some memories. I've had many in the past, but some standouts from years ago I had:
9700 Pro
2 x 4870 (in cross fire)
2 x 6950 (in cross fire)

Good times... good times...
 

Avro Arrow

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I remember it being a beast of a setup, but my lawd two in crossfire was a jet engine at takeoff!
Damn right it was but not as loud as you might think because only my first card was the reference Radeon blower:
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The second card was an XFX custom design that I called "The Egg":
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Man, just LOOK at those things! You can actually see some of the black PCB and they only had two DVI outputs, two crossfire headers and two 6-pin connectors each. I chose XFX cards for the funniest of reasons... well one logical and one funny anyway. They were nicely priced but the XFX Radeon HD 4870 had one of the greatest-looking video card boxes that I've ever seen.

XFX took the goalie mask from the old Radeon 9600 Pro and XT boxes:
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and just turned it up to eleven!:
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The noise they made never bothered me much regardless of how many people whined about the noise. The secret to counteracting the noise was rather simple then just as it is now. Either have loud speakers to drown the noise out or use a set of headphones or earbuds.

Problem solved!
 
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