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

By Jos ยท 210 replies
Mar 29, 2013
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  1. We want you to take a trip down memory lane with us and tell us about the first graphics card you ever owned, as well as the games you were playing at that time. If you remember your entire graphics...

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  2. Ati rage 3d pro 8mb
  3. jznomoney

    jznomoney TS Member Posts: 17

    My first 3d card was a Diamond Viper V770. It was a TNT2 based card. It kicked butt against my friends 3dfx 3000 video card.
  4. OneSpeed

    OneSpeed TS Addict Posts: 286   +92

    Hercules Mono
  5. pacostrano

    pacostrano TS Member

    3dfx voodoo 3
  6. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 997   +93

    An Ati Xpert&Play and it was terrible, replaced it with a Matrox G400 after a few months.
  7. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TS Evangelist Posts: 621   +122

    9800 pro (thought I was the beez kneez when I got it)
    Upgraded to x1800xt
    Upgraded to 4870 DK TOP
    Upgraded to 5830
    Upgraded to 6870
    And now I broke down and switched to nvidia :<
    Upgraded to a 660ti
    Somehow I got emotionally attached to each card. They each have a special place in my heart :)
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  8. MrAnderson

    MrAnderson TS Maniac Posts: 488   +10

    My 1st graphics accelerator was a Diamond Fire Pro (1st use of the Glint chip).
  9. xtas420

    xtas420 TS Rookie

    First I had Voodoo 5 5500
  10. MrAnderson

    MrAnderson TS Maniac Posts: 488   +10

    edit: FireGL I think it was....
  11. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,000   +1,320

    I believe I had an intel graphics controller 2500 or something. It was with an old...pentium 4? celeron? I think.

    First actual card was an HD3450 in the fam computer.
  12. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 856   +121

    Canopus Voodoo 2 with SLI technology, technology later purchased by NVIDIA and repurposed.
  13. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing. Posts: 3,025   +665

    Hercules MDA ISA 8bit with about 16k memory as I recall - provided more density than 640x480 but the graphics were limited to what you could twist out of text. No pixel addressing. It was weird and soon displaced by EGA (thank heavens!). Played Rogue, Hack and Colossal Cave Adventure. I wrote a version of Hammurabi which I gave out to friends in my computer club.
  14. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,718   +860

    ATI Rage 3D - back in the stone age. ;)
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  15. dotVezz

    dotVezz TS Booster Posts: 112

    GeForce MX440 =D
  16. mls067

    mls067 TS Enthusiast Posts: 31   +16

    A voodoo rush. The guy at compusa said it was awesome! Worse p.o.s. card ever. . After that I believe I purchased a voodoo2, then the GeForce 3 ti200 Series I believe.
  17. MrBungle

    MrBungle TS Booster Posts: 151   +67

    Diamond Viper V330 (4MB PCI based on nVidia Riva 128)
  18. TechGamer

    TechGamer TS Guru Posts: 370   +40

    Geforce 6200 1st ever

    gtx 660 ye I skipped lots of generations
  19. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,738   +3,706

    Lets just say that during the time I started installing graphics drivers, they were referred to as CGA, VGA, and SVGA. I can't remember the specifics and a quick Bing search didn't refresh my memory either. Graphics was integrated on Packard Bell proprietary motherboards. At this time there was no PCI card slots or ATX form factors. ISA card slots and AT form factor was the standard. As for gaming at the time (1987), if you can imagine gaming before Doom or even Duke Nukum was available.
  20. GeForce 4 MX440 :D
    Then upgraded to a Sapphire Radeon 9600XT.
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  21. Demigod001

    Demigod001 TS Rookie Posts: 21

    Had something in an ISA slot cant remember what then got a Voodoo Graphics PCI. Had it for a few years then got a voodoo 3 2000 with a whole 16mb! which still ran fine last time I checked in an old windows 98 box I kept for old dos games Just use dos box now and GOG :)
  22. Raducu

    Raducu TS Rookie

    Matrox G200 8 Mb
  23. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,046   +680

    GeForce FX 5200

    Bought it for my first build knowing it was weak, because I thought gaming with keyboard and mouse was stupid.

    12 video cards later....

    MSI GeForce 5200 128MB
    XFX GeForce 6600 LE 256MB
    BFG GeForce 6600 GT 256MB
    MSI GeForce 7600 LE 256MB
    BFG GeForce 7900 GS 512MB (x2)
    Zotac GeForce 8800 GT 512MB
    Sapphire Radeon 4830 512MB
    Diamond Radeon 4850 1GB
    Sapphire Radeon Vapor-X 5770 1GB
    Sapphire Radeon 6950 2GB (x2)
    Sapphire 7870 Gigahertz Edition 2GB...
  24. I remember this like it was yesterday lol
    3dfx Voodoo3 3000
  25. Number 9 or ATI All in wonder

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