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Nostalgic GPU battles!!!

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by hoax32, Oct 2, 2012.

  1. Doc41

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    I wasn't old enough to have owned such "vintage" gfx card but i still have my dad's first pc, i think it first had an Intel MMX 233MHz CPU and an S3 Trio64v+ 2MB card,
    but it got upgraded in time by my brother to an AMD K6-2 450 and a Voodoo2 G111 with an S3 Savage3D 8MB
    it still runs games like thief 2 and DeusEx on WinME like a boss:p
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    S3 Virge 4MB
    Riva TNT 16MB
    Matrox G400 Max 32MB (yeah moarr bump mapping plz)
    Ge Force 2 mx
    Ge Force 2 ultra
    Ati Radeon 9200
    Ati Radeon 9600SE
    Amd radeon HD2600XT
    Amd Radeon HD3850
    GE Force GTX 460
    Amd Radeon HD6850

    I want good old days back!
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    savage 3 integrated in unknown manufature mobo
    radeon 9200se 128mb agp
    radeon 9500se 128mb agp
    radeon x1300 256mb agp
    radeon x1550 pro 512mb agp
    radeon hd4670 1gb gddr3 pcie
    radeon hd6950 1gb gddr5 pcie + geforce 9800gt 512 pcie than a friend of mine gift to me with the rest of my system specs (mobo,cpu and ram)

    for me in the past nvidia was and is again overpriced xd
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    I had a Matrox Mystique 8mb (expandable to 16mb!) "3D Accelerator" back in the day in my old P200 MMX machine. I remember buying a Riva TNT 16mb PCI (yeah, PCI!!!) to replace it; those were the days. I always remember hacking drivers to get Quake 2 to run in OpenGL on it; various things like lighting wouldn't work so it was kind of a cheat at the same time.


    After I left home I was able to start affording other GFX cards. Had an AthlonXP machine with a Ti4600, that was then replaced with a 9700PRO, then X800Pro, then X800XT (processor upgrades and motherboard swaps were made in progress as well).

    Have had many other cards in the years following but those early days with the Mystique being my first "3d accelerator" were awesome.
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    t_ski Former Staff

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    I had a Radeon 9500 or 9700 (can't remember which) SE version that I was able to softmod into the Pro version with W1z's patch. :pimp:

    I had a Radeon 7000 that I was able to figure out a voltage mod for the VDDQ (sounds like a bad night at the ice cream shop).

    I had a Radeon 8500 that I killed using a GPU artifact testing program that always showed results were good. I pushed the voltage up crazy high and still got no artifacts found in the test. However, the real artifacts started showing up everywhere over the next few days. :(

    I had a Voodoo 3 2000 card that I eventually replaced, then tried to learn how to solder on it. lol
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  6. tacosRcool

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    I've been looking at the ATI 1xxx series and for a long time and Nvidia 7xxx series too. I ended up skipping generations and ended up with a Nvidia 9600 GT as my first graphics card. I do remember that my teacher's lan party he had I do believe it was the ATI 9800 but don't know which version
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    S3 Savage4 and the S2000 (with transform & lighting), how they was supposed to take the crown with S3TC compression
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    Voodoo2
    Riva TNT.
    Geforce 4 MX
    Radeon 5450.
    Intel HD.
    Geforce GT 520.
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    I have two TNT 2's, ATi 7000, MX440, FX 5200 if any body wants one let me know?
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    Beige is beautiful era...

    Rarest of the rare when it comes to Mac cards. The Micro Conversions Voodoo 2 12MB. Still have it and it still works.
    Then 2 Voodoo 5 5500s. Never could get them SLI. Couldn't figure out how to get a cable. I'd ask PC tech shops and they'd go "Whats SLI?"
    Radeon 7000...because I couldn't find a 7200 and because OSX wouldn't support 3Dfx.
    Radeon Mac Edition (7200)
    Radeon 9200 128MB PCI

    Then the Cube era...
    Rage Pro 128
    Think I found a Radeon 7500 at some point, dunno
    2 Radeon 9000s, broke one somehow and fried the AGP riser doing the relocation mod
    Radeon 8500
    Flashed Radeon 9700 Pro from PC, overheated and died within 10 sec
    Then finally, Geforce 3...with several resistors popped off board thanks to guy shipping it in an envelope and not box.

    Quicksilver project unfinished...
    Geforce 2MX
    Flashed Geforce 7800GS...no DVI working but rest worked fine.

    PC era...
    Think it was a Geforce 2MX or 4MX that I was given.
    First PC GPU I bought was the FX5600 non ultra
    Radeon 9700 Pro, which ended up fried in that Cube project
    Geforce 7800GS G70...still working in Quicksilver
    Radeon X1900XT...dead, overheated VRMs
    Geforce 8800GTS 640MB, was given this one
    Radeon 3870...was interesting because it compared well with the 8800. Some titles it would win, others lose.
    Geforce GTX 460 1GB...then eventually a 2nd for SLI

    Favorite era...Beige and Cube era. Was when I was really experimenting a lot to tweak and get all the performance I could from my Macs. Gain just a few more fps in UT. Risky overclocks, doing things Apple would frown on to get more performance. Blew a few parts but man, it was fun times. In hindsight tho...man I wasted a lot of money on those projects.
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    My old desktop is currently using a Geforce4 440MX AGP8x, After it's Geforce 6800 began artifacting.

    Never bought any of them though, just helped financing. So to that end, I've never personally bought a graphics card. :S
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    HammerON The Watchful Moderator Staff Member

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    First GPU I bought was a ATI 9600 XT (Saphire). I wanted a ATI 9800 XT, however they were well outside of my price range:)
    The 9600 though allowed me to play DOOM 3, Half-Life series and Quake 4:)
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    stinger608 Dedicated TPU Cruncher & Folder

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    Pretty much the same here. I purchased a 486DX 50mhz that had 2mb of ram. Then I went out and spent about $300 on 4mb of ram so the system would run Doom smoothly. Then later purchased a Diamond Monster 8mb 3DFX video card to play Quake smoothly and run with good graphics.

    For some of you that don't know, we have an awesome little Nostalgic hardware club with great pictures and several members here:

    http://www.techpowerup.com/forums/showthread.php?t=108251

    Its a great place to check out some good ole hardware out.
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  14. trickson

    trickson OH, I have such a headache

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    Who wants to see some benchmarks of these old cards?

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  16. tacosRcool

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    Those are video cards right :)
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    Heres a pic of my first gpu that I bought. I also still have it and it is going into my retro build.

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    youd get a negative number/ WNR in 3DM11 or 3DMV lol
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    :laugh: ummm i think so, maybe there sound cards? :p

    Awesome, sounds like a challenge to me:D

    :laugh: I dont think the program would even launch :roll:

    I was going to use 3D Mark 2001 SE and some other very old low end GPU benchmark programs, like gtx gears.
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    I think a R300 Chip as of 9500 Will Run them lol
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    Running it in my backup oldie rig it runs fine. Gonna fraps with BF2 multiplayer tomorrow :)
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    stinger608 Dedicated TPU Cruncher & Folder

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    :toast: Here is one for all ya guys. :rockout:

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