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Most Influential GPUs in History

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#2
Good list...great they give props to the 3dfx for SLI and ATi 9700 for its massive performance jump for its time.
 

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SLI was the brainchild of 3dFx engineers, and Nvidia utilises that same technology in consumer cards sold today.
If by same, you mean completely different with a completely different name that is based very vaguely on the same idea, then yeah I guess you can call it the same technology.:shadedshu
 

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I still have a Voodoo Card running in a machine today, If memory serves its a voodoo3. Granted it a really old machine, but it still runs like a champ. I Loved the Voodoo series and was sad to see them go.
 
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It was a nice read. Killed some time and I learned something. Thanks mate!
 

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i hope 8800GTX is on that list, the 8000 series was a real breakthough

I still have a Voodoo Card running in a machine today, If memory serves its a voodoo3. Granted it a really old machine, but it still runs like a champ. I Loved the Voodoo series and was sad to see them go.
i got Voodoo 3 onboard on my Socket A mobo, still works!
 
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i hope 8800GTX is on that list, the 8000 series was a real breakthough



i got Voodoo 3 onboard on my Socket A mobo, still works!
Nope. :(

They put the 8800GT on instead.
 
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nice gpu history read up there, i don't go back to voodoo days but it's still nice to know how things went :toast:
 
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no FX 5200 in the worst category, i find that hard to believe, card was so bad the geforce3's and radeon 9000's and sometimes the 8500's outperformed it.

and the geforce 4 mx cards were abominations, at least the 420 and the 440 was and I bought that crappy 440
 

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3DFX and a 9700 PRO. I have a VooDoo 5 5500 still in its box and my wifes running my old 9700 Pro I bought the day it was released.... I seen the review for the 9700 pro on tech tv's screen savers and I knew I had to buy one...
 
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no FX 5200 in the worst category, i find that hard to believe, card was so bad the geforce3's and radeon 9000's and sometimes the 8500's outperformed it.

and the geforce 4 mx cards were abominations, at least the 420 and the 440 was and I bought that crappy 440
Hey i loved my 440 at that time and i had a lot of fun with it but i know what you mean :toast:
 

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3DFX and a 9700 PRO. I have a VooDoo 5 5500 still in its box and my wifes running my old 9700 Pro I bought the day it was released.... I seen the review for the 9700 pro on tech tv's screen savers and I knew I had to buy one...
My wife still uses my old AIW 9700pro too! She does not game like me. :D
 
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IMHO G80 is one of the most influential GPU, because it's 2 years old, but still can handle everything.
 

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My wife still uses my old AIW 9700pro too! She does not game like me. :D
Mine don't game like us either.. She just surf's and plays those little 2D online games..
 
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IMHO G80 is one of the most influential GPU, because it's 2 years old, but still can handle everything.
g80 rocked, wasnt one game my 8800gts couldnt run, but x1950pro aswell because of price vs perf. card was an absolute beast and oc'd like a dream. for me performance was awesome. one of my first high end cards
 

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3870 should be on it (i haven't read it yet) they kinda gave ati back its mojo
 
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TNT2 all the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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woot the ti4200 is on there
 
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IMHO G80 is one of the most influential GPU, because it's 2 years old, but still can handle everything.
i agree, i thk the 8800GTX should have been in there, it was the first G80 chip and started everything we have now, and it and the ultra kept the crown for 2 years :eek: i don't know of too many previous graphic cards that have done that. then again i've only had knowledge about computer hardware since 2006:p
 

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Hey. My Matrox Mystique didn't get a mention :laugh: My first 3D board. I think it had a full 4MB of memory on it... Played Mechwarrior though....
 
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If by same, you mean completely different with a completely different name that is based very vaguely on the same idea, then yeah I guess you can call it the same technology.:shadedshu
I agree - although I think they were refering more to the theory of daisy-chaining cards together for increased performance . . .

3DFX were also the first to slap more than 1, more than 2 GPUs onto the same PCB.


They failed due to their own blunders, though - but damn if they didn't stir shit up. I loved my VooDoo 3, and still have it to this day, even though it hasn't been in service in years.





Although - a little strange, although the article was a good read, I got the slight impression it was a little biased towards nVidia cards . . . perhaps that's just me, though . . .

but, strange - no mention of the X1900 series or the R500 cores. Sure, the X1800's had a slew of issues, the 1900s stormed the market . . . especially the X1900 XTX.
 
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Im suprised Voodoo5 5500 wasnt on there. First dual GPU board and i loved that card.
 

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If by same, you mean completely different with a completely different name that is based very vaguely on the same idea, then yeah I guess you can call it the same technology.:shadedshu
I think what they meant by "SLi" is just the idea or the possibility of using two graphics cards together.
 
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for me the g92 because from it, nvidia kicked ati butt and created a ton of products based around that chip
 
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i would also have included the Voodoo 3 3000 ,as it was 3DFX's 1st 2d/3d card and it was at the time blazing fast for both 2d and 3d,i remember reading a benchmark on it ,and its 2d performance was faster than anything else around.Shame mine went pop and took out my board/cpu/ram :)

nice article but he has missed at least 2 or 3 cards id consider notable.

i would have included

Voodoo 3 (instead of Voodoo 2)
ATI 19xx series
Nvidia 8800 gtx (instead of 8800gt)