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Nostalgic GPU battles!!!

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#26
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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#27
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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#29
I remember playing the original Need for Speed on my Matrox Millenium 2MB card (before I added my Voodoo card). Those graphics were awesome at the time. Little did I know :shadedshu
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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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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#31
Same.

My Sony Vaio that we purchased in Japan had a slot loading DVD drive and a Slot loading MD drive and some ATi GPU.

Upgraded that to a ATi 9800 Pro....

After that I took off and built my own CPU and my love affair for AMD CPUs (FX53) and nVidia GPUs (BFG 6800GT) started.

Till Intel pushed out the Core Duos.
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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#35
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
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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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#36
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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#37
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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#38
My first PC was a 486DX 4mb onboard ram and a 20MB hard drive. had windows 3.1 on it and It played doom at a whopping 20FPS
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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#40
Who wants to see some benchmarks of these old cards?
 

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#42
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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#44
Those are video cards right :)
:laugh: ummm i think so, maybe there sound cards? :p

Heres a pic of my first gpu that I bought. I also still have it and it is going into my retro build.

http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/ab220/gsdewd/Old school build/Picture022Medium.jpg
Awesome, sounds like a challenge to me:D

youd get a negative number/ WNR in 3DM11 or 3DMV lol
: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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: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.
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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System Name Dean Machine
Processor Intel 4790K
Motherboard MSI 1150 Gaming mATX
Cooling Corsair H100i and video card custom loop
Memory 16 gigs Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer
Video Card(s) Dual liquid cooled HD7970's (Thanks to Norton!!!)
Storage Crucial M4 256 gig SSD
Display(s) Overlord 27" 2560 x 1440
Case Corsair Air 540
Audio Device(s) On board
Power Supply Seasonic modular 850 watt Platinum
Software Windows 10 Pro
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:toast: Here is one for all ya guys. :rockout:

 
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System Name Night Rider | Mini LAN PC | Workhorse
Processor AMD FX 8350 | i7 2600 | i7 970
Motherboard GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ | GA-H77M-D3H | Gigabyte EX58-UD5
Cooling AMD Wraith cooler| Coolermaster Gemini with Noctua 3000RPM Fan | Big shairkan B
Memory 4x2GB DDR3 G.Skill 1600 6-8-6-24| 2x4GB Corsair 1600 | 6x2GB DDR3 1300 Corsair
Video Card(s) ASUS GTX 970 OC in Sli | Gainward GTX 650 TI GS | ASUS 7970 Matrix
Storage 250GB Plextor SSD Por 5 /1TB WD Black | 500GB WD ES/WD Black | WD 320/Seagate 320
Display(s) Samsung 2494hs 24" 1080P| Samsung 20" S20C300L/DELL 15" | 22" DELL/19"DELL
Case LIAN LI PC-18 | Mini ATX Case (custom) | Atrix C4 9001
Audio Device(s) Onboard | Onbaord | Onboard
Power Supply Silverstone 750 | Silverstone Mini 450W | Corsair CX-750
Mouse Gigabyte aivia krypton gaming mouse | Rapoo V900 | Gigabyte 6850X
Keyboard MAX Keyboard Nighthawk X8 | Creative Fatal1ty eluminx | Some POS Logitech
Software Windows 7 Pro 64 | Windows 7 Pro 64 | Windows 7 Pro 64/Windows 10 Home
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