Thats how long my old TI4200 has been in use. And still going strong. I did not plan on it lasting that long. Some year I'll have a new vid card. Whenever I have money again.
My FIRST 3D card was the original 4MB Voodoo. Then I upgraded to the Intel i740 (their first 3D card), which wasn't all that bad. Then I moved on to nVidia's RIVA 128.
I know, you don't care.
8mb Canopus 3d (Voodoo Rush I think)
32mb Rage 128
32mb Geforce2 MX
64mb Radeon 7500
64mb Radeon 8500 (bought used)
128mb Radeon 9700 PRO (bought used)
256mb Geforce 6800 Ultra (bought used)
256mb Radeon X1800 XL
512mb Radeon X1900 XTX
I still have my 9700 PRO in a secondary machine.
I'm pitting it against the X1950 PRO AGP in an upcoming review for reference.
I started with a Voodoo3 2000 16mb, Voodoo 5, ATI 32mb DDR, ATI 8500, TI4200, 9700 (Flashed to 9700pro), 9800 Pro, X800, X800XL, X1900XT, and finally 8800GTS.
The 9700 and the X1900XT are still my favorites. I have only had the 8800gts for 3 weeks and 1 week of that my PC has been down because I am waiting on my new ram. Final verdict to come...
wow I feel old. Does anyone remember back in the day when CIRRUS LOGIC ruled with their gfx???
1) My first was a trident - something
2) a cirrus logic
3) think a intel 740 with 8mb
4) voodoo2 with 12mb worked with the 740.(quake 2 rocked!!!)
5) s3 (sucked btw, should bought riva tnt 2 but didn't had money)
6) nvidia Ti 300 with 128mb
7) Ati 9600 pro with 128mb
8) nvidia 6800 GS
9) probably an ATI X1950 pro (pci express) 256mb in a couple of weeks.
voodoo banshee 16MB
Riva TNT 2 Ultra 32MB
geforce 4 mx 440 64MB
ATI radeon 9200SE 128MB (used)
Geforce 5200 128MB (used)
Geforce 6800 AGP 128MB
Geforce 7900GS 256MB
man i loved those old voodoo's, i dont think i have ever been as pleased with a video card purchase since, the voodoo is still kicking in a server in the closet .
1) voodoo 3 16MB agp & 2) voodoo 2 12MB pci in sli later on (first DIY system in 2001)
3) geforce 2 mx400 64MB agp
4) geforce 4 mx440 64MB agp
5) geforce 4 TI4200 64MB agp (broke)
6) geforce 4 TI4200 8x agp 64MB agp (stuck with this for a few years before upgrading gpus again last year)
7) geforce 6 6600GT 128MB agp (last agp card)
8 ) geforce 7 7800GT 256MB pci-e (current)
my graphics history:
trident (IBM PS2)
S3 with 512 Kb (386 DX)
matrox (pentium 1 133Mhz)
voodoo 3 4500 (intel pentium 3 450 Mhz)
Kyro II (pentium 450 Mhz and Athlon XP 1800+)
Geforce 4 TI 4200 (athlon XP 1800+)
ATI 9550 (Athlon XP 2400+ and Athlon XP 2800+)
Geforce 4 TI 4600 MSI (Athlon XP2800+)
Geforce 4 TI 4600 gainward with zalman VF700 VIVO (Athlon64 3000+ Socket 754)
last one still going strong and sturdy! perfect for a occasional game of anarchy online
dam'n i love the multi-display support on my geforce 4 series
Hell, I can remember when your graphics instructions were still handled by the CPU. Back then AMD's abilities were so limited, they actually had a secondary CPU on the motherboard (with its own small dedicated ram cache)
becuase their primary cpu couldnt handle the instruction sets (quite funny)
then 3DFX came out with their stuff and made AMD a viable option because now you had a dedicated unit from another company, AMD's stuff was traditionally cheaper and sometimes overclocked better. heh, go figure.
Quote:Thats how long my old TI4200 has been in use. And still going strong. I did not plan on it lasting that long. Some year I'll have a new vid card. Whenever I have money again.
I still have one of those, though it hasn't been used in ages. I wonder how little it's worth now...
GF FX5700 Ultra
I know the list has nothing from ATI. Nothing against them, it's just force of habit as I've never had a problem with anything from Nvidia.
My first PC vid card was ATI's "VGA Wonder" ISA card in my TURBO XT running at a whopping 4.77 MHZ with 640k RAM and 20 MEG hard drive.
It played "bouncing babies" like a champ lmao
Bouncing Babies - my first DOS game! http://www.dosgamesarchive.com/download/game/100
I skipped the entire GF3 and 4 generations all together because the onboard GF2 MX served my needs so well. I mostly played Half Life and TFC with it as well as Return To Castle Wolfenstein and the original Call of Duty. Believe it or not it played the latter two quite well at 8x6. It wasn't until I heard HL2 would be released that I knew I needed to upgrade. Interesting thing is that the board with the GF2 MX is still up and running quite nicely in a charity PC I built for someone. Even after I replaced the capacitors.
First video card i ever got was an Mx440 that came with an HP.
So for my birthday my parents bought me my first custom gaming machine, PNY FX5700LE, socket 478 2.8ghz northwood, MSI mobo soon upgraded to 120$ abit one(forgot) and a Augidgy 4 ZS, aww those were the days eh? playing Unreal 2k4 good time good times. heck my MX440 is still running to this day!