How often do you upgrade?

Hey guys...

After reading a few posts around the forums i realised that alot of people are forever upgrading there systems to the next latest and greatest... and im not exception. I have to ask the question, how many different video cards have you owned along your upgrade path... ive listed here what i can remember for myself...

3DFX VooDoo2
Nvidia TNT2
Nvidia Geforce 256
Nvidia FX5200
ATi 9500Pro
Nvidia 6600GT
Nvidia 7900GS
Nvidia 7900GT

Im not an Nvidia Fanboi by any means but seems to be what works for me... although i love my 9500pro and hay with the upcomming nvidia possibly being named 9series i might be able to pass it off as being better by just calling it a 9500 ;)
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  1. nVidia Riva 128
    nVidia TNT2
    Radeon 7500
    nVidia GeForce 4200Ti
    Radeon 9000Pro (inexpensive replacement for 4200Ti which suddenly died)
    Radeon 9800Pro
    AIW Radeon 9600XT (For my HTPC)
    Radeon X1900XT
  2. XFX Geforce 4MX 440 64MB

    XFXGeforce FX 5700LE 256

    GAINWARDGeforce 7900GT 512 GOLDEN SAMPLE (It was a faulty card)

    ASUS EN7900GTX 512

    OCZ GEFORCE 8800GTX
  3. 3DFX Voodoo 3
    Nvidia Geforce FX5900 Ultra
    Nvidia Geforce MX440
    Radeon 9000 Pro
    Nvidia 8800 GTX
  4. sh.., how about this:
    Trident 2 meg VLB, diamond stealth 2000 4 meg, matrox G200, Diamond S3 32 meg, geforce 256, 8500 le. I used older cards but did not own them. You young punks think old cards start at 32 megs...ha...lol how about 256K, or CGA, I used CGA a lot, and EGA was the shiyat and big money.

    back then you could add more memory on some cards at 70 US a meg, like from 1 to 2 megs...
  5. I forgot my geforce 3
  6. ATI Radeon 9600 Pro
    ATI Radeon X800 Pro
    Nvidia Geforce 7900 GS
    Nvidia Geforce 8800 GTX (to be ordered this thursday)
  7. Voodoo Banshee 8mb '97 ish
    Voodoo 2000 16mb (I think) '99-00 ish
    9600xt 128mb '03 ish
    9800pro 128mb '04 ish
    x1800xt 256mb '06

    That's about it for me, not much $ to upgrade like the rest of you, since I have wife/kids/2 car payments/house/student loans....etc...etc....
  8. geforce 4mx
    ati 9600se
    8800gts640
  9. All-Purpose Rig(s) Gaming Rig HTPC
    S3 Virge
    ATI Radeon 9200 NVidia Geforce 7800GS
    ATI AIW X1800XL NVidia Geforce 8800GTX-640 ATI HD2600 Pro
  10. Integrated S3
    Nvidia Geforce MX4000
    ATI Radeon 9600se
    ATI Radeon X1600pro
    Nvidia 7600GT

    I have no loyalties (though I was ticked at nvidia for making that MX4000, I mean WTF?)
  11. Some CGA card
    ATI Mach 32 ISA
    Some generic VESA card
    Diamond Stealth 3D 2000 4MB w/ 3dfx Voodoo 2 8MB
    GeForce 256
    GeForce MX 420
    ATI Radeon 9600
    ATI AIW X800XT
  12. PCI & AGP
    Diamond Stealth 64
    Diamond Viper II Savage 2000
    Diamond Viper V550 TNT
    STB Velocicty Riva 128
    Matrox Mystique 3D
    Creative Labs Annihilator Geforce 2
    PNY Geforce 3
    Hercules Stingray / 3DFX Voodoo Rush
    Hercules 3D Prophet (the first one)
    ATI 9700 Pro
    EVGA Geforce 5900 Ultra
    ATI Radeon X800 Pro
    EVGA Geforce 6800GT
    ATI X800XT-PE
    ATI X850XT-PE
    Visiontek X1950 Pro
    Sapphire X1950 Pro 512MB
    Gainward Bliss 7800GS+ GLH 512MB
    HIS ICEQ3 Turbo X1950 Pro 512MB Rev.1 (Had 2 bad ones)
    XFX 7950 GT 512MB

    PCI-E As of 3 weeks ago
    MSI HD 2900 XT 512MB

    I believe I missed a few AGP cards .....
  13. So you've owned every card everymade then then...lol

    honestjohn_ said:
    PCI & AGP
    Diamond Stealth 64
    Diamond Viper II Savage 2000
    Diamond Viper V550 TNT
    STB Velocicty Riva 128
    Matrox Mystique 3D
    Creative Labs Annihilator Geforce 2
    PNY Geforce 3
    Hercules Stingray / 3DFX Voodoo Rush
    Hercules 3D Prophet (the first one)
    ATI 9700 Pro
    EVGA Geforce 5900 Ultra
    ATI Radeon X800 Pro
    EVGA Geforce 6800GT
    ATI X800XT-PE
    ATI X850XT-PE
    Visiontek X1950 Pro
    Sapphire X1950 Pro 512MB
    Gainward Bliss 7800GS+ GLH 512MB
    HIS X1950 Pro AGP Rev.1 (Had 2 bad ones)
    XFX 7950 GT 512MB

    PCI-E As of 3 weeks ago
    MSI HD 2900 XT 512MB

    I believe I missed a few AGP cards .....
  14. God those diamond savage cards (s3) sure sucked, looked good but SLOOW...I couldn't believe the geforce 256, I miss the wow factor.

    Those 4 meg stealth 2000s sure did rock quake though, my buddy with the vodoo 2 and some 2 meg crap was pissed !
  15. royalcrown said:
    So you've owned every card everymade then then...lol


    No, somehow I missed most of the voodoo cards....Thank God. I could retire If I had half the money I blew on video cards and I'm just glad my kids aren't accustomed to wearing shoes. :)

    Yeah and I agree regarding the Savage 2000. That and the Matrox Mystique were 2 of the worst buys I ever made.
  16. Really the G200 was even worse, it got killed off and was slow, by the time the extra 8 meg chip was affordable even slower. It was EXPENSIVE too !
  17. Royal Crown...I remember my first clone, an 8088 with MGA and an orange monitor. I thought it was something SPECIAL too!

    Then, of course everything was DOS based and I remember my disdain for GUI which seemed to slow everything down. Autocad would crawl until Autodesk shipped the updates for it.

    Oak Technologies ISA 16k
    Trident CGA ISA 128k-512k
    Trident VLB (several iterations)
    ATI PCI several different ones
    3DFX Voodoo2 AGP 8MB RAM (Woo-hoo)
    Matrox G40
    ATI 8500 - 9700
    A6200 TDH
    Many more than I care to remember
  18. I get a new system once every 8 years or so and upgrade my video card once inside that timeframe. :P
  19. onestar said:
    Royal Crown...I remember my first clone, an 8088 with MGA and an orange monitor. I thought it was something SPECIAL too!

    Then, of course everything was DOS based and I remember my disdain for GUI which seemed to slow everything down. Autocad would crawl until Autodesk shipped the updates for it.

    Oak Technologies ISA 16k
    Trident CGA ISA 128k-512k
    Trident VLB (several iterations)
    ATI PCI several different ones
    3DFX Voodoo2 AGP 8MB RAM (Woo-hoo)
    Matrox G40
    ATI 8500 - 9700
    A6200 TDH
    Many more than I care to remember


    Didn't want to go back that far on my list. CGA, EVGA....shudder. technically I guess my first Graphics Chip was a Cirrus Logic something my first PC used, which was actually a laptop. Amazing for it's time. Toshiba T-1000, Only 6 lbs., 512k RAM, 720KB floppy, with 768k flash ram with 128k used to bump the 512K to 640k, and the rest to be used as a massive 640K Internal Storage Drive. Almost forgot the gorgeous 11"x4" Magenta/Cyan LCD Non-backlit display.


    http://img235.imageshack.us/img235/9665/t1000bt9.th.jpg
  20. I upgrade when something I'm running (or want to run) is or seems slow, or when the upgrade bug bites, providing there's room in my budget for it. I don't remember all the video cards I've owned, but they go back to an IBM CGA adapter in 1984, and include the ATI ?GA Wonder cards, the usual Tridents, TNTs, MX440, blah blah. I don't think I ever had a VLB video card, but I had a VLB disk controller that ROCKED. I'm currently on a 7900GS, which seems to be handling my needs just fine, but I don't play FPS titles much. I was thinking of trying Bioshock, but I'll probably skip it simply because I don't have time to waste on DRM issues.
  21. voodoo3
    voodoo4
    riva tnt
    geforce2
    Radeon 8500
    Hercules Radeon 9800xt
    Gainward Bliss 7800GS (The one with 7900 chip)
    2*8800 Gtx's (Now I've a new PC and 24")

    Not too sure about the order the first 4 were actually in!
  22. Owned by following order

    CGA
    EGA
    VGA
    Trident 9750
    TNT1
    Voodoo Banshee
    Voodoo 3
    Voodoo 5
    Radeon 64 vivo
    Radeon 8500
    Radeon 9700 pro
    Radeon 9800 pro
    Geforce 6600
    Radeon 850xt
    Radeon 1900gt
    Geforce 8600gts
  23. Intel 486/66 - Hercules
    Pentium 133 - Trident, Upgraded to Matrox Mellinium
    Pentium 2 333 - Diamond Stealth 32mb
    AMD K6-2 350 - MX440 64mb
    Pentium 3 800 - Gainward TI4200 64mb
    Pentium 4 2.8 - Sapphire 9600 Pro 256mb
    C2D E4300@2.7 - 8600gts 256mb
  24. marvelous211:

    Voodoo 5... Wow i dont think they solve 10 of those in the whole world did they lol


    accu:

    geforce 4mx > ati 9600se > 8800gts640... them some big jumps... bet you noticed the difference in each upgrade there.


    There some unforgettable cards in those lists... and some that anyone who owned them would like to forgot lol. I think its almost time to stop calling them Radeons and Geforces as well come up with some new names maybe then we could go back to some find of naming system that has a direct relation to how they perform. Voodoo 1,2,3,4,5 was so much easier to understand than X1900xtx and 8800GTX ultra mega super awesomes.
  25. I've owned a:

    Geforce 2 MX 200
    Geforce 4 MX 440
    Geforce 4 Ti 4600
    Geforce FX (can't remember what one) (cheap)
    ATI Radeon 9600 All-In-Wonder
    Geforce 7950GT
  26. Yeah, but then joe noob wouldn't be confused and who would buy the crippled crappy ones ? Such as the "LE" and "SE" models. You know dam well they got that from the automobile industry, where LE and SE are better...irks me.

    Maybe instead of SE it should be "differently abled" edition, and before everyone gets mad, I am so don't get all politically correct....lol


    chookman said:
    marvelous211:

    Voodoo 5... Wow i dont think they solve 10 of those in the whole world did they lol


    accu:

    geforce 4mx > ati 9600se > 8800gts640... them some big jumps... bet you noticed the difference in each upgrade there.


    There some unforgettable cards in those lists... and some that anyone who owned them would like to forgot lol. I think its almost time to stop calling them Radeons and Geforces as well come up with some new names maybe then we could go back to some find of naming system that has a direct relation to how they perform. Voodoo 1,2,3,4,5 was so much easier to understand than X1900xtx and 8800GTX ultra mega super awesomes.
  27. I don't upgrade often

    Some Voodoo card (16mb vram)
    BFG 6800OC AGP
    XFX 8800GTS 320mb

    As you can see I do huge jumps so it takes me awhile to get use to the blazing fast frame rates.
  28. lunyone said:
    Voodoo Banshee 8mb '97 ish
    Voodoo 2000 16mb (I think) '99-00 ish
    9600xt 128mb '03 ish
    9800pro 128mb '04 ish
    x1800xt 256mb '06

    That's about it for me, not much $ to upgrade like the rest of you, since I have wife/kids/2 car payments/house/student loans....etc...etc....

    Oops for got the early days:
    TI-99 (I believe) w/16k expansion!!
    Commodore Vic 20 with whatever video
    Commodore 64 w/$250 5 1/4 floppy drive (more expensive than the computer)
  29. Matrox G450 Dual Head
    Geforce TI 4600
    Radeon 9800 Pro
    ATI X700 Pro

    =(...too broke to get a new rig..this 3.2 prescott is garbage now..
  30. Voodoo Banshee 8mb
    Voodoo 2000 16mb
    Matrox G450 Dual Head
    GeForce 2 32mb
    GeForce 2 64mb
    ATI 7500 64mb
    GeForce 4 Ti4200 128mb
    GeForce FX 5200 128mb
    ATI 9500 Pro 128mb
    GeForce FX 5600 256mb
    GeForce FX 5700 128mb
    ATI 9600 Pro 256mb
    ATI 9600 XT 256mb
    ATI 9700 Pro 128mb
    GeForce FX 5900 Ultra 256mb
    ATI 9800XT 256mb
    ATI X700 Pro 256mb
    GeForce 6600GT 256mb
    ATI X600XT 512mb
    GeForce 6800GT 256mb
    ATI X800XL 256mb
    ATI X800 Pro 256mb
    GeForce 7800GT 256mb
    ATI X1800XL 256mb
    ATI X1900XTX 512mb
    Soon to be HD2900XT revision or 8800GTS 640mb revision
    Im sure there are more than I cant seem to remember or think of right now! lol

    Best,

    3Ball
  31. 3Ball said:
    Voodoo Banshee 8mb
    Voodoo 2000 16mb
    Matrox G450 Dual Head
    GeForce 2 32mb
    GeForce 2 64mb
    ATI 7500 64mb
    GeForce 4 Ti4200 128mb
    GeForce FX 5200 128mb
    ATI 9500 Pro 128mb
    GeForce FX 5600 256mb
    GeForce FX 5700 128mb
    ATI 9600 Pro 256mb
    ATI 9600 XT 256mb
    ATI 9700 Pro 128mb
    GeForce FX 5900 Ultra 256mb
    ATI 9800XT 256mb
    ATI X700 Pro 256mb
    GeForce 6600GT 256mb
    ATI X600XT 512mb
    GeForce 6800GT 256mb
    ATI X800XL 256mb
    ATI X800 Pro 256mb
    GeForce 7800GT 256mb
    ATI X1800XL 256mb
    ATI X1900XTX 512mb
    Soon to be HD2900XT revision or 8800GTS 640mb revision
    Im sure there are more than I cant seem to remember or think of right now! lol

    Best,

    3Ball

    is it me or do i see some patterns with your list? i m guessing your next card will be nvidia??
  32. Haha, well there is a very good chance that yes it will be nvidia, but my reasons for so many different changes is that I like to test many cards myself next to each other. I do prefer ATI video cards, but that has never stopped me from getting nVidia as you can tell...lol, same goes with Intel and AMD. I prefer Intel, but if AMD Is better I just buy whats best for me.

    Best,

    3Ball
  33. Matrox MGA
    AIW ATI Rage Pro Turbo
    Matrox G200
    Geforce 4 MX 440
    AIW Radeon 9800 Pro
    Radeon X1950 Pro

    EDIT: Forgot the 7900gs in my lappy. :)
  34. VooDoo2
    GeForce2 64
    Radeon 9250
    Radeon x700 Pro
    8800GTS
  35. geforce 2 (using it right now seeing this is the only computer that has internet)
    geforce 5900 (blew it up using two power supplies at once, experimental)
    geforce 6800 LE (absolutely freaking hated that SOB)
    geforce 7950gt 512mb (love this card)
  36. TNT2
    --integrated DX7 class graphics for a bit
    Radeon 9600
    Radeon 9550(different computer then the 9600 was in)
    Radeon X850XT AGP(replaced 9600)
    Quadro4 NVS 200(replaced dead 9600 after X850XT was sold, used that comp for desktop work only at this point, and a bit of CS 1.6 too)
    GeForce 7900GS(current card)

    not too many, but a decent amount.
  37. ausch30 said:
    3DFX Voodoo 3
    Nvidia Geforce FX5900 Ultra
    Nvidia Geforce MX440
    Radeon 9000 Pro
    Nvidia 8800 GTX

    u went from the 9000 pro to an 8800 gtx? GOD that must have been good
    I'm a yung'un, and have only had 2 cards
    xfx 6800 ultra (think it might have been the xxx version, can't recall)
    xfx 8600 gts (the xfx doesn't really seem to give me much bar a sticker)
    I like 8's and 6's lol (edit, although Ironically, I wish I hadn't gone with the 8600)
  38. Hm... I'm also pretty new at this.... Besides the OLD ATI card I that was in my parents old Pentium-166 (the thing still runs!), I've had four video cards.

    ATI x300
    nVidia 6200 Turbocache (Glad I got that POS for free)
    ATI x1600pro
    ATI x1900xt
  39. i missed 2 cards , a 4mb one(dont remember the name) ,TNT 2 and FX5200 ,
  40. Quote:
    i missed 2 cards , a 4mb one(dont remember the name) ,TNT 2 and FX5200 ,


    isnt that 3?
  41. OMG! I have ONLY owned:

    1) PII 266 with a Matrox G200 1st comp, did tons of business with it and learned lots.

    2) Dell Dimension 2400 Celeron 2.4Ghz, was on sale during the famous price ****-up. Got the whole thing for $300 shipped with MS Works, Keyboard and mouse in 2003.

    3) My current PC, upgraded from a AMD64 3000+ with a Evga 6800GS to a Opteron 165 @2.25 Ghz OC with an 8800GTS 640Mb. See hardware specs, my new sig. is here to stay!
  42. voodoo1
    riva tnt 32mb
    riva tnt2 32mb?
    geforce 256
    geforce 2 gts 64mb
    leadtek geforce 3 64mb
    9700pro 128
    9800pro 128
    geforce 6 gts 256mb sli'd
    geforce 7800gtx 256 sli'd
    8800gtx (just one...stoopid 8x lanes)
  43. spuddyt said:
    u went from the 9000 pro to an 8800 gtx? GOD that must have been good


    well that really wasn't in order but I went from a FX 5900 Ultra to a 8800 GTX and yes it was quite a improvement.
  44. LOOL I still remember when video cards started to have fans. I'm like wow such blazing fast performance that you need a fan! And the heatsinks back then were pretty small compared to today.
  45. Yeh now we get this 12" long 2 slot cards with turbines in them that actually run at a hotter temperature than most CPU;s do
  46. CGA (3 colours) Card in my old 8088
    3DFX Voodoo 2
    ATI All-in-Wonder (no idea what model)
    Nvidia G-Force 2 MX-200
    ATI Radeon 7000
    ATI Radeon 7500
    ATI Radeon 9200
    ATI Radeon X1650 Pro 512
    ATI Radeon X1900 GT
    ATI Radeon HD2900XT
  47. Hercules Riva TNT (AGP)
    Hercules 3D Phrophet MX (AGP)
    VisionTek GeForce 3 Ti200 (AGP) Still have, and works
    ATI All-In-Wonder 9600XT (AGP) Still have, and works
    Diamond Viper 9600XT (AGP)
    ATI 9700 Pro (AGP)
    BFG 6800GT OC (AGP) Still have, and works
    XFX 7600GT (AGP) Still have, and works
    ATI X1900XTX (PCI-E) Still have, and works

    Of course I had some older pre-3D crap back in the day, not worth mentioning.

    Hope to get 8800GTX sometime, though I may wait this cylce out and get the next generation.
  48. ok as all are wiriting their list, here is mine:
    An ISA slot VGA card that i bought with a 386 pc. Dont remember what was it (the name and memory).
    matrox g200 millenium 16mb (it already had the extra 8mb chip) PCI
    geforce fx 5200 128mb AGP
    ati radeon 9700pro 128mb AGP
    ati radeon x600pro 256mb PCI-EX
    ati radeon x700 256mb PCI-EX
    geforce tnt 16mb AGP
    ati radeon 9800pro 128mb AGP
    this was the list of vga card i bought and it is in the same order. i know there were upgrades and downgrades at times. but currently i am using the matrox g200. will buy a vga card soon.
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