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September 12, 2007 5:24:18 AM

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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September 12, 2007 5:37:32 AM

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
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September 12, 2007 6:03:39 AM

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

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September 12, 2007 7:11:53 AM

3DFX Voodoo 3
Nvidia Geforce FX5900 Ultra
Nvidia Geforce MX440
Radeon 9000 Pro
Nvidia 8800 GTX
September 12, 2007 7:16:18 AM

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...
September 12, 2007 7:17:32 AM

I forgot my geforce 3
September 12, 2007 11:26:25 AM

ATI Radeon 9600 Pro
ATI Radeon X800 Pro
Nvidia Geforce 7900 GS
Nvidia Geforce 8800 GTX (to be ordered this thursday)
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September 12, 2007 12:16:18 PM

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....
September 12, 2007 12:23:34 PM

geforce 4mx
ati 9600se
8800gts640
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September 12, 2007 1:24:26 PM

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
September 12, 2007 1:24:36 PM

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?)
September 12, 2007 1:35:24 PM

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
September 12, 2007 2:01:15 PM

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 .....
September 12, 2007 2:04:20 PM

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 .....

September 12, 2007 2:07:18 PM

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 !
September 12, 2007 2:10:27 PM

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.
September 12, 2007 2:49:41 PM

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 !
September 12, 2007 3:55:31 PM

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

September 12, 2007 4:11:41 PM

I get a new system once every 8 years or so and upgrade my video card once inside that timeframe. :p 
September 12, 2007 4:14:26 PM

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.


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September 12, 2007 4:20:12 PM

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.
September 12, 2007 4:47:31 PM

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!
September 12, 2007 5:44:58 PM

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
September 12, 2007 5:53:06 PM

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
September 12, 2007 11:10:09 PM

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.
September 12, 2007 11:55:30 PM

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
September 13, 2007 12:09:53 AM

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.

September 13, 2007 12:30:23 AM

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.
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September 13, 2007 1:28:27 AM

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)
September 13, 2007 1:48:27 AM

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..
September 13, 2007 2:08:01 AM

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
September 13, 2007 2:27:10 AM

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??
September 13, 2007 2:31:53 AM

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
September 13, 2007 2:38:15 AM

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. :) 
September 13, 2007 2:51:43 AM

VooDoo2
GeForce2 64
Radeon 9250
Radeon x700 Pro
8800GTS
September 13, 2007 3:03:15 AM

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)
September 13, 2007 3:33:17 AM

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.
September 13, 2007 8:20:22 PM

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)
September 13, 2007 9:00:12 PM

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
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September 13, 2007 9:25:11 PM

i missed 2 cards , a 4mb one(dont remember the name) ,TNT 2 and FX5200 ,

September 13, 2007 10:31:18 PM

Quote:
i missed 2 cards , a 4mb one(dont remember the name) ,TNT 2 and FX5200 ,


isnt that 3?
September 13, 2007 10:40:02 PM

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!
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September 13, 2007 10:40:27 PM

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)
September 14, 2007 2:35:59 AM

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.
September 14, 2007 3:07:51 AM

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.
September 15, 2007 7:43:42 AM

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
September 15, 2007 9:19:43 AM

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
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September 15, 2007 10:01:01 AM

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.
September 15, 2007 11:36:28 AM

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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