The 23 Greatest Graphics Cards Of All Time

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  • buzznut
    Its amazing how many of these I've owned. Voodoo II, Voodoo III, GeForce 4ti, Riva TNT, Radeon 9800, TNT 2 Ultra..Course now that I'm married I can't spend money on things like the latest video card. :(
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  • dogman_1234
    Cool. Thanks for the history lesson.
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  • JackMomma
    Never thought I'd be proud of my ol' 295GTX as I am now... Anyway, it's time to let her cool off again.
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  • JackMomma
    Never thought I'd be proud of my ol' 295GTX as I am now... Anyway, it's time to let her cool off again.
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  • dogman_1234
    Cool. Thanks for the history lesson.
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  • jimmysmitty
    One thing, you part with the 3870 X2 states it had a combined 160 Pixel Shaders but a single 3870 had 320 Stream processors, same as the HD2900, and a 3870 X2 had 640 Stream processing units.

    If anything, the 3870 X2 had 128 SP units that acted as 5 SP units giving it 640.

    Other than that, nice article. I remember my 9700 Pro. Too bad the memory died out on it. But it was ok. I got a 9800XT to replace it.
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  • Anonymous
    I was somewhat disappointed the first Matrox dual-head card didn't make the list.
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  • bin1127
    Cleaning out the closet at Tom's huh?
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  • buzznut
    Its amazing how many of these I've owned. Voodoo II, Voodoo III, GeForce 4ti, Riva TNT, Radeon 9800, TNT 2 Ultra..Course now that I'm married I can't spend money on things like the latest video card. :(
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  • chillin15
    proud former owner of the g4 4600 ti
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  • utengineer
    Still running GTX 280's in SLI. I don't get DX11, but I still play every game out there with no problem. 3 years and still going strong. Great investment.
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  • cangelini
    jimmysmittyOne thing, you part with the 3870 X2 states it had a combined 160 Pixel Shaders but a single 3870 had 320 Stream processors, same as the HD2900, and a 3870 X2 had 640 Stream processing units.If anything, the 3870 X2 had 128 SP units that acted as 5 SP units giving it 640.Other than that, nice article. I remember my 9700 Pro. Too bad the memory died out on it. But it was ok. I got a 9800XT to replace it.


    Absolutely right. Don must have owned a "special" 3870 X2. I've updated the story to reflect the X2s everyone else owned ;)
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  • toxxel
    Still have my MSI Geforce 4 TI 4200 128mb DDR card, no real use for it now a days so it just lays in a box with the rest of my outdated stuff.
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  • mute20
    Love this article
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  • cleeve
    jimmysmittyOne thing, you part with the 3870 X2 states it had a combined 160 Pixel Shaders but a single 3870 had 320 Stream processors, same as the HD2900, and a 3870 X2 had 640 Stream processing units.If anything, the 3870 X2 had 128 SP units that acted as 5 SP units giving it 640.Other than that, nice article. I remember my 9700 Pro. Too bad the memory died out on it. But it was ok. I got a 9800XT to replace it.


    Thanks Jimmy. Not sure what I was smoking when i put that in there, but I was bandying about a lot of ancient statistics so It'd have been a miracle if I didn't make a horrendous flub like that at least once. :)
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  • njgtechguy
    There is an error on the GeForce 3 page. Hardware tessellation became supported in DirectX11, not 10.
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  • dragonsqrrl
    Geforce 256, Geforce 3 Ti, Radeon 9700 pro, and Geforce 8800 GTX. Amazing performance, absolutely revolutionary architectures for their time, and four of my personal favorites. Still have the Geforce 3 Ti 200 my brother gave me.

    No FX5800 Ultra or HD2900XT? lol.
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  • haplo602
    You should include GAMING in the title and drop the 'of all time' part. You are missing a LOT of cards in the list with the current title of the article.
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  • themelc
    I still have my old 3dfx Voodoo3. That sucker ran Quake 3 Arena like mad. Perfect timing for the best game in the world.
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  • agnickolov
    A more accurate title would be: "The 22 Greatest 3D Graphics Cards Of All Time". The Voodoo 1 and 2 cards in the beginning of the list are not even graphics cards - they are 3D co-processors for a host 2D graphics card!
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  • QEFX
    Interesting choices. I'd have added:

    Rage Fury MAXX: OK there was that minor issue about not working with anything past WinME

    KYRO II: The little card that almost did

    ATI All-In-Wonder: (8500 mostly) A fast, but not fastest, card that you could game while watching TV (or DVR a show).

    Matrox Parhelia: Best name, how many screens do you need? 3? We can do that. Too bad it was 6 months to a year late (and expensive). Nobody mention that face-mapping thing please. R.I.P. Matrox G-series

    Lastly-
    Glaze3D 4800: The fastest vapor on the planet.
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  • dragonsqrrl
    "Immediately after, Nvidia launched the GeForce 7900 GTX 512 MB with a 512-bit memory interface to keep the crown."

    The 7900GTX still used a 256-bit memory interface like the 7800GTX. It was a process shrink down to 90nm, coupled with increased clocks and double the GDDR3 that set it apart.
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  • pirateboy
    not including matrox millenium (and mistique for that matter) shows a noob wrote this....also none of the Hercules cards huh?
    Gfx card history does not start with Voodoo1 you noob.
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