Colorful, Nvidia Open GPU Museum to Showcase Exotic Hardware

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GPU Museum (Image credit: Colorful)

In a partnership with Nvidia, Colorful has opened the world's first graphics card museum. The museum, which is located in Shenzhen, China, is expecting to open its doors to visitors soon.

Colorful recently relocated its headquarters to Shenzhen’s New Generation Industrial Park. The brand might not be well-known on this side of the globe, but Colorful is one of the oldest players in the Chinese market.

There are many rare graphics cards on display at Colorful's museum hailing from the '80s that you won't find on anyone's Best Graphics Cards list today. The company has each one categorized chronologically. The list of graphics cards includes old-school Voodoo graphics cards and Nvidia's GeForce 256, dubbed the world's first graphics card. Some of the chipmaker's first GeForce gaming graphics cards are also part of the exhibition. 

Not everything is about Nvidia though. Colorful also has a priceless collection of ATI graphics cards, such as the legendary Rage Fury MAXX. It was the company's first dual-chip graphics card and binded two Rage 128 Pro chips together on the same PCB with ATI's alternate frame rendering (AFR) technology serving as the main highway for communication. The museum also houses other rare artifacts from IBM, 3Dlabs, Intel, S3, Trident, 3Dfx and many others.

Since it's Colorful's museum, after all, the company also has diverse sections to pay homage to the evolution of eSports in China, as well as the brand's own iGame and Kudan bloodline.

Colorful also endowed its museum with some of the latest toys on the market. The company has setup a racing simulator with three 8K displays and a VR station.

Colorful stated that the museum will be open for visitor registration "soon," but didn't commit to a specific date.

Zhiye Liu
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Zhiye Liu is a Freelance News Writer at Tom’s Hardware US. Although he loves everything that’s hardware, he has a soft spot for CPUs, GPUs, and RAM.

  • CyrixCpuOverlord
    FYI The Rage Fury MAXX did not use Nvidia SLI technology, it used an ATI based tech called AFR, and if it did use SLI it would have been 3dfx SLI technology. 3dfx did not go down the drain till 2 year after the release of the Rage Fury MAXX.

  • MIRV888
    Need For Speed on the 3dfx back in '97 was an eye opener.
  • mrallinwonder
    Nice to see the Rage Fury Maxx! I designed the HW that genlocked the 2 GPUs and merged the outputs. Alternate frame and alternate line interleave supported, the timing sub-pixel locked with a PLL and a VCXO. Still cranking stuff out at AMD, kinda weird to see your stuff in a museum though...
  • spongiemaster
    Sorry to see the poster above chime in that they worked on the Fury Maxx. My sister had one of those cards, and out of the dozens are cards I've used over the years, that was easily the worst card I've ever had the displeasure of using and trying to get working. Flat out awful drivers and support from day 1 that never really got any better over time.