ITT: Post the first graphics card you ever purchased
6 Fucking years without any issue
Still works to this day despite the cracking die issue.
What a pimp.
I saved $150 for this as a kid in high school wanting to play Crysis on my computer.
I also later saved money to buy a 900W PSU because I didn't think about power requirements and so my old PSU died. I overshot my system's power usage by a shit ton, falling into the "future upgrades" trap.
The card now sits in my older brother's PC playing CS:GO or whatever the fuck he does on it.
I got one of these niggers when it came out and it still works
I had to regrease the fan (and I think I damaged it doing so)
holy shit a 512mb framebuffer these days sucks major ass
This motherfucker right here. It could even run Crysis with medium settings @ 1024x768. At around 10 FPS, that is.
my first was a trio32, was 400$ when i bought it
Ive had some gpus before this, but this was the first I got with my own cash and shit and researched before buying.
I didn't buy this card, but it was my first I later upgraded to a 9800GTX
Bought this without knowing anything about computers and installed it in my family's shitty prebuilt pc. Went from 2 fps in GTA Vice City to around 25.
Damn... It could run NFSU, dude... It was the best.
Friend passed this on to me and once i got a gtx 460 I passed the torch on to another friend.
Shortly thereafter Mr 9800 passed away.
Goodnight Sweet Prince
cost about $415 in mid-2007
Pretty much in constant use until 2012 when it broke. I fixed it by baking it in the oven, and it broke again in 2013
Is it as old as this one? This is a google image of the 256 color one from my Pentium before I replaced it with a SiS one to play Quake.
I have a shitty old PCI graphics card like this. It's actually quite useful for troubleshooting if your PCIe graphics card fails and you dont have integrated graphics or any other way to see a video output (ofc you need a VGA adapter, though). You can browse the web and shit, just dont expect to be able to watch video
Hardware was never the issue. Your power supply was never too small, you never had to worry about having the right power cable, and there was only one place in the city to buy from. Now when it came to configuring and installing, there was your weekend gone.
You know if you hold up number nine cards to the light, there are Beatle lyrics printed in the PCB?
First card purchased with my own money.
Now I have the shroud removed and two 90mm fans tied to it with rubber bands for reduced noise and temp.
Intel i740, it ran quake 3 at 800x600 full detail!
Yep. Great easter egg. You're a nigga who knows his shit.
It wasn't the first I bought (and back then it was still my parents' money), but the first card I remember being a great noticeable upgrade.
only built my first PC a year ago, went with this.
>I bought it knowing the issue
>I barely use over half a gig of graphics anyway
This is the year I get my entire pc gaming rig setup now that I have a stable income. Just two parts left.
A 2MB ET4000 Tseng that run on a VLB.
ATI Sapphire x1650 (AGP)
My is still running at friends house
RIVA TNT M64
Gothic 1 at ~20fps
Lmao I dropped into a local Future shop( electronics chain store now owned by bestbuy) and bought the 8400gs. Anything was an upgrade over my prebuilt onboard pleb GPU. Too broke to buy anything else. Mind you I was 13 and didn't know much about the difference in price/performance.
I actually didn't "buy" this one, I traded a Best Buy gift card for it to a similarly poorfag friend so he could buy some overpriced RAM.
God I didn't miss being poor. And yet, here I am again.
First card i bought with my own cash:
Leadtek Winfast GeForce Fx 5700 256MB AGP 8x
Directx 9 ready
Used this nigger for video in/video out with my Xbox hooked up and playing games on the 19inch AOC CRT
Purchased Dec 2003
4 long years finally replaced this baby still runs far cry 3 on med-high settings and was so proud I could run crysis at 20-30fps on max
I was late to the PC party
I can't understand how back in the 90s almost no graphics card needed a fan to operate, but now in 2015 you NEED one or it catches fire.
What's stopping companies from making ultra efficient graphics cards that rely on just a heatsink? Is it because it's cheaper to just throw things together and add a leafblower to it?
Can't believe I remember what it was off the top of my head.
Bought it when I was in elementary school for my POS HP desktop just so I could play HL2.
Pretty good card. I also like how it doesn't have a case around it, so I can factor in cabinet air circulation to its cooling.
Later upgraded to SLI with it. But now I'm getting a single 980.
> What's stopping companies from making ultra efficient graphics cards that rely on just a heatsink?
You want your passive cooling? Wait for another 10 years and you'll get a low-end card that can overperform a GTX980.
Added this card to the one that was in the prebuilt, ATI Rage IIC 8MB.
Remembers me of my HD2400
Replaced it with a GT520 in 2012
>tfw all of your oldschool games work fluent in max quality
I honestly can't remember at all. I was pretty young when I built my first computer, so I had next to no idea what I was actually putting in it.
The first GPU I can actually remember buying was a 6950.
HD4870, I must have RMA'd about £500 of equipment making that build, God bless eBuyer for putting up with me
Nvidia Riva TNT. It was an incredibly shitty card in every way even back then, and over the years I had much better experiences with Radeons. Now sporting a spanking new 290x, first desktop gpu I've had in about 10 years
So I could play the OG diablo, some shitty star wars game, and starcraft.
Fuck I must have spent 1000 hours creating maps in starcraft.
Hello, I am the Silicon Graphics Reality Co-Processor.
I was the N64's graphic chip in 1996.
I had hardware T&L.
one of these at a computer fair from the fattest man I have ever met in my 29 years (this was a long time ago too).
This piece of shit. [spoiler]And I used it until 2009[/spoiler]
I gave mine away to a guy who couldn't afford his own PC, so I gave him my entire PC, since it was older, it ran the few games he plays, so why the fuck not.
>holding onto old useless shit for no reason.
good will mother fucker
here she is, all 64MB of it.
Mine had red PCB though. Dat passive cooling fuck yes I still have it somewhere in my parents basement.
Remember when Matrox were good?
Also an S3 Savage3d but only because the GPU was really nice to program.
Started with a TNT2 M64, fuck that card was complete ass and it was my first major bummer in my pc gaymen life. Read about stuff and got confused, bought a geforce 2 mx400 next thinking it was the same as the "normal" geforce 2. Swore to myself that ill not fuck up next time. Saved up for long time then bought my first proper card, and i got a geforce 3 ti 200. Pc gaymen has never been the same
Radeon HD 5770. Breddy good, except for the noisy fan
If this was your first graphic card, you would never buy a graphic card ever again.
It might not have had four color graphics like the CGA cards all my friends had but it kicked every other PC's ass when it came to resolution (720×348 vs 320x200). Playing the original SimCity on this baby was great. Losing two colors was a good trade off for the much clearer picture.
>what did you program on it? Something in Metal?
Nah, I actually wrote/ported (from X) a driver for another operating system. I'd done a few, the Savage was the only one that wasn't utterly horrible.
Riva TNT2 PCI
Later some guy told me he'd sell me a GeForce for cheap. I bought it but it turned out to be a "Gemini PCI junk which was horrible".
Some kind of 64mb agp card I don't even remember.
The first one I actually remember the details of was 4870.
Lasted fucking ages.
Oh wait, >>46927074 here, the 8800 was my first card.
The fucker died after half a year. Switched to AMD and never looked back.
Figures why I forgot about it.
played so much quake 2 on that thing.
Stuck this thing in a shitty prebuilt with a 2.26GHz Pentium 4, though I was the shit at the time.
>graphics were gifted, traded, integrated and gifted again
shit, i guess the first card i have bought for actual money would be a used FX5200 for like $3, only to take the passive radiator off it for a second FX5200 with more VRAM bought last year
damn hate those tiny whining fans on cards that work fine with passive cooling
definitely not the oldest card i've got though
8500GT 512MB. Bought this badboy to play CoD4 back in 2007.
I had no idea what i was doing back then
My pc was a prebuild back then, this was the first gpu i bought on itself
best 13th birthday ever
Voodoo Banshee 16MB PCI
Paired with an Intel Pentium III 750Mhz and 320MB RAM
I never bought one, but I lusted after the ATi X-800 line.
I still wonder what would've happened if I'd built that gaming PC 10 years ago instead of buying an Xbox with Halo 2.
Good times brother.
>Technically not a 'GPU' though, but a 3D accelerator
I had an S3 Trio64V+ for 2D duties.
I had no idea what I was doing.
I remember buying a second motherboard because I panicked about my cpu fitting.
9 years without issue, burnt by PSU failure.
Payed an uncle to put in a Hercules kyro 2 in my computer.
changed the sticker and got it for the price of an s3 trio, haha. good times.
>the stock fan blew hot hair directly back into the center of the case just like this one
how can you design something to dissipate large amounts of heat just to immediately put all of that heat BACK INTO THE FUCKING TOWER
FUCKING STUPID FAGGOTS
i replaced it with aftermarket fan that rectified the issue but jesus christ my temps were riding high as shit before i replaced it
>gf 6200 agp
Can't remember the manufacturer but looked something like that
How fucking young are some of you?
I bought this with a combination of savings & parents giving me money when I was 13 back in 2003.
Served me from mid-2009 to early 2013, when it started artifacting under any sort of load.
Good to see some Tseng oldfags ITT.
First one I ever bought was a generic Tseng Labs ET6000 or a Genoa Phantom 64. Can't remember.
before I bought it I always just used whatever the built in was. Went to a lan party and my computer couldn't run anything they where playing so I bought it off a friend
I always wanted the one with the black PCB, but I couldnt find one so I had to settle with the green PCB version. Still, it was a solid card, and it's still kicking today as my secondary GPU.
First one I purchased with my own money instead of my parents.
Allowed me to get headshot in CSS and destroy the world of Cyrodiil
I was such a noob, killed the bastard by letting it constantly overheat... DUST OUT WHEN?
>tfw I just met the CEO of S3 graphics during its glory days
>tfw he tells you the story behind how S3 got left behind at the dawn of the 3D era
If anything though, Dado is one hell of an entrepreneur/engineer.
not my first but one that still makes me nostalgia so damn hard
It was the most powerful one I could find for AGP. My computer didn't have PCI-e
>Implying everybody was into PC gaming when they were a kid
I'm five years older than you and didn't buy my first gay men PC until 2009. Before that I only owned toasters with integrated graphics, because consoles were fantastic up until the PS2 era. It's only last gen that everything went to shit and jumping ship to the PC was the way to go.
Straight from the depths of hell
My first and last NVIDIA card
>this baby still plays hl2 just fine
My cousin greg once, while stoned out of his mind listening to Mr Tambourine man, rambled that music hit its pinnacle 60 years ago and that no significant improvements have actually been made.
Video games are suffering the same fate!
you can get all you need from video games, 15 years ago.
Nvidia GeForce 8400 GS!
Is there a website that tells you what year video cards came out? I'd like to think I got this car in like 2005 but maybe not.
Used to be pretty hot ran at 76 celsius under load still it was a ok card