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#1 Dec 03 2010 at 1:46 PM Rating: Decent
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So, today, regardless of what machine you buy, there's a 90% chance you will have some sort of 3D card in your machine, this wasn't the case not so many years ago.

Do you guys remember the first 3D card you bought? Was it a huge change?

I remember my experience VERY clearly;

The first 3D card I bought was a 3DFX Voodoo 1 (I'm sure most of you are familiar with this haha).

At first I couldn't get it to work, I was a bit of a noob at computers back then.

After some tweaking on the first game I tried it with, Quake 2, everything changed...it was no longer the Quake 2 I used to play...

The colors were so different, the lighting, the smoothness, the FPS...I almost wet myself.

How about you guys? What was your first 3D card experience?
#2 Dec 03 2010 at 2:07 PM Rating: Good
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this is not ffxiv related in the least... but my first was the first.. an S3 911... yes i am that old.

Edit: also it had no visible effect on SimAnt which is what i was playing at the time on PC

Edited, Dec 3rd 2010 2:10pm by Galkaholics
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#3 Dec 03 2010 at 2:20 PM Rating: Decent
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I had pretty much a word for word same experience with Q2. That brought back some great memories haha. I remember finally being able to compete on Rail only maps. It was seriously like comparing Final Fantasy for NES to FF7 in my memory. I will say that I'm wondering if gaming hasn't almost crossed over to trying to be more graphically amazing than the last game, instead of improving gameplay and or pushing the envelope in other ways besides just graphics. The madden games ever since ps2 bring this to mind, as well as the COD series. I'm working on a letter to send to game informer magazine about that whole thing. But back to the topic, that was a great day the first time i booted up with a real graphics card.
[edit] although i did play wolfenstein, doom, and captain keen or whatever it was called, and i'm pretty sure those were before q2, (i never played quake1). i remember my dad bought me Doom when it came out in '93 so I was 8. I remember my mom and grandma being like what kind of game is that for him to play??!? He just said it was like wolfenstein but aliens instead of ****'s. I didn't end up shooting anyone or anything like that......yet[/edit]

Edited, Dec 3rd 2010 3:24pm by tyler1552
#4 Dec 03 2010 at 2:33 PM Rating: Decent
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I don't remember the first 3d card but I clearly remember the Diamond Viper VLB card we had in our 486. I had to load a VESA driver in DOS just to get WarCraft II to load AND the **** thing had little confetti artifacts everywhere AND I had to keep the side panel off with a fan blowing directly on the card/mobo to keep it from crashing.

No wait, I remember the 3d card. It was a Diamond Viper V770. (TNT2) Unreal Tournament was my game.
#5 Dec 03 2010 at 6:01 PM Rating: Good
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My first 3D card was a PCI Matrox Millennium G200. Man was that a fast card when it came out... in 1998. Although there was some glitchy driver support on Win95. Something about not having "VESA" support.

Currently, I'm happy with my dual HD5770's.
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#6 Dec 03 2010 at 6:06 PM Rating: Decent
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First card I actually bought was a GeForce4 Ti4200.

That thing was a BEAST. I bought it to replace an integrated one so I could actually play CounterStrike on max settings. It was so good that it even lasted me through FFXI.
#7 Dec 03 2010 at 6:26 PM Rating: Decent
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Voodoo Banshee! Came with my real early Pentium 3 Gateway (450mhz). Pretty sure I still have it somewhere.... I enjoyed it mostly cause it was able to run the first N64 emulator. =p
#8 Dec 03 2010 at 9:40 PM Rating: Good
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I don't know how 3D it was but my first was some generic (S3?) Vesa Local Bus card that when I installed it I didn't know what the heck I was doing and put it in a 16 bit ISA slot (it fit obviously and worked). But man my computer was screaming with that thing. Months later I finally realized I need to put it in the slot with the extended bus on it. >.>

My first graphics adapter was the hercules which took a monochrome display and put actual EGA even VGA graphics on it. It was pretty sweet because I couldn't afford a color monitor at the time >.> but I could still play all my favorite games like Ultima and Wizardry and The Bard's Tale :D

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#9 Dec 03 2010 at 10:21 PM Rating: Decent
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****...all the graphic cards you guys mentioned brought up a lot of memories haha!
#10 Dec 03 2010 at 10:45 PM Rating: Good
Diamond Viper V770, which was basically a RIVA TNT 2...I loved that card, especially after I threw a few games at it (Ground Control, Quake II + Quake III, Conflict Zone...Oh, and Medieval: Total War)

Edited, Dec 3rd 2010 11:46pm by GuiltyBoomerang
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#11 Dec 04 2010 at 12:40 AM Rating: Decent
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My first 3D card was an ATI Rage(I) with a mighty 2megs of memory. It was so terrible, it put me off of 3D until I was able to afford a Voodoo board, the Diamond Monster3D! Now that was a great card, and the particular one I had overclocked pretty well with heat sinks attached to the 2 processor chips, I think I managed to get it running at 60MHz, or maybe it was 58.... Aaah, those were the days.
#12 Dec 04 2010 at 12:46 AM Rating: Decent
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GeForce 2.
The graphic card I had before that was a ATI mach64 from another PC.
#13 Dec 04 2010 at 1:19 AM Rating: Default
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Trio S3d

cost me $79 and was a slight upgrade form my VGA pos.

It was able to play Wolfenstein 3D and other titles i cant even remember.
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#14 Dec 04 2010 at 1:38 AM Rating: Default
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First Video Card I ever bought was a 1mb video card back in 1994. That went with my awesome 1gb HD and 64mb of ram. OH THE POWAH!!!!!!! Pretty sure it was made by PCI Millennium also as the guy above.

I believe I paid like 120 bux for it back then, which was percieved as alot of money for a single computer part back then.

I remember when it came in the shop, all the guys hovering over it like it was God's Gift to Geeks.

How far have we come in the last 10 years with the technology, although the ramp was quite rapid and fast for the first 5 - 7 years, the technology doesn't seem to be taking huge leaps anymore, but rather slowing down and moving steadly.

Makes me wonder where we will be in 25 years......kind of scared tbh about it.
#15 Dec 04 2010 at 2:30 AM Rating: Good
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My first own PC had a Pentium166, 500MB HDD, 32MB RAM and a Matrox Mystique with 4MB VRAM.
After some time I added a Diamond Monster 3D with 3dfx Voodoo1 with another 4MB VRAM.
The first games I played on this machine were Mechwarrior 2 and Tomb Raider ^^

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Edited, Dec 4th 2010 9:31am by RidingBean
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#16 Dec 04 2010 at 10:00 AM Rating: Decent
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The first one I can remember was the 3dfx Voodoo 3. That was one huge card but I can't remember my reaction to it. I'm pretty sure I had been playing without 3D acceleration until then (Quake is a fine game even with software rendering).
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My first video card that didn't come pre-installed in a PC was an ATI Mach 8 that I installed in my 80486DX2 back in 1991 (built the PC for College). My first 3D video card was a Nvidia RIVA TNT2 because I wanted to play Unreal and I also needed OpenGL for work.

In addition to those two, I've also had an old Trident card I can't remember, a ATI Mach 32, a Gforce MX440, a Radeon 9700 Pro and now 2 super-clocked GTX260s in SLI.

Up until this summer, I had all my past cards in a box for memory's sake. Then I saw an episode of "Hoarders" and decided to let go.

Edited, Dec 4th 2010 5:35pm by Trellmichel
#18 Dec 04 2010 at 12:42 PM Rating: Default
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lets talk abt our first major gpu purchases now

for me it was 2 of these http://en.kioskea.net/guide/850877-diamond-multimedia-viper-radeon-x1950-crossfire-512-mb-gddr4

roughly $800 usd i paid $799 each back in 06 and i thought these would last me 10 years... boy was i wrong.. i used these til ffxiv came out and they still run everything BUT ffxiv at max.

i bet they could run ffxiv no probs but the drivers for then stopped at like catalyst 10.2and ffxiv wont even run unless you have 10.6+

amazingly they still sell for $800 so i wonder if i can sell em for like 300 each lol



Edited, Dec 4th 2010 12:44pm by Galkaholics
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