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Robbert
Adept III

Age yourself - your first GPU? I'll go first

Hi all!

Yet another day, yet another question, what was your first GPU? Mine was a Voodoo card, though we had PCs since the early 80s (I'm from 86)).

Looking forward to y'all's replies!

Robbert

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3DFX Voodoo3 3000 AGP. I think

GeForce 256 from the 90's, I believe it was their first GPU.

dokcal
Adept I

My first GPU? Jeez, who can remember back that far?  LOL!

I was pretty bleeding-edge back then. I think I might have had an S3 ViRGE... then IIRC, I had a 3Dfx Voodoo of some kind a little later.

DammImGood
Journeyman III

GeForce 2, paired with an AMD 1800xp

Ultimvtum
Adept I

ATI HD 3450 in my first prebuilt

GTX 650 as my first upgrade

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BlackVoid
Journeyman III

I can't remember, but I think it was the ATI Graphics Ultra Pro PCI Mach32 with my blazing fast P60.

demoniclese
Adept I

My first was something that was in my 386..... i think it was a Trident with 512k of memory i think or something....my first real one was a VesaLocalBus 2 Meg VRam  ATI Mach32...also had the 1 meg Dram version

clarks_nyc
Adept I

First high end card? ATi 🤪 Radeon 9700 Pro. AGP baby! 

AMD2022
Journeyman III

I only remember it being an ATI, back in,.....  the too far to remember

42.  Voodoo2.

 

Carmageddon was my favorite title on that card.

BikenFish
Journeyman III

Haha! Yup Voodoo was where it was at! 
“Welcome to gamespy” first game was Quake II

JoeInKY
Journeyman III

Voodoo also. Can't remember exact model. That's what happens when you get old. LOL

dj4aces
Adept II

The first GPU I purchased with my own money was a 3dfx Voodoo 3 2000.

tredeuce
Adept II

It was a Voodoo card, but I do not remember exactly since I shared my PC with siblings. One liked to take stuff apart and replace stuff.

ReddHerring
Journeyman III

Nvidia Riva TNT was my first real GPU as i couldn't afford a vodoo card at the time

had one older card that I cannot recall. The one that I do recall is Geforce3 200ti

lgestle
Adept I

some onboard from a 386/486.  But Voodoo 1 was my first Gaming GPU shortly after it became available.

Mption
Adept I

I had a card it was an S3 that i upgraded the ram in.

 

I went from 256k to 512k, and it let me do high color(256 colors) at 1024 * 768

SubtleIQ
Adept III

ATI AIW 9600 XT

My First PC Build.

 

Michael Alan Horton
Roger0072
Adept II

I'll really age myself:  The first big purchase for a PC was not a graphics card.  

 

It was a sound card.

 

I know I got an early Adlib, which was needed for many games to be able to get more than PC sounds.  I also remember having to fight with port/jumper settings on the card to get it to work with the PC.

Moug7
Journeyman III

Can't remember what's was the first invented. Been gaming since I was kid in my 50s now

DRDOS
Adept III

If consider x86 platform only, it was about 30 years ago i got the first one.
S3 Trio 64 V+, PCI.
IIRC, it had 2MB VRAM.

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skycyclepilot
Adept II

Ha!  You're all just babies!  Mine was whatever was installed in a Burroughs mainframe in 1979!  My first PC was a Radio Shack MC10 with 16 KB of memory...

You obviously didn't read my post you young whipper snapper!  I was using the LA City Schools HP 2000 on a teletype at our high school in 1973.  I was a member of the San Fernando Valley Computer Club long before the Trash-80 came out and already had outgrown my KIM-1 Commodore computer and moved on to an S-100 Bus Z80 system, which I later upgraded to a Seattle Computer Products 8MHz 8086.

Mike Riley (lvskiprof)

You got me!  Does that mean I don't have to feel so old...

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Ok I’ll play, Tandy 1000

demoniclese
Adept I

I think i replied ot this before saying my first dedicated gpu was a 1 meg and then a 2 meg ATI Vesa Local Bus Mach32....so way before amd scooped up ATI...but when i think about it again my first real computer that had a seperate graphics adapter was a Compaq portable suitcase computer.....it had a green screen built in and 2 5 1/4" floppys...a 50 meg....yes.....meg....harddrive....and the graphics adaper was HUGE!! i was able to jerry rig it into my first 386 to use it! Of course i had to turn both machine on their sides and turn them both on at the same time i should have taken a pic1024px-Compaq_portable.jpg....wow...the memories! LOL I could have blown something up! It sounded like a jet starting up!! And man was the HDD loud!

cwtotal
Journeyman III

ATI Mach 64 (2MB VIDEO RAM) + Addon: VOODOO 1 3dfx: (4MB VIDEO RAM)

alisha
Adept I

AMD Radeon HD 7970 CF was my first graphics card. We thought this post would make us feel elderly and nostalgic.

Alisha Pal
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StuntApe
Adept I

Wow - not sure about the dates, but I'd guess 1996 or something like that?

ATI Rage for 3D, and Matrox Millenium for 2D.

Ryzen 7 5800X • Radeon RX 6900 XT • 64GB RAM
DarkAmethyst
Adept I

Uhh, this is a little tricky. I would assume iGPUs don't get to count but I do know the first computer that was properly mine has an S3 ProSavage. This was in a P3 era Celeron powered HP Brio. I think it was manufacturered around 2000? I ended up using this until like 2010 though when I got a laptop. For the hell of it I did get it a Radeon 9200SE cheap off eBay for it, so that would be my first actual dedicated GPU.

Desktop: i7-4770, 16GB DDR3, ASRock Z87 Pro4 and :sparkles:XFX Radeon RX480 8GB:sparkles:
Laptop: Acer Swift 3 (Ryzen 4500U, 8GB RAM, 1TB SSD) in ~purple~
stereosteveo
Adept I

Same. Still have 2 - 3DFx Voodoo Cards, new in box. Also come to think of it, Quake III  Arena (unopened in tin box). This was several years after the Voodoo, Quake 1 CTF days, ... and nights though...

OK..I'm 51.. =:(.   

Where does the time go? ugh... =:)..  

-Stv..

jamesc359
Miniboss

I've been PC gaming since Windows 95, but I didn't get my first dedicated GPU until I bought a PNY GT 240 that was on sale for $65. Sorry AMD fam, but I loved that card. I played so many great games on it that it's impossible not to.

I think it was a Gigabyte Radeon 4850?? It was part of the first system I pieced together with an AMD cpu, forgot which one but was pretty good back then. Never bought an Nvidia card. Now my old x399 rig is using a Toxic 6900 XT EE  🙄

@sadfasdfasdfasdfas 

Ooh, that will have been pretty nice. I picked up an old Sapphire HD4870 last month for.. I guess a sorta retro-box. Paired with an Athlon 64 X2. I might've picked that specific card because it was blue though, matches the motherboard. ❤️

Desktop: i7-4770, 16GB DDR3, ASRock Z87 Pro4 and :sparkles:XFX Radeon RX480 8GB:sparkles:
Laptop: Acer Swift 3 (Ryzen 4500U, 8GB RAM, 1TB SSD) in ~purple~

I think it was a Nvidia MX-440.

I'll understand if we can't be friends anymore @Sam_AMD @Ashley_AMD

😜

LOL Matt! 😂 

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Ashley
Ryzen 7 5800X • Radeon RX 6900 XT • Gigabyte X570S AERO G •

Blimey, that's a high end rig you have, Ashely! 😎

MikeySCT
Elite

IF memory serves, I'd started out with a my first personal build, an Intel P3 933MHz, with either a GF2 MX400 or a GF TNT Riva 2 (can't quite recall which). You can say I was a late bloomer as I was in my late, very late, 30s then.

So yeah, just over 20 years now. I'm retiring from upgrades and building my own rig now, though the last will be an X570S mobo with the spare R0 3900X + RX 6900 XT, so I'll ride off into the sunset with two all AMD builds...

Edit - I'd forgotten to mention that, before the P3, I was messing with those generic pre-builts, in those beige cases, I recall owning a 386, then a 486. I may have had a P1 in the period between it and the P3 build.

AM4 R9 5900X | GB X570 Aorus Xtreme | 2x 16GB Corsair Vengeance RGB RT DDR4 3600C16 | XFX MERC 310 RX 7900 XTX |Samsung C49HG90DME 49" 32:9 Freesync 2 | Corsair HX1000 Platinum | CM H500M | Win10 Pro

I liked the TNT Riva 2. That was a solid card.

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