Associatedcontent: Almost 2 decades ago, PC gaming was really simple. Games usually use dots and a few colors to display simple animations and elaborate texts and displays.
My first GPU was a Diamond Stealth II, it was incredible, I was in disbelief at how fast Interstate '76 ran, and how good it looked at 800x640. It's an amazing to look back at the evolution of the GPU, Direct X was probably the best thing that happened to PC gaming back in the day, believe it or not you could not play every game with your GPU of choice, some games required a 3DFX etc. GPU's are amazing pieces of tech, especially considering their parallel processing power as GPGPU's.
DirectX may be the best and the worst thing that happened to PC gaming at the same time. It makes it harder for the devs to open games for platforms other than Windows.
My first was the Voodoo3 2000 PCI card. I remember playing Quake 2 and The original Jedi Knight game for the first time and thinking "Holy crap! This game looks so much better and runs smoother now!!"
My first 3D card was a Diamond stealth 3D. It had 1MB is onboard video memory and went into an ISA slot running at 8MHz. :D I loved playing TIE Fighter with it. :D Oldschool gamers ftw. :D
i still have my 3dfx1 working . i still remember the first time i got 60fps while emulating mario 64 on ultra 64 thanks to the 3dfx plug-in ... priceless ..
My first proper all-in-one GPU was a Geforce 256. Before that a Voodoo 1 + Riva 128
I still have my Voodoo Rush with my Cyrix 6x86 desktop.. those are the days... Need For Speed with 3D acceleration.. damn... it gives me tears of joy back then..
My first Gpu was the Powervr chip it could run quake 2 @ 640*480, 800*600 in mid settings. was a school student back then, so the 99usd pricing was very attractive and much much cheaper then getting a console. Later as i had the funds i went for a voodoo 2, later upgraded to voodoo2 sli that setup was insane. This was back in 1998. I was gaming at 1024*768 (720p) 60fps in almost all my games. PC gaming always has been on the edge. While the masses have only seen 720p gaming in 2006, thats almost a decade ahead in time. By 2001-2002 we had gpus powerful enough to be running all games in 1600*1200. Again those are resolutions the masses will not see until next gen consoles are out maybe in 2012-2013. Again PC just is a decade ahead.
Still have my VooDoo 5 in a closet somewhere, it was a beast back then. I took it out a few years ago and was able to run GTA Vice City...I had to download custom drivers for it but it ran at reasonable resolution, it only crapped when it rained in the game...the card couldn't render the water effect on the road...thank god there is a cheat to make it sunny.
Well for me I became a PC gamer in 2007 and have picked up tons of knowledge which I have found so interesting For me I can easily say PC gaming for life One funny time for me in recent year was when I was a college and we had to do fault finding and repair. One of our other tutors came in and found this ATi 3D Rage II graphics card and said "wow this looks pretty advanced" well me and my 2 friends nearly died with laughter. I said at the time "imagine if he was to see my 9800 GTX lol" Well now I have a HD 5850 lol plus if he were to see someone with HD 5970 CrossFireX, HD 5870 Quad Fire or GTX 480 Quad SLi Here is Trubritar with his EVGA GTX 480 Unboxing Video and Quad SLi http://www.youtube.com/watc...
I picked up on pc gaming around the same time, was in 2008 i upgraded my GPU to a 9800GTX. My PC has been a beast ever since, I know its nothing compared to the current GPUS out there, however there isnt a game out there that my rig cant play at 1080p. Still alot better then whatever my PS3 can manage.
My first GPU was a MOS Technology 65xx (probably 6569) VIC-II. Good times. My first actual video card was a Tseng Labs ET4000 based card (don't remember the manufacturer name). Oh, and my first and only console was a Philips Videopac G7000 aka Magnavox Odyssey². Yeah, I feel pretty old now lol.
My first accelerator was a 3DFX Voodoo II, which was awesome... for a time. Then came the GeForce 256 - so great they skipped all 255 iterations... until the Gefore 2 came out. Then I had a Radeon 9800 which required a small tank of coolant to keep the damned thing running (coupled with a Prescott P4 - still one of the hottest running CPU's ever). And then games just started sucking badly, and I still haven't found a game worth the upgrade to a nVidia 7800 PCIe which I have now, and haven't gone further, at least not compared to the older days.
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