TNT Riva 2 (in my first PC back in 2004, it was an outdated GPU even then, but it was in a prebuilt in Eastern Europe, so it explains the issue)
GTX 560 SE (it ran beautifully until heat killed it and boom, artifacts then death, it was a Palit version with a tiny fan that I feared the moment I saw it in person it wouldn't keep the GPU alive for too long)
GTX 750 Ti (It was a Gigabyte model, meant to replace my dead 560, ran really well, sold it because of upgrading)
R9 280X (bought it second hand to keep it for 2 years as an upgrade from my 750 Ti, didn't last 1 full year, but the performance was very good)
RX 480 (bought it less than a month ago used but from a company that sells used parts with warranties, it's covered with a warranty so I'm not worried, got it for a good price and MAN isn't Freesync great with my 144Hz Freesync monitor? it definitely is!)
First GPU i bought was the ATI Radeon 9800 pro 128MB The Family computer before that had an Nvidia Geforce 460 64MB After the 9800 i upgraded to a HD 2900XT, probably one of the worst cards ever to have been made, constant blue screen and a coilwine from hell. did return that one. Got a HD 3870 in return one of the best cards ever could run everything and was silent still have it to this day saved. It lasted until 2012 when i was forced to uppgrade to a 7970 to be able to play battlefield 3. Now i own a Vega 64 which i bought in 2017 at a steal for 400 Euro. managed to pick up a Radeon 7 for 660 Euro, i havent got it yet and i am considering returning it. i consider keeping it and selling my Vega 64 and the games that should come bundled with the Radeon 7.
Radeon 9600 [AGP] This is when I was introduced to the game F.E.A.R. --> GTX 8800GTX --> GTX 8800GTX Tri-SLI (yea... I know Crysis) --> 9800GTS --> GTX270 SLI --> GTX 570 SLI --> GTX 970 SLI --> RX 580 --> Vega 64 Liquid -->?
I'm holding out for something in the 2080ti performance level from the AMD side. I swear that image quality improved with I went to the RX 580. With 4k Freesync, the Vega 64 is *almost* all I need.
This post was modified 9 months ago 2 times by Luke
@lukedotde I Love the modded cooling on those card!
As for me: ATI 9800 SE modded to a 9800 pro with custom cooling. NV 8800 GT that came with a fine cooling solution, I am still using the cooler that came with it on a quadro card. NV 1060 6GB, I needed the extra VRAM for a 4k display.
I looked up the spec sheet of the ram modules for my 1060 and clocked the ram accordingly, used memtestcl to make sure everything was in working order. With the GPU at stock the card runs at 1800Mhz and is inaudible while using the furmark torture test.
I bumped up the core speed a bit as well because I like round numbers. It boosts up to 2050 Mhz at first then settles down to 2000 Mhz. I would have pushed it further if I didn't care about noise.
The cards I bought is only part of the story. I've dabbled in graphics cards repair for a while.
A Nv 660Ti, Nv 760 and a Nv 770 are in use right now. The Quadro with the 8800GT cooling solution is probably still in a NAS somewhere. I kept one of the Quadro cards with a single slot cooler for troubleshooting purposes.
Long story short, I went a bit overboard with graphics cards for a while. Looks like @f7gos is still at it!. 😀
Thanks for sharing your stories, brings back fond memories! -Ype
Edit: I forgot to mention a Nv Geforce 3 that still works and that the 760 also found a home! 😀
This post was modified 8 months ago 2 times by Ype
Let's see if I can remember them correctly. I've gone through ten in twentyfive years...
Mid 90:ies, my first computer: Some "Trident" graphics card. No frills, ran fine at 640x480 but froze up when I tried 1024x768.
Autumn -98: A Compaq computer with ATI Rage LT Pro (integrated on the motherboard, but I thought it was some discrete card when I signed up for the computer). Not at all as good as the salesperson claimed. The drivers didn't support fog tables, which at the time was a real issue to me.
December -00: Asus GeForce 256 DeLuxe (with 3D glasses!) The first card I actually choose myself, and I made a mistake. The GPU was in no way powerful enough to make 3D viewing a real option.
PNY GeForce 3 Ti 200. I loved this one!
Radeon 9800 LE (Sold to colleague when replaced.)
GeForce 7800 GT. My first with PCIe.
Radeon HD 5770 (Sold to colleague when replaced.) Faster and less power hungry than my previous card.
GeForce GTX 750Ti (Still in use in my daughter's computer.) Faster and less power hungry than my previous card!
Asus Radeon R9 280 Double Cu (Sitting on my desk waiting for a buyer or to be scrapped.) A real power guzzler! It was difficult to keep noise and temps down at the same time.
Current: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB) Wind Force
Well, we had two machines in the house, originally my dad payed for it all. GT220 in one, GT440 in the other. Then once the GT440 was giving up, it was swapped temporarily with a GTX460.
We realized that the GT220 is such a crap card that nothing ran on it, and our attempt at overclocking it resulted in it catching fire as it turned out that one of the fuses or resistors wasn't good for the amount of power we put through, so both machines got upgraded to R9 280X's with my "pocket money" (I was like 14 at the time, I helped out around my mom's business and she paid me minimum wage for helping out over the summer).
That was until about a year ago, when one died, that got swapped with a GTX 1060 6GB, got it for cheap. The other R9 280X is still mostly good, will probably replace it within the next 6 months as that's the last component in that machine, both desktops are 3600's now with 32GB RAM, and I want to upgrade one of the machines to an RTX card as it would save me money over the course of my thesis as I need to run a lot of deep learning stuff and I'm starting to hit the limits of the university budget for it. Would be like $900, but I blow that every three months on my AWS budget, so happy this is all sponsored, lol.
I mostly "game" on my GTX 960M laptop though, as I can move it around the house, have some GTX 1050 Ti laptops as well, but they're bigger and heavier, so rarely use them, I'd rather go to the study and use one of the machines there then.