I was up my loft to see if I had a suitable case and PSU for a motherboard/CPU/RAM I took out my PC when I last upgraded those. I found this beauty from 20 years ago. Back when you could have any colour PC you wanted as long as you wanted beige. 16MB RAM 3dfx Voodoo3 2000 AGP
Maaaan! You had a graphics card? You had a pretty uptown setup! My Pentium 2 had onboard graphics… which ROCKED “Pandemonium”! Of course my intel 386 had all of the colors you ever needed for “in search of doctor riptide”
I even remember when my computer did not have a graphics card and using lightwave 4 and Real3d on my 386 (could be 486 too it has been so long)
Retro Pc gaming is a thing, keep it
The best old school graphics chip ever was the Commodore 64’s VIC chip.
Like these 2 I have here
True! And it could even run blend…err… Giga CAD I mean
very interesting unfortunately in german only
Ive still got an S3 Virge somewhere.
Matrox Millenium II was my first ‘3D’ card ))
I too owned a voodoo. I burned it up when I tried swamping it’s bios chip with another voodoo. Then I had one of those nvidia cards. Used nvidia for long time after this. Now I use radeon.
now remember better, a Creative 3D Blaster PCI with a rendition veritè v1000 gpu
it was a gpu that was competing with 3dfx hahaha
the videocard with which I started using blender was the riva TNT if I remember correctly … one of the first ATI Cards…
ive got a stack of 4 old pc’s that dont even have agp lol. one of them had a voodoo pci 3000 (i think?) but it might be failing so its it the box now with the pile of agp gpus and other things.
Nice. I had a Voodoo 3 as well, in a PC with a monster 128mb of RAM and a sweet Athlon processor.
I remember being insanely jealouse of mny freind who spent a fortune on a Pentium 120 when i only have a Pentium 90.
I got him back tho by getting the Pentium III when that came out. Still works too, i gave it to an elderly friend who still surfs on it.
I remember my first proper gfx card - an ATi radeon with faulty drivers, a lot of promises and some proprietary stuff that was never recognized by any game. It really soured my appetite for that brand for a long time.
Never had a good experience with Radeon drivers, particularly for the mobile chips. I had a horribly expensive laptop at my last job which was a workstation laptop - Radeon card crashed it on a daily basis, despite keeping up with the latest drivers.
I really can’t say anything about radeon cards today. this was decades ago. But the aftertaste is still there. Hardware developers: release finished, polished products or people will grieve for generations! At least jumpers are a thing of the past. I frequently exclude them from my nostalgic thoughts.
I once had to edit the bios chip on a graphics card so that it would run on a mac. The windows version had twice the ram on it, so i had to dump the graphics bios chip, hex edit it to under report the ram it actually had and flash it back before it would run on a mac.
It worked too
My first 3D card was the Permedia 2 Blizzardvideo card that connected to the 166Mhz 603 PPC accelerator in my Amiga 1200 - played a lot of quake and Wipeout 2097 on that!
Sweet memories. I believe I had the same Matrox Millennium in my first Windows PC in 1997, after being a passionate Amiga user for 11 years.