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Poll Results: Which card had the greatest impact

 
  • 43% (50)
    Voodoo Graphics (first 3d accelorator)
  • 5% (6)
    Voodoo 2 SLi (first multi card)
  • 5% (6)
    Riva 128 (first intergrated 3d/2d card)
  • 6% (7)
    TNT (32bit color in 3d)
  • 0% (1)
    Rage Fury Maxx (dual GPU)
  • 4% (5)
    Geforce 256 (Hardware TnL)
  • 1% (2)
    Geforce 3 (Shaders)
  • 10% (12)
    Radeon 9700pro (FP24 Blending)
  • 7% (8)
    Geforce 6800Ultra (HDR, FP32 Aplha Blending)
  • 1% (2)
    Radeon 1900XTX (shaders over Textures)
  • 13% (15)
    Geforce 8800GTX (unified shaders)
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post #41 of 42
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Originally Posted by Choggs396 View Post
The original Voodoo cards were absolutely incredible... the first video card I used was a Voodoo Banshee on Dark Forces II: Jedi Knight. I was absolutely amazed at the 3D graphics (first time I had seem them on an actual computer). And, the game actually ran faster on the 3D settings because it was utilizing the GPU's power.

The Radeon 9700 Pro was revolutionary. I don't think anyone will argue that point. Its release in Q3 2002 shocked the public by a bandwidth of almost 20 GB/s, compared to other high end cards which couldn't do half that. It was the first card to really support DX9, which would come to be the standard of games for years to come (and still is for the most part). And believe it or not, this was the first card to actually support HDR as well (source).

I voted for the 9700 Pro, but both of these cards revolutionized the computer gaming experience IMO.
Yeah, JKDF2 was probably the best FPS of it's time (or was it 3rd-person? can't remember--think it was 3rd). Now I want to pop it in and see if it installs so I can play it all over again. Definitely the Voodoo revolutionized the industry at that time.
    
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Originally Posted by Choggs396 View Post
The original Voodoo cards were absolutely incredible... the first video card I used was a Voodoo Banshee on Dark Forces II: Jedi Knight. I was absolutely amazed at the 3D graphics (first time I had seem them on an actual computer). And, the game actually ran faster on the 3D settings because it was utilizing the GPU's power.

The Radeon 9700 Pro was revolutionary. I don't think anyone will argue that point. Its release in Q3 2002 shocked the public by a bandwidth of almost 20 GB/s, compared to other high end cards which couldn't do half that. It was the first card to really support DX9, which would come to be the standard of games for years to come (and still is for the most part). And believe it or not, this was the first card to actually support HDR as well (source).

I voted for the 9700 Pro, but both of these cards revolutionized the computer gaming experience IMO.
Source HDR isnt true HDR, valve admits that also, because it is unable to do FP32 calculations it can do partial HDR, which is what the source engine uses
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