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I keep seeing this quote, everywhere, which is that nvidia invented the GPU. I tried looking it up on google to see if this was true, but i had no luck. Is this true or false? I don't suppose nvidia would claim it if it weren't, but still, i thought 3DFX was around before nvidia?

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NVIDIA (Nasdaq: NVDA) is the world leader in visual computing technologies and the inventor of the GPU,
(Amongst other places)

Source: http://www.nvidia.com/page/companyinfo.html
post #2 of 19
NVIDIA did invent the "GPU" term and they did have the first card that fit this definition.

However they by no means invented the video card, the 3d accelerator, or any of the indivdual facets that make up a "GPU".

ATI can say they invented the "VPU".

Essentially it's like Kleenex saying they invented the Kleenex. Of course they did, but they didn't invent the first tissue paper.

The terms GPU and VPU are both semantic BS.
Edited by Blameless - 1/8/09 at 4:11pm
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yep

I dont recall nvidia's logo on my Trident 1 mb video card from back in the day, in my raging 486 dlc 40 with math coprocessor and a blistering 8 megs of system ram which cost 45$ per meg (circa 1991-2) lol
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BTW a "GPU" is "a single-chip processor with integrated transform, lighting, triangle setup/clipping, and rendering engines that is capable of processing a minimum of 10 million polygons per second".
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Al Gore invented the Internet.

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Essentially it's like Kleenex saying they invented the Kleenex. Of course they did, but they didn't invent the first tissue paper.
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GPU, Graphical Processing Unit, FALSE!

3dFX has been there and done that, so had trident like cattle says, since they invented the term GPU they can say they invented it, same with ATi and the VPU/Video Processing Unit.

All just corporate he said she said BS.
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I know this thread has been dead a long time, but I ran across and had to put in my two cents.

Basically what you guys said was correct (except for jtypin).

The way I remember it is - when the first 3Dfx cards came out, they handled just the 3D. In fact, you had to hook a 2D card to the 3D card, right out the VGA connector in the back, then to your monitor.

There were some cards that 3Dfx made with both the 2D and 3D chipsets on them, but a) there were two chipsets, not one, and b) they sucked, I had one.

The GPU that NVIDIA introduced was revolutionary because it was the first graphics chipset to combine 2D and 3D processing in one chip.

Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but all the semantics about chipsets and their features and capabilities all ring true to me. Maybe I'm just lame, but each one did something specific, and whatever the manufacturer wanted to call it (yes, there's some hype in the name, but if you know what the hardware is doing and why it's different, who cares?) doesn't really matter.

That's just what I'm saying. I don't know about all the other guys.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by johnny_h View Post
I know this thread has been dead a long time, but I ran across and had to put in my two cents.

Basically what you guys said was correct (except for jtypin).

The way I remember it is - when the first 3Dfx cards came out, they handled just the 3D. In fact, you had to hook a 2D card to the 3D card, right out the VGA connector in the back, then to your monitor.

There were some cards that 3Dfx made with both the 2D and 3D chipsets on them, but a) there were two chipsets, not one, and b) they sucked, I had one.

The GPU that NVIDIA introduced was revolutionary because it was the first graphics chipset to combine 2D and 3D processing in one chip.

Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but all the semantics about chipsets and their features and capabilities all ring true to me. Maybe I'm just lame, but each one did something specific, and whatever the manufacturer wanted to call it (yes, there's some hype in the name, but if you know what the hardware is doing and why it's different, who cares?) doesn't really matter.

That's just what I'm saying. I don't know about all the other guys.
im pretty sure ati did that first
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Quote:
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im pretty sure ati did that first
But it didn't have Hardware Transform and Lighting or was capable of 10 million polygons per second or w/e.
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3dfx invented the gpu but they were boguht by Nvidia and are now part of nvidia (along with its employees, or whats left of them)
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