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I am trying to remember the name of the first Video card with a unified shader architecture. That is my nominee time to go do some research lol

Ok so the 2900XT or to be technical the xenos gpu in the xbox 360 (r600)
The 2900XT was garbage then, and garbage now. I understand you're not basing this on performance.. but yeah. It was a terrible GPU.

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GeForce 8800 Series. Four-years-old and still new enough to play most modern games in Medium and even High settings. It delivered a massive amount of performance that was unheard of in 2006/07.

I think a good contender is also the Radeon HD 6850 because of its balance of high performance, low power, low noise, and a low price tag. For less than $200, you get a card that can play most games maxed out at 1920 all while being power efficient.
I agree on the 8800.. but the second part of your post. The GTX 460 was doing all that the 6850 does, and more, several months earlier.

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8800
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This. G92 to be specific. G92 was more important than G80 IMO.

The one 'nomination' I'm not understanding is the 5970. Yes, it's the "fastest" but if anyone of you read the OP, Phaedrus didn't ask us which was the fastest. It's not revolutionary at all. It doesn't deserve the recognition of even the 4870, which kicked Nvidia in the teeth after ATi's looong slump battling against G92 and ruined their launch of GT200.
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There are 3 such cards IMO

GeForce 256
ATI 9700 PRO
8800GTX
5870

all four of these card represented a huge leap forward in both preformance and game devlopment

All were monsters in their own right
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The 2900XT was garbage then, and garbage now. I understand you're not basing this on performance.. but yeah. It was a terrible GPU.
It may not have been a great GPU but was important for ATI in the fact that it pioneered their current GPU architecture. It was refinements of the unified shaders that made the 3k series such a competitor. It was the fermi of its day, the first gen fermi cards were ridiculously power hungry but refinements the the underlying architecture have made cards like the 460 and the 500 series very very impressive.
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I am trying to remember the name of the first Video card with a unified shader architecture. That is my nominee time to go do some research lol

Ok so the 2900XT or to be technical the xenos gpu in the xbox 360 (r600)
What are you talking about? The 360 is based off R580 X1900XT with additional features. It was never based off R600 otherwise it would be capable of DX10.
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Without a shred of a doubt, the most important GPU in PC gaming was the 3DFX voodoo series.

Prior to that the PC's were really struggling to match various consoles in graphics and it "finally" was able to match the graphics of the aging Amiga or Atari ST etc.

3DFX lead the way for Nvidia and ATI to create "gaming" orientated GPU's.



PS No need for a vote, you can close the thread now

http://www.3dchip.de/Grafikkartenmod...odoo56000.jpeg
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8800GT from nVIDIA, it shown us that halving power consumption while mantaining horsepower was possible. It also meant the jump to high end videocards with mid range budgets for most people. Including me.

From ATi probably the Radeon HD5870 shown the world how much horsepower a single chip was capable holding without that meaning that a nuclear power plant was needed to feed it (why you looking at me, 8800Ultra?)
   
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post #57 of 89
why isn't anybody nominating 6600gt ,it was a turning point in gfx cards history.....it defined what the consumer can get from a budget mid range card and soon it was followed by 8800gt/9600gt and now gtx 460.....so u see it was the start of mid range beasts......
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why isn't anybody nominating 6600gt ,it was a turning point in gfx cards history.....it defined what the consumer can get from a budget mid range card and soon it was followed by 8800gt/9600gt and now gtx 460.....so u see it was the start of mid range beasts......
That's true the 6600GT was a very important card. Crazy that you mention that because I still have mine I can't believe I forgot how big it was when that card came out. A midrange card that was affordable for the masses yet nearly maxed out games in its time.
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What are you talking about? The 360 is based off R580 X1900XT with additional features. It was never based off R600 otherwise it would be capable of DX10.
It uses a unified shader architecture , The xenos core is what lead to the design of the r600
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7900GTX, Great Power at the time, Support Quad Sli, and got 65k at 3d mark 06 wichis still nowaday pretty good.
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