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Hmm...this is a tough one. I have to give props to the 8800GTX, started out as a great card and remains a great card to this day.

But I am going to have to go with the Radeon 4850. Until recently I have been using a single 4850, and that thing blew most games away at near highest settings. And when it was put into x-fire it obliterated any game I could throw at it. It is still going to be a great card for at least another 2 years.

And I am gonna push the envelope here a bit and throw a 6870 into the bunch. The card blows away the dual 4850s that it replaced. And I think that the 6850/6870 series is going to set the bar for the future of AMD graphics cards.
     
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The good ol' GTX7900. :3
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My vote goes to the 8800gt.
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ATI 9800 Pro R360 core (XT mod)

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post #75 of 89
Obviously the G92 derivative cards (8800GT, 9800GTX+, GTS250, GT330)

As this shows that 1 gen can be re-used after improvement is process/manufacturing.
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post #76 of 89
I'd say either the 8800GTX because of it's sheer power and awesomeness, and it's ability to stay relevant in the GPU market to this day.
Or the Radeon 9800 which was quite the powerhouse as well, but that's mainly because nVidia's alternative at the time was the crappy GeForce FX series that couldn't handle sm2.0 right.

So either that, or the GeForce 3 / Radeon 8*** series which (I thought) were the first to introduce hardware pixel shaders, which eventually lead to the awesome graphics we have today.

Still, I have to vote for the 8800GTX, as no other card has managed to stay relevant for so long
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post #77 of 89
There were two trend setters that I would have to say drove the market for until this very day.

First:


The first and most important was the 8800 Series NVidia line of Graphics cards. These card smoked everything out at the time and still make a great beginner card even in the shadow of Fermi.



Second:
Well It took awhile for AMD or ATI to get up off the floor from the Huge knockout punch that the 8800 series dominated, but when they came back in the 5 round the Sapphire 3870 Atomic was toughed as the Fastest Card in the World.. For about 4 months. The 3870 x 2 had a very short life but the Atomic was The AMD Trend setter of the last decade.



But I have to say the MOST influential Video card of all time was the.





    
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post #78 of 89
As far as technological changes and performance, it goes to the 8800gtx. It changed the landscape. Who didn't have their jaws dropped by this card? NVidia couldn't top it for years as the 9800 was weaker.

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8800GTX gets my vote as the biggest influence in recent memory. Beyond its awesome performance, all these features changed how we perceived a serious GPU card to this day: dual slot cooler, lots of on board RAM with fat pipes to it, and crazy operating temps. Fortunately in the last year or so the temp situation has begun getting back under control.
Edited by *AcidBath* - 2/14/11 at 4:39pm
post #80 of 89
I appreciate what the 8800GTX/Ultra was in its day but I would vote for a lower end 8800, maybe a GTS or GT. They offered amazing performance for affordable prices and weren't too bad in sli without taking up too much power. I had two 8800GTS 320mb myself and had no problem maxing most games for a long time.
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