The Awesome History of 3D Graphics Cards

3DFX Voodoo 1
3DFX Voodoo1

NVIDIA Riva 128
NVIDIA Riva 128

3DFX Voodoo, NVIDIA Riva 128 or Matrox Mystique: all these graphics cards were the precursors of modern graphics cards over a decade ago. It’s cool to see again these cards. I personally had a 3DFX Voodoo 2 (with 2 graphics processors) and a Matrox Mystique. I began OpenGL programming on a NVIDIA TNT and it was one of the first NVIDIA cards with a VGA cooler (I’ll try to post some images as soon as I find it).

To discover or re-discover all the graphics cards that shaped the 3D indistry, jump to the full article: From Voodoo to GeForce: The Awesome History of 3D Graphics.



  • Leith Bade

    Oldest card I had was a TNT2 M64, went from that to a GeForce 4 so I could play the PS/VS shader game No One Lives Forever 2.

    Man that was a long time ago, DX6 and Win 98…

  • Ardi

    My oldest vga card was Trident 9440… lol, year 1994

  • BlackX

    I started with a voodoo 2 and it has done its work for 3 years. no video card can beat that nowadays.

  • Engelberth

    I remember that year, when I went to a friend’s house and I saw him playing Need for Speed SE, and I can´t believed what I saw when he drive in a track that I was obviously familiar with, but the difference was that some bugs crashing with the windshield, so I got so excited that I ran to the store and got a Banshee VooDoo, and felt the power of the 3D in front of my eyes, since then I have always had a great 3D card at my side.

  • BatmitE

    LOL, my oldest Video card was an ISA Orchid Prodesigner IIs in my AMD 386/40, it’s main feature? Hicolor 15 bit!! 32,768 colors!! Awesome.

  • Ramon

    Hi all ^^

    My oldest card is a 3dfx Voodoo 1 Graphics 2 mb, and I can’t find a working driver for Windows XP.

    Can anyone help med plz?

    My mail is:

    Many thanks in advance!

    Ramon :)