Poll: Your last graphics card upgrade

These days, consoles pretty much set the standard for the level of detail in games. Oh sure, some ports or cross-platform titles might give PC gamers slightly snazzier graphics and effects, but for the most part, one needs surprisingly little graphics horsepower to run even the latest titles. In some cases, that means graphics processors have silicon to spare, which may well be why we’re seeing things like AMD’s six-display Eyefinity scheme.

From a more practical standpoint, though, we’re getting the feeling that this stagnation in hardware requirements has also slowed down the upgrade cycles of many PC gamers. We wanted to put that to the test, so we slapped together a new poll with one simple question: "When was your last graphics card upgrade?" The options are laid out in six-month intervals, with 1H referring to the first half of the year and 2H referencing the second.  Feel free to vote either below or on our front page.

Our last poll was about the Apple iPad, and out of nearly 8,000 responses, only about 15% of TR readers feel positively about the device—and only 4% of the total see the device as a "clear home run." Meanwhile, 23% of respondants are unfazed, and a whopping 61% are disappointed.

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    • fantastic
    • 10 years ago

    1H/2008 for HTPC and 2H/2008 for desktop/gaming computer. The lousy fan on the desktop graphics card makes me want to swap the card out, rather than trying to fit a big aftermarket passive HS on there.

    The most demanding games I’ve played recently were Portal and Quake 3, so the latest and the greatest games aren’t pulling me forward like they used to. Oh well.

    • Dizik
    • 10 years ago

    September 2002 – GeForce Ti4200
    March 2004 – Radeon 9800 Pro (Flashed to 9800XT)
    March 2005 – BFG 6800 Ultra
    September 2006 – EVGA 7950 GX2

    • agawtrip
    • 10 years ago

    integrated nvidia geforce 7050 here

    im looking for 9800GT or GT240 for my upgrade
    5670 is a fail

    • ronch
    • 10 years ago

    For non-die-hard gamers, there simply is no reason to keep buying video cards every time new ones come out. It’s simply impractical and well, stupid. My ATI HD4670 should last me a long time because I don’t play games that much anymore. Not 3D-heavy games, anyway. So I took out my HD4670 and am now using my motherboard’s (AMD 780G chipset) integrated ATI HD3200 graphics. It plays Plants vs Zombies rather well and this saves me about 50W in electricity consumption.

    • Bensam123
    • 10 years ago

    Sadly since all PC games have pretty much equalized on the four year old console hardware limitation level I’ve been hard pressed to find a reason to upgrade my system.

    I used to upgrade religiously every two years and I just went from a Q6600 to a I7-860 and saw almost no difference. Crysis runs a bit better, but that games already getting old. I had thought about splurging and upgrading to a 5870, then I thought about it for a bit and felt it wasn’t worth it.

    I was in a way disheartened that I didn’t need to upgrade my graphics. It served as another subtle reminder of how shitty games have become and one thing that I’ve enjoyed so passionately fell to the side of capitalist investors who just want to milk ‘sure things’ dry.

    Micro-transactions, sequels that are nothing more then expansion packs, and pay DLC that was originally no more then part of the original game.

    • kLeos
    • 10 years ago

    I’ve got the EVGA 8800GTS 640mb . It has been solid since 1H 2007. I can run COD MW2 just fine on 1680 x 1050 with most settings on medium/high.

    No reason to update anytime soon :]

    • sigher
    • 10 years ago

    Prices do play, but not because of the economic disaster, it’s more that the 4850 gave so much boost for a certain reasonable amount that now I feel paying 4 times that for a card that will be outdated before I even found a halfway bug-free driver just doesn’t thrill me.
    Plus all the games are so loaded with DRM crap you don’t want on a system, or tied to steam, or made for console so rather annoying and/or infantile when played on PC.

    Still, if the ATI cards were 30% cheaper I might have updated again by now, but for that to happen nvidia would have to be competitive, and availability would have to rise so shops would start to compete more too.

    • srg86
    • 10 years ago

    As a non-gamer, graphics card upgrades for me are usually years appart. My latest upgrade was to move to nVidia’s superior Linux drivers. ATI dropped support for my X800GTO (and I’m not really a fan of open source GPU drivers, too crash prone) so I moved to a 9600GT, does everything I need (Then again a GMA950 does most of what I need)

    1992: Commodore Amiga AGA (AA in the US)
    1997: ATI 3DRage II
    1999: ATI Rage128 (didn’t have long because of rubbish drivers)
    2000: Matrox Millennium G400
    2003: ATI Radeon 9000
    2006: ATI Radeon X800GTO
    2009: nVidia GeForce 9600GT

    • yogibbear
    • 10 years ago

    MMmmmm 8800gt not enjoying BFBC2…. gtx480 looks tempting. Can’t come out at a more perfect time. Nvidia i bend over and accept your outrageous launch prices.

    • lands899
    • 10 years ago

    I just want to say…bring the prices down on the 5850 already!!! It was supposed to bow at $259 and they’re still going for $300+!!! I say, let AMD have a bit of pricing discipline… I know, supply and demand, and let’s blame the process manufacturers, but come ON!!! It’s been at LEAST 6 months and prices haven’t budged!!!

    Ok, let’s lay the blame where it really lies…NVIDIA and their sad attempts to continue rebranding old tech as new tech. For the supposed “market leaders,” they sure are dragging a** on providing a little competition. Some downward pricing pressure would not be out of line here, NVIDIA!!! But, from what little I hear (and I sure hope the scuttlebutt is wrong…) about NVIDIA’s new world beater architecture, it’s just beater. I hear that the new nvidia (yes, now demoted to lower case…) products will just match (or not even match, depending on the source…) AMD’s current product generation. Can we just talk about how much that SUCKS!!! I have come to look forward to AMD’s and nvidia’s own tick-tock process of developing better and better, highly competive products that sharply drive down the pricing of previous generation products so that -[

      • sigher
      • 10 years ago

      Stopped reading after you started to self-censor with ***.

    • LoneWolf15
    • 10 years ago

    I had my Radeon 4850 since shortly after they were released in late summer/early fall of 2008, replacing my Geforce 8800GTS 640MB I’d had since November of 2006.

    I just got a Radeon 4890 to replace it. A Radeon 5830 is even with, or slower than it, and would have cost $80 more. A Radeon 5850 would have cost $140 more, and I couldn’t justify it. I’m playing mostly 2008 games anyway, I just want them to run well at 1920×1200. It matches the Q9450 CPU I got used to replace my Q6600 a month ago. So far, I’m very happy.

    • marvelous
    • 10 years ago

    I downgraded last week. From a GTX260 to a 8800gt.

    • Mithent
    • 10 years ago

    Still on the 8800 GTS 512MB I got when this PC was new. I could buy a new graphics card, certainly, and I almost wish there was a reason to – I miss getting upgrades. But I don’t feel that it’s worth it – there’s nothing I run which would really benefit from an upgrade.

    It’s running alongside a Q6600 overclocked to 3GHz, incidentally, with 8GB RAM.

      • lands899
      • 10 years ago

      I here you…I’m in nearly the same postion (8800gts 512 with an E8400 stock at 3.0 ghz), but I WANT a 5850. From what I’ve read, the upgrade would be worth it and match well with my processor. A 5870 would be a reach, with my E84000 most likely starting to bottelneck significantly…

    • Prestige Worldwide
    • 10 years ago

    1H 2010. My friend bought 2 5870’s for his i7 crossfire setup and sold me a 2 PCB GTX 295 with EK waterblock, pump, reservoir, hose, LGA775 waterblock for $200 shipped. Should be here this week 🙂

    Gonna have a 512mb 4870 and Noctua NH-U12P for sale when the 295 comes in the mail, after buying my radiators the upgrade to the 295 shouldn’t have cost more than 50-100 bucks.

    w00t!

    • Hattig
    • 10 years ago

    Still running with a 8600GT from May 2007 – I mainly play console games now when I get the time (very rarely), and I have a large backlog of PC games from the past few years to get through as well before picking up new games and a new graphics card to go with it.

    Then again I’m the sort of person that will wait for a game to hit half-price, after it’s gone on the budget platinum/etc labels… I live a couple of years behind everyone else… :p

      • clone
      • 10 years ago

      I also have a huge backlog of games to play…… while I don’t deliberately choose to get games for cheap what’s been happening is I’ve been buying games that I didn’t get new because I didn’t have the time for cheap and now they are sitting on the shelf.

      Oblivion and the expansion, Fallout 3, Darkstar one, Bioshock 2, World in Conflict, Prey, and a slew of others.

      as for graphics I still buy like I’m playing new games all the time and will be replacing my HD 5770 in a week…… not sure with what yet will be using a Radeon 3650 while I decide.

        • Hattig
        • 10 years ago

        Yeah, it’s the long games like FO3 that are worrying me given my general lack of time. Borderlands is getting close to the price that I will pay for a game too. Never mind having half of the Orange Box still to play… I think I’ll be busy this year.

        • rhema83
        • 10 years ago

        Oblivion and all its expansions / mods took more than a year. Heck, I have been playing them since I bought the HD4850 at launch (summer 2008). You’re not going to need an upgrade for a LONG time…

    • ol1bit
    • 10 years ago

    Still running my 8800gt’s in SLI

    • engti
    • 10 years ago

    went from a 6600 to a 9600GT……

    • Synchromesh
    • 10 years ago

    Upgraded last June from dual 8800GT cards to dual GTX260/216. All are BFG. These puppies handle my 2408WFP’s 1920×1200 with ease in almost all games so I’m pretty set for at least another year. In fact, there isn’t much to upgrade any more in my main PC. The only thing I can think of at some point is a very fast SSD instead of current VelociRaptor but that will happen only when SSD prices go down enough to justify such a move.

      • rhema83
      • 10 years ago

      Two GTX260 216SP in SLi? If you are going to stay at 1920×1200, you’re probably not going to need an upgrade for a good two more generations of GPUs. Come back when Fermi 3 and HD7xxx is in the works next year. 🙂

      • pixel_junkie
      • 10 years ago

      hmm. Seems like complete overkill for that resolution. One of those cards is enough to drive just about any game with all the eye candy turned up at great frame rates. Your next upgrade should be a 30″ monitor to take advantage of the horsepower you have.

        • pullmyfoot
        • 10 years ago

        or maybe he could just wait 2 generations becasue in 2 generations the games probably will push it 🙂

    • sage920
    • 10 years ago

    2H 2009. Went from a Visiontek HD 3870 to a PowerColor HD 5850.

    • TheBob!
    • 10 years ago

    Running my 8800GTS after BOTH of my 4870s died and I can’t get freaking support for my dead cards. If I buy ATI again it’s only going to be XFX. Most ATI partners stink. I have one card in RMA limbo for 2 months now. WHERE IS MY CARD!?! $600 in dead tech.

      • lands899
      • 10 years ago

      XFX ROCKS BALLS!!! BFF with XFX!!! …er…that didn’t come out right…

    • sircharles32
    • 10 years ago

    Well, my last “video card” was a Connect3D Radeon X800XL 256MB board, which I purchased for my A/V workstation (light gaming PC) in June of 2005. That was basically the last time I cared about gaming in general.

    I still occasionally fire up Jedi Knight Academy (I’ve got several of the full game conversions) to get my decapitation and Dark Side fix. Other than that, nothing really interests me.

    I won’t buy a console, and pretty much every game that’s looked interesting has either been relegated to the console world, or has been a crummy port from a console. That and DRM has gotten out of control since I last bought a game.

    I guess I’m just getting older and can’t justify the expense of regular PC upgrades.

    • Nikiaf
    • 10 years ago

    my last upgrade was from integrated graphics to a 4850 in june 2008. I have to say, it was quite the upgrade! Before that i had an older pc with a geforce 7600 in it, upgraded from a 5200 around xmas 2007.

      • pullmyfoot
      • 10 years ago

      your path is so identical to mine its scary.

      Geforce MX440 > FX5200 > integrated Geforce 3200 > 7600GT > 4850

    • ClickClick5
    • 10 years ago

    Went from a 2900XT to a 4870. 🙂

    Next upgrade, the 6870.

      • StuG
      • 10 years ago

      Good upgrade cycle, I go every other Gen as-well, though mine looks more like this:

      x1950pro -> HD3870 -> HD5870

      Next upgraded, HD7870 😛

    • ImSpartacus
    • 10 years ago

    8800GT => HD4890

    I <3 my 4890.

    • Palek
    • 10 years ago

    Sapphire Radeon X1950 Pro started going flaky on me last year, crashing to desktop after a few minutes in 3D. Replaced it with an HIS Radeon HD 4850.

    • Blytz
    • 10 years ago

    onboard p2 era rubbish – tnt2m64 – geforce2mx – ati9600gt – x800xt ….

    currently using ati 4300 onboard which is a little slower than the x800xt.

    Waiting to buy the right card for 1920×1080 gaming that’s fluid in all games.

    • DrD
    • 10 years ago

    Got toxic 4870 1gb in oct 2008 , (made mistake before I checked overclockers.co.uk order history and put in in 1H 2008 ). Not struggling in any games as yet with 1920x 1200 , so will be waiting until prices drop .

    • Sahrin
    • 10 years ago

    Temporary X1900XT to GTS250. Waiting for the nVidia announcement and Q2 word from ATI about what RV970 will bring.

    • nstuff
    • 10 years ago

    Been waiting for nvidia to release their new cards so ATI will drop their prices.

    Looking at all the recent benchmarks, my Q6600 overclocked to 3Ghz is still holding well, it’s the GPU that will gain the biggest benefit, though my 4850 is still doing pretty well as well.

      • kroker
      • 10 years ago

      Heh, it seems we have the same taste. Q6600 and HD 4850 (bought very soon after launch in 2008) here as well.

      No need to upgrade either one for at least another year (though I’m hoping for three years), unless the hardware breaks. I’m saying this because I had some trouble with my video card – the fins of the stock cooler became completely clogged up with dust and the computer would reset after a few minutes in Crysis. I cleaned up the card (not an easy job because of the cooler design) when I realized what was causing the problem and it seems to work well now, hope nothing got permanently damaged.

        • mcforce0208
        • 10 years ago

        I have a Q6600, oc’d to 3.43Ghz. Awesome cpu. I have it pared with 2 5870s in crossfire (upgraded from a 4850 to!) on an x48 board, and it seems to provide them with enough data. Although at stock 2.4ghz performance is bad on gpu hungry games, definitely needs the overclock. I wont be upgrading hopefully for a looooooong time.

    • RichaEcke2
    • 10 years ago

    I just got to brag. I have a 4840 Compaq with a 266mhz CPU and a Voodoo5 5500, what a card! My last card in my i7 920 setup is a GTS 250 DDR3, I am no so stoked with it, and my 9600GSO768 is for sale on the other back up computer I blew the board trying to put ’98 on the M2N68-VM Taiwanese like the dumbell I was. I notice Tiger Direct does not have a lot of any DDR5 around, kind of like there are not any Asus M3N-HT motherboards for long either. Its amazing how good stuff gets scooped up fast and the supply does not meet the demand. I am going to reseach, with help like site like this one,my favorite,the Techreport, to see what is up with DDR5. I wish Combat Flight Simulator ran on windows Vista 64 bit with Full force Feedback Sidewinder!

      • cegras
      • 10 years ago

      ?????????????

        • ClickClick5
        • 10 years ago

        Ah, the effects of cocaine.

          • SecretMaster
          • 10 years ago

          Haha. I laffed.

      • Meadows
      • 10 years ago

      It’s funny when a spam bot algorithm has a bug.

        • SHOES
        • 10 years ago

        I play an mmo that attracts alot of people that speak this way… I still find it absolutely hilarious.

          • Meadows
          • 10 years ago

          Is that WoW perchance?

      • h4x0rpenguin
      • 10 years ago

      I agree. I think…

    • CampinCarl
    • 10 years ago

    December of 2008, I built myself a new computer…including the (then) asskicking 1GB 4870…though it fell in price shortly after.

    • dale77
    • 10 years ago

    Sapphire 4670

    • mmp121
    • 10 years ago

    ATI X800 XT AIW after my ATI 9700 Pro AIW was retired due to lightning strike… I think that was 1H 2006.

    • End User
    • 10 years ago

    EVGA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition (whew!) purchased in late 2008. Recent upgrade to an i7-920 (@4.2) extended the life of the 260 until the fall. I’m going to stick with Nvidia as I transition video cards to linux boxes (big fan of VDPAU). Loving my ION packing 1201N (Ubuntu x64).

    • Chrispy_
    • 10 years ago

    I want to upgrade but there’s no compelling reason for more GPU power than an 8800GTX at the moment, and I game at a reasonably high 1920×1200

    More compelling is that I’ve bought 18 graphics cards since 1996 and despite having money to spend I’ve not upgraded for over 3 years! I spent the money I’d normally have spent on an SSD and a plasma screen instead.

    • slaimus
    • 10 years ago

    8800GT 512MB H2 2007 for $250 (best buy normal sale)
    6800 128MB H2 2004 for $200 (compusa black friday)
    Ti4200 128MB H2 2002 for $90 (best buy black friday)

    Following that pattern, I should have gotten a GTX260 or 275 the past holiday shopping season. I think I have been stuck in wait-and-see mode for Fermi.

    • boberson105
    • 10 years ago

    2H 2009, when i won my 5850.

    • rhysl
    • 10 years ago

    8800GT 340MB ,– 4850 –> 295GTX

    Redunacy is a lovey thing ..

    • fershnickety
    • 10 years ago

    For me, it’s gone like this:
    Trio64->Riva128->Voodoo1->3dfx Velocity 100->
    Voodoo3 3500->Geforce 2 GTS->Geforce 3 Ti 200->
    Radeon 9500 Pro->Radeon X800XL->Geforce 7900GT->
    Radeon 1950 Pro->Geforce 8800GTS 320->Radeon 4850->
    Radeon 4890

    Last I checked, various friends and family were still using
    every card newer than the Voodoo3 in various (mostly old)
    systems. Which only makes me feel a little better…

      • xii
      • 10 years ago

      My ancient home desktop system has a Riva TNT2 AGP (4?). I’m obviously not a gamer, but some people really seem to throw a lot of money at the latest-and-greatest while they might not actually use all of that power anyway… I kind of agree with the statement that a lot of people would be fine with an integrate solution and have no need for a discrete graphics card.

      I’m thinking about upgrading really soon though, and will probably go AMD/ATI because I’m a long term Linux user and AMD/ATI spends a lot more time and effort on decent open-source drivers. I prefer stable systems over the faster but closed-source kludge that is the Nvidia driver for Linux.

        • insulin_junkie72
        • 10 years ago

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      • jokinin
      • 10 years ago

      you’re an old man, just like me. In my case:

      C&T 82c452 ISA 256KB
      Trident 8900CL ISA 1MB
      Cirrus Logic CL-GD5434 2MB PCI
      3D Blaster PCI (Rendition Vérité V1000 4MB PCI)
      3DFX Voodoo2 12MB + QDI with Rendition Vérité V2200 AGP 2x
      TNT2 Ultra 32MB AGP 4x
      Geforce 2 MX 32MB AGP 4x
      Geforce4 MX 440 64MB AGP 4x
      Geforce4 ti4200 128MB AGP 4x
      Radeon 9700 128MB AGP 8x
      Radeon 9800XT 256MB AGP 8x
      Radeon X800XT 256MB AGP 8x
      Radeon x1950 Pro 256MB AGP 8x
      Radeon 4850 512MB PCI-e (july 2008)
      Radeon 4870 512MB PCI-e (january 2009)

        • rhema83
        • 10 years ago

        My upgrade cycle is rather spaced out compared to the average TR reader.

        S3 Trio (integrated)
        Riva TNT2 32MB
        GeForce 4200 Ti 64MB
        Mobility Radeon 9600 64MB (on a Thinkpad T42)
        Intel GMA X3100 (on a Thinkpad X61)
        Radeon HD4850 512MB

        I actually had a GeForce 8800GT 512MB for a week, but I promptly returned it when I scored a good deal on the just-launched HD4850 one week after its launch. That was in summer 2008, and I still have that card in my recently built Core i5 system.

          • jokinin
          • 10 years ago

          I play most of my favourite games comfortably at my monitor native resolution (1680×1050), with my radeon 4870, and the least powerful gpu i’d buy right now would be a 5850, and it’s like 240-250 euro vat included, so no reason to upgrade right now, and i think i’ll probably skip this radeon 5K generation.
          I don’t think i’ll do any upgrade on my current machine, (core 2 duo e8400, 4GB DDR2, 750GB HDD and radeon 4870), instead, i will build a new computer summer/autumn 2011.

      • juampa_valve_rde
      • 10 years ago

      im a little on the poor side:
      mach64>virge dx>savage 3d>tnt2 m64>voodoo3 3000>geforce4 mx440>radeon 9550>radeon 9700>radeon 3200 igp>radeon 4670

      the voodoo, gf4 & radeon 9700 are still functional, but i dont have any agp board to install them

        • pullmyfoot
        • 10 years ago

        Geforce MX440 > FX5200 > integrated Geforce 3200 > 7600GT > 4850 and 4670 in my other rig.

    • lethal
    • 10 years ago

    HD 5850 last year… the ol’ 8800 640 had a bad case of the deads.

    • sh1ft
    • 10 years ago

    H2 2008.

    A 5500FX to an 8800GT. I wonder if I’ll do the same massive jump again.. but those 5000 cards are so tempting..

      • Peffse
      • 10 years ago

      Sounds like my jump. 5900XT -> 4870

        • paulWTAMU
        • 10 years ago

        My biggest jump was an antique 5200 to a 7600GT. The difference was obscene and droolworthy.

        • Buzzard44
        • 10 years ago

        My jump: ATI 200M -> 9800GTX+

        Edit: Yay! I’m currently in the mode at H2 2009 (even though I got it secondhand and the card is much older).

      • CampinCarl
      • 10 years ago

      I think the jump I did when I built my first computer back in…’05 I think it was? was much wider. Went from an PNY Geforce 2 MX400 to an XFX 7800GT. It was fantastic.

    • RickyTick
    • 10 years ago

    Discovered a great deal on a EVGA GTX275 back in August and couldn’t pass it up. After promo and rebate, net price was $189 and came with Batman Arkham Asylum. Otherwise I’d still be using a very good 8800GT.

    To top it all off, EVGA just recently gave my Cryostasis for free too. And did I mention that I they gave my the SC edition of the card. All in all, a tremendous deal.

    • PetMiceRnice
    • 10 years ago

    Mine was a 9600 GT in February of 2008 and is likely to be my last video card purchase since I no longer buy PC games and have gone the laptop route. My current laptop has a GeForce 8200M in it and it does just fine for pretty much anything I want these days.

    • slash3
    • 10 years ago

    GTX 280 in Nov, 2008. Still trucking along like a champ. Prior cards were an 8800GT and X1950 Pro.

    • roont
    • 10 years ago

    I grabbed a 5850 for $300 on boxing day. I was able to put my 4670 in a build for a friend and they are quite happy with it. Plus, you know. I wanted it. =D

      • JustAnEngineer
      • 10 years ago

      I agree. Radeon HD5850 has been the best option available for the past six months.

    • setzer
    • 10 years ago

    My last GFX upgrade was from my radeon 3850 512 (bought 18months ago) to a second hand radeon 4850 512, this was a thought out decision as the new 57xx/58xx series cards are either too expensive (58xx) or not worth the step up from a 4850 (57xx).
    I did bought a Atlhon II X4 630 this month (from a Athlon X2 4050e) which in conjunction with the 4850 (for a total of €150 in the upgrade) was much more worth it than a radeon 5xxx card.

    • crazybus
    • 10 years ago

    An 8600GTS bought back in Sept. 2007. It’s capabilities aren’t drastically different from the consoles though, so it still manages to play most games I’ve tried at lower resolutions and middling graphical settings. Donations are accepted if you’ve got hardware to unload 😉

    • ub3r
    • 10 years ago

    1H 2001.

    Riva TNT2 —> Leadteck Ti4200

    • odd
    • 10 years ago

    2nd half of 2008. I was an NVIDIA user because most of my friends waved the green banner and I didn’t know much about ATi. I read up on the latest releases and pound for pound the HD4XXX series were the best value, and for once I could afford a fairly high-end card at around US$350 – the Sapphire HD4850x2. Cost-wise The NVIDIA cards weren’t even in the race. The Sapphire is still sitting pretty and pulls over 20,000 in 3DMark06 with a Phenom II.

    • mongoosesRawesome
    • 10 years ago

    While I upgraded very recently (just today in fact), there’s also the question of what was upgraded. I upgraded from an Nvidia 9600 GT to an ATI 4870. I tend to buy used, so just because I upgraded doesn’t mean it’s new tech. Staying slightly behind the curve but still staying current seems to be the best approach to video cards (if saving money is a primary concern).

    • jackbomb
    • 10 years ago

    January 2007: Went from a 7800GT to a pair of 8800GTS-640s in SLI. BIOS-flashed to 625/1500/2000 (from 500/1180/1600). According to 3DMark06, these two cards are quite a bit faster than a GTX-260 Core-216.

    I’ll be keeping them for yet another year. It’s great when PC stuff lasts.

      • Dashak
      • 10 years ago

      How many points is that? My GTX 260 (216SP) @ 626MHz gets 10091 points in 3DMark Vantage. Not sure what it is in 3DMark06 since I only see a composite score that includes the cpu.

    • Ardrid
    • 10 years ago

    Last time for me was February 2007 when I purchased my 8800 GTX. It’s hard to believe I haven’t done a new build in 3 years. It used to be 12-18 months like clockwork. That was before I graduated and assumed my real-world responsibilities 🙂

    • Corrado
    • 10 years ago

    2H 2008 with a VisionTek 4850. Now I’m on a Mac and won’t look back.

      • sweatshopking
      • 10 years ago

      right in your case it doesnt matter. you dont need a new gpu since the only games on it (including valve) are 5 years old. HA mac gamers. it’s too funny.

    • mthguy
    • 10 years ago

    Sapphire Radeon HD4850

    • indeego
    • 10 years ago

    silent 9600gt, no issues with most games. Will be upgrading soon when things settle down a bitg{<.<}g

    • no51
    • 10 years ago

    1H 2008 for me, when i got a second 8800GTS512

    • Lazier_Said
    • 10 years ago

    Radeon 9500/9700 in Jan 2003, $160
    6800 Ultra in August 2005, $300
    8800 GTS 640 in Jan 2007, $350
    GTX 260 in Sept 2009, $125

    Looks like the next one will be around Christmas 2011.

    • LovermanOwens
    • 10 years ago

    My fiancé hooked me up with a 5970 when I popped the question in late Dec. The funny thing was that she practically had it ready for me when we got home after we let our parents know about the good news…with all the supply problems this had in it’s first few months…it makes me wonder how she knew it was coming.

    • nagashi
    • 10 years ago

    2h 2007. …. when I bought a new laptop. Ah well, going from i815 to i965 was actually noticable 🙂

    • jdcope
    • 10 years ago

    I bought my 9800GT in November 2008. I can play current games still, so I dont really see a need to upgrade again just yet.

    • crsh1976
    • 10 years ago

    I upgraded just before the 2009 holidays, went from a Radeon 3870 to a Radeon 5770, not a major upgrade but pretty nice and cool nonetheless.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 10 years ago

    Wow, for 70% of users so far it’s been more than a year. I guess the recession really did have an effect. 😉

      • _Sigma
      • 10 years ago

      Just no really compelling reason to upgrade, at least for me. My gtx260 still plays L4D2…

      • HisDivineShadow
      • 10 years ago

      When console ports are the norm and most people have little reason for huge resolutions (or multi-display resolutions a la Eyefinity), when games use PhysX more than they use DX11, there’s really no compelling reason to upgrade.

      Yet.

      As DX11 takes hold and when a game that really pushes graphics hardware (ie., probably not a console port), then you should see someone really need to upgrade.

      As it is, i7 + any graphics card from 2h 2008 onward is going to be able to handle most every 1920×1080/1200.

      I miss the days when PC developers really pushed the envelope, but Crytek learned their lesson from Crysis and Warhead, retreating to the same portalitus that every other developer (except Blizzard) has.

        • OneArmedScissor
        • 10 years ago

        Console ports are the norm because console hardware can handle HDTV resolution, which roughly matches as high as most computer monitors go.

        Nothing has gone wrong here at all. This is convergence, the logical progression of technology, not stagnation.

          • danieldasilva
          • 10 years ago

          Console ports are the norm because of the rampant piracy in the PC platform:

          §[<http://www.tweakguides.com/Piracy_1.html<]§ Developers do not want to invest on a platform that will make them lose money. So yeah, PC development is stagnated because of that. There are no more PC focused titles that take full advantage of PC hardware horsepower. That's why I said I don't I think I will need to upgrade my GPUs until a next gen of more powerful consoles come out, which doesn't seem to be anytime soon.

            • Obsidian
            • 10 years ago

            That argument is long since dead. Piracy is just as strong on the Xbox 360.

            As for the actual topic at hand, I’m using the HD 4850 that I got on Black Friday 2008. It’s done a great job at 1080p so I see very little reason to upgrade anytime soon.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 10 years ago

            While piracy exists on the 360 (and, as an aside, does not exist at all on the PS3) it is not nearly as pervasive as it is on the PC.

            • Krogoth
            • 10 years ago

            Again, piracy is not the problem with PC gaming nor is killing it. FYI, it was rampant back in the “golden age” of PC gaming.

            It is just the favorite scapegoat of big publishers who cannot admit that there are a number of other factors at work. Some of them have a far greater impact than piracy.

            Consoles aren’t immune to “piracy”. In fact, it was a huge problem for the PSX, PS2 and Xbox 1. It still happens on 360, PS3 and Wii. I do admit that it does require more work than torrenting ISOs.

            • Pettytheft
            • 10 years ago

            Keep telling yourself that as most developers jump to consoles and publicly state that piracy is eating into profits big time. More and more games are ported to the PC after arrival on a console. It won’t be long before only strategy type games are developed primarily for the PC.

            • danieldasilva
            • 10 years ago

            Did any of you even read the article? Obviously not.

      • anotherengineer
      • 10 years ago

      maybe, but I just havent had a reason to upgrade from my HIS 4850 Turbo, dont have much time for games anymore and even if I did the 4850 can handle them anyway. I cant even remember when I got it, probly 2H 2008 sometime.

      • PetMiceRnice
      • 10 years ago

      In my case, no. If anything, I came out ahead in the recession. I bought my first home when the real estate market tanked, and have been building my savings as well. That trend still continues for me.

    • dragmor
    • 10 years ago

    I’m still on AGP and will be for the next couple of years unless a reason to upgrade comes out. So 2005-2006 ish was the last upgrade, 9550 to 6600GT free because someone else was upgrading. Still swap between them because the 9550 is a nicer everyday card.

    • cynan
    • 10 years ago

    Ati x800 in 2004

    2 HD4850s in June 2008 (just after launch) when Best Buy had them for $149 each.

    • paulWTAMU
    • 10 years ago

    8800GT…I think 2007 or 2008 but I can’t promise on the time frame anymore.

    • Ashbringer
    • 10 years ago

    The problem is that game developers abandoned PCs for consoles, leaving PCs with console ports. What we’re feeling is the result of consolitis.

    Companies like Id, Epic, and Valve were once PC first gaming companies, but now they’re console first. When was the last time you cared about a new graphics engine from Id or Epic?

    What the PC game industry needs is a fresh new face. A new game developer who isn’t afraid to push the power of PC, and screw console friendly ports. A fresh new look at games, with fresh new hardware requirements.

    Something like Croteam was with Serious Sam for PC. Cheap $20 game, with a $50 quality that pushed PCs. Course, they shouldn’t abandon PC for console, like Croteam did.

    • Peldor
    • 10 years ago

    2005 or earlier. I basically dropped PC gaming after I quit UT2004. That 9800 Pro was a nice card.

    I bought my wife a 4350 ($19) last year for the DVI. Does that count?

      • matic
      • 10 years ago

      I’m not sure how to vote me too. I “upgraded” from a 6600GT to a IGP X1200 (690V chipset) in spring 2007.

    • OneArmedScissor
    • 10 years ago

    I got my first new card in 4 years in 2H 2008, which seemed to be a popular time, I guess because of all those fancy new cards that came out at once.

    Except I got a 9600GT on the cheap, instead of a newer card, and I’ve since stopped using it, because even that was unnecessary with my 1280×1024 monitor.

    It was $100 and has an awesome passive heatsink. Two manufacturing generations later, though, that area still has seen no improvement…

    I figured half size, very low profile, passive cards would have consumed the low end by this point.

    • Rand
    • 10 years ago

    December, 2006.
    Still running the old 8800GTS (G80), and I doubt I’ll be upgrading until sometime next year which will make it over 4yrs with the same card.

    Once upon a time it would have been unheard of, 4yrs would make it absolutely ancient and unusable. Now I’m still pushing ‘only’ 2X FSAA at max details.
    (No, I’m not a Crysis fan… or any shooter)

    Even cheap cards like the Radeon 5670 are significantly overpowered for most games now and would probably last the typical gamer a couple years.

    Graphics demands have pretty much completely stagnated.

    • flip-mode
    • 10 years ago

    4850 purchase July or August 2008 from Convert.

      • xzelence
      • 10 years ago

      Same but from newegg. Sapphire 512MB. Original fan stylo.

    • Mysterion
    • 10 years ago

    I got my 5870 last October for $380 so I’ll be good for at least the next 2 years.

    • Big-Mac
    • 10 years ago

    My upgrade path:
    S3 765 -> Trident 9750 -> Voodoo 2 -> TNT 128 -> ATI 7000 -> ATI 8500 -> ATI 9800 pro -> nvidia 7900gs -> nvidia 8800gt @2008 Aug.

    Bought Battlefield: Bad Company 2, but my c2d 3.2g + 8800gt can’t handle it. A quad core CPU and Dx11 GPU needed. It’s not worth it. I will NOT upgrade my system for game anymore, looking for a Xbox 360, which is dirt cheap and plays well on my 52″ LCD TV. Bye bye, PC game.

      • Kurotetsu
      • 10 years ago

      l[

        • Big-Mac
        • 10 years ago

        When you play in MP, you know what I am saying.
        I play @1440×900, video=middle, force the game run @dx9 mode (no AA, no AF).
        I even oc my 8800gt to 700/1000(core/mem), it doesn’t help. 🙁
        For a 5 years bf2 player, i ordered my bf:bc2 the first minute it available on Steam.

      • Ashbringer
      • 10 years ago

      I had.. S3 Trio 64, Voodoo Rush, Voodoo 3 3500 TV, AIW Radeon, AIW Radion 8500, Radeon 9500 Pro, Geforce 6800 GT, Radeon X1950, Radeon 4670.

      In between, my other computers got Geforce 2, Radeon X850 XT, and a Radeon 2400 I borrowed for a while.

    • Bombadil
    • 10 years ago

    It is a sad time in computer hardware. Affordable GPU performance has been stalled since the G80 was released. There is more affordable CPU performance now, but at the cost of power consumption and even then it is only faster for a few things.

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 10 years ago

      It’s sad that everything affordable is enough?

      • khands
      • 10 years ago

      I think you meant -[

        • jackaroon
        • 10 years ago

        The G80 was not all that affordable at release. G92 was a good and cheap performer though, and R770 was just better enough.

        • Bombadil
        • 10 years ago

        There was a somewhat affordable G80–the GTS.

          • Lazier_Said
          • 10 years ago

          The original GTS was $400 at release.

          Look what $400 buys you now.

          That’s stalled?

    • MadManOriginal
    • 10 years ago

    I voted 2H 2007 since that’s when my current card (8800GT, albeit a 1GB EVGA Akimbo so it might not quite be right) was released although I’ve actually bought and used more recent cards (8800GTX, 4850s, GTX260s) before ‘downgrading.’ Does what I need it to and I am caring less and less about games over the last year or so anyway so chances are good I might just go with an IGP or budget passive card when I next overhaul my system.

      • grantmeaname
      • 10 years ago

      The 8800GT is a good bit newer than the 8800GTX.

        • MadManOriginal
        • 10 years ago

        I wasn’t clear then. I got the 8800GTX after the 8800GT and the former is slightly faster. The last card I ‘paid for’ in that I resold it at a meaningful loss, anything under $10-$15 is a rental fee as far as I’m concerned, was an 8800GTS 640 which I had before the 8800GT. I was an upgrade junkie for a while there but stopped bothering.

    • cygnus1
    • 10 years ago

    Just bought a Sapphire 5770. I play at 19×12 and it does that amazingly well. Upgraded from a nV 9600GT; which is now in my HTPC

    • Waco
    • 10 years ago

    4870X2 on launch day. No reason to upgrade yet…

    • mcforce0208
    • 10 years ago

    Just looking the comments already made and it looks like ati have been the choice of the majority of the upgrades! Fermi please be AWESOME.

    • danieldasilva
    • 10 years ago

    I got a pair of 8800GTs 512MB in SLI I got back in Dec 2007 and they still pretty much run everything I throw at them at 1650×1050 with high details on. Unless DX11 make inroads, I don’t foresee them being upgraded anytime soon. At least not until more powerful next gen consoles come out.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 10 years ago

    9800GTX in May of 09. Still does everything I need from it, so not even interested in an upgrade unless someone decides to blow out GTX260s for $100 or $125 somewhere.

      • Kurotetsu
      • 10 years ago

      I used EVGA’s Step-Up to get that same card in April 2008. And yeah I’m still surprised at how well it can run current games even though its 2 years old. I got Crysis: Warhead running very smoothly at 1920×1200 at nearly all Gamer settings (what isn’t Gamer was kicked up to Enthusiast) under DirectX 10, and there was still enough juice left over for 2xAA.

      At the time I was reluctant to upgrade from a 8800GT, figuring it was just a sidegrade. Now I’m glad I did.

    • GFC
    • 10 years ago

    275GTX Q3 of last year.

    • mcforce0208
    • 10 years ago

    2 5870’s in January, loving them all the way. Nice one ati!

    • TurtlePerson2
    • 10 years ago

    Newegg Order History made this easy.

      • tdsevern
      • 10 years ago

      My newegg order history makes me depressed. All those orders add up fast!

    • Cova
    • 10 years ago

    My gaming box has a pair of Radeon X1900XTX’s in crossfire in it. It also hasn’t even been plugged into power now since Fragapalooza 2007 – what little time I have to game in nowadays goes to my 360.

      • BoBzeBuilder
      • 10 years ago

      A 5770 would probably deliver better performance while using a LOT less power.

        • cygnus1
        • 10 years ago

        But since his isn’t plugged in, it’s already using 0 power…

    • ReAp3r-G
    • 10 years ago

    HD5770 around Thanksgiving in 2009. Pretty happy with it.

    • kpo6969
    • 10 years ago

    250GTS ($83 open box) to HD5770. Thought HD5830 maybe next but r[

    • Helmore
    • 10 years ago

    Have a shiny new ATI Radeon 5850 since a little under a month now, replacing a pretty old NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GT.

      • Ikeoth
      • 10 years ago

      5850 since the second launch week for 269.99. Gaming at 1920×1080 with out any issues. I was however tempted to sell it for 300 but it wasn’t worth he shipping and handling losses.

    • paulsz28
    • 10 years ago

    4870 for meh
    4850 for buddeh
    2H ’09

    • Ryhadar
    • 10 years ago

    Still running a 7600GT since the second half of 2006. I don’t game much anymore, well rather, I don’t have much time to. Before that I came from a GeForce 2 MX.

    • PRIME1
    • 10 years ago

    Seems I’m with the majority 2H 2008.

    My GTX260 is going long and strong.

    Waiting for something new to impress me.

    Maybe 2H 2010.

    • barleyguy
    • 10 years ago

    I got a Radeon 3870 for $88 in December of 2008.

    Yes, a tiny bit behind the curve. But it still plays most games just fine.

    • moshpit
    • 10 years ago

    Bought a pair of 5870’s at launch, last half of last year.

    • grantmeaname
    • 10 years ago

    New laptop last summer. =/ 4570 can pull it’s own weight usually, but my LCD and the laptops are both 2MP…

    • bthylafh
    • 10 years ago

    Got a 4850 last year after they hit $90. Don’t plan on upgrading that for a while.

    • Vaughn
    • 10 years ago

    Picked up a 4890 for $189 in Oct of 2009!

      • BoBzeBuilder
      • 10 years ago

      Picked up a 4890 for $200 in -[

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