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OWNED66 29th December 2009, 19:23 Quote
i was 100% sure that the 8800GTX was here
that thing was a beast ..... a damn furnace too
that thing would chew and spit out anything u gave it
i remember loading up crysis with full of confidence at 2560x1600
and almost nothing loaded i had like 0.1 fps
after that i lost confidence in everything xD
metarinka 29th December 2009, 20:34 Quote
I remember buying the original microsoft optical mouse explorer. the 5 button one that was like 70 bucks back in the day. Worth every penny, I blue LED modded it and used it till it broke.

Didn't own much else on the list, but remember the 9800 pro and meeting the dev's at a lan party and they were handing them out like candy.

Really I would like to add all of SLI and x-fire to the hut of fail. Hot, expensive, and offers marginal performance increase. Might as well upgrade to a better single card then ever go SLI.
Edge102030 29th December 2009, 20:35 Quote
FBDimms for hut of fail.
Phil Rhodes 29th December 2009, 20:56 Quote
Nobody here will have heard of this piece of gear, but the only hardware item I've ever owned which really just didn't work was a Matrox RT2000 video editing card. This thing offered two major selling points: firewire ports, back in the days when they were exotic, and the ability to plug it, SLI style, into a G400 graphics card and do 3D effects on the video. The thing cost nearly £1000 including the modified G400 and really only worked properly if you had exactly the right hardware behind it. It constantly dropped long-running recordings halfway through, locked up, and refused outright to support a huge range of firewire-equipped video cameras. An absolute waste of time.
crazyg1zm0 29th December 2009, 21:00 Quote
I can still remember the original review of the Opty in CpC and it was that article that got me into overclocking
13eightyfour 29th December 2009, 21:15 Quote
I think id add the AMD mobile 2500+, Back in the day it was an amazing chip!! Ive still got 1 its not in use but still works
hardski 29th December 2009, 21:25 Quote
8800 GTS 512 not far behind.
Not to be confused with the 320 and 640 versions ( rubbish )
Elton 29th December 2009, 22:46 Quote
Basically Matrox was a fail.

Add the 2900XT to the fail list, aside from costing quite a bit, it was a furnace and literally died when even a measly 2xAA was enabled.

Here's a few things that came to mind for fail and fame:

Fail: Pentium 4, for all the money you paid, you got garbage.
Fame: DFI's NF4 boards and Abit P35 board
Fail: Crossfire(original), you needed dongles and prayers for it to work
Fame: H-IPS technology, for making LCD displays bearable and S-IPS even better.
Fail: Silverstone Raven, for such a good idea, terrible execution
Fame: RV700(HD48xx) for making a complete 180 turn on the market after 1 1/2 years of ass-whooping by Nvidia
Fail: GTX260 192SP: Terrible performance and cost an arm, although somewhat redeemed by the 216 version.
Fame: Vapor-X Coolers; forever changing the GPU cooling systems and saving our ears from the Reference ATi coolers.
Fail: TSMC, for years they have failed to actually produce enough chips for GPUs.

Quite a list eh?
thehippoz 29th December 2009, 23:05 Quote
the discontinued E6600 was well ahead of it's time too.. it was breaking 4ghz way back
Leitchy 29th December 2009, 23:06 Quote
A note for the 8800gtx for saving me money! Rig still playing all games well and will perhaps upgrade when Dx9 games are not the commonplace anymore!
Elton 29th December 2009, 23:08 Quote
Any chance of adding in Overclocking competitions as fail for next year? None of those things actually made a difference.

Oh and add in the Nforce 7 boards as fail since the NB would melt. Or was that the NF6?
confusis 29th December 2009, 23:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by Elton
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Fame: RV700(HD48xx) for making a complete 180 turn on the market after 1 1/2 years of ass-whooping by Nvidia
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QFT
thehippoz 29th December 2009, 23:25 Quote
lol yeah the 680i would eat up memory too- had voltage spike problems when you went over 2.1v.. the mosfets would burn up- you pop off the sinks and see alot of times the sinks weren't even touching XD

the nb and mcp runs hot with the stock sinks.. pretty much a mess unless you knew about this ahead of time- not a bad chipset if you fixed the problems and stepped around the issues with auto voltages (it could not do auto anything like intel chipsets)
Elton 30th December 2009, 00:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by thehippoz
lol yeah the 680i would eat up memory too- had voltage spike problems when you went over 2.1v.. the mosfets would burn up- you pop off the sinks and see alot of times the sinks weren't even touching XD

the nb and mcp runs hot with the stock sinks.. pretty much a mess unless you knew about this ahead of time- not a bad chipset if you fixed the problems and stepped around the issues with auto voltages (it could not do auto anything like intel chipsets)

Well it was the only SLI medium, and was made by EVGA(the XFX version was garbage imo) and Asus.

Guess the QC was asleep that year.
Ross1 30th December 2009, 00:42 Quote
Scythe ninja, or themalright ultra 120?

The E6750 got a bit overlooked because of the Q6600, but certainly the core2 chips were pretty awesome down the line. Those two definitely provided the best value, off the bat and when overclocking.

how about.... the HD103UJ? its price/GB was unmatched for a long time, and by a long way, i have 5 of them, still all going strong.

lastly, please dont put the P182 in. it was a good case, you could do a huge amount with it, but it had so many flaws.....
Elton 30th December 2009, 01:02 Quote
Fail: CoolIT Domino, that thing couldn't cool worth a penny and cost much more than that.
Fail: FX5800, howcome no one mentioned this? It had a vaccum of a cooler and performed terribly.
Fail: Radeon X1550, this one's a bit off the radar, but apart from being expensive past obscenity for a low end card, it was hotter than the same cruddy performing card the X1300.
Fail: Intel Integrated Video Chipsets: These babies cost consumers much money, had laughably bad performance, and showed how bad intel was at making Video chipsets, not to mention that aside from desktop interface rendering it was practically next to useless.

I've got a huge backlog for some reason, so i might be on this thread for ages.

Fame+Fail: Voodoo5 cards, although they flopped and cost $600 on release and lacked performance you can't argue that the card itself was a monster to behold, not to mention the Voodoo5 6000(or was it 5500?) had 2 Voodoo GPUs on one PCB.
Fame+Fail: The Fabled 2900XTX, anyone remember back in 2007 when there were rumors of a 1GB 2900XTX that had an insane memory frequency but the benchmarks failed? Turns out that some of these cards were made, albeit with the stock cooler and upon a re-benchie of this card it proved to be almost as fast or faster than the 8800GTX, still didn't stop it from being an oven with the reference cooler though.

Fame + Fail: NForce 680i, While it had some horrendous Heatsinks on the NB and had more hot mosfets than an improperly cooled HD4870X2, you can't deny how awesome it is to have 3x 8800Ultras on one PCB and make it successfully work. With that said, the NF6 did do pretty bad at overclocking.

Hey BT! Any chance of a writing job for me? :D
cyrilthefish 30th December 2009, 01:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by Elton
Fame+Fail: The Fabled 2900XTX, anyone remember back in 2007 when there were rumors of a 1GB 2900XTX that had an insane memory frequency but the benchmarks failed? Turns out that some of these cards were made, albeit with the stock cooler and upon a re-benchie of this card it proved to be almost as fast or faster than the 8800GTX, still didn't stop it from being an oven with the reference cooler though.
You made the 2900XT cry

http://forums.bit-tech.net/picture.php?albumid=375&pictureid=7431

I hope you're happy now
Star*Dagger 30th December 2009, 01:43 Quote
8800 GTX was on one of the best investments I ever made in my long career as a PC Gamer. It was with some regret that I had to replace it when the 4870x2 came out, its time was up. It found a nice home a young gamers PC, he now plays Crysis in dx10.

The 4870x2 is getting long in the tooth as well and with the advent of the 5970 it is time to upgrade. The 4870x2 deserves a place on this list, since only ATI was able to beat it, by releasing a new generation of cards for dx11.

The last two cards mentioned here are great to play Shattered Horizon with!!!

Yours in Indefatigable Plasma,
Star¤Dagger
Elton 30th December 2009, 02:08 Quote
:(

I liked that card. But be honest, it was quite the flop.

I like the eyes though.
r0z|3o0n 30th December 2009, 02:15 Quote
Good article, some nice nostalgia in there :)

Hardware I would have given the nod to...

6600GT - affordable and lightyears ahead of the terrible FX series it replaced.
Athlon 2500+
P4 805D of Tom's fame - the one that would do 4ghz and killed every other CPU on the market at the time...
cyrilthefish 30th December 2009, 02:26 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Elton
:(

I liked that card. But be honest, it was quite the flop.

I like the eyes though.
Hehe, true :o

It was hot and loud, but after years of too many Nvidia driver bluescreens i was limited for choice at the time.

As for the eyes, it adds to my conviction that 'stick-on googly eyes improve anything™'
Elton 30th December 2009, 02:31 Quote
Hence the Avatar? So any of you guys got any other suggestions? Because I'm tempted to write more, someone give me the green light?

Oh and about the P4 D 805, it did trump almost every CPU, unless you were to overclock any of the Athlon X2s by 400mhz, at 4.1Ghz it still was edging the Athlons running at 2.4Ghz.
Gunsmith 30th December 2009, 02:39 Quote
8800GTX: The GPU so nice I bought it thrice :D

http://alice.poddle.net/~gunsmith/tri-sli_2.jpg

3 years on and
STILL
KICKING
ARSE!

hardflipman 30th December 2009, 02:42 Quote
How about the Abit BP6 from back in the day. Dual cpu support and could overclock the original celerons. i had 2 366 celerons running at 550mhz for many years!
Elton 30th December 2009, 02:46 Quote
That is soooooooo shiny!!
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