On December 25, 1996, I got a Diamond Stealth 3D 2000.
It has an
chip on it. I got this card because I thought that there would be games
that required the use of a 3D accelerator in 1997, and that the ViRGE
would be one of the most popular. I was wrong by a mile. The ViRGE is one
of the slowest, if not the slowest 3D accelerator, however, it has good
3D acceleration with the ViRGE didn't improve the frame rate in games.
Some games actually slowed down with hardware acceleration.
I got a Diamond Monster 3D on March 2, 1998.
The card has a 3Dfx Voodoo Graphics accelerator. It performs 3D operations
3 to 4 times faster than the ViRGE on an Intel Pentium MMX 166 based system.
Later that year, I got myself a Creative Labs 3D Blaster Voodoo2 8MB. Fast,
but I wasn't really able to unleash its full potential. Shortly after I got
my Athlon, the Voodoo2 failed.
In March of 2001, I got an Nvidia Geforce2 GTS based AGP card with 32MB of
DDR RAM. It makes everything else I've used look slow. PS2 owners should
be jealous about this...