Nvidia GPUs through the ages: The history of Nvidia's graphics cards

The Nvidia NV1 launched in 1995 and was able to handle both 2D and 3D video. It even had a port for a Sega Saturn joypad to give it wider appeal. (image credit: Swaaye/Wikipedia)
The NV3 was much more successful than the company's first GPU and help Nvidia get widespread popularity. (image credit: Mathías Tabó/Wikipedia)
In 1998, Nvidia unleashed NV4, aka Riva TNT which had support for 32-bit True Colour, 16MB of SDR SDRAM and an affordable price tag. (image credit: Tors/Wikipedia)
The NV4 bought a number of updates including 32-bit Z-buffer/stencil support, up to 32MB of VRAM and 2048 x 2048 texture support.  (image credit: Uwe Hermann/Wikipedia)
Late in 1999, Nvidia released the "world's first GPU". Thus started the love affair with GeForce-branded graphics cards for years to come.  (image credit: Hyins/Wikipedia)
The thing that made GeForce2 interesting was the start of support for multi-monitor setups.  (image credit: Hyins/Wikipedia)
Nvidia's first DirectX 8-compatible card, GeForce 3 was interesting for a number of reasons and it was even used in the original Xbox. (image credit: Hyins/Wikipedia)
Leap forward a couple of generations and in 2003 we have the release of Nvidia's GeForce FX series. New technologies abound. (image credit: Hyins/Wikipedia)
GeForce 6 was the start of Nvidia pushing SLI technology allowing people to combine more than one graphics card for more power.  (image credit: Hyins/Wikipedia)
In 2005 came the GeForce7 series including the highlight thought of 7800 GTX. A version of this line-up powered the PlayStation 3. (image credit: FxJ/Wikipedia)
The much-loved Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTX was the flagship of this range and it could run Crysis, which was all that PC gamers wanted at the time.  (image credit: Shooke/Wikipedia)
By this time Nvidia was pushing performance up a notch with clock speeds hitting up to 675MHz and yet power consumption was being reduced as well.  (image credit: Sk/Wikipedia)
In 2010 Nvidia launched the GeForce 4000 series. This was when Nvidia revealed the Fermi microarchitecture which was the company's next major architecture.  (image credit: Amazon)
The GeForce 600 series introduced Nvidia's Kepler architecture and other improvements including GPU boost, NVENC and more. (image credit: HanyNAR)
In 2013 Nvidia kicked things up a notch with the 700 series which was topped off with the insane high-end enthusiast GTX Titan card.  (image credit: Marcus Burns)
In 2014 Nvidia seemingly skipped a generation and went straight into the GeForce 900 series with improved capabilities as well as better energy efficiency. (image credit: Marcus Burns)
The GTX 1080 Ti is perhaps the most well known of the GPUs from this series and is perhaps one of the most significant cards Nvidia has released.  (image credit: Marcus Burns)
Notably, these graphics cards were the first-gen of RTX cards and saw Nvidia pushing ray tracing as the main selling point.  (image credit: Marcus Burns)
The GeForce 30 series succeeded the 20 series and unfortunately became most well-known for simply being impossible to get hold of due to the silicone shortage.  (image credit: Pocket-lint)
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