When old hardware is thrown into storage boxes until they are forgotten, or even eventually into the dump, this is partly heart-wrenching. Instead of doing so, Microsoft’s Direct3D team has put on the wall the graphics cards that have appeared in Microsoft’s office over the past few decades.
“When you’ve been working in this field for so long, you’re going to inevitably accumulate a lot of graphics cards that have been left over the last few years,” Microsoft’s Shawn Hargreaves said in a blog post. What do you do with them? One option is to put it in a box in an office. But a better solution would be to turn one of our corridors into a GPU history museum. ”
According to Hargreaves, there are 402 different GPUs on the wall, covering 35 years of GPU hardware history, including “mainstream success, influential breakthroughs, and more unremarkable graphics cards.”
One of the oldest (and perhaps oldest) graphics cards you can see in the picture is IBM 1501486 XM, a 8-bit ISA Color Graphics adapter (CGA) graphics card released in 1983. You can also see the Voodoo graphics card released in 1996, or before Nvidia acquired 3dfx.
There is also a GeForce 256 (released in 1999) and a PowerVR Kyro 1 Series 3 (released in 2000), as well as other recognizable GPUs earlier. Unfortunately, Microsoft only shares very few photos, and their resolution is very low.