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Travel through graphics card history in Colorful's new GPU museum

Colorful GPU museum featuring GPUs through the years
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If you've ever wanted to go back to the early days of graphics cards (opens in new tab), when chips were plentiful and boxes plastered in half-baked 3D models, now you can. Graphics card manufacturer Colorful has opened its very own graphics card museum, which perfectly encapsulates how far GPU tech has come in such a short amount of time.

Graphics cards found their footing in the '80s, but it wasn't until the '90s that things really took off. Colorful's new graphics card museum covers the lot: from IBM graphics adapters, the progenitor of modern GPUs and built by engineers such as Mark Dean (opens in new tab); to Nvidia's GeForce 256, the first of a long line leading to today's monster cards.

The museum also covers Colorful's own launch into the GPU market back in 1999 with its Voodoo 2, and contains relics such as ATI's Rage Fury MAXX, a card that would eventually lead to heaps of dual-GPU ATI/AMD Radeon graphics cards. You can even spot a couple of modern rarities, such as the Radeon VII, which has now found a second life as an all-powerful mining machine (opens in new tab).

The museum is opened in partnership with Nvidia, too, so there are plenty of the chipset maker's earliest cards lying around.

I'd imagine most on our list of the most important graphics cards in history (opens in new tab) can be found in those hallowed halls.

The museum will be opened to the public soon, although you'll have to find your way to Shenzhen, China in order to visit.

Jacob Ridley
Jacob Ridley

Jacob earned his first byline writing for his own tech blog from his hometown in Wales in 2017. From there, he graduated to professionally breaking things as hardware writer at PCGamesN, where he would later win command of the kit cupboard as hardware editor. Nowadays, as senior hardware editor at PC Gamer, he spends his days reporting on the latest developments in the technology and gaming industry. When he's not writing about GPUs and CPUs, however, you'll find him trying to get as far away from the modern world as possible by wild camping.