What just happened? The GPU has a long history. So long, in fact, that it could fill a museum. Such a fantastic idea has now become a reality, with Chinese hardware manufacturer Colorful announcing the world’s first GPU History Museum in partnership with Nvidia.
The museum, located in the Shenzhen New Generation Industrial Park, where Colorful was recently located, contains a visual history of the evolution of the Graphics Processing Unit, from the 1980s to the present.
The museum includes some of the most important products in the industry, including Nvidia’s first GeForce card, the GeForce 256; check out this version of Lego, which the company called “the world’s first GPU.” Some of the previous cards from the green team can also be found in the museum.
Tech geeks will find pre-AMD ATl cards, including the Rage Fury Maxx which featured a pair of Rage 128 PRO GPUs on a single board, their first dual-GPU product. There are also graphics adapters developed by IBM, 3Dlabs, Intel, S3, Trident, 3Dfx, and others, all sorted by year, judging from the images.
Visitors will be able to do more at the museum than learn about GPUs. There is also a section dedicated to the history and achievements of China’s e-sports: Colorful’s iGame sub-brand was established in 2008 to promote the development of e-sports in the country.
Fans of modern graphics cards will be able to experience the best of current hardware using an advanced racing simulator with multiple 8K displays and a full race setup, including a saddle, steering wheel, pedals, and force feedback. There is also an “advanced virtual reality booth” for visitors to enjoy some of the latest virtual reality games.
Colorful writes that the GPU History Museum will be available for visitor registration soon.
If the idea of such a museum appeals to you, check out our multi-part feature History of the Modern Graphics Processor, Top 10 AMD GPUs of All Time, and 3Dfx Interactive: Gone But Not Forgotten.