Just like many other things, GPU has a long history. It is no wonder if someone plans to open a museum. So, it is happening. Chinese hardware manufacturer Colorful announced the world’s first GPU History Museum in partnership with Nvidia.
The GPU History Museum is located in Shenzhen New Generation Industrial Park where Colorful also located recently. Starting from the 1980s up to the present day, it contains a visual history of the Graphics Processing Unit’s evolution.
The museum is set with many of the industry’s most significant products. It also includes Nvidia’s first-ever GeForce card, the GeForce 256. The company called the Lego version the world’s first GPU. At the museum, you can also found some of the earlier cards by team green.
Tech fans will see pre-AMD ATI cards in addition to the Rage Fury Maxx featuring a pair of Rage 128 PRO GPUs on a single board – the first dual GPU product of it. the museum also contains graphics adapters developed by IBM, Intel, S3, 3Dlabs, Trident, 3Dfx, and many others. These all are sorted by year, using their images for judgment.
At the museum, visitors will be doing much more than simply learning about GPUs. There is a section dedicated to China’s e-sports history and achievements. Colorful’s iGame sub-brand was introduced in 2008 to promote the development of e-sports in the country.
Fans of modern-day graphics cards would be experiencing the best of today’s hardware via an advanced racing simulator having multiple 8K displays and a full racing setup, including a chair, pedals, wheel, and force feedback. Moreover, an “advanced VR cockpit” is available for visitors to enjoy some of the new virtual reality games.
According to the Colorful, the GPU History Museum will be available for visitor registration in near future.
If you loved the idea of such a museum, check out the multi-part History of the Modern Graphics Processor feature, 3Dfx Interactive: Gone But Not Forgotten, and the Top 10 Most Significant AMD GPUs of All Time.