World's first GPU museum opening in China thanks to Colorful and Nvidia
While the graphics processing history is certainly several years shorter than that of the modern day microprocessor, which started with the introduction of the Intel 4004 model exactly 50 years ago, one would argue that the development of the true graphics processing units from the last days of the 20th century is actually more important for the current state of the IT&C industry and its future. There are quite a few processor museums across the world, but now we also get the world’s first GPU museum located in China. This endeavor is the result of the partnership between Chinese GPU maker Colorful and Nvidia.
Located in Shenzhen’s New Generation Industrial Park, near Colorful’s new HQ, the GPU museum has all sorts of cards and hardware equipment dating back to the ‘80s, including console cards and even PC motherboards to illustrate the differences between ISA, PCI, AGP and PCIe slots. Of course, since Nvidia is sponsoring the whole thing, its models are prominently featured as some of the most iconic GPUs in history. After all, Nvidia was indeed the first company to coin the GPU term back in 1999 when it released the GeForce 256 model featuring a single-chip solution with integrated transform, lighting, triangle setup/clipping and rendering engines. However, Nvidia’s predecessors such as the NV1, Riva 128, TNT and TNT2 models can be found on display as well. All the cards appear to be sorted by year and also include milestone models from IBM, 3DLabs, S3, Trident, Intel, and pre-AMD ATI. The legendary 3Dfx receives a special treatment since Colorful’s first ever AIB model featured the Voodoo 2 graphics accelerator back in 1999.
The GPU museum includes some other attractions, too. There is a whole section dedicated to the Chinese e-sports history that was shaped by Colorful with the iGame sub-brand. Additionally, visitors can try out an advanced VR cockpit or some of the most advanced racing simulators based on cutting edge GPUs hooked to triple-8K displays with full racing setups that include a chair, wheel, pedals and force feedback effects.
Colorful will soon announce the exact opening date for the museum.