This MONSTER Video Card has 4 GPUs... and it's from 2004!

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Evans & Sutherland aren’t a big name in computing today, but that wasn’t always the case - Meet the simFUSION 6500q, a QUAD Radeon 9800 XT GPU from 2003!
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  1. Linus Tech Tips

    Linus Tech Tips3 months ago

    We've received several requests to release the driver package we used in this video, and we've received permission to do so from Layne and Collins Aerospace. As far as we know, this is the only driver now online.

  2. Caglar Kuyumcuoglu

    Caglar Kuyumcuoglu22 days ago

    Im sorry guys, but ATI had an Card which called Rage Fury Maxx with two Rage128 Pro Chips... and they didnt call it Crossfire at this time. in 1999 they called it Multiple ASIC2!!!

  3. tredigi

    tredigiMonth ago

    *History has always been the most interesting subject to study, for just about anything.*

  4. StarGateSG7

    StarGateSG7Month ago

    @Techburn That card is (was?) used in the F22 Flight Simulators, "The Green Lady" and the Pumpkin Seed/SSTO Spaceplane (don't ask, just look them up!) flight simulators. so copyrights and licences are STILL in effect (plus 50 or 70 years AFTER the life of the authors!) since those simulators are PROBABLY still in use! If I remember correctly Evans & Sutherland partnered with 3D-Labs at one point which then gave rise to modern GPU based graphics cards. V

  5. Bad Wolf Bay

    Bad Wolf BayMonth ago

    Asus offered a 2 agp board many a year ago. Last home built system I did had it.

  6. EZ2ACTux

    EZ2ACTuxMonth ago

    Hell yeah preservation

  7. Tech Toy Tinker Company

    Tech Toy Tinker Company6 hours ago

    archive the driver for the world. don't let it vanish with the video in a few years!

  8. nielsen145

    nielsen14522 hours ago

    first and foremost, Nvidia bought the SLI technology from 3Dfx, when they went out of buisness, among other things from them.

  9. RPG Mafia

    RPG Mafia22 hours ago

    Try this with an 3090. 4 3090 GPU's on one card

  10. Adam Pancechowski

    Adam PancechowskiDay ago

    Multi GPU and today dont go together... my SLI simply isn't working with modern games... RIP SLI

  11. carlos rocha

    carlos rochaDay ago

    Linus: "Speaking of the past, we're going to be building a PC from 10 years ago...." Or you could just borrow mine

  12. Seronin Aran

    Seronin Aran2 days ago

    At the 5:00 mark, Linus talks about a 48u of 'no pcs' - what's a 'no pc'?

  13. dallas reed

    dallas reed2 days ago

    you need to use foot pedals

  14. Raj Kumar

    Raj Kumar3 days ago

    Single silicon chip is the best to made and we can use it as single as well as multiple gpu

  15. Jamar Fitch

    Jamar Fitch3 days ago

    Am I the only that likes these videos but has no clue most of the time what they're talking about

  16. Jesus Acevedo

    Jesus Acevedo4 days ago

    U guys look stupid wearing masks !!!! COVIDS fake!!!

  17. Gabrielius

    Gabrielius5 days ago

    Make them SLI.

  18. Arturo Tabera

    Arturo Tabera5 days ago

    Seeing Rape without consent, an innocent virginity taken... Linus, you have no shame!

  19. Joao Afonso

    Joao Afonso5 days ago


  20. Mark Walther

    Mark Walther6 days ago

    6:02 Wonder how many times he has showered a part with that.

  21. 2110e

    2110e9 days ago

    You sure 2004? This shit straight from 2077.

  22. xXBam BamXx

    xXBam BamXx10 days ago

    The way you guy's are tsking on and off the masks... Just leave it off🤟

  23. Jessica T

    Jessica T10 days ago

    What is this Witchcraft?! O.O I remember drooling over the first consumer available 1GHZ Single Core Processor. Now it's like "1GHZ? What is this trash???"

  24. Mark Koetsier

    Mark Koetsier10 days ago

    Hey... Wanna hear the most annoying sound in the world? 11:39

  25. blatantmisconception

    blatantmisconception11 days ago

    Is he doing okay? He looks a little dry eyed and bedraggled?

  26. szymon zak

    szymon zak11 days ago

    why is that guy bigger than average?

  27. Nya Stclair

    Nya Stclair11 days ago

    I remember my first motherboard with an AGP slot. Athlon XP 1600+ with a Radeon 8500. That felt like such a monstrous upgrade from my K6-2 533mhz. First time I ever experienced buttery smooth framerate on a 3d game. With my 100hz Sony Trinitron CRT monitor. The best days.

  28. Evilsizer82

    Evilsizer8211 days ago

    should have tried quake3a, maybe someone brought this up. NV bought the IP of 3DFX so SLI Scan-Line Interleave not what SLI means now. i do still belive that 3DFX's use of Scan-Line Interleave was the way to go for multiple cards. should look into the "The Quantum3D Mercury Brick " and "Quantum3D AAlchemy 8164"

  29. Reynan Basilio

    Reynan Basilio11 days ago

    Hello sir good morning, may i ask if it can be installed on my B450 DS3H V2 BOARD?

  30. Joel Bustamante

    Joel Bustamante11 days ago

    how about you would use old 586 processor?

  31. rogerwilco99

    rogerwilco9911 days ago

    I did some contract work for a company that had a rack system with these in it (8, I think). IIRC the guy I talked to there said each of those video cards cost about $10k EACH. I think the entire system cost about $250k. Evans & Sutherland was VERY top tier stuff. They even ran the U.S. Army's tank simulators where you could simulate and entire tank platoon with the tank crews crawling into these sim machines and doing battle on a virtual battle field (a multi-million dollar system - well over three HUNDRED million dollars in 2002). The nascent 3D market back then was pretty exciting. And getting in on the ground floor of that was an awesome experience. But, yeah, the advent of PCI-Express and PCI-X spelled the doom of those dedicated graphics powerhouse cards. I still have a bunch of old 3D cards from back then including some from companies that no longer exist. The voxel based renderers were very interesting because they took a completely different approach to 3D geometry, basically solid modeling rather than vector based graphics. My wife keeps after me to throw out all those old graphics cards and the old SGI systems I have. She has no idea the significance they hold for me. The SGI Iris and Onyx systems were very expensive when I bought them. And they're basically junk today less than 20 years later. But, as you all know, 20 years is an eternity in computers. It IS kind of amazing that a card that cost about $10k when new (the Evans & Sutherland 6500q) sold recently on eBay for almost $4k. So, they're not junk, really. People still covet them, not because of their amazing performance (which back in the day WAS amazing) but because of their history. I'm really surprised that anyone let Linus handle that video card given how prone he is to dropping and destroying technology, though.

  32. Ben Francis

    Ben Francis12 days ago

    Go to 8:25

  33. Bob TheBlob

    Bob TheBlob12 days ago

    9800xt? that must be an insanely fast card! We only have 6900xt now

  34. SirNapkin1334

    SirNapkin133413 days ago

    I wonder if you could run Minecraft on it, it uses OpenGL (to the bane of many of my modder friends).

  35. Dr. D4nk memes

    Dr. D4nk memes13 days ago

    2:03 thats the texture of my skin

  36. Hybrid

    Hybrid14 days ago

    rate my specs, GA 990FX Gaming motherboard FX 8350 Radeon 550 series

  37. CanadianCCP

    CanadianCCP14 days ago

    "Brings back memories...this is like me literally sitting in my basement...or sitting in my girlfriends room, like you know, tuning my overclock 1 mhz at a time or whatever....". There is no need to lie about being a virgin until 40 Linus...literally nobody out there believes you were tuning your computers "in your girlfriends house".

  38. Bogart Gaming & Tech

    Bogart Gaming & Tech14 days ago

    Back in its day that was some SERIOUS god tier big daddy money flex right there lol

  39. Ghaith

    Ghaith14 days ago

    69K likes Nice

  40. MagnetclanPlays

    MagnetclanPlays14 days ago

    i don't get it

  41. Jack Fisher

    Jack Fisher15 days ago

    2:50 how do you get so fat? What are you feeding that thing? Is this real? 5:40 why is that thing wearing a mask? He cant breathe in it.

  42. Mehrunes. Vlahdia

    Mehrunes. Vlahdia15 days ago

    Anthony makes things happen

  43. Lang Lee

    Lang Lee15 days ago

    I has SLI by 3DFx back in 1998 - 1999 on a Pentium 400 Mhz, 256 MB of RAM, 20 Gig HD, 56k modem, I don't have those any longer but I still have my Diamond Monster 3D video card that I bought to play Quake II. After connecting it my son and I just watched the introduction for like 2 hours because it looked so damn good.

  44. John long

    John long15 days ago

    Boy I am glad this helped me in my history lessons..

  45. M D - il microcanale

    M D - il microcanale16 days ago

    Amazing! The oldest video card in my possession is one Micro-Tecnology Unlimited K1008-11 from 1981. It was needed for high resolution on Commodore PET and for KIM-1!

  46. Alexander Blohme

    Alexander Blohme16 days ago

    Pffft, Voodoo SLI ftw

  47. Clark Deckard

    Clark Deckard16 days ago

    Could you tell us more about windows 11, 20 and 21 concept

  48. SalveMonesvol

    SalveMonesvol16 days ago

    Smart fat guy should be working for DigitalFoundry.

  49. djmips

    djmips16 days ago

    NVIDIA (3DFX) used SLI way before this on the Voodoo cards.

  50. Kelly Masuda

    Kelly Masuda17 days ago

    Finds junked spaceship in the year 2432: Linus: It's not meant to do it but let's see if it can run games.

  51. Denshi-Oji

    Denshi-Oji17 days ago

    Looks like a video board for a simulator display setup. Such as a flight simulator...

  52. MeKLiN

    MeKLiN17 days ago

    shouldve connected to an online server with the common patch # Ut99... 200 ping brazilian madness

  53. Ulung_RInZ

    Ulung_RInZ17 days ago

    A GPU, that 4 times more powerfull than Quadro RTX 8000. Wow.

  54. Berlm

    Berlm18 days ago

    Lmao I have been watching him from so long, I can see the segues coming

  55. Pécsi István

    Pécsi István18 days ago

    I see you have plugged in an SSD. How did you make it work on a SATA1 connection (without speed negotiation)?

  56. Олег Волгин

    Олег Волгин18 days ago

    Yes, our FTPs contain a lot of important old stuff🗿

  57. DoomBeard

    DoomBeard18 days ago

    2:48 "Over to you evil Chumlee"

  58. The Graceful Savage

    The Graceful Savage18 days ago

    "ARE YOU NOT INTERESTED?!? IM INTERESTED!!!.... in telling you about todays sponsor...." never stops making me chuckle at the ad segues after all these years.

  59. Eric Lapointe

    Eric Lapointe18 days ago

    During the same time, CAE (a flight simulator compagny) create the Raster 2.0. It was a system bridging together 4 video cards and 1 calligraphic card. On each video card, there was 4 GPU on it (ATI 9600 if I remember). Since the calligraphic card contain only 1 GPU, it's makes a total of 17 GPU working together. The output was 1 DVI port.

  60. M0lecular Ep1phany

    M0lecular Ep1phany18 days ago

    I had a Radeon 7990.

  61. Nediyon Ulanusham

    Nediyon Ulanusham18 days ago

    Shaved linus was better.

  62. Greg Pruett

    Greg Pruett19 days ago

    so for a nerd with no reasonable budget would this be a good graphics card for rs3 in openGL mode?

  63. Pipo Argenti

    Pipo Argenti19 days ago

    you pay 1000 dollars, get 1.5 million views, earn twice for the video... that's called perfect business

  64. danwic

    danwic19 days ago

    Who still playing UT99 in 2020? :D

  65. galactica games

    galactica games19 days ago

    Holy shit anthony is so smart.

  66. Bryan S

    Bryan S19 days ago

    @5:35 ... Hey where'd you guys get those REALLY tiny masks? I wanna gets me some!

  67. TheCbrdriver

    TheCbrdriver20 days ago

    Duuuuude shave

  68. SuperMoonlord

    SuperMoonlord20 days ago

    i want that thing

  69. ssplayer

    ssplayer20 days ago

    I believe 3DFx introduced SLI in 1998.

  70. 802 Garage

    802 Garage20 days ago

    Daaang. Imagine playing Operation Flashpoint on this beast!

  71. Pax Manic

    Pax Manic21 day ago

    no. ur from 2004

  72. JP callaghan

    JP callaghan21 day ago

    "PC from 10 years ago" Me: looks under my desk at my i7 870 pc. (still runs everything, albeit at worrying temperatures)

  73. JP callaghan

    JP callaghan21 day ago

    I don't think that would fit in my PC case tbh, it's nearly the size of c64 mobo

  74. Paul Freedman

    Paul Freedman21 day ago

    Still waiting for that video card from bitboys. I'm told it will blow away every and any competition.

  75. musikSkool

    musikSkool22 days ago

    3dmark 2001 on a 3090 vs a 1080 vs a 2080?

  76. Striker The Hedgefox

    Striker The Hedgefox23 days ago

    Should have tried Doom 3 with it. Used to play it with my 9800 Pro. Would be a good stress test.

  77. Hless421

    Hless42123 days ago

    Reminds me of the 7950 GX2. I used to have a 7900 GT KO that actually lasted 2 whole years lol

  78. cyberghost74

    cyberghost7423 days ago

    Please make a video about an Blackout (when the grid goes down). How would you sitll run a PC for gaming without power ? What power source would you use ? An Poweroak EB240 ? That would be interesting. And how would you power your whole house ?

  79. Wilhelm Roscher

    Wilhelm Roscher23 days ago


  80. Logan Irdi

    Logan Irdi23 days ago

    I've seen one of these at an old failed business near where I live. It puzzled me when I saw it because I had no idea what it was.

  81. Mason T. Bridge

    Mason T. Bridge23 days ago

    That graphics card is older than me

  82. THe GERi

    THe GERi23 days ago

    Linus looks more and more like Chuck Norris xD

  83. Sam Ross

    Sam Ross23 days ago

    whats the mask for? LOL

  84. Gustavo Rabino

    Gustavo Rabino24 days ago

    I remember the voodoo 2

  85. BeeTheImmortal

    BeeTheImmortal24 days ago

    >OpenGL >No Q3 Arena Why

  86. i dont care

    i dont care24 days ago

    6:47 really hurts my ears to hear him call it that.

  87. Johnny Shumway

    Johnny Shumway24 days ago

    I want to see y'all play old early 2000 year games like 4x4 Evo 2, or anything else you can think of, on the most high-end modern gaming PC.

  88. spavatch

    spavatch25 days ago

    Oh Linus, Unreal (and UT for that matter) was always a primarily Glide game, the OpenGL support was just a botched together pile of files that sometimes somehow somewhat worked...

  89. Kevin Buckman

    Kevin Buckman26 days ago

    I saw one of these for sale in a second hand pc store for 80$ I had absolutely no idea what it was... Kind of wish I had bought it now xD

  90. zeljko acimovic

    zeljko acimovic27 days ago

    I had one of these Dual processor gpu, was a beast at the time. 2 of these in crossfire would be godlike :). Can you try to pull out that one ?

  91. herauthon four

    herauthon four27 days ago

    Hey want my ATi Wonder 8bit CGA to trade ?

  92. stefan vdb

    stefan vdb27 days ago

    sounds like my old 6600gt reference i guess :D

  93. ISPY4ever

    ISPY4ever28 days ago

    I remember this graphics demo so darn well :') There was a cool PC store at a local store where this was running on loop and is was mesmerizes :D

  94. Lord Oremor 823

    Lord Oremor 82328 days ago

    Linus is on drugs xd


    BIG BRAIN28 days ago

    Anthony GOD almost Gaben status

  96. tec738caf ;dik'fac

    tec738caf ;dik'fac29 days ago

    "Here we have a 4xGPU AGP/PCI card tuned for OpenGL software... Let's fire up a bunch of D3D software and ONE OpenGL game!"

  97. Gusthavo Bochnia

    Gusthavo Bochnia29 days ago

    1:00 i'm interested!!!!

  98. Steven Bezaire

    Steven Bezaire29 days ago

    When I heard you used the unofficial service pack 4, it was ruined as that update totally cripples performance and you would have had much better results in service pack 3. If you tried it on a regular computer from that time that didn't have multiple gpus and a second cpu, games that would have run above 60fps would often drop below 10fps and the windows interface would run like garbage which was the results I got whenever trying both. You should revisit it with just service pack 3 and no unofficial updates.

  99. Virtualchase

    Virtualchase29 days ago

    Anthony just saying shit like "Capacitor plague" like we know wth that was lol, shit had me look it up lol.

  100. Laxis

    LaxisMonth ago

    What is this boneworks music man

  101. Lars Nielsen

    Lars NielsenMonth ago

    2 MB Ati card support crossfire or maby was the drive run in pci lane. Woodoo serie cards was first multi card in Europa.

  102. Kanysh Official

    Kanysh OfficialMonth ago

    hey bro,u got sick =)))

  103. dvr1337

    dvr1337Month ago

    wtf that hairs...

  104. Debarjun chakma

    Debarjun chakmaMonth ago

    Can i play games on 4k

  105. technic masters

    technic mastersMonth ago

    Try Minecraft on it :D its OpenGL 1.4 compatible