Wow. I only just replaced my 9800 XT several months ago.
My first Windows-based gaming computer had an ATI Rage Pro AGP. Before that, it was DOS computers, the best of which had a 1 MB VESA local bus graphics card...
I actually recall having a 486 based machine with this:
VESA Local Bus
I had a VGA or was it SVGA graphics card as well as a disk controller on that bus.
The ISA slots were used for slower things such as serial, parallel, joystick and sound cards.
My first video card was a ATI 9800 PCI when I got into the computer gaming scene. Was okay but the PCI bus would get flooded. Whenver I approach a graphic intensive area it would slow down.
Mine was a 512K ATI ISA card in my 386 and it could do 640x480 at 256 colours. We were flying in my Windows 3.1
Yes, Trident! You could buy them at computer shows or from the Computer Shopper. Once we saw Windows & OS/2 in 256 color...well...that changed our outlook on what to use as background BMP files for the desktop....Blondes or Brunettes?
I think I spent $200 on a Hercules 2MB card back in '94 or '95. It worked with any OS at the time and played all the popular games A-OK.
My first PC, an 8088 had Hercules on-board and could be switched from Hercules high-res monochrome to CGA with a toggle switch on the back of the PC.
My 286 had Cirrus Logic
My 386 had Trident, 512KB
My 486 had Cirrus Logic on-board with 2MB of Graphics RAM
My Pentium 266 in my Toshiba had the PC-Chips (Intel) 65555 adapter with 4MB of Video RAM.
In there somewhere was an 8MB Voodoo2 (SLI baby!!!)
I also had an NVidia RIVA 128ZX in a PII 450, then a TNT2, 32MB IIRC, though might have been 16.
And a Matrox Millenium in there as well somewhere, another PII.
Followed by a Hercules (after they started integrating NVidia GPU's) GeForce 256 64MB card, then a GeForce2 GTS
Then an ATI Radeon 7-series, followed by an 9600XT, which was then replaced by an X700.
Which brings us to my current card, an 8800GTS 512.
Probably missed some in there too