Nvidia is on the verge of rolling out a new generation of graphics cards based on its Ampere architecture, and if the rumors are on the money, the GeForce RTX 3080 and 3090 are going to be absolute beasts. Maybe one day they will warrant the LEGO treatment. In the meantime, this LEGO GeForce 256 graphics card is a throwback to one of the GPUs that started it all.

The term “GPU,” or general processing unit, actually did not exist before the GeForce 256 arrived in 1999. This gave way for Nvidia to lay claim to inventing the “world’s first GPU.” There were graphics accelerators that came before the GeForce 256, though Nvidia’s definition of a GPU is “a single-chip processor with integrated transform, lighting, triangle setup/clipping, and rendering engines that is capable of processing a minimum of 10 million polygons per second.”

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