I don't know what they are, can someone please give me a short to sweet description, they sound pretty cool and I am willing to learn.
? you have never herd of this before? Ok, they are not called "video game cards" but either video card or graphics cards. They are literally small computers with memory and a processor dedicated to rendering what appears on your screen. All computers are equiped with one wither as an add on card or as an intrigrated one.
Integrated cards suck because theyre built into your motherboard (meaning they use ram and processor power to render stuff) Graphics cards come pretty cheap. You can usually find one in your budget range.
Yes, video cards go on your motherboard in PCI slots, AGP slots, or any type of PCI-E slot. Older cards use around 64 MB of memory, where cards now can have up to 512 MB of memory, just in a single card. Pretty amazing eh? Some new cards are dual video cards, so you have twice the power.
A video card would plug into your motherboard inside your computer. You need to see what kind of slots are available for your PC. You can buy an AGP video card if you have a slot for it. You can also get a PCI card. Examples of slots are in picture below..............
As a more in-depth description: Graphical Processing Units (GPUs) are given the task of rendering the pictures you see on your screen. By 'rendering' I mean how each frame which makes up the picture you see is made. Something like Windows XP's desktop doesn't stress any half-modern card too much, but new computer games like Doom III or HL2 demand fast, accurate and high-quality rendering from the GPU. The RAM (the place where frequently-accessed data is stored) on your motherboard (the place that everything fits onto) is either too slow for game rendering or not large enough. Because of this, GPUs have their own on-board RAM which is alot closer to the GPU's processor and usually alot faster than motherboard RAM. Because GPUs have their own RAM and processor (the 'brain'), they don't need to tap into the computer's main RAM and processor, slowing it down. GPUs increase performance in most aspects of the visual side of computing. Hope this has given you an insight into GPUs.
Solid Snakewhere cards now can have up to 512 MB of memory, just in a single card.
there are some with 640 :smokin: expensive stuff though. but mainly for high-end graphics/video/architectural drafting stuff
Neat stuff, is there an online source that I may get this from?