Sunday, October 5, 2008
The term is usually used to refer to a separate, dedicated expansion card that is plugged into a slot on the computer's motherboard, as opposed to a graphics controller integrated into the motherboard chipset. An integrated graphics controller may be referred to as an "integrated graphics processor" (IGP).
Some video cards offer added functions, such as video capture, TV tuner adapter, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 decoding or even FireWire, mouse, light pen, joystick connectors, or even the ability to connect multiple monitors.
Video cards are not used exclusively in IBM type PCs; they have been used in devices such as Commodore Amiga (connected by the slots Zorro II and Zorro III), Apple II, Apple Macintosh, Atari Mega ST/TT (attached to the MegaBus or VME interface), Spectravideo SVI-328, MSX, and in video game consoles.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Top 5 Video Cards for
PC Gaming 2008
It is a great time to be a PC gamer. Never before have gamers had video cards at so many different price levels that perform so well available for purchase. Today you can spend $200 on a video card that will often outperform video cards form a year ago costing more than twice as much. If your gaming computer is languishing on an old video card check out this list of the best video cards released so far in 2008 and upgrade your rig. You will be shocked at the performance these new video cards bring to your PC.
1. XFX 9800 GX2
If you want the best single video card on the market what you want is the awesomely powerful new XFX 9800 GX2. This video card packs two GPUs onto one card for levels of performance never before seen with one graphics card. If one just isn’t enough for you a pair can be ran for quad SLI that actually works. This card isn't cheap, but the best never is.
2. BFG 9800 GTX
If the super fast and expensive 9800 GX2 just won’t fit into your budget the BFG 9800 GTX plays the performance queen to the 9800 GX2’s king. This card is blazing fast in its own right and can be found for over $100 less than the GX2. Sure you will give up performance, but the 9800 GTX has a trick the GX2 doesn’t. With a compatible mainboard you can run three of the 9800 GTX cards in 3-way SLI. That is one serious upgrade path that will allow this card to last as new games needing more performance hit the market.
If the price of the 9800 GTX is still too much for your budget, don’t fret you can still get some good gaming performance. The 9600 GT is a very well priced video card that offers good performance for your dollar. If you want the fastest 9600 GT you can get your hands one the XFX 9600 GT Alpha Dog XXX is the card for you. This little beast can be had for $169 and it includes a full copy of Call of Duty 4, one of the best video games out there.
For the ATI fans out there if you are shopping for a nice, low priced card with the ATI badge the ASUS EAH3850 Top is a good choice. You don’t see a while lot of factory overclocked ATI video cards on the market, but that is exactly what ASUS is offering here. This card is overclocked by 10% and includes a copy of Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts as well making a nice bundle.
One of the best performing video cards to be released recently from NVIDIA for its price was the 8800 GT. This card retails for under $150 as the XFX 8800 GT XXX and the little beast outperforms the 800 GTX that retailed for over $500 when it launched. These cards proved so popular that they were hard to find for a time. This is the quintessential bang for your buck video card.