• on Education & Information
  • Published in issue 5/2002 on page 0
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Souping UpGraphics Cards

more speed — by software

To computer game addicts, the GPU and the graphics card in their PCs is invariably too slow. True, many of the latest games place heavy demands on the GPU and the graphics card as a whole. Following the introduction of nVidia’s latest speed devil, the GeForce 4, souping up graphics cards has become a popular pastime again.A long, long time ago (in computer terms, that is…), the sole function of the graphics card was to convert image data into a video format that could be viewed on a monitor. Such functionality now seems antediluvian. These days, graphics cards for home PCs sport a GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) that’s more complex than the latest CPU on the motherboard. A lot of special functions and graphics processing is handled directly by the GPU, without any intervention from the CPU.
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