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Online! The Book by Wendy Taylor, Chris Pirillo, John C. Dvorak

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Video Card

Your system's video card is the component responsible for producing the visual output from your computer. Early on, the video card only had to display text—not even in color, at that. Video cards today are much more like coprocessors. They have their own intelligence and do a lot of processing that would otherwise have to be done by the system processor. This is a necessity due to the enormous increase both in how much data we send to our monitors today and the sophisticated calculations that must be done to determine what we see on the screen. This is particularly so with the rise of the graphical OS, 3D computing, and gaming.

Unaccelerated and Accelerated Video Cards

Older video cards did simple translations only. They were rather ...

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