AGP and PCI-Express Graphics Cards

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Here is a collection of articles with information on AGP and PCI-Express Graphics Cards. You can find some more guides and tutorials in the Personal Computers and Computer Games categories.

Personal Computers PCI-Express vs AGP: Which to Choose?

What is PCI-Express and AGP? There are two ways to connect a graphics card to a motherboard, either via an AGP or PCI Express slot located on your motherboard. A motherboard only supports one of these slots, so if you're looking for a new video card make sure you're aware of whether your motherboard supports AGP, or PCI-Express. AGP has been the standard for a long time now, but it is old technology. Its days are almost over, and it's only a matter of time until PCI-Express completely takes over and AGP is left for dead. Advantages of PCI-Express The benefit of PCI Express is that it can handle a greater data throughput than an AGP slot. PCI Express offers performance of up to 4 times faster than the fastest AGP slot...

Understanding The Speed Of The New PCI Express

The personal computer is constantly changing with such component upgrades for memory, CPU speed and hard drive capacity. And the video display is no exception. The video display consist of a Graphics Card, Monitor, and the Bus. If you're wondering what the heck is a 'bus' in any video display, it's the data path along which data moves into, out of, and inside of the computer. This data is sent from the motherboard and central processing unit, to the graphics card, travels along the data path or bus, to the Monitor where our eyes can see it. The data bus is partly responsible for how clear and fast the graphics of our favorite games are displayed...

What is PCI Express?

PCI, or Peripheral Component Interconnect, is a parallel bus architecture developed in 1992 and is the predominant local bus designed in PCs and server platforms today. Over the years, the PCI-SIG has made numerous improvements to this technology and extended its application. PCI Express is the official name for the architecture formerly known by the code name third generation I/O or 3GIO architecture. The name and its associated logo is a trademark of the PCI-SIG. The name reflects the high-speed, point-to-point qualities of the new architecture, and acknowledges that software compatibility is maintained between PCI and PCI Express. The PCI Express 1...

Purchasing a Video Card

A video card or graphic card is a device that allows for the visualization of images on your computer monitor. Without the card you would not be able to view images, play games or see colors. If you are anything less than a graphics card expect, the shopping process for a video card can be grueling. With a bit of knowledge it should make the trip easier and you may just come home with the correct video card. There are currently more than sixty types of video cards that range in price and specifications. In order to decide which card is right for you there are a few things that you must understand first. Keep in mind the type of computer, purpose and uses of the computer, as well as the expectations for rendered image...

Video Cards For Desktop Computers

Purchasing a video card for your desktop should be considered as one of the first performance upgrades you can make to your existing computer. If you bought your computer as a complete unit from a retail outlet, or an online computer store, chances are that your computer only has an on-board graphics processor. What does this mean to you? An on-board graphics processor is typically a very small chip that shares its memory with your existing system memory. It is mounted on the motherboard and is usually several generations behind the latest graphics cards. Even if you don't play games, or design graphics, you will experience a significant increase in speed by adding, or upgrading to, a recent model graphics card. First...


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