An expansion card inserted into a motherboard for rendering graphics with enhanced performance over integrated graphics solutions.

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How do device driver instructions program the GPU?

Say I am using a computer, any typical modern computer more or less. A device driver is responsible for everything I see on my screen, including right as I type this the screen is updated(this is, of ...
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Blank screen in Windows 8.1

Recently I bought new computer (AMD FX-6300, 8GB RAM, SSD and GTX650 as graphic card). I installed Windows 8.1. At the beginning everything went well. But after one day I have two strange problems. 1)...
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Over/underclock 5870 on Linux without limits?

I want to downclock my ATI Radeon HD5870's memory to 300Mhz and overclock it's core frequency to 930Mhz. I can do this on windows using ATI Tray Tools. On Linux, the only way to do this so far has ...
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No GUI after upgrade to Ubuntu 9.10 (boots to command line)

I have just upgraded to Ubuntu 9.10 (network upgrade using the update manager, from 9.04 which had different graphics related problems) and when I try to boot into it all I get a small Ubuntu logo, ...
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Will OpenCL in Snow Leopard utilize the dormant GPU in Macbook Pros?

Macbook Pros currently running Leopard (10.5) utilize only one graphics card at a time (a decision disguised as a power profile change). Will OpenCL (introduced to the platform in 10.6) continue this ...
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Why does installing NVidia 9600GT graphics card, take 1GB of RAM away from Windows?

I've changed graphics cards in my PC and now Windows 7 (32bit) is reporting that I have a whole gigabyte less physical RAM in my PC. Why is this? Firstly, the machine has 4GB of physical RAM. The old ...
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How do I run the integrated video adaptor alongside the GPU on a Ivy Bridge system?

I've got an Asus P8Z77 motherboard with a core i3775 processor, and a Geforce 660 video card. I'm running Windows 8. While I primarily use the latter, there's situations where I want to use the ...
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Radeon 5830: How to get two monitors working?

Using Windows 7. I got a new Radeon HD 5830 video card with 1 DVI, 1 HDMI, and 1 DisplayPort. I'm trying to get two monitors working. First monitor connected to DVI port works. Second monitor ...
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Why does the screen resolution of 1440x900 suddenly disappear from Intel GMA Control Panel?

I'm using a Vostro 1200 laptop with the Mobile Intel(R) 965 Express Chipset powering its graphics and running Vista 32-bit SP2. I've been using the Vostro with a Dell SE198WFP LCD Monitor as the ...
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Debugging a “Somewhat” Faulty PC Component

TL;DR: I have a component that fails very infrequently, preventing my computer from POSTing (I am suspicious that this may be a motherboard issue). Since I cannot reliably reproduce this error, what ...
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No image from graphics card but image from onboard video

I have an HD 5970 running on a P8Z68-v LE motherboard and I have no image comming out of the graphic card. When I plug my screen on my motherboard, I see the bios and the OS. When I plug my screen ...
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Stutter while gaming every 3-4 seconds in Windows using MacBook Pro 2012 (MacBook 9.1) using Windows 7

I'm using Windows with Bootcamp on my Mid-2012 MacBook Pro (Here is the config). Recently when I play a game, I get frequent (and somewhat constant) stutter every 2-3 seconds, no matter if it's a 2D ...
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Hardware diagnostic tool for nVidia cards? [closed]

I am thinking that my nVidia graphics card might be starting to fail, as the machine randomly locks while playing video games. Is there a (nVidia-specific) diagnostic program that can test the card ...
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How do I change the color vibrance/saturation with Intel graphics on my laptop?

The nVidia control panel has an option to adjust the saturation and other properties of the image shown on the screen. Is there any way to do this with the Intel Graphics driver? My laptop model is a ...
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Should I worry about the noise my PC makes after installing a second GPU?

I recently installed a second graphics card (ATI 5770 in crossfire), and cleaned out a lot of dust from the PC. For some reason however the 'fan noise' is much louder, and I can only think of a few ...
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HDMI to VGA and Display Port to VGA adapters

I stumbled upon a problem after I upgraded my hardware, I was so excited about it, but when I realized that I can't connect my monitors this disappointed me. I have 3 FullHD 22 inch monitors with a ...
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If I have 2 Video cards in the same computer without SLI or Crossfire will it boost performance at all?

I have this motherboard with 2 PCI-E Graphics cards, apparently only one of them is actually x16 what ever that means. http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=2625#ov If I put the ...
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Onboard video vs. PCI-E video card

Would a separate PCI-E video card provide benefits to a user who currently uses onboard video? The onboard video card is on an Intel DG35EC. The onboard video is Intel Graphics Media Accelerator ...
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Are different brands of the 'same' graphics card better than other brands of that same graphics card? [closed]

I've been doing a lot of browsing of different computer parts recently, and I noticed that many different brands make the 'same' graphics card (e.g. radeon 280), and sell them at different prices. Is ...
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Graphics card DirectX backwards compatability?

If a graphics card lists its DirectX API as DirectX 10.1, is that card backwards compatible with older systems that run Winows XP which only supports up to DirectX 9? Or does the system need to ...
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Integrated Graphics vs Dedicated Video Card on laptops

What are the main differences between machines using integrated graphics and dedicated video cards on laptops? When should I considering the one or the other? I'm not sure if it's worth stating this ...
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Does a modern PC require a graphics card to run?

As I can remember, on old systems (Pentium II or III) it was not possible to boot and run the PC if the graphics card was missing (AGP cards were used in those days). Many years from then, I'm ...
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Graphics Cards DirectX version upgrade?

When shopping or looking at specs for graphics card you will see the DirectX version that it supports (in my specific case the card supports 10). What I want to know is that when Microsoft released ...
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True total video RAM size

GPU-Z shows the total video RAM I have in this PC is 1024 MB, or 1GB. However, running dxdiag shows I have more than 2GB of RAM. Which should be regarded as the true total video RAM size? Does ...
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Can I watch 3D movies on my TV if my graphics card doesn't support it?

I have a 3D TV (which support "2D to 3D", "Side By Side", "Top and Down"). I use an HDMI cable (3D supported 1.4) to connect my TV to the PC. My PC doesn't have a graphics card capable of outputting ...
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Where does most of the laptop heat come from? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What makes a laptop overheat? I have an Asus n61jq laptop that runs very hot even when idle. The processor is an i7 720QM while the graphics card is an Mobility Radeon 5730....
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Will a regular PCI Express card work in a “PCI Express x16 Graphics (PEG)” slot?

I have a Shuttle SG31G2 that has an Intel G31/ICH7 chipset, one PCI slot, and one 16x PCI Express slot. I want to add a better gigabit NIC to it, and the PCI slot is already in use by a SATA card. ...
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Help in diagnosing what's wrong with my computer

I have a DELL XPS 1710. Yesterday night while I was doing nothing special (browsing the web and chatting on the IM, it all of a sudden froze. I restarted it and now the screen is filled with green ...
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Benefits of metal backplate on graphics card?

I read some reviews on new graphics cards and presence of a metal backplate was considered a benefit, however there was no explanation why that is a plus? As I see it, the only benefit is physical and ...
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How to solve issues with shader model in VirtualBox?

I have a virtualized Windows 7 (32bit) machine using VirtualBox software on a native Linux host. For some advanced software (ArcGIS Desktop 10.1) I need: OpenGL version 2.0 runtime minimum is ...
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How to find out the amount of system memory allocated for the video card?

From the NVIDIA Control Panel: Total available graphics memory: 3839 MB Dedicated video memory: 256 MB DDR2 System video memory: 64 MB Shared system memory: 3519 MB From dxdiag: Display Memory: ...
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Intel hd or Mobility Radeon? [closed]

I have decided to get a new Dell Studio 15 laptop. They have an option of adding a "ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 4570, 512MB" card for an extra $100 instead of the included "Intel HD Graphics" card. How ...
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Will a PCI-E V2.0 Graphics Card work with a PCI-E V1.0 Motherboard?

If I buy a PCI-E v2.0 graphics card (Nvidia Geforce GTX 275) will it work correctly and to the full potential with my PCI-E v1.0 motherboard (Asus P5B-Deluxe) ?
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Choppy CSS3 animations in all browsers on Yoga Pro 2

This might seem as a broad question because I don't know where to start. When I compare the same CSS3 animations between my old Lenovo Yoga 13 and my new Lenovo Yoga 2 pro, my old laptop performs much ...
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2560 x 1440 Resolution: is Mini DisplayPort or HDMI better?

My first foray beyond 1080p begins today. Should I use HDMI or DisplayPort to connect my new laptop to my monitor? If I have both cables, which will allow me to maximize my graphics experience? ...
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Multiple graphics card outputs?

It's been some time I've actually brought a graphics card and it appears the day when they came with 1 or maybe 2 if you wanted VGA connectors has passed, with most offering DVI-I and HDMI 1.3 and in ...
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Video cards and PCI-e slots

Do all PCI-e video cards require a PCI-ex16 slot to work? If not, what video cards don't require a full speed x16 slot? Note: I'm referring only to new video cards, I am not talking about old AGP or ...
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Second video card (PCI) under Windows 7

I'm trying to get an old PCI video card (Diamond Stealth 2500) along with a normal PCI-E video card. In BIOS, there is a setting to switch between PEG/PCI or PCI/PEG on startup (PEG is PCI-E Graphics)...
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A PCI Express 3.0 Video Card into a PCI-E 1.0 x16 slot

Perhaps I'm trying to push my mobo too hard, but I think I have read that PCI-e 3.0 is back compatible to previous PCI-e specifications. But 3.0 into a 1.0, is it possibly asking too much? I'm ...
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Multiple video cards on Windows 7

I've got an Nvidia Geforce 9500GT and am thinking of buying an ATI Radeon HD 4850. I have two PCI-Express slots. Would I be able to run these cards simultaneously on Windows 7? I want to also be ...
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How to install Windows 10 upgrade on VirtualBox when Graphics Adapter does not support it?

I'm running Mac OSX Yosemite v10.10.5 and Oracle Virtual Box v4.3.30 (reported as being the latest version by Check for Updates... in the application) and have a Windows 7 Ultimate running virtually ...
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Witcher 3 causes PC to restart randomly

(Not sure if I am asking at the right site, as it might be software/hardware related and not exactly gaming. I guess I'll post this question on Arqade too.) I have been having this problem since 2 ...
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Graphics card fan too loud

I'm beginning to notice that the fan on my graphics card is too loud. I messed with things today and accidentally forgot to plug the fan back in. (I was wondering how my computer became silent.) ...
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Does duplicating monitors lower frame rate?

If I was to duplicate my monitor with another, will I lose frame rate when I play games? By duplicating, I mean going into display settings, and duplicating – not extending – Monitor 1 on Monitor 2.
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How to cool my extremely hot video card?

Some background: I have had my computer for over 2 years. After I tried to clean it, my CPU started to go over 80ºC idle. I managed to reduce it to 60ºC and used it for a long time, almost 9 months, ...
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Is a good graphics card important for remote desktop?

I'm trying to pick a laptop for working from home, where I'll be using remote desktop to connect to my machine at work. How important is it to have a good graphics card on the client machine (the ...
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Graphics card causing interference in Headphones

On my computer, when I plug my headphones into my rear headphone port I get great sound quality but when using the more accessible front panel headphone port I get a lot of interference. After a bit ...
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Where can one find quickly what is the maximum resolution that a graphics card supports?

I'm in the process of replacing two home laptops that have gotten weary with age, with rather simple/cheap desktop computers. Both laptops were unique that they were used in combination with external ...
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Do high-end graphics cards raise your electricity bill by much?

I currently own an Radeon HD 5570 graphics card which "supposedly" consumes a very small amount of power. The problem is that it stutters during some games and movies. My machine is an Intel quad core ...
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Kill overscan for ATI drivers?

I have a dual-boot Windows 7 64 bit/Linux 64 bit machine that uses ATI's Catalyst drivers. Sometimes I attach it to a 1080p LCD TV over HDMI. ATI is daft enough to provide a border to account for ...