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Episode 8: Basics of Video Cards – Show Notes

GPU – Graphic Processing Unit


  1. Clock Speed
  2. Memory interface width
  3. Type of memory
  4. Bandwidth

Bus – Also known as the interface type

I/O ports:

  1. VGA
  2. DVI
  3. HDMI
  4. Composite
  5. Component
  6. CATV – Cable TV
Onboard Vs Stand-alone card
  1. Benefits to Onboard:
    1. Don’t have to buy a separate video card
    2. Always compatible with motherboard
    3. Perfectly suitable for a generic PC, can support web browsing, word processing, etc.
  2. Drawbacks
    1. Share the RAM with the rest of the system
    2. Usually nowhere near cutting-edge
    3. Can not support higher end games effectively or most times even at all

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