Graphics cards weren't very useful for early computers, since they didn't have the capability to run graphic-based games or high resolution videos as modern computers do now.
A video card (also called a video graphics adapter or VGA, display card, graphics card, graphics board, display adapter, graphics adapter GPU or frame buffer) is an which generates a feed of output images to a display (such as a ). Frequently, these are advertised as discrete or dedicated graphics cards, emphasizing the distinction between these and . Within the industry, video cards are sometimes called graphics add-in-boards, abbreviated as AIBs, with the word "graphics" usually omitted.
NVIDIA is used by many leading manufacturers to enable their graphics cards and boards to be as fast as possible. Trusted brands such as and have a wide range of cards using Nvidia technology as do and among others.
Both of the dominant CPU makers, AMD and , are moving to APUs. One of the reasons is that graphics processors are powerful parallel processors, and placing them on the CPU die allows their parallel processing ability to be harnessed for various computing tasks in addition to graphics processing. (See , which discusses AMD's implementation.) APUs are the newer integrated graphics technology and, as costs decline, will probably be used instead of integrated graphics on the motherboard in most future low and mid-priced home and business computers. As of late 2013, the best APUs provide graphics processing approaching mid-range mobile video cards and are adequate for casual gaming. Users seeking the highest video performance for gaming or other graphics-intensive uses should still choose computers with dedicated graphics cards. (See , below.)
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