graphic accelerators

Definition: Accessory add-on card designed to speed up operation of monitor by taking computing load off the main processor. * May use specialist processors such as Digital Signal Processors, dedicated video RAM and circuitry on a slot-in board or card either to supplement or replace the computer's own graphics system. * Also known as graphics cards. Even more acceleration With today's insatiable demand for graphics capabilities -- Photoshop users can say a big 'thank-you' to those nerds who spend all their time playing games -- all decent computers use a graphic card to help out the main processor. They hugely speed up work and are anyway essential for demanding display needs e.g. when many millions of colours are displayed on large, 22", screens. Some cards are designed to work with specific programs e.g. Photoshop or Windows.

Related Terms: AGP, VRAM

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