[Novalug] OT: Gaming Video Cards
bdalzell at qis.net
Tue Jan 5 17:25:43 EST 2010
On Tue, 5 Jan 2010, greg pryzby wrote:
> My son wants to game and I know nothing about video cards, PC gaming, etc.
> The requirement is:
> *Graphics:* DirectX 9 compatible video card with 128 MB, Shader model
directx 9 is in reference to a M$ windows:
"Microsoft DirectX is a collection of application programming interfaces
(APIs) for handling tasks related to multimedia, especially game
programming and video, on Microsoft platforms."
> 2.0. ATI X800, NVidia 6600 or better
ATI and NVidia are two different types of graphics card chip sets.
sample ATI X800
sample NVidia 6600
Shader module means capability to shade pixels
Incidently GPU is another name for graphics card - Graphics Processing
One would either get an ATI Chipset graphics card of X800 or better or
an NVIdia chip set graphic card of type 6600 or better.
128 MB is the memory on the graphics card
This is a description of an older graphics card.
Shader module is now above 2.0 and 128MB is not much memory.
Here is a BFG GeForce 6600 OverClocked Video Card - 512MB DDR2,
PCI-Express, SLI Ready, DVI, VGA for $44.
> Anyone care to translate into an expensive video card that will work?
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