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Video Card Question

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August 24, 2011 10:09:00 PM

Hey guys.

I'm new to all the technical and hardware stuff, so I have a question about graphics cards.

Basically the question that I have is:

Does a graphics card actually increase the speed that games run, or does it just increase the graphics level that a game can run on?

Thanks

Andy

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a c 104 U Graphics card
August 24, 2011 10:23:40 PM

If you mean FPS ( frames per second ) by speed the answer is both. FPS and quality level. Better cards also do a lot with the picture smoothness and things like tesselation.
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a c 173 U Graphics card
August 25, 2011 12:51:43 AM

Not unless you modify the PCIe 1x slot. But seeing as you're new I suggest you don't.
a c 143 U Graphics card
August 25, 2011 1:51:20 PM

There are low-end graphic cards like the HD 5450 that have a PCI-Ex1 interface.

HIS Radeon HD 5450 (as an example)

The problem with these non-standard cards is the price premium you end up paying.

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