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Jedi Polliwog
03-17-2002, 06:41 PM
I know absolutely nothing about computers. Is a graphics card the same thing as a 3-D accelerator?

HBK
03-18-2002, 09:19 AM
I'm not the most knowledgeable Jedi here, but since you haven't gotten any other responses so far...

I would say that a 3-D accelerator IS a graphics card, a graphics card is NOT always a 3-D accelerator. There are MANY kinds of 3-D accelerators.

Hope that answered your question. Please respond back if you need more clarification or answers.

And welcome to the forums. Hope you enjoy your stay.

HBK

JaG|Kaiser
03-18-2002, 03:26 PM
Back in the day, there used to be video cards. A 3-D accelerator was an add-on card. With this setup, you had a video card, then a separate 3-D accelerator to handle the 3-D graphics.

Now, the cards have been combined into one. They are commonly described as "video cards" and "graphics cards." Now your video card handles 3D acceleration as well.

So, in summary:

3-D accelerator = add-on card that provides 3-D acceleration (not a standalone video card)

3-D Graphics Card = standalone video card that will also do 3-D graphics (standard nowadays)

Jedi Polliwog
03-18-2002, 07:40 PM
Cool, thanks

digl
03-18-2002, 08:03 PM
Originally posted by JaG|Kaiser
Back in the day, there used to be video cards. A 3-D accelerator was an add-on card. With this setup, you had a video card, then a separate 3-D accelerator to handle the 3-D graphics.

My good ol' Vodoo2...:)

JaG|Kaiser
03-27-2002, 07:44 PM
Originally posted by digl

My good ol' Vodoo2...:)

Amen brother. I had the Monster 2 with 16 MB! The thing was as large as a TV tray! I then got a Voodoo2 from 3dfx. Those cards were great!