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>> Maybe we got overtaken by the 3D games .... I've
> > never understood the idea to
> > stick a graphics card in a computer.. it just seems
> > so wrong... :-)
> The graphics card is optional. In the PCs which do not
> have graphics card, the microprocessor has to execute
> all drawing instructions. Interestingly MMX
> instructions of new Pentium microprocessors provide
> similar functions of graphics accelerator. Streaming
> SIMD instructions add performance to graphics
> operations complementing MMX instructions. So
> microprocessor is evolving to provide advanced
> graphics capabilities as well.
> But as of today's date I think graphics card are
> considered important. They speed up the computer's
> ability to compress/decompress images or doing frame
> operations required in advanced video applications.
> Decoupling graphics functions from the microprocessor
> frees the microprocessor for other jobs. And the
> graphics cards are optimized for video processing and
> for image oriented operations.
Yes I know that... :-)
You must be one of these young people that *expect* good graphics.. :-)
Why in my day... you'd be lucky to even get 40x25 characters... and when
80x25 came out... that was to save up for.... not these 64MB graphics
cards... they're ridiculous.....
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