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Monday, January 07, 2013

Video card

Alternatively referred to as a display adapter, graphics card, video adapter, video board, or a video controller, a video card is an internal circuit board that allows a display device such as a monitor to display images from the computer. Today's video cards are most commonly connected to the AGP, PCI, or PCIe expansion slot on the motherboard, however, can also be found on-board.
Picture of the ATI Radeon 9600 video card
In the picture above, is an example of the ATI Radeon 9600 AGP video card and a basic example of what many video cards today resemble. As can be seen, this video card has three connections on the back, the standard VGA connector, S-Video connector, and the DVI connector. In this example, the card connects into the AGP slot on the computer motherboard.