PCI Video Card

A PCI video card manages and controls video and images on your monitor. The card has the ability to change incoming signals from videos so that they can be displayed on the monitor. The PCI video card is plugged into your computer’s PCI rack right by your other expansion cards. This is located in your computer were the network cards and sound cards are.

There are several different kinds of video cards. If you have an analog display device, it should have a VGA video card. A DVI video card works for digital displays as well as analog video signals.

If you are going to install your own PCI video card, be sure to look for one that has a large memory so you will give a crystal clear video and 3D display on your monitor. Experts agree that the more memory your PCI video card has, the better quality the picture. The data width is important. To make sure you get the full color spectrum, look for a PCI video card that has 256-bit or 512-bit data width for applications that rely on heavy graphics, like gaming. If you are not into gaming, a 64-bit up to 128 bit data width is enough. Almost all of the newer cards are at least 128 bit. An older PCI video card will use 32-bit and 64-bit. The most important consideration is to get a card that is dependable. The PCI Express video cards are used on the newer motherboards.

PCI connectors are found in all computers. If you want to upgrade your PCI card, open up the computer and see what kind of card you already have. The PCI connectors are off white in color and are all in a row. You will want to plug in an upgraded PCI video card that has at least 128 MB for gaming or video editing. You’ll be able to capture video and edit it on your computer too.

Nivida is a compatible PCI video card for gaming. It is really easy to set up the drivers too. For movie editing, get an ATI video card. It is really a good one for TV viewing also but loading the driver may be a little complicated. As far as the drivers go, you may need to work a little at getting them removed before you can replace them with new ones. Before you buy a new graphics card, make sure you are getting one that will be the right one to plug into your computer.

If your computer uses Windows Vista operating system, you’ll be happy to know that Diamond released the first PCI video card about three years ago that is compatible. It is capable of producing competitive cinematic 3D graphics on your monitor and is very reasonably priced even though it offers high end HD displays. It is called the X1300 PCI 256MB Viper video card.

High end video cards sell for about $400, but you can find a decent one for about $200. The newer cards or made for PCI express slots and are much faster than the AGP video cards. Keep that in mind if you decide you want to buy another motherboard. You should get one that can handle the PCI express video cards since they are the wave of the future and will not be going away any time soon. However, if your motherboard has an AGP video card, it will have to be replaced with an older graphics card and upgraded later if you can not afford do to it now. If you purchase the cheaper graphic PCI video card, it will have to be replaced a lot more often than the other parts to your computer.

This PCI Video Card Review is Written/Updated on May 8th, 2009 and filed under Computer Hardware. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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