graphics accelerator

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graphics accelerator

(graphics, hardware)
Hardware (often an extra circuit board) to perform tasks such as plotting lines and surfaces in two or three dimensions, filling, shading and hidden line removal.

graphics accelerator

An early graphics card (display adapter) that performed a specialized set of functions in hardware to render an image on screen. Today, all graphics cards have basic rendering functions built in, and many contain graphics processing units (GPUs) that are programmable, special-purpose processors. They move an image through a pipeline that performs a different graphics function simultaneously at each stage. For more details, see graphics pipeline and GPU.
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NEC Corp claims that its new TE4E graphics accelerator is the world's fastest 3D accelerator for NT systems.
As the fastest, most feature-complete 3D accelerator, it's completely worthy of our highest award.
Minimum system requirements include a Pentium 233Mhz, 64 MB RAM, a Sound Card, 3D Accelerator, 200 MB of Hard Drive space, 8X CD ROM, Mouse and Keyboard and Windows 95/98/ME.
Minimum system requirements include a Pentium 333Mhz (or AMD compatible processor), 64 MB RAM on Windows 95/98, 128 MB RAM on Windows ME/2000/XP, a DirectX(R) compatible Sound Card, 4 MB AGP 3D Accelerator with Direct 3D support, 450 MB of Hard Drive space, 4X CD ROM, DirectX 8a or higher, Mouse and Keyboard and Windows 95/98/ME/2000/XP.
The new product enhances Infineon's family of graphics memory for the growing 3D accelerator market, and follows the pioneering 32-Mbit DDR SGRAM, which contributed to the image quality improvements in 3D graphics.
com, an NVIDIA certified select solution provider, has agreed to provide the Ge Force 2 GTS 3D accelerator to GameCom's `Net GameLink(TM).
Minimum system requirements are: a P166, 32 Mb RAM with a 3D accelerator card and recommended system requirements are a P233, 32 Mb RAM and a second generation 3D accelerator card.
System requirements for System Shock 2 include: Windows(R) 95 or 98, Pentium(R) 200 MHz, 32 MP RAM, 8x-speed CD-ROM, Direct 3D(TM) compatible 3D accelerator card, DirectX(TM) compatible sound card, Windows compatible mouse, keyboard and DirectX 6.
The new 3D accelerator should be the first graphics add-in card to incorporate Rambus(R) (NASDAQ:RMBS) RDRAM(R) memory - a memory that was selected for its excellent throughput characteristics.
Featuring significantly increased 166MHz memory and engine clock speeds, as well as higher performing OpenGL software drivers, S3's Savage4 Xtreme 166 is the fastest 3D accelerator available for the $99-129 retail PC graphics market.
System requirements are: Pentium-based PC, 100MHz or faster; Linux O/S, 16MB RAM for software mode, 24MB for GLQuake mode (requires a 3DFX-based 3D accelerator or other X11 based OpenGL hardware accelerator); 2X CD-ROM drive.
It is compatible with Windows(R) 95 and 98 computers with minimum specifications of a Pentium(R) 166 with 32MB RAM, 4x CD-ROM or DVD drive and supports all major 3D accelerator cards and the Direct 6.