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Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2001 - 1:23 am:   

Is there any difference between a graphics card and a hardware accelarator card?
Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2001 - 7:36 pm:   

yes and no.

Originally, an "accelerator" card was a term used to refer to an add-on card that improved the performance of your existing video card. This allowed people to do upgrades to their systems without scrapping their (often VERY expensive) existing video card. With the advent of AGP, accelerator cards have pretty much disappeared from the market.

As far as I know, "graphics card" is just another way of saying video card.

Nowadays, all graphics cards are accelerator cards.

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