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General Information

To find current video cards, older video cards, check prices, drivers or tech support links, go to The Video Cards Hardware" page.

If you have problems go to The "Video Cards Troubleshooting" page.

The video card is used to connect the video monitor to the computer. They are produced by multiple manufacturers and have exist in the following forms: Monochrome (MGA), Color Graphics Array (CGA), Enhanced Graphics Array (EGA), Video Graphics Array (VGA), and more recently VGA with 2D and 3D graphics as well as numerous Windows accelerator functions. Some even have the ability to display TV and VCR pictures as well as video conferencing. They come in the standard connector types of the older ISA and the newer PCI slots. The VESA style has by 1997 become extinct.

The cards use a 15-pin HD15 style connector which extends from the back of the computer.

The typical measurements are :

The prices vary from about $10 to the hundreds. A very good video card can be bough for about $180.

There are also Video Capture Cards that can perform video capturing from a VCR or camcorder of from a special video camera.

There are also TV Tuner video cards that can connect to a video card through a special internal cable to allow viewing of television shows. A cable connection is provided on the back of these cards.

Some cards also provide NTSC output signals which allow the video monitor screen to be outputted to a regular television.

Type of memory used on Video Cards



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