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3 years ago#1
Are these are the same; "GPU, Video Card, Display Adapter, or Graphics Card" my friend insist graphics adapter is the Correct terminology.

I use Video Card......
3 years ago#2
Anything but Display Adapter.

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3 years ago#3
They're all the same thing. Most people here use GPU because it's the shortest and easiest to type.
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3 years ago#4
GPU refers to one part (the processor) of a graphics/video card.
Card means the whole thing, including the cooling unit. The distinction is rarely important in lay conversations, but it can be... for instance when talking about multi-GPU cards.
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3 years ago#5
Apart from GPU, I'd consider them all the same thing (although I seldom hear anyone call them display adapters). As the above poster mentioned, GPU refers to just the processor.
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3 years ago#6
GPU is the catch-all
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3 years ago#7
El_Kaz posted...
GPU refers to one part (the processor) of a graphics/video card.
Card means the whole thing, including the cooling unit. The distinction is rarely important in lay conversations, but it can be... for instance when talking about multi-GPU cards.


I agree with this.

I say Video card. That's what I always called them in the 90s. They had 3D accelerator cards back then too, but that's standard now, so it's just "video card".
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3 years ago#8
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3 years ago#9
I also agree with this

El_Kaz posted...
GPU refers to one part (the processor) of a graphics/video card.
Card means the whole thing, including the cooling unit. The distinction is rarely important in lay conversations, but it can be... for instance when talking about multi-GPU cards
3 years ago#10
Programmable Parallel Computer Graphics Rendering Acceleration Daughterboard is the only correct term.
Or, PPCGRAD.
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