Advice 1: How to know connector card

If you want to buy a new graphics card, you need to know which connector is equipped with an old map. Today there are video cards with two connectors: AGP and PCI-Express. Connector AGP is already outdated, but the graphics card still seeing him. PCI-Express is the newest. If your graphics card is PCI-Express, this means that if your motherboard supports the connection of two graphics cards simultaneously, you can purchase an additional card and increase the capacity of the video system.
How to know connector card
You will need
  • Computer;
  • - graphics card ATI Radeon or NVIDIA
  • - Catalyst Control Center;
  • program AIDA64 Extreme Edition
Instruction
1
If you have a video card ATI Radeon, know the connector on the card using the software Catalyst Control Center. It is on the disk with the drivers. If it is not installed, install it.
2
After installing the program, click on an empty area of the desktop, right-click and select Catalyst Control Center. In the window that appears, select "Advanced" and click "Next". In the next window, in the upper left corner, locate the arrow and click on it with the left mouse button. In the resulting menu, select the component "Information center". Then click on the tab "Hardware graphics". Next, under the Item" find "the features of the graphics bus. On the contrary, in the section "Value" and will be written type of connector your video card.
3
If you have an NVIDIA card, or you don't know the model of your graphics adapter, use monitoring and diagnostics computer - AIDA64 Extreme Edition. Download it from the Internet and install it on your computer. Run the application.
4
After starting the program you will see two Windows. In the left window locate the feature called "Display". Beside the component is the arrow. Click on it with the left mouse button. In the list of devices, select the "Graphics processor". Then under "graphics processor Properties", locate the line "Type of tyre". In the section" information about the connector on your graphics card.
5
If your video card has failed and you need to know the type of connector need to be replaced, respectively, the computer you turn on. In this case, to know its connector on the motherboard. To do this, disconnect the computer from the mains and remove the cover of the system unit. Near the connector, which is connected to the graphics card, it will be written type, namely: AGP or PCI-Express.

Advice 2: How to increase the power of the graphics card

The capacity of almost any modern graphics card can be increased. The fact that all graphics cards are produced with the factory settings, and to be safe, producers do not set the processor speed and the speed of the memory to the maximum. With the standard cooling the card can be overclocked by 10-15% without problems. If you use additional cooling, the power of the graphics adapter it is possible to disperse more than 20%. This will significantly increase the performance of the Board in video games.
How to increase the power of the graphics card
You will need
  • Computer;
  • - video card ATI or nVidia;
  • software Catalyst Control Center for ATI video cards;
  • program RivaTuner for the video card nVidia
Instruction
1
If you have a graphics card from ATI, for overclocking you need to install the software Catalyst Control Center. It should be on the driver disk. Also download this app from the official website. Install the app, then restart the computer.
2
After rebooting the PC just right click on an empty space on the desktop and in the resulting shortcut menu, choose Control Center. In the window that appears, select "Advanced" and click "Next". Window appears advanced settings. In the upper left corner is the arrow. Click on it with the left mouse button, and then click ATI Overdrive. In the ensuing window, click the lock icon. So you will unlock access to overclocking parameters of a graphics card.
3
Now, notice the two strips. They are the sliders. Moving these sliders, you can increase the power of the graphics card. First, slide the top slider slightly to the right. So you will increase the speed of the processor card. Then also move the slider at the bottom of the strip. This way you will increase the speed of the memory card. Then click Apply and OK. The power of the graphics card increased. If the video card is working fine with these settings, you can try to increase the power a little more.
4
If you are the owner of graphics card nVidia, you will need RivaTuner. Download it and install on your computer. Run the program. In the main menu will be written the model of your graphics card. Next to the map name is arrow. Click it and in the ensuing menu, select "low level system settings". A window will appear with two bars. Moving the sliders to the right, you increase the horsepower of the video card. The procedure is the same as in the previous case.
Useful advice
To date, there are only two companies that produce graphics card. That's two world monopoly: nVidia and ATI.
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