Referring to problems with a graphics card, the graphics processing unit, usually on a PC, or specific settings on a graphics card for a specific game.

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What's the deal with VSync?

I'm often encountering very strongly held opinions among games about the Vertical Sync (VSync) option present in nearly all modern 3D games. The option is supposed to synchronize the output of the ...
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Determining if a game is CPU- or GPU-limited

What is a reliable, but not too time-consuming way to determine if a certain game is limited by the graphics card or by the processor speed? I have some preconceptions about whether I'm mostly GPU or ...
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What are the differences between the different anti-aliasing / multisampling settings?

I'm tweaking the settings in DiRT 2 and I'm presented with these choices (in order) for multisampling: 2x MSAA 4x MSAA 8x MSAA 8x CSAA 16x CSAA 8x QCSAA Using the nVidia Control panel I'm ...
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Is there a difference between running games in Windowed or Fullscreen mode?

Does playing game when it's windowed increase performance? Decrease it? Does the same also hold true to fullscreen mode? I've always thought that playing on Fullscreen meant a higher fps boost, but I ...
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Can I force Steam to use my Nvidia GPU instead of the integrated Intel card?

I have 2 graphics cards in my laptop (Alienware M11X); the first is the default Intel graphics card, and the second is a high perf Nvidia card. I would like to play my Steam games with the Nvidia ...
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Why is there still screen tearing even when fps are limited to be equal to monitor refresh rate?

Why is there still screen tearing even when fps are limited to be equal to monitor refresh rate? Also if tearing occurs because of fps higher than screen refresh rate why don't games limit fps to be ...
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How does the “gamma correction” feature affect my gaming experience?

A lot of games often include a gamma correction feature when you first start playing the game. It's often some sort of symbol or image on the screen with a sliding bar, where you're supposed to adjust ...
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How to measure the performance of a graphics-card?

A CPU's performance is usually determined by it's architecture (16-bit, 32-bit, 64-bit, etc.), the number of cores and it's frequency. What would be the equivalent for graphics-cards? I've always ...
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Are all Vsync options equal?

I've noticed there are a handful of ways to apply v-sync to a game: In-game option Catalyst Control Center D3DOverrider RadeonPro Windows 7 Desktop Window Manager (via DWM.exe when gaming in ...
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How much does the resolution affect performance?

If you take a generic game and change resolution to 640 x 480, 1280 x 1024 and 1920 x 1080 respectively, how heavily would this affect performance? Is resolution an important factor or rather ...
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Why is the Witcher 2 unplayable on recommended high settings?

I just got The Witcher 2 today and so far it seems quite enjoyable. The problem is that I haven't been able to play much of it so far due to lag that occurs even on low settings. The game recommends ...
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Graphics of Far Cry 3 not that good after unexpected shutdown

First of all, I know this is not a site about hardware problems. But I think if we are gamers, then we probably know something about the hardware. So here is the problem: I was playing Far Cry 3 on my ...