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 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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What is a “pixel shader”?

I have noticed that some games quote the requirement for "pixel shader 3.0 or better". What is a pixel shader and is it some software requirements or hardware requirements?
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How do I buy a graphics card?

I want to buy a graphics card. As there are variety of cards available, I dont know which one is better and how that one is better. Should I be looking at its memory size? (1 GB, 512 MB etc) Or ...
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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's the difference between Bilinear, Trilinear, and Anisotropic texture filtering?

A lot of games offer the setting of texture filtering. Which should I chose if I want best quality even if it means slower performance? Bilinear Trilinear Anisotropic
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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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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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How do I make sure a GPU will support most games?

I put together a computer last year for, among other things, playing The Force Unleashed. (OK, that and Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis). Anyway, IJATFOA worked just fine, but TFU always froze ...
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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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What to consider when looking for an inexpensive video card for high resolution monitors?

I have a full HD 22" monitor with a 1920x1080 resolution. I would like to get a video card that can handle this kind of resolution, but I don't have much money. Can you give me some advice?
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Support for Intel HD graphics

Whenever games state their system requirements they only ever seem to mention nVidia or AMD cards. How do I find out if a game will run using intel graphics? Is there a single database or list on ...
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How do I work around a bad video card in Minecraft?

I've got a computer that runs Minecraft without problem, and a couple of others that don't even let me try because of "bad video card drivers". The cards are too old -- updating drivers doesn't fix ...
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The Longest Journey won't run on Windows 7

Upon trying to play The Longest Journey downloaded from GOG.com the intro video isn't shown (I can only hear the sound) and the 3D models during the first scene seem to flicker. I have an NVIDIA ...
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Graphics compatibility of PS3 with PC

Hiya fellas, I'm just wondering how the PS3 graphics engine/GPU supports newly introduced and advanced graphics capabilities in some games such as real-time daylight savings and high-modulated ...
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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 can I tell that I'm gaming with both my GPUs?

I recently got a new computer which has two NVIDIA GTX 560 Ti's. I quickly installed Battlefield 3 and put all the settings on Ultra to see if I could get a better FPS at that quality than I could ...
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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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Rendering artifacts (flickering/z-fighting in scope)

It appears that a lot of people have issues with flickering when using high powered scopes in BF3. The artifacts look like z-fighting issues, probably related to the large viewing distances when using ...
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Games graphics appear incorrect while on HDMI

I play games on my Dell XPS laptop, All games are running normal graphics, no lags or freezing and everything is okay but the problem comes when I connect the laptop to my TV through the HDMI. Games ...
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With AMD CrossFire enabled, I experience some flickering in Simcity (2013)

I have AMD Radeon HD 5970 graphics cards, which are using CrossFire technology. I have experienced some flickering in the game when CrossFire is enabled. I have read something about AFR friendly mode ...
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Has anyone been able to run Assassin's Creed 1 on Windows 7? [closed]

Please note that I'm talking about Assassin's Creed 1 and not 2. I know that 2 supports Windows 7. It's part 1 that I'm concerned about. I had installed that game sometime a while back but had been ...
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With Steams graphics “auto updater” for ATI Radeon, can I just have the drivers?

Steam, the other day, offered to keep my drivers for my ATI Radeon card up to date. I thought that's not a bad idea because the number of updates I get can be a bit annoying, so I'm fine to let Steam ...
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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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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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Why do some cheaper video cards have better benchmarks than other more expensive ones?

I was looking for a video card and visited the passmark benchmarks page, now what puzzles me is that starting from top video cards to lowest in terms of passmark score you don't go decreasing in the ...
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Difference between 9800 GT 1GB graphics cards [closed]

I am going to buy an Nvidia 9800 GT 1GB and this is my first Graphics Card purchase. I searched 9800 Gt and found many different 9800 GT from different companies. Is there any difference between ...
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Crysis Very High graphics settings not available

I have Motherboard: Intel DG35EC Processor: Dual Core 2.0 GHz RAM: 1 GB Graphics Card: Forsa nVidia 9800GT 1 GB Operating System: Windows XP In graphics settings last option available is "High" for ...
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New graphics card causing internet lag spikes, but only while gaming?

Well I recently had an Nvidia GeForce GT 430 graphics card installed on my computer.Ever since then, I've had random lag spikes while gaming. Browsing the internet is fine, and my speed test and ping ...
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Possible Graphics Driver Problem

I considered asking this question over at Super User, since it may be a hardware problem, but since it's specific to one game I came here. I have the game Kerbal Space Program. It's fairly ...
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Eve Online can't switch to GeForce gt555

I have laptop with two graphic cards: one is an Intel integrated chipset, and the other is a GeForce GT555M. When I watch the settings window in Eve Online, I see that it uses the Intel chip, but I ...
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How to limit an older game's (DirectX 3) FPS speed? (USNF 97) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: I have this really old game from the DOS era, anyone know how to run it in my modern machine? I'm trying to run USNF 97 Navy Fighters (was made for Windows 95). My ...
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How to force my Samsung monitor and nVidia card to display in 3D?

I have a Samsung 27LSA950 monitor and apparently there is licencing issues between Samsung and nVidia with regards to 3D games. I have Geforce 570 2.5Gb GPU. There was previously a solution on how ...
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How to fix the light beam in the Oculory

Apart from the occasional invisible spider web I didn't run into severe graphic glitches, but now I'm trying to focus the light beam in the Oculory - but... which light beam? This is how it looks for ...
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How can I overcome color bleeding issues in cutscenes?

I finally managed to sit down and play some XCOM Enemy Unknown, and everything works brilliantly save one strange graphic issue. In the game's various segments that have more of a cutscene look, ...
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Graphics Card for The Witcher 2 [closed]

would a PNY - GeForce GT 440 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express Graphics Card be a suitable card for The Witcher 2? (Its replacing my current Radeon HD 5450 1g) I havent bought anything yet, can anyone recommend ...
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What does vsync mean? [duplicate]

In a few games (Osmos and Batman Arkham City are examples) there's a vsync item on the video options menu, but I don't know what it does and don't notice any differences when it is on or off. What is ...
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Tribes Ascend Graphical Errors

I dont know why, my game most of the time looks like this... Here are my specs... if they can play a role in this. Manufacturer: Dell Inc. Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 940 @ 2.93GHz (8 ...
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Is there a generic way to show FPS on NVidia cards?

Is there a generic command for NVidia cards to show the current framerate while in a game? More specifically, I'd like to use it on a GeForce 9400 GT in Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, but it would be ...
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Games freeze after a while, don't know if hardware or software is involved

I'm currently experiencing some problems with my PC which prevent me from using my games (I'm trying with Steam games and none of them works as it should). When I play, after a while, the textures in ...
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Couldn't setup OpenGL for the requested monitor resolution Hearthstone Linux

When I try to run Hearthstone I get the error mentioned in the heading and in the following body: GLContext: failed to share context 40000: Success. Screen: could not setup GL for resolution ...
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Why does the Nvidia GeForce Experience incorrectly report my driver as “up to date”? [closed]

I generally keep track of (and update) my video card drivers on my own. However, I decided recently to rely on the GeForce Experience software to let me know if there was a driver update. ...
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Graphics colour problem

I am getting slightly peculiar graphics in Far Cry 3. It looks rather like there is some colour quantisation going on - the shadows are pitch black, and change to lighter colours abruptly. This is ...
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Games do not work with a Nvidia GT 555M on Asus N55SF [closed]

When I start games (ex: PES 2012) a warning message appears: Your computer does not meet the minimum specifications necessary to run this software. You may experience errors during operation. ...
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Why would my new GTX 460 not outperform my old 8800 GT?

I just purchased an Asus ENGTX460 DirectCU TOP/2DI/1GD5 to replace my Asus EN8800GT TOP/G/HTDP/512M. For reference, here is a comparison chart of the approximate cards on Tom's Hardware. I ran the ...
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Is it bad to stretch your resolution?

I have an NVIDIA 130M card on my laptop, and with a typical widescreen monitor. I play a few games on my laptop, and some of them run in a non-widescreen resolution, such as 800x600 for example. My ...
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How can I disable my second monitor when game is running?

I have 2 screen setup for my computer... and I think the cold hard fact that the second monitor is running while I'm running games kills my FPS. So, is there a way to automatically disable my second ...
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What does “frames per second” depend upon? [closed]

I know what FPS stands for and what it means, but what does it depend upon: my monitor, or my graphics card? Also, usually all graphic cards have names like Nvidia Geforce GT 420m. What does the 420m ...
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Should triple buffering always be enabled?

Besides a minor tax on memory, I've gathered that triple buffering is always a win-win situation, and that there's little, if any, reason to not use it. Is this the case? Should I just leave ...
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ATI HD Radeon HD 7470M performance; won't use full clock speed in game

I have an HP Probook 4730s laptop with a ATI Radeon HD 7470M graphics card. It's the DDR5 version, running on Windows 7 SP1 64bit. When gaming I get awful performance (10-20fps on ultra low settings, ...