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01-31-2001, 12:48 AM
Hi! I'm new in here http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif
My question is about the difference between a "onboard" video and
a normal video card .
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01-31-2001, 01:01 AM
Onboard video cards are the video circuitry built into the motherboard. Generally they don't have separarte video memory but use part of the system RAM for video functions. They also are limited in update/ugrade capabilities. For the most part they don't have all the functions that a discrete (regular) video card have either. Although some of the newre onboard video is being manufactured by some of the big names in video boards I don't know if they have the same functionality as the stand alone cards by the same manufacturers. The general consensus here and at most other sites I've been to is onboard video--don't do it!


01-31-2001, 06:37 AM
I couldn't agree more about onboard video. I was one of the lucky ones who didn't have any trouble disabling it when installing a new video card. On some systems it just seems impossible to disable it, making upgrading a nightmare. In fact, I would steer clear of any system that has onboard video or sound.

01-31-2001, 12:48 PM
I agree.....if you can avoid on board vid, do so; however, I havent seen one yet that you couldnt disable (either with jumper or in bios), but it's a pain and you won't see a mobo with on board video AND an AGP slot too.....so you would be limited to using a PCI vid card if the onboard failed or you wanted more vid later. There are a few new mobo's out which actually have video memory in the chipset and dont "share" with the system RAM.