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Using onboard output with a video card


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#1 fish0

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 08:53 PM

I have a bunch of computers with PCI-e slots and a bunch of Radeon X1300 graphics cards, which do not have VGA output. I only have VGA cables. I do not have the cables or adapters for the video cards, and there is no possibility of me obtaining them (I will sell the cards before I buy the cables.)

I know that in addition to serving as a display adapter, video cards contain their own RAM and processing power to offload work from the system RAM and CPU. Is there any way that I can utilize a graphics card in this capacity while still connecting my monitor to the VGA slot normally associated with the integrated graphics?

I also have some old PCI graphics cards with VGA output... Could I connect the monitors to those while using the PCI-e card's GPU?

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 09:07 PM

Software/hardware to provide that type of functionality does not exist as far as I know..
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Posted 25 April 2012 - 12:29 PM

The offloading with the video card as you describe is limited to either offloading video playing or using the GPU to speed up video encoding. That depends on the card and software. They do not all support that.

In no case that I'm aware of will the GPU accelerate windows performance in other types of applications.

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