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Graphics Processors and Displays

  • investigate Graphic processors: types; speed; cache; address/data bus; two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) processor, eg pixels, polygons, nurbs; speed; graphics memory

Speed – The greater the clock speed, such as 2 GHz vs. 3 GHz  does not automatically mean that the later graphics card will have twice the performance.  Sometimes 3 GHz clock speeds are slower than 2 GHz if they are based on an inferior GPU architecture.

Type – Older PCs will have Advanced Graphics Port (AGP) type bus slots for installing graphics adapters.  Newer PCs have x16 Peripheral Component Interface Express (PCI-E or PCIe) as the standard way to connect the graphics card to the motherboard.  PCI-Express offers roughly twice the data transfer rate of 8x AGP, so if you have a choice, use the PCI-E slots.

Console Timeline

Games consoles have evolved throughout time to handle a variety of different capabilities. This includes handling TV streaming, 3D games, and much more.

Some consoles from generation 7/8 have evolved to act as less of dedicated console, and more as a home entertainment device.

Generation One – 1972

  • Console
    * Magnavox Odyssey
    * Epoch TVTennis
    * Home Pong
    * Binatone TV Master
    * Coleco Telstar
    * Color TV-Game

Generation Two – 1976

  • Console
    * Fairchild Channel F
    * Atari 2600
    * Bally Astrocade
    * Magnavox Odyssey
    * Intellivision
  • Handheld
    * Game * Watch
    * Milton Bradley Microvision
    * Epoch Game Pocket Computer

Generation Three – 1983

  • Console
    * SG-1000
    * NES
    * Master System
    * Atari 7800
    * Commodore 64

Generation Four – 1987

  • Console
    * PC-Engine
    * Genesis
    * SNES
    * Neo Geo AES
  • Handheld
    * GB
    * Lynx
    * Game Gear
    * TurboExpress

Generation Five – 1993

  • Console
    * FW Towns Marty
    * 3DO Interactive
    * Atari Jaguar
    * Saturn
    * PS
    * N64
  • Handheld
    * Nomad
    * Virtual Boy
    * GB
    * GBC
    * Neo Geo
    * Game.com

Generation Six – 1998

  • Console
    * Dreamcast
    * PS2
    * GameCube
    * Xbox
  • Handheld
    * GBA
    * N-Gage
    * Tripwave Zodiac

Generation Seven – 2005

  • Console
    * Xbox 360
    * PS3
    * Wii
  • Handheld
    * DS
    * PSP

Generation Eight – 2012

  • Console
    * PS4
    * Xbox One
    * WiiU
  • Handheld
    * 3DS
    * PSVita