Understanding System Requirements for NVIDIA based Graphics Cards.

Answer ID 239
Published 03/29/2005 10:57 AM
Updated 11/14/2012 05:53 PM

Understanding System Requirements for NVIDIA based Graphics Cards.


Definition of system requirements:

The recommended computer configuration or minimum requirements your computer needs to support specific hardware or a software application.

Always read and understand  manufactures system requirements.  Try to make sure your computer meets or exceeds these requirements for best compatibility and least hassles with product usage. 

 Example below for reference only and may differ depending on the product:

Requirements                                                                                          Definition

 2GB System RAM   You must have at least 2GB of system ram.  With more ram being better.  Most new PCs have 2GB or more.  Check Windows 7 control panel > System and Security > System for your total system ram.
 A minimum 550 Watt system power supply   Your computer needs to have a 550 Watt or more power supply to ensure your PC is stable with a new add in card.  Research your computers specifications by reading the user guide, search the manufactures web site, or contact them direct for this information.
  PCI-express x16  motherboard or AGP 2.0/ 3.0 compliant motherboard. PCI-Express cards "require" a x16 PCI-express slot.  PCI-express x16 cards are NOT backwards compatible with legacy PCI.   In layman's terms AGP 2.0 is a AGP 2x and AGP 4x capable motherboard. While AGP 3.0 is an AGP 4x and 8x capable motherboard.
 300MB of available hard disk space   This is the amount of hard disk space you need listed in megabytes.  Hard disk space is permanent storage.  Right click on your hard drive within My Computer for information.
 DVD-ROM drive or Internet connection for installation.  You must have a working  DVD-ROM drive in order to install the software that comes with the product or a Internet Connection to download drivers.
 Microsoft┬« Windows 7┬« 2000, XP  This is the Operating System you must have in order to use the product.
 VGA, DVI-I,HDMI, or Display Port compatible monitor  This requires you to have either a standard computer monitor or digital flat panel.
 An available hard disk drive power dongle(s) [smaller floppy disk drive connector is not sufficient].  Higher end graphics cards require auxiliary power in order for them to work at full speed.  You must plug in this auxiliary power from your computers power supply. 
   
   

 

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