Monday, 20 April 2015

Find Out Which Graphics Card A Motherboard Supports

A AGP graphics card for a desktop computer.

There are many things you need to consider before purchasing a new graphics card. First you need to know what type of graphic card is compatible with your motherboard and how much space you have inside of the PC tower. Since newer cards use a lot of power, it is also important to check your PCs power supply. The simplest way to find out what type of graphic card is compatible to your motherboard is by looking at the expansion slot and power specifications in the motherboards manual.


1. Locate your motherboard's manual. If you don't have one then open up your web browser and enter your motherboard or PC's manufacturer's website.

2. Go to the support page on the manufacturer's website and enter your motherboard's model number.

3. Download the motherboard's manual from the support page.

4. Look for the "expansion slot" section in the manual to check the motherboards expansion slot specifications. If your motherboard uses a AGP expansion slot then write down the version (1.0, 2.0 and 3.0), and the bandwidth (1x, 2x, 4x or 8x). If your motherboard uses a PCI Express expansion slot then write down the amount of lanes (x1, x4, x8 or x16).

5. Look for the "Power Supply" specifications in the manual and write down the power supply's voltage (3.3V,5V or 12V).

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