GPU (Graphics Processing Unit)

What is a GPU?

GPU stands for Graphics Processing Unit, and they’re used in a wide range of applications, including graphics and video rendering.

GPUs are best-known for their gaming capabilities, but they’re also being used more in video editing, content creation, and machine learning/AI.

What do GPUs do?

Graphics processing units were created to speed up the rendering of 3D graphics. Over time, they’ve become more flexible and powerful - this has allowed graphics programmers to create more lifelike visual effects and scenes with true-to-life lighting and shadowing. Developers also use GPUs to accelerate processes in high performance computing (HPC) and deep learning.

What’s the difference between GPUs and CPUs?

CPUs deliver improved processing performance and speed through architectural innovations, and GPUs are designed specifically to enhance computer graphic workloads. Put simply, CPUs deliver increased overall performance, whereas GPUs improve and refine computer graphics.

What’s the difference between GPUs and graphics cards?

A graphics card refers to an add-in board that incorporates the GPU - this board also includes components which allow the GPU to function and connect to the rest of the system. 

The GPU is a part of the graphics card, but it isn’t the whole graphics card, which has several different parts. 

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