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Understanding how my computer thinks (GPUs and such)
Graphics cards and GPUs. I understand absolutely none of the wizardry that goes into naming these things. I look at a box, and it says "You should probably have this card." and I go, "I have no idea what that combination of letternumbers means, (and I have no idea if my card is better, worse, or equal than indicated) but I probably can't run you."
My laptop is an hp8710w, an obscure business-market desktop replacement. The graphics card is this:
Nvidia Quadro FX 1600M
Okay, so I gather the M denotes Mobile. The rest of that title means very little to me. I have been told the QuadroFX line is "optimized for 3d modelling," but I have no idea how that works or why it means I can't play anything more graphically intense than TF2 on middling settings with no AA.
Am I doing something terribly wrong with my configuration, or is this card just not suited to gaming?
How does the continuum of graphics cards/GPUs work, anyway? is it a simple scale of 1-10, with gaming cards being a ten and mine being a 7? or are there specialized subdivisions?