On August 31, 1999, when Nvidia unveiled the GeForce 256, the company called it the "world's first GPU". According to Nvidia's website, "A GPU represents a significant breakthrough in realism. It literally transforms the way you interact with your PC. It accomplishes this by completely offloading all graphics acceleration from the CPU." In essence, a GPU is a specialised chip tasked with taking load off the CPU in order to deliver high level graphics. It was developed out of a need for such performance in computers, because a single chip couldn't perform every task that it was required to.
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