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Newbie question: What is graphics aperture size?

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July 26, 2004 7:33:32 AM

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I just built a computer. I have an ASUS A7N8x-E deluxe. Within the BIOS
there is an option called Graphics Aperture Size. Are you supposed to set
this to the amount if video memory your video card has?

Thanks in advance.
Anonymous
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July 26, 2004 9:34:50 AM

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"llib" <willgignospam@sbcglobal.net> astounded us with:
news:gY_Mc.42870$eH1.20076743@newssvr28.news.prodigy.com:

> I just built a computer. I have an ASUS A7N8x-E deluxe. Within the BIOS
> there is an option called Graphics Aperture Size. Are you supposed to set
> this to the amount if video memory your video card has?
>
> Thanks in advance.
>
>
>

It's the amount of system RAM that the AGP card is permitted to use. Leave it
on the default of 64, or play around with it and end up leaving it on 64. ;) 
July 26, 2004 2:47:02 PM

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In article <Xns95328A538704EVizor347@192.189.54.177>, Gene Puhl
<Gene_P@soma.net> wrote:

> "llib" <willgignospam@sbcglobal.net> astounded us with:
> news:gY_Mc.42870$eH1.20076743@newssvr28.news.prodigy.com:
>
> > I just built a computer. I have an ASUS A7N8x-E deluxe. Within the BIOS
> > there is an option called Graphics Aperture Size. Are you supposed to set
> > this to the amount if video memory your video card has?
> >
> > Thanks in advance.
> >
> >
> >
>
> It's the amount of system RAM that the AGP card is permitted to use. Leave it
> on the default of 64, or play around with it and end up leaving it on 64. ;) 

You can get some info on BIOS options here:

http://www.rojakpot.com/freeBOG.aspx
http://www.rojakpot.com/showFreeBOG.aspx?Lang=0&bogno=3...

HTH,
Paul
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Anonymous
a b V Motherboard
July 26, 2004 8:16:43 PM

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"llib" <willgignospam@sbcglobal.net> wrote in message
news:gY_Mc.42870$eH1.20076743@newssvr28.news.prodigy.com...
> I just built a computer. I have an ASUS A7N8x-E deluxe. Within the BIOS
> there is an option called Graphics Aperture Size. Are you supposed to
set
> this to the amount if video memory your video card has?
>
> Thanks in advance.
No.
It is a definition for an 'aperture', into the main system memory, that
the video card can talk through. The idea was, that if the graphics card,
needed more RAM for 3D rendering operations, it could use part of the
system memory without involving the motherboard processor in the
transaction, by talking through this window. In the days when this was
thought of, graphics cards often had only 8 to 16MB of RAM. At this time,
the recommendation, was that the aperture should be set to half the size
of the _system_ memory.
In recent years, the recommended size for this has dropped, as cards have
more memory (and hence need extra RAM, less often), and memory sizes on
the main machines have grown. Generally the more memory there is on the
graphics card, the smaller this can be. The 'default' 64MB, is usually
pretty good.

Best Wishes
Anonymous
a b V Motherboard
July 26, 2004 9:05:06 PM

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"Paul" <nospam@needed.com> wrote in message
news:nospam-2607041047470001@192.168.1.177...
> In article <Xns95328A538704EVizor347@192.189.54.177>, Gene Puhl
> <Gene_P@soma.net> wrote:
>
> > "llib" <willgignospam@sbcglobal.net> astounded us with:
> > news:gY_Mc.42870$eH1.20076743@newssvr28.news.prodigy.com:
> >
> > > I just built a computer. I have an ASUS A7N8x-E deluxe. Within the
BIOS
> > > there is an option called Graphics Aperture Size. Are you supposed to
set
> > > this to the amount if video memory your video card has?
> > >
> > > Thanks in advance.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> >
> > It's the amount of system RAM that the AGP card is permitted to use.
Leave it
> > on the default of 64, or play around with it and end up leaving it on
64. ;) 
>
> You can get some info on BIOS options here:
>
> http://www.rojakpot.com/freeBOG.aspx
> http://www.rojakpot.com/showFreeBOG.aspx?Lang=0&bogno=3...
>
> HTH,
> Paul



Some info on Aperture Size :

http://www.tweak3d.net/articles/aperture-size/
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