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what is a vidcard's memory interface?

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September 7, 2005 3:32:16 PM

hello, I'm not very familiar with the structure of gpu's and how similar they are to cpu's.

I read a bit on AMD64 technology and how it had impacted registers; I was wondering if memory interface in graphics cards were similar to this?
September 8, 2005 8:40:32 AM

yeah, what is memory interface? And what's more important? Memory interface of the number of pixel pipelines?
September 8, 2005 7:22:26 PM

Memory interface can be thought of as the "highway" that videocard data travels on.

A 128-lane highway can move twice as many cars as a 64-lane highway, assuming the cars are travelling at the same speed, say, 60 mph.

However, a 64-lane highway with cars travelling at 120 mph is moving the same number of cars a 128-lane highway with cars travelling at 60 mph can move, dig?

In the same way, a Geforce 6600 with a 128-bit memory interface and a 600 mhz memory speed is moving half of the data a Geforce 6800 with a 256-bit memory interface @ 600 Mhz will move.

However, memory running at 1200 Mhz on a 128-bit interface will do comperable work to 600 mhz memory on a 256-bit memory interface.

This is why it's important to avoid "le" versions of videocards with 64-bit memory interfaces.

Memory interface and memory clockspeed are important to videocard performance, but the memory interface has a larger impact in most cases because inferior interfaces can quickly halve memory performance.

As far as pipelines vs. Memory interface, well, they're both very important. More Pipelines generally means more GPU processing power, and more memory bandwidth generally means better performance with AA/AF and at higher resolutions. So it's hand and hand.

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September 9, 2005 10:51:39 AM

Ahh, thanks Cleeve, that clears things up :) 

Sorry about that wusy, guess I wasn't using my common sense. =(
September 9, 2005 1:27:51 PM

Don't apologise to him :evil: 

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September 10, 2005 5:20:57 AM

by the way, is "chip technology" the same thing as memory interface?
September 11, 2005 12:05:09 AM

Is there software that can detect the memory interface of a video card?
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September 12, 2005 4:24:44 AM

Not yet...RivaTuner is getting there though.

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