Video Card Memory Question

By easystreet
Nov 5, 2006
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  1. I have a winfast leadtek a310 i beleive is based on the NVidia 5600fx chip. I have the option in my bios to enable to card to use system memory.

    Will each increase in this number ... ie it is at 128Mb now.... be met with an increase in video card performance?

    is there any limit to how much a set aside if I have lots of spare memory?

    thanks. alex
  2. X DarthMonkey X

    X DarthMonkey X Newcomer, in training Posts: 164

    if it can use system memory, then it's an integrated graphics chip (I've never seen a graphics card that can use system memory)

    And in that case, it's not very powerful anyway. It'd probably hurt system performance if you let it use more than 64 or 128 megs. The limit is usually 256, as far as i know.

    And if it's an integrated chip, then it's probably not based off any nVidia platform.


    -=of course, all this is based on the assumption that it's an integrated graphics chip. so let me ask you to make sure, is it?

    EDIT: After a quick google search, it seems that card is actually an expansion after all.... which confuses me since i've never seen an expansion card that can borrow system memory O_o.
  3. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,088

    There are many that borrow system memry 20+ probably lol.
  4. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,277   +22

    Yeah. ATi ones that do this are called HyperMemory supported cards while NVIDIA equivalents are called TurboCache supported cards.
  5. peterdiva

    peterdiva TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,202

    Probably means the AGP Aperture Size setting. This has no effect on performance, and the card will only take the memory if needed. You can set it to 256Mb, but I doubt the settings you can use with that card will get anywhere near using 256Mb (the setting you have now).
  6. easystreet

    easystreet Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 35

    thanks guys; i messed around with it a bit and could not find any gain in performance. my card is a bit ancient but i will wait for my big system upgrade before moving onto pci-e.

    still performs well though:)
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