With graphics cards free to use system memory with less of a performance penalty, board manufacturers have been able to build competitive cards with only between 16MB and 64MB of memory on-board. Having less on-board memory allows these cards to be sold at extremely low prices, bringing DirectX 9-class PCI express offerings down to around $50.
ATI and NVIDIA's latest budget graphics cards have embraced using system memory over PCI Express, with ATI calling its approach HyperMemory, and NVIDIA branding its TurboCache. Our friends at TechReport explore the intricacies and performance of each company's approach, and crown a new budget PCI Express champion.
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