Centuries ago, Nostradamus foresaw a time when Lew Pitcher would say:
>> Suppose you have video card V1 and video card V2. They have the
>> same characteristic but V1 has 4meg memory and V2 has 8meg
>> memory. Does it make any difference in the performance of a Linux
>> box if we use any of them for a low resolution of a monitor? Say
>> 800 * 600.
>In theory, no. 32bit colour on an 800x600 screen will only take 2Mb of
>video memory. IIRC, you can't get better than 32bit colour, so 2Mb is
>the _most_ memory you would use on the card.
>The only caveat I can think of is p'haps you use animation sw that
>would use the extra space for animation buffers (i.e. page toggling,
>etc.). If so, then I don't know what the limit is.
Also, I've used video cards where "left over" RAM could be used to
buffer font data, which should speed up rendering a fair bit. More
RAM is usually somewhat better than less RAM.
[Mind you, when I upgraded from an ATI 8MB board to a Voodoo with 16MB
of RAM, system performance suffered until I added 128MB of extra
system RAM; servicing that Voodoo board seemed to chew up around 32MB
of system memory...]
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