Can someone explain?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by GhaLeoN, Sep 8, 2002.

  1. GhaLeoN

    GhaLeoN Guest

    Plz, can someone explain what Fast Write and Side Band Addressing are, and what they can do for my video performance?

    My systems specs are below.

  2. WAM

    WAM Guest

    Fast Writes is a technique to boost the transfer between the CPU and Graphics card in the AGP bus. When enabling Fast Writes, it performs all writes from the CPU to the graphics card without going through the system RAM. Not all cards support this feature.

    With sideband addressing, the AGP bus utilizes 8 extra "sideband" address lines which allow the graphics controller to issue new addresses and requests simultaneously while data continues to move from previous requests on the main 32 data/address wires. This adds performance.

    I hope this is as clear as mud!
  3. GhaLeoN

    GhaLeoN Guest

    How about stability and all that jazz?

    and what are the odds a geforce 2 TI would support these features? I remeber enabled these features on a previous system, with no performance increase at all ;(
  4. WAM

    WAM Guest

    The only way youll know if your card supports it is to see the manual, or the exact spec on their website.

    The question of stability again is impossible to know without trial and error and would vary from spec to spec of the PC not just the video card.

    Even more issues arise with different applications using the card, and software associated with (in particular) 3D intensive apps. For example enabling SBA for one app may enhance one and not another....then again you may see little difference. Modern video cards these days with 32 Mb or more have little problems coping with most of the graphical processing, without having to touch the RAM. Also your motherboard has to support some of the agp attributes anyway.., for your card to use them. My guess is that these attributes wont make an awful lot of difference in terms of performance on your system, though may well effect stability.

    If you really want to test it, i would reccommend 3D Mark 2001, which you can do control tests under different circumstances, and get a numerical result for comparison..
  5. GhaLeoN

    GhaLeoN Guest

    thnx for the great reply

    ive messed around with this bs before, and i remeber my benchmarks in quake 2 went down as a result...