from the it's-all-about-the-performance-baby! dept.
klystron2 asks: "Does shared video memory consume a huge amount of memory bandwidth? We all seem to know that a notebook computer with shared video/main memory will have performance drawbacks.... But what exactly are they? It's easy to see that the amount of main memory decreases a little bit, but that shouldn't make a big difference if you have 1GB of RAM. Does the video card trace through memory every time the screen is refreshed? Therefore consuming a ton of memory bandwidth? If this is the case then the higher the resolution and the higher the refresh rate, the lower the performance of the system, right? I have searched the Internet for an explanation on shared memory and have come up empty. Can anyone explain this?"
"Only a brain-damaged operating system would support task switching and not
make the simple next step of supporting multitasking."
-- George McFry