View Full Version : Hardware Pipe question
11-11-2004, 04:49 PM
When reading the hardware specs, I found a description of the amount of parallel pipes...what is the difference between:
number of pipes?
Or, where can I read about it?
11-11-2004, 06:03 PM
An 8x1 card can do 8 pixels in parallel, each with a single texture. If you use two textures, it has to loop the pixels, so it'll do 8 pixels with 2 textures in 2 cycles.
A 4x2 card can do 4 pixels with two textures in parallel -- or 4 pixels with one texture. Thus, if you use single-texturing, that card is half the speed (per clock) of the 8x1 card.
Of course, there's many other things that affect the performance of a graphics card, just like there are 4 cylinder cars that can outrun 8 cylinder cars...
11-12-2004, 03:58 PM
Ah, thanks! That makes sense.
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