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Date: Fri, 8 Jun 2012 12:11:37 -0400
From: Rich Felker <>
Subject: Re: Hello

On Fri, Jun 08, 2012 at 06:17:04PM +0200, aep wrote:
> >Actually, it might have. Especially with integrated Intel graphics,
> >if I'm not mistaken there is no "video memory"; the graphics
> >controller just uses part of main memory for video purposes, right?
> sandy bridge and stuff? I am slighly behind current x86 tech, so i
> don't know, but it's just an implementation detail anyway.
> The hardware part of copying CPU to GPU memory is barely relevant
> anymore.
> GFX nowadays is all about shoving the whole program into the gpu, so
> the cpu can do other things, i.e. GLSL.

The whole conversation was about purely unaccelerated graphics, where
the X server is (or at least historicaly was) constantly memcpy'ing
huge amounts of data out of video memory (e.g. for dragging a window).
GPU is irrelevant to this usage.


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