How Much Video RAM Is Needed For Catalyst R3 Graphics?
Phoronix: How Much Video RAM Is Needed For Catalyst R3 Graphics?
For those wondering how much video memory you should allocate from your system RAM for the Radeon R3 Graphics with the new AM1 APUs, we have up some new Linux OpenGL benchmarks of the AMD Athlon 5350 performance with varying amounts of video memory available.
This is one of the most interesting phoronix articles I've seen in a while. I'm quite surprised that there is little return in using more than 512MB. Does this mean that there would also be little different in performance between a GPU with 512MB vs 1024MB using the same processing unit?
I wouldn't think so because otherwise it simply wouldn't make sense to get the 2048MB version of cards intead of the 1024MB, where we do see a performance difference. There must be some other bottle neck going on. Could it be the bus? Or is it something inherent to how APUs work?
Any insight would be most welcome.
From my observation, it depends on the game engine. A texture caching engines profit from additional memory, where the scene and textures are loaded partially and on demand. Gamebryo, Xray, GTA etc. With such engines the absolute minimum is set to 512MiB. I am surprised that Xonotic did not degrade performance on ultimate Quality. Either the scene contained little textures, or Xonotic guys set a total maximum under 512MiB.
Originally Posted by FourDMusic
Good test but some test on HD resolution (1080p is too much for this hardware on my opinion) maybe interesting
Asus AM1M-A does not allow 32 MB, but allows 768MB to be set . Of course up to 2GB .
And 32MB is wrong to expose there , opensource radeon driver i think requires at least 64MB for full accel to work .
Last edited by dungeon; 04-19-2014 at 02:20 PM.
Can I ask an even simpler question? Why the hell does an APU (on-die gpu) need to have _any_ RAM allocated to it, given that both CPU and GPU are in the same package, accessing the same RAM? Is that because the kernel will actually take over the rest of the RAM and not make it available to the graphics driver? But isn't the graphics drive memory management live inside the kernel anyways? I am not a kernel or graphics hacker, so please excuse my silly question.
Originally Posted by brosis
On that vain: I am using a Haswell i5 these days. Of course I overclocled/fine tuned it as much as I could. But adding or removing RAM for Graphics in the BIOS made no difference whatsoever in my tests (even with the intensive Unigine tests). I actually suggested another user in these forums to try that, and they got exactly the same behavior.
Thanks for any clarifications, I am pretty perplexed
it is the way opengl works, it puts things into buffers that are to be sent to the "gpu"
Originally Posted by mendieta
afaik it could just say "it's there" but games expect to be limited in terms of gpu memory so they do their own memory management anyway
(opengl driver does it but game engines do it also as they can predict what is needed next)
"memory management improvements are still forthcoming"
if i remember good xonotic uses about ~300MB gpu memory
i think most if not all of the level/objects is in there
I used to wonder the same thing - it's the same RAM, same stick. The magic is in two parts: a continuous area is needed (which is only possible to allocate at boot, before fragmentation sets in), and secondly, the cache settings for that area.
Originally Posted by mendieta
If each write to that block of RAM needed to update CPU caches, the performance would be several times lower.
Bridgman was faster