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Shared Video Memory Performance Problems

Rohit writes in with a hardware question.
Question:
Sir, I have an AMD Athlon3000+ processor1.8GHZ with an ASUS motherboard. I have a 128MB DDR RAM. The problem is that 64MB of RAM is being shared by the Hardware & that 64MB of RAM is only available which is very low for many games to run whereas it was fine on INTEL processor 2.0GHZ which I was first having. How do I free the allocated memory? Also is the choice for AMD Athlon3000+ 1.8GHZ better than INTEL 2.0 GHZ processor.

Answer: Its most likely that your RAM is being used for the video card if your card is onboard. If you want to free it up you can get an actual video card such as a PCI or AGP card.

128 MB of RAM for Windows XP is way to low especially if it is using 64 MB for video and its way too low for gaming as well. 256 is a minimum and I highly recommend 512 MB for optimal performance for daily computing. If you are running high end games you may want to go higher or get a video card with 128 MB of RAM or more onboard. RAM is very cheap these days so it a good investment.

The AMD processors are very nice and many out perform the Intel processors plus they are usually cheaper. If yours is the Athlon XP 3000 it should outperform the Intel 2.0.

 



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