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Nvidia 256 MB x16 video card

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by jrochte, Jul 26, 2006.

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  1. jrochte

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    There is a video card from Nvidia that spec'd with 256 MB x16 ram. What does "x16" mean? does the video card have a total of 256MB? Is there a site that would explain this?
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  2. Jones

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    The x16 could mean a couple of things. It most likely refers to the speed of the PCI-express connection, but could also refer to the number of rendering pipleines in the card's architecture. Do you know the card brand and model? We can find out for sure if you do.
     
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    Here's a full description for the graphics card from Dell online store summary:
    I may have mispoken, sorry

    256Mb PCIe x16 nVidia Quadro FX 3450, Dual DVI or Dual VGA or DVI + VGA

    What is a PCI express connection?
     
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    There are 3 common types of connections that graphics cards use. The oldest is regular PCI, which operates at the slowest speed. Next in line is AGP, which operates at up to 8x. Third is PCI-Express, which operates at 16x, the fastest currently available. This is what you have.
     
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    Also, these three types of connectors are actually different sizes physically, so you can't put one type of card into the other. They won't fit.
     
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