In my second box (256MB system RAM), I have an AGP Creative Labs 3D Voodoo Banshee card with a whopping 16 MB of RAM. As a test, in xorg.conf
, recently I disabled all graphics acceleration. I also disabled the AGP module in rc.modules
. I continue using the stock X tdfx
driver instead of the VESA driver.
I notice no difference in graphical performance. Now, I do not play any games (at least, not on my computer
) and I am not into videos, movies, etc. (again, at least, not on my computer
). I seem to have experienced no performance hits. My question then is are my observations correct? Have I indeed lost nothing, and possibly, because I use older hardware, actually gained some additional memory because I am not enabling acceleration and AGP?
Also, I always was under the impression that the video card color depth impacted performance. Yet I notice no difference when toggling between 16-bit and 24-bit color. Am I imagining things? I run older boxes and previously always used 15-bit or 16-bit depths.
I'm no expert on computer graphics and video. I'm curious what some of you might think about this. Thanks again.