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How much graphics RAM?

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  • Subject: [mg36992] How much graphics RAM?
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murraye at>
  • Date: Fri, 4 Oct 2002 05:01:38 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
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We are about to order new PCs for a university student lab in which 
Mathematica will be installed.  Of course they will be using 2D and 3D 
graphics -- plots of surfaces, e.g.  Sooner or later students will want 
to rotate such plots, too.

An unresolved issue is how much graphics RAM to get.  On existing 
machines we typically have 64MB.  But for the PCs we are looking at, 
manufacturer's limits on graphics RAM, rather than cost, seems to limit 
us to 32 MB.

Is 32 MB adequate not just now, but likely to be adequate as well for 
the near future (say, a 3- to 5-year equipment lifetime)?

Murray Eisenberg                     murray at
Mathematics & Statistics Dept.
Lederle Graduate Research Tower      phone 413 549-1020 (H)
University of Massachusetts                413 545-2859 (W)
710 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01375

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