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Comparison of Video Memory Technologies

The table below summarizes the most common video memory technologies and contrasts some of their basic characteristics. Note that the bandwidth factor is intentionally approximate, as it should be considered a rough guideline and not taken religiously. Among other things, the actual bandwidth of the memory depends on the speed of the memory, which can vary widely (some DRAMs have access time half that of others). Also remember that the cost of the memory is only one component in the cost of the overall card. It is definitely not true that all VRAM cards are more expensive than all EDO DRAM cards, for example:

Technology

Access Ports

Approximate Bandwidth

Relative Cost

Typical Target Market Range

Standard (FPM) DRAM

Single

Low

Low

Low

EDO DRAM

Single

Low

Low

Low

VRAM

Dual

High

High

Medium to High

WRAM

Dual

High

High

High

SGRAM

Single

Very High

Moderate

Medium

MDRAM

Single

Very High

High

Medium to High

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