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Old 06-12-03, 06:33 AM   #2
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I think all openGL drivers would show the same behaviour. In a normal setup, the texture memory on the card is only a cache for most-used textures. As you load textures and draw them, they are cached in texture memory for speed. If the set of textures being used is larger than texture memory, then some textures will have to be swapped in and out of texture memory from main memory.

If you don't keep a copy of every texture in system memory, then when the drivers swap a texture out of texture memory it has to be copied back across the AGP bus, which is *slow*. So the drivers maintain two copies, allowing the texture to be 'swapped' out of texture RAM by just overwriting it and keeping a pointer to the current valid, fastest, copy.

You could possibly use the VAR extension to just use texture memory to store textures, although I've never tried this.
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