GPU (graphics processing unit), is a specialized processor designed to accelerate the process of building images.

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Are there any benefits for using the CPU instead of the GPU?

I've been researching processors and graphics cards, and I discovered that GPUs are way faster than CPUs. I read in this one article, a 2-year-old Nvidia GPU outperformed a 3.2GHz Core I7 Intel ...
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I would like to know how an OpenGL driver will be implemented to learn opengl internals?

I'm learning OpenGL and really like to know how the interaction with the Graphics card will be. I feel understanding how it was implemented in the Graphics driver, will let me know complete internals ...
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Graphics capabilities differences between mobile and desktop/console platforms?

I would like to better understand the difference in capabilities between mobile and desktop/console graphics? What exactly are the limitations of a mobile device? What kind of operations can a high-...
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How to enable GPU for flash player 11?

I just install Flash Player 11 and SDK 4.5 (hero), and test it with a small program. But I find it is still using "software" to simulate 3D API, and trace("driver info: " + _context3D.driverInfo); ...
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Is nVidia's CUDA suited to performing pathfinding calculations?

I want to know if it would be worth executing pathfinding on the GPU (using nVidia's CUDA, or an equivalent) in certain situations, or whether it would be a wasted effort. The situation I imagine ...
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Different types of memories which a graphics card has

I've been googling this around and yet nothing showed up but some articles from middle ages which were talking about Gforce mx and ... . My question is just this: what are the different memories in a ...
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Drawing the same mesh or drawing the same material?

I was wondering. Suppose I have a 1000 grass meshes. They all have the same material, but I create them separately, because they look slightly different, because they have different heights. Does my ...
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How to find the bottleneck of the graphical pipeline

I've been wondering about this issue for a while. How to find the bottleneck of the graphical pipeline. Recently I've been using a program to draw massive amount of polygons in a simple scene with ...
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How to check Early Z efficiency on AMD GPU with Windows 7

I have a game using DirectX 9, and a development station using Win 7 x64. I am still able to get access to another station with Vista x64 / dual booted with WinXP x86. I wanted to check early Z ...
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Switching between Discrete and Integrated GPUs

I have a machine with two discrete GPUs and one integrated GPU. I can currently switch between them using NVIDIA's software, but I would like the ability to do so within my applications for purposes ...
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How much memory does a texture take up on the GPU?

A large png on disk may only take up a couple megabytes but I imagine that on the gpu the same png is stored in an uncompressed format which takes up much more space. Is this true? If it is true, how ...
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Dump texture from memory to the original format?

How can you dump GPU memory (images and such that are loaded on it) to the standard format ?
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What will AMD Fusion or likewise hybrid CPU/GPU will change for the 3D programmer ? Are they potentially faster?

Since the early days of accelerated graphics, programmers were obligated to use hardware-supported libraries like directX or OpenGL. If we wanted to explain someone what happened by introducing a ...
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Hardware acceleration for the Flash Player

What do we know about hardware acceleration for drawing operations in Flash? I know that since 10.1 it's there for video playback (and mobile graphics) but that doesn't really help with rendering ...
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Geometric Transformations on the CPU vs GPU

I've noticed that many 3d programs normally do vector/matrix calculations as well as geometric transformations on the CPU. Has anyone found an advantage in moving these calculations into vertex ...
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Is it possible to use the GPU on a mobile device to accelerate a particle physics engine?

I am interested in answers for any mobile device but I am mainly considering the iPhone and devices that run Java. I am developing a game that relies heavily on a particle physics engine for core ...