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General Stats for Gaming PCs  
Stat     Dead   Dying Normal Rising Edge
Internet speed ISDN   256K   768K-2M 10M   
System RAM   <256M    256M-<1G 1G 2G
CPU count         1   2 >2
CPU Hz, Intel   <1.5G <2.0G 2.0-3.3G 3.3G 3.7G
CPU Hz, AMD   <1.3G <1.7G 1.7-2.2G 2.2G 2.7G
Free HD   <1G   <10G   10-120G 120G 210G
Total HD   <30G   <70G   70-230G 240G   
Optical drive   CD      DVD        
GPU class   <DX7   DX8.1 DX9-9.0C    DX10
GPU VRAM   32M   96M   128-256M 512M >512M
GPU bus      AGP4x AGP8x/PCIe     
GPU count         1      2
Color depth   16      32        
Display aspect       4:3   16:9 Multi
Display refresh      60-75 85 100
Horizontal res 800      1024-1280 1440 1680
Video Card Classes for Gaming PCs  
Class SM PS VS GS ATI Models   nVidia Models %
Other      4.79
DX7 - LE/SDR/DDR,7000-7500 256,2,4MX,4Go 8-10
DX8 1 1.3 1.1    3,4Ti=4200-4800 2.36
DX8.1 1 1.4 1.1 8500-9250      5.80
DX9 2 2.0 2.0 9500-X600      19.71
DX9 2 2.0+2.0+    FX=5200-5950 11.76
DX9 2 2.0b2.0 X700-X850      7.46
DX9.0C3 3.0 3.0 X1300-X1950   6100-7950 39.39
DX10 4 4 4 4    8800   .22
Intel 845:  DX7,GL1.2      .81
Intel 852/855: DX7,GL1.3      .28
Intel 915G:  DX9,GL1.4      .65
Windows Vista Hardware Requirements  
Stat   "Capable" "Premium Ready"
CPU MHz 800    1000
RAM MB   512    1024
GPU class DX9    PS 2.0
GPU WDDM       Yes
GPU VRAM MB       128
Horizontal res 800    800
Color depth   16    32
Total HD GB   20    40
Free HD GB   15    15
Optical drive CD-ROM    DVD-ROM
Audio out       Yes
Internet       Yes

Memory heirarchy

Memory Heirarchy Layouts (per core or chip)  
   REG L1 L2   L3   Main HD
Hit lat., C 1 2-4 8-30   20-40 50-300 huge
Read BW, B/C max 8 2-4   ?   1-3 1/50
B/line 4-32 4-(64) 4-128(64) ?   4-32(16) 512
Total size <=1K 8-128K(16-64K) 64K-8M(1-4M) (0)-256M 256M-16G(1G) 40+G

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