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ATI NVIDIA GET VRAM is a tool to show free VRAM when worling with CI (Aperture !) or OPenGL Apps.

Supported: ATI 7000, 7200, 7500, 8500, 9000, 9200, 9600, 9700 , 9800, X1YYYY and all NVIVIA cards.

OpenGL is used in Quartz Extreme, CI, games and other apps like iTunes. It can show the values once or log the values in an logfile timercontrolled. The logging is very usefull to show VRAM usage over an longer time.

So you can see how much VRAM is used by Aperture (can be more than 160 MB) or games. VRAM never gets "OFF" - ist like your real RAM, your gpu uses normal RAM (over AGP/PCI-E) as virtual VRAM if more...

What's New

Version 0.9.0b1:
  • BUGFIX of V092: log report now OK, if no changes in VRAM values while logging. V092 didnt list any values if never vram usage changed
  • new ATI 1600 / 1800 support
  • new layout
  • refreshes dock und window without logging enabled

Requirements

  • Mac OS X 10.4 or later
  • newer Videocard(s) (ATI/NVIDIA) with 32 MB VRAM or more

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Peter da Silva Member IconComment+94
Peter da Silva
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Doesn't seem to do what it says on the box:

Logging: ATI Radeon X1600/X1800 - after initial values there will be only changes logged.
9:49:58 AM Logging stopped
Summary: Even with fast logging the values are only flashlights
VRAM MIN:999 MB
VRAM MAX:999 MB
VRAM AVG:-NAN(000) MB

A gigabyte of VRAM? I don't think so.

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Version 0.92
Mitch (Developer)
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SOrry, new build ha a bug if logging is enabled.
Will be fixed in a few hours !

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Mitch (Developer)
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Much thanks to the macupdate team !!!
They give you the file in one by using the macupdate download link.

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Version 0.91
MacUpdate-Lon
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You're welcome. Thank you for making this software for everyone, free.

Mitch (Developer) Member IconDev+169
Mitch (Developer)
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I got information that also the newer ATI X1600 / X1800 can be used with that tool. Information will be added in next version.

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Version 0.91
d-point.org Member IconComment+9
d-point.org
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mu host freeware for free, so there is no reason for this dl mess. files should be zip or dmg.

allover nice concept.

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Version 0.91
Mitch (Developer)
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You are right, but how can i make segmented (

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Anonymous
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Downloaded as a .txt file, both at macupdate and the developers site...is this 1999? Get with the times, just put a .dmg file!

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Version 0.80
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Anonymous
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You should use right click to download file if the browser show it insted of save it (its an .sitx file).

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Anonymous
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There is no reason to use .sit (or .sitx) anymore. When doing packaging of apps for the Mac, use a disk image (.dmg -- and use an "Internet Enabled" one for best results) or .zip compression. These are both naive to the Mac OS and will result in no problems from webservers or ISPs.

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Version 0.80
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Anonymous
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Interesting. with no windows visible it reads Texture Count 126, VRAM 55MB.

Open 1 window and hit refresh and TC is 141 and VRAM is 53.

Maybe that's just how graphics cards work, I don't pretend to know the inner workings of them, although I understood that each window under OS X is converted to a texture and rendered like that. Also amazing that 1 small window on screen takes 2MB of VRAM.

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Version 0.80
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Anonymous
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Yes, OS X takes about 2 MB VRAM (the windowserver compresses this normaly) for an window.
If you have Quartz Exterme (all GK above 16 MB have this) you see that 32 MB VRAM may get low, because some MB are gone, even no window is displayed (but you forget the desktop, also Textures / VRAM).

If you start the Chimera (giofx team, also developer of great itunes OpenGL visualizer) and use a scene (i like The Graal2 much) you see much more VRAM usage.
Your 53 MB will go down to 10-16 MB.

barefeats (goog mac test site) uses my simple tool to see that Apple Motion captures over 160 MB VRAM in some cases.

The Information of VRAM usage is not essential for life, but may understand how usefull much VRAM is - since Tiger gives us Core Image (9600 and above).
I think 256 MB VRAM will be good for getting real CI Power. 128 MB VRAM may be a bit to less VRAM if some bigger Aktions/ Pictures are done.

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Anonymous
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ok thanks for the info Andreas. Seems like no compression is going on with my 8500 retail card then if it is 2MB per window.

Also strange that it seems to use so many textures for 1 window

cheers

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Anonymous
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Arrg: If you DL the file, Safari Tiger adds .txt after .sitx !!
But the DL is an .sitx.
After DL you should rename it to .sitx (was .sitx.txt ?!)

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Version 0.80
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Anonymous
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I've got the same problem on my new Al PB: the app thinks the PB has two graphics cards. Didn't have the problem with 0.70.

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Version 0.701
Mitch (Developer)
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Thanks reporting error with your PB.
I can´t test/fix it without your ioreg file.

Start Terminal.
ioreg -l -w 1200 > ioreg.txt (-l means -smallL)

ioreg.txt is generated into home folder

Send ioreg file to me (iceguy@freenet.de). (stuffit if you want)

Also may very usefull to look into the systemprofiler / PCI/AGP to Videocard and tell me if one or dual display mode is running.
You will see this, if the VRAM is splitted to 2 cards.
Thanks

Mitch (Developer)
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Version V071 should fix that PB 2 card / wrong card problem

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Anonymous
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Wow! v0.701 on my 1GHz TiBook now tells me I have two cards!

1. ATI Radeon 8500/9000/9200
2. ATI Radeon 7000/7200/7500

Does #2 refer to the DVI port?
The previous release reported only 8500/9000/9200.

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Version 0.701
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Anonymous
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Oh, and selecting #2: Free VRAM 0MB, Texture Count 0, TexturePageInBytes 0 KB, etc. You get the idea :-)

Mitch (Developer)
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Have you enabled two display support ?
You will see the card is splitted into two cards (each half VRAM of the card) in Systemprofiler.
If not ( i think so) try Version V072.

Maybe you downloaded my debug version (shows always your results) which i have uploaded by mistake. To many files in my Dev Folder ;)
Sorry, if thats happen.

Mitch (Developer)
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If Version V0702 shows too 7000/7200/7500.
Start Terminal.
ioreg -l -w 1200 > ioreg.txt (-l means -smallL)

ioreg.txt is generated into home folder

Send ioreg file to me. (stuffit if you want)

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Type Utilities / System
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Date 10 Nov 2006
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
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