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Does Adreno (650) prefetch textures for conditional texture reads?
Join Date: 25 Jan 21
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Posted: Thu, 2021-09-02 02:41

Let's say I have the following fragment shader:

main() {
  if(gl_LastFragData[0].w > 0.95)
  gl_FragColor = texture2D(myTexture, vTexCoord);

can this effectively safe on texture bandwidth, or will the adreno gpu prefetch the texture data anyway for the sampled location?

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Join Date: 23 Aug 16
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Posted: Wed, 2021-10-20 18:09

In the compiled HW shader, the texture2D() will only be executed if the fragment is not discarded, so yes there is some theoretical BW savings. That said, gl_LastFragData[0] is implemented as a texture fetch itself (generally the fetch is from tile memory which is better than fetching from a texture in system memory) and the presence of  'discard' in a shader makes it run much slower than a shader that does not contain discard.   So it's unlikely you'll see observable gains.

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