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I searched wiki and it gave me a list of possible answers. This is the closest thing I could find: "Raster OPerator, a raster graphics function used (per pixel) in a Bit blit operation to combine two or more bitmap, perhaps on a GPU." What that means exactly, I have no idea.
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ROP is an acronym for "Raster Operation Unit" or "Render Back-End Unit".
Both ATi and NVIDIA employ these units into their GPU architectures, but obviously, both companies implement ROP's differently.
To put it simply (I mean very simply): ROP's are the units that perform tasks such as colour tests, filtering and AA.
I recommend that you visit www.beyond3d.com and head to their forums if you wish to learn more about ROP's. They have some very knowledgable people there (people even in ATi/NVIDIA visit there), and will be able answer any questions regarding 3D computing that you have.
LordEC911 knows a fair lot about 3D technology too, so if you're lucky, he may be able to help here. But chances are he's busy digging dirt on NVIDIA's G100/GT200 or AMD's R680/R700. That, or he's busy bluffing his way in a poker game. :P
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LordEC911 knows a fair lot about 3D technology too, so if you're lucky, he may be able to help here. But chances are he's busy digging dirt on NVIDIA's G100/GT200 or AMD's R680/R700. That, or he's busy bluffing his way in a poker game. :PWesker776
Or sleeping since I work at 8am on Sat... Freaking sucks.
Anyways, Wesker's answer pretty much sums it all up, except the filtering part.
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