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Graphics Performance Question AGP 8X cards on a 4X board

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by rctycoon1223, 7 May 2004.

  1. rctycoon1223

    rctycoon1223 New Member

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    I was looking into buying a new video card radeon 9600pro/xt range(a generic 32 mb just doesnt work anymore) and found out that pretty much all cards have AGP 8X now while my motherboard only supports up to 4X. I reallllyy dont want to get a new motherboard as i will then probably have to re-register windows XP prof. becasue ive changed so much hardware since ive gotten it.

    So i was wondering was what level card should i get if i get a 8x AGP and will it be wasted performance?

    What would be better? a 9600 XT or a top-of the line AGP 4x card?
     
  2. KONIJN

    KONIJN New Member

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    the performance shouldn't differ much i think
     
  3. Mace

    Mace Ohh, it stings.

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    Erm... most 'top of the line cards' are AGP 8x, I don't know what you mean by asking for a 'top of the line' AGP 4x card.. Just get the 9600xt - It's a good card
     
  4. rctycoon1223

    rctycoon1223 New Member

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    but wouldnt i be wasting half of the card's performance if i buy a 8X card for a 4X board?

    Could i not get the same performance out of a 4X card or is the 9600 that much better than the best 4X card?
     
  5. Mace

    Mace Ohh, it stings.

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    eggh... it doesn't work like this my friend - that is why you havae me confused

    ANY Good cards are 8x. They don't just make like.. good 4x cards... You'd probably get most 80+ % of the performance of the 9600XT/PRO on a 4x agp board...
     
  6. [cibyr]

    [cibyr] Sometimes posts here

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    The 4x/8x is just the bus speed connecting your motherboard to the card. The card still runs at the same speed and will have largely the same performance. Don't buy a 4x card because the only cards that old sucks. Just buy whatever you can afford/justify the expense of because the AGP standards are backwards-compatible.
     
  7. k3nn

    k3nn New Member

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    perfect example for you:
    jetway v266b agp 4x, 9600 pro, 512mb ram, 2000xp processor - 3300 3d2k3
    dfi lanparty agp 8x, 9600 pro, 512mb ram, 2000xp processor - 3400 3d2k3

    As you can see theres hardly any proformance lost because of the agp 4x instead of the agp 8x

    EDIT: just incase your wondering that used to be my system.
     
  8. Mace

    Mace Ohh, it stings.

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    Ha! Thank you.. for some reason that was impossible for me to explain..
     
  9. micb

    micb Active Member

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    AGP speeds from 4x to 8x is about 2% speed difference on current cards.
     
  10. rctycoon1223

    rctycoon1223 New Member

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    Thanks guys... I got the radeon 9600 pro for $110 at atacom.com
     
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