4x agp SLOT


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Mike

Does my AGP 4X slot limit me to a 4X video card? Will a video card with a
4X/8X AGP description work? Is it a waste of money to get a video card
rated above AGP4X because of the computer's AGP 4X slot ?
Thanks
 
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Dan Wojciechowski

Mike said:
Does my AGP 4X slot limit me to a 4X video card? Will a video card with a
4X/8X AGP description work? Is it a waste of money to get a video card
rated above AGP4X because of the computer's AGP 4X slot ?
Thanks

Mike:

Yes, a video card with a 4X/8X AGP designation with work in 4X and in 8X AGP
slots.

No, it is not a waste of money to get a 4X/8X AGP card when you have only a
4X AGP slot. The benefits of an 8X AGP slot over a 4X AGP slot is primarily
theoretical. In most of todays applications and games (if not all games), the
limitation is almost always the performance of the video chip set and the bandwidth
between the video chipset and the video memory on the video card, not the
bandwidth between the video card and the motherboard.

So get yourself the best 4X/8X AGP video card you can afford, and enjoy. }:)


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For those who choose to stay,
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Neeboo Nine

Dan said:
Mike:

Yes, a video card with a 4X/8X AGP designation with work in 4X and in 8X AGP
slots.

No, it is not a waste of money to get a 4X/8X AGP card when you have only a
4X AGP slot. The benefits of an 8X AGP slot over a 4X AGP slot is primarily
theoretical. In most of todays applications and games (if not all games), the
limitation is almost always the performance of the video chip set and the bandwidth
between the video chipset and the video memory on the video card, not the
bandwidth between the video card and the motherboard.

So get yourself the best 4X/8X AGP video card you can afford, and enjoy. }:)
I have the same situation - my Asus P4T533-C board has a slot which
only supports AGP 4X 1.5V (does not support 3.3V cards).
What would you say are the best cards available that are only 1.5v?
Thanks
 
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Dan Wojciechowski

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I have the same situation - my Asus P4T533-C board has a slot which
only supports AGP 4X 1.5V (does not support 3.3V cards).
What would you say are the best cards available that are only 1.5v?
Thanks
AGP cards have keying slots in the connector to insure the cards are
only used with compatible voltages. Cards that support 3.3v and 1.5v
have two keying slots. Cards that support only one or the other have
only one keying slot. If I remember correctly, 1.5v is the newer card
type, so I'd guess that any newer 4X/8X AGP card would work.

To be sure, check your AGP slot. Are there any keying plugs? Where
are they? Next, determine which is the most powerful card you want
to afford. www.tomshardware.com and www.anandtech.com are useful
sites. Then, using a site like www.newegg.com that shows good pictures
of the cards and make sure the card has the correct connector slots.


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Dan (Woj...) [dmaster](no space)[at](no space)[lucent](no space)[dot](no
space)[com]
===============================
"So as you push off from the shore,
won't you turn your head once more
and make your peace with everyone?
For those who choose to stay,
will live just one more day
to do the things they should have done."
 

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