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Is 4*AGP much worse than 8*AGP?

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by cameronl, Jul 30, 2003.

  1. cameronl

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    hi there all, I have decided to get my self a new computer. I really like the look of the Soltek Qbic Barebones System.

    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/acatalog/Soltek_barebones.html

    However, I see it only has a 4*AGP slot. I want to buy a Radeon 9500 for games - will the 4*AGP be much of a bottleneck or am I better of choosing a motherboard with 8*AGP?

    thanks

    CaM
     
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    I do not notice any performance increase between 4x and 8x with my mobo/g card. Modos an abit nf7-s and g card is an ati radeon 9700 pro. I would think the 4x would suffice but for mobo longevity might suggest you get the 8x spec for any g card upgrades you may wish to take advantage of in the future.
     
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    I think that the games have to be specially written to take full use of 8* AGP (I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong!!) so at the moment I can't see it making mych difference at all. But, as Hawklord points out, an 8* AGP slot will give you more longevity - if there is such a thing in the computer world ;)
    I'm sure Intel are planning to bring out PCI Express in the near future which will do away with the AGP slot altogether.
     
  4. cameronl

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    hi there guys, thanks for the info. From what you have said I'll get the 4*agp with the radon 9500 then.

    thanks

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    There is hardly any difference whatsoever in any benchmarks, I have owned many cards including my current radeon 9700 pro 8x , If you turn it off there is no noticable difference.
     
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    nope, no difference.

    the only time the agp transfer rate comes into play, is when you run out of graphics card memory. and seeing as most modern cards have 128mb+ on board, that happens rearly, if at all.
     

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