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Old 02-05-2006, 01:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default AGP 2x 32MB vs. PCI 256MB DDR

I'm souping up an older PC, but the motherboard, a P2B-S , only supports AGP 2x 3.3V. The best card I can find that is compatible only has 32MB of memory. However, I can get a PCI video card with 256 MB of memory. Which would I be better off with?

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Old 02-05-2006, 04:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Don't look too much into the memory, the graphic chip itself is usually more important factor.

PCI limitations are 100mbit/s I think, can't go faster than that.
AGP 2x is a lot faster.
But if your AGP card chip is poor, it wouldn't have much use for AGP speeds.

So what are the graphic cards you were thinking ?

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the PCI Geforce FX-5200 is a good upgrade.
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a pci version of the 6200 has been released, that should be decent as a pci card. but there are many options for AGP cards.
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Most AGP cards available for sale these days are 8x. I did manage to find a 64MB 2x card, the Connect 3D Radeon 7000. So it's a toss-up between that, somthing like the PCI NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 128MB that was suggested, or maybe the PCI 3DFuzion GeForce FX 5500 256MB.

If it helps, let's say I'm playing Quake II. I don't plan on taxing the PC more than that.
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