AGP slot speed??

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by banter, Apr 6, 2003.

  1. banter

    banter Guest

    I have a motherboard with a 4X AGP slot. Does this mean that if i get a video card with 8X AGP, i cannot use properly?
     
  2. Teddy

    Teddy Boogie Nights...!

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    You'll be able to use it, just not at it's peak performance.
     
  3. TheBlueRaja

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    8X AGP is not all that important anyway - its been proved that the increace in performance over 4X is minimal.

    A 8X card will run perfectly well in a 4X slot.
     
  4. Friend of Bill

    Friend of Bill What, me worry?

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    Voltage rating of AGP slot is the deciding factor in video card/AGP compatability.
     
  5. Sazar

    Sazar F@H - Is it in you? Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    they are both operating @ the same speed...

    pci = 33mhz...
    agp = 66mhz...

    the difference is in the bandwidth... you have 2 times the theoretical bandwidth with 8x than you do with 4x..

    unfortunately nothing really takes advantage of this @ this time...

    if you can get 8x boards... thats kewl... the top of the line cards are bottlenecked by the bandwidth limitations as is... :)

    but you will not notice a performance increase... cept in some benchmarks... in the range of 1-3 fps.. tops..

    in games like quake 3.. with people hitting 300 fps... that is not a noticeable difference...

    so.. no.. don't worry about it :)