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...!

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

    TheBlueRaja BR to Some

    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?

    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

    Between Austin and Tampa
    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 :)