What's a better video card, AGP or PCI Express?

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I'd like to select a video card, mostly based on features,
flexibility, and cost. I will be editing pictures and very short
movies, plus some macromedia web development. What's better AGP or
PCI Express? Are they basically equivalent? I'm leaning toward a
NVIDIA GeForce card, something $160 or less.
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    Phisherman wrote:

    > I'd like to select a video card, mostly based on features,
    > flexibility, and cost. I will be editing pictures and very short
    > movies, plus some macromedia web development. What's better AGP or
    > PCI Express? Are they basically equivalent? I'm leaning toward a
    > NVIDIA GeForce card, something $160 or less.

    At the moment there is almost no difference between the two. However,
    PCI-Express has the capability for twice the speed of AGP, 16x vs 8x,
    but who know when those will become available.
  2. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.homebuilt (More info?)

    > I'd like to select a video card, mostly based on features,
    > flexibility, and cost. I will be editing pictures and very short
    > movies, plus some macromedia web development. What's better AGP or
    > PCI Express? Are they basically equivalent? I'm leaning toward a
    > NVIDIA GeForce card, something $160 or less.

    It really depends on what your motherboard supports. Unless it supports
    both you don't have a choice.

    There's a price gap in the $100-200 range for nvidia cards right now.
    You might get a 5900 for about that. A radeon 9600XT can be had for
    about $130. A nvidia 5200 or 5500 will be under $100 and still more
    than enough for what you are doing (and will play most of today's games
    at a tolerable level).
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    In article <6ac0e$4231d5aa$438cb22e$15757@ALLTEL.NET>,
    Dee <dee@home.net> wrote:
    >Phisherman wrote:
    >
    >> I'd like to select a video card, mostly based on features,
    >> flexibility, and cost. I will be editing pictures and very short
    >> movies, plus some macromedia web development. What's better AGP or
    >> PCI Express? Are they basically equivalent? I'm leaning toward a
    >> NVIDIA GeForce card, something $160 or less.
    >
    >At the moment there is almost no difference between the two. However,
    >PCI-Express has the capability for twice the speed of AGP, 16x vs 8x,
    >but who know when those will become available.


    IMO unless yoiu are running intense 3D software, ie games, any 2D card
    is fine and the bandwidth that pio-x gets you doesn't buy you
    anything.

    --

    a d y k e s @ p a n i x . c o m

    Don't blame me. I voted for Gore.
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    "Phisherman" <nobody@noone.com> wrote in message
    news:fqj331t5n2vrk0nv568dbsfb66htdd9dvi@4ax.com...
    > I'd like to select a video card, mostly based on features,
    > flexibility, and cost. I will be editing pictures and very short
    > movies, plus some macromedia web development. What's better AGP or
    > PCI Express? Are they basically equivalent? I'm leaning toward a
    > NVIDIA GeForce card, something $160 or less.


    ATI have better depth of colour for video and still editing, N VIDIA is
    mainly a gaming card. PCIEx is faster than AGP3 8x but you need a board with
    a PCIEx slot to fit one.


    --
    Chris
    Technical director CKCCOMPUSCRIPT
    Apple Computers, Intel, Roland audio, ATI, Microsoft, Sun Solaris, Cisco and
    Silicone Graphics.
    Wholesale distributor and specialist audio visual computers and servers
    FREE SUPPORT @,
    http://www.ckccomp.plus.com/site/page.HTM
    ckccomp25@hotmail.com
  5. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.homebuilt (More info?)

    In article <fqj331t5n2vrk0nv568dbsfb66htdd9dvi@4ax.com>, Phisherman
    says...
    > I'd like to select a video card, mostly based on features,
    > flexibility, and cost. I will be editing pictures and very short
    > movies, plus some macromedia web development. What's better AGP or
    > PCI Express? Are they basically equivalent? I'm leaning toward a
    > NVIDIA GeForce card, something $160 or less.
    >
    Matrox range. Best 2D image quality. Doesn't matter whether it is PCI-E
    or AGP as 3D speed is unimportant.

    --
    Conor

    An imperfect plan executed violently is far superior to a perfect plan.
    -- George Patton
  6. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.homebuilt (More info?)

    On Fri, 11 Mar 2005 17:07:39 GMT, Phisherman
    <nobody@noone.com> wrote:

    >I'd like to select a video card, mostly based on features,
    >flexibility, and cost. I will be editing pictures and very short
    >movies, plus some macromedia web development. What's better AGP or
    >PCI Express? Are they basically equivalent? I'm leaning toward a
    >NVIDIA GeForce card, something $160 or less.

    In gaming there is very little difference except that the
    newest cards (of course fastest at the top-end) will be PCI
    express. However, the described uses do not need any
    particular performance level from the video card. You could
    run a budget grade circa-'99 card and still have same
    performance. However, ignoring the specific tasks you still
    would want something with good crisp 2D, which generally is
    delivered by Matrox, ATI, and nVidia (in that order, though
    the gap between them has closed a lot in the past couple
    years).

    Unless you'll be gaming there is no benefit to a card
    costing ~ $150 relative to one costing only $50, except
    perhaps multiple display support as it can be handy with
    editing.
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