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Best AGP Card(s) for 18amp Power Supply?

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August 8, 2006 9:59:12 AM

What are the best Video Cards that can run on an 18amp 12volt rail?

My PSU's make and model is "Antec PP-412x 400w". I've read on the side that it supplies 18amps at 12volts.

Having searched all over the place for information, finally I'll just break down and ask all of you about it.
August 8, 2006 11:52:49 AM

What interface do you have? AGP or PCI-E?
August 8, 2006 12:58:33 PM

Any AGP card will do.
I've got an EuroTech 400W psu with 18 Amps and it managed to power up several cards (6600gt, x800 pro, x850 pro and even a 6800 ultra) and with overclocked ram, cpu and gfx card. Now it's running a 6600gt.

Unless you're running a high freq. Pentium (3.6 and up) you should be fine.
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August 8, 2006 2:24:50 PM

The Geforce 6200 (regular) and try to get the version that Unlocks the full 8 Pipelines to same specs as 6600 and overclock to full potential and it'll run as great or greater than the Geforce 6800GTX. I'm Totally going for a PNY Geforce 6200

Offresponce question= "Does this Card Unlock??"
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
August 8, 2006 2:38:45 PM

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What interface do you have? AGP or PCI-E?


It was in the subject, but I should have put it in the post, too; AGP 4x 1.5volt.
August 8, 2006 2:44:42 PM

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What interface do you have? AGP or PCI-E?


It was in the subject, but I should have put it in the post, too; AGP 4x 1.5volt.
My bad, that's the second time I've done that.

As someone else said, pretty much any AGP card will do. ATI.com is having a clearance sale on X850Pro's and X800XL's for $119.

http://shop.ati.com/searchresults.asp?dept_id=39

That's probably the best AGP deal you'll find.
August 8, 2006 2:55:16 PM

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Any AGP card will do.
I've got an EuroTech 400W psu with 18 Amps and it managed to power up several cards (6600gt, x800 pro, x850 pro and even a 6800 ultra) and with overclocked ram, cpu and gfx card. Now it's running a 6600gt.


Have you tested any other card than the 6600gt (and thank you for that) in a SM2/3 game or two?

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Unless you're running a high freq. Pentium (3.6 and up) you should be fine.


I am running an Athlon XP 1700+ @ stock 1.47Ghz (with 3 matched 1GB DDR memory modules, 3 Hard Disks and 2 Optical Drives).
August 8, 2006 3:09:38 PM

6200 as good or better than 6800 GTX, stop souping him up, that ain't gonna happen.
August 8, 2006 4:06:02 PM

Well, all cards were tested in this rig and in a few games. Don´t bother with SM 2 or 3, if u want pure performance go for ati without going homeless. As Gary said, x800xl would be a greate choice. Just squeeze that Athlon XP at least 400 mhz more or you'll have a bottleneck.
August 8, 2006 7:11:30 PM

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The Geforce 6200 (regular) and try to get the version that Unlocks the full 8 Pipelines to same specs as 6600 and overclock to full potential and it'll run as great or greater than the Geforce 6800GTX. I'm Totally going for a PNY Geforce 6200

Offresponce question= "Does this Card Unlock??"
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...


You're kidding right? Why go through all that for 8 pipes? I agree with Busey, go for the X850pro or X800XL from ATI clearence.
August 8, 2006 7:13:12 PM

Just a note, they removed the X850 Pro's from the ATI.com store. They must've sold their entire stock because the Canadian store doesn't have them either. Glad I got mine when I did.
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August 8, 2006 11:28:07 PM

What are your system specs? CPU? # of Drives? etc. I've used a X800XTpe fine on an original Antec smartpower PSU with 18A 12v rail, but it was an Athlon XP rig with 1 HDD and 1 optical Drive.
August 9, 2006 5:01:37 AM

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What are your system specs? CPU? # of Drives? etc. I've used a X800XTpe fine on an original Antec smartpower PSU with 18A 12v rail, but it was an Athlon XP rig with 1 HDD and 1 optical Drive.


Antec Midtower Case with 3 80mm fans, Antec PP-412x 400w Power Supply, A-Bit KR7A-RAID MB, 1 PCI 1Gb ethernet card, 1 PCI firewire card, 1 PCI Sound Blaster Live 5.1 card, Athlon XP 1700+ @ 1.47Ghz, 3 Hard Drives (2 40GB Drives in RAID-0, 1 400GB Drive), 2 Optical Drives, 1 Floppy Drive, 4 USB 1.x devices.

I always buy new.

Lately, I've thought on this card the most:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

Yet I've also considered this card:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=14-161-0...

One because of its evenly allocated resources and specifications, the other because of its lower transister count and better (more efficiently) split memory bus.
August 9, 2006 11:57:16 AM

You'd get more performance than any of those cards you're looking at, and for cheaper if you go with the X800XL. I know it's refurbished, but it's refurbished by ATI, straight from the manufacturer, so it's like new, and it's got a warranty. You're shorting yourself if you dismiss it because it's a refurb.
August 9, 2006 1:58:11 PM

Any GeForce 6200 with a NV43 core should unlock. I believe some cards have the NV44, but I believe that was limited to PCIe TC editions. If you're paying 80 bucks CA, it still probably isnt worth it. Not that its difficult to unlock, just you can get more for your money. I have one that opertes between a 6600 and a 6600GT (stock).
August 10, 2006 6:33:43 AM

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Well, all cards were tested in this rig and in a few games. Don´t bother with SM 2 or 3, if u want pure performance go for ati without going homeless. As Gary said, x800xl would be a greate choice. Just squeeze that Athlon XP at least 400 mhz more or you'll have a bottleneck.


Just ordered an Enermax 535 watt power supply with dual 22amp 12v rails. Along with it I ordered a new Radeon X850 Pro. I also ordered an Athlon XP 2400+ @ 2Ghz. This upgrade will last me 2 years at which point I'll have enough money for a wholly new PC. Thanks for all your help everyone!

Best regards,
Chris. Dratz
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