My Radeon 9700 Pro has died on me (Had artifacting for about a week and now it wont boot up unless in safe mode). I was wondering if I could run a 7600GT agp on my agp 4x 1.5v only motherboard. I was thinking of the Leadtek 7600gt, but on the company website it states agp 8x.
I know my 9700 pro was 8x too but it supported agp 4x 1.5v.
I have tried to google as much information as possible but i still get a lot of conflicting info.
Basicially some say the 7600GT agp 8x will run fine on 1.5v agp 2.0. However some say that agp 8x needs 0.8v so my motherboard will fry the card. Some say will it will work but not run in a stable way etc etc.
What is the real answer and if the 7600GT agp is not the card i should go for what would be the best agp 4x card?
My setup is pretty old but sufficient for what I do. (Although I might need to upgrade my PSU if my mobo will support the graphics card)
Pentium 4 2.53 Northwood
Asus p4b533-v Motherboard
1 mb pc2700 kingston ram
generic 350W PSU
win xp sp2
Edit: Pasted the wrong info. Should of been the following:
AGP 3.3V Card 3.3V slot Supports only 3.3V signaling. Available speeds 1x, 2x.
AGP 1.5V Card 1.5V slot Supports only 1.5V signaling. Available speeds 1x, 2x, 4x.
Universal AGP Card Double slotted Supports 3.3V and 1.5V signaling. Available speeds 1x, 2x at 3.3V and 1x, 2x, 4x at 1.5V.
AGP 3.0 Card 1.5V slot Supports only 0.8V signaling. Available speeds 4x, 8x.
Universal 1.5V AGP 3.0 Card 1.5V slot Supports 1.5V and 0.8V signaling. Available speeds 1x, 2x, 4x at 1.5V and 4x, 8x at 0.8V.
Universal AGP 3.0 Card Double slotted Supports AGP 3.3v, 1.5V, and 0.8V signaling. Available speeds 1x, 2x at 3.3V and 1x, 2x, 4x at 1.5V and 4x, 8x at 0.8V.
From that website it has a matrix which sums it up very nicely. It states that you can have an AGP 3.0 that will fit in an AGP 1.5V Mobo but won't work. It needs to be a Universal 1.5V AGP 3.0 or just Universal AGP 3.0 but I never saw one of these or at least that I remember.
That's why I said to make sure the card specifically mentions 4X/8X.
Sorry, but I can't give a specific example as I never physically ran into this problem. This is just from reading.
What kind of crap is Leadtek's website. I'm trying to download the manual from the link on the left side and it gives me Chinese letters. The other link to the manual on the bottom of the page just sends me back to the top of the same webpage.
I clicked on the "Contact" link and once again Leadtek takes me to a page with some Chinese garbage on it.
I called but they were sooooo busy they told me to leave a message. I didn't bother.
Edit: Added this part to the message.
Also, from that site:
Unfortunately, the technical specifications for a video card rarely use these terms properly (if at all) to describe the video card. They usually just list the fastest AGP multipliers it supports: "8X, 4X", or "4X". From that information and the voltage slots on a picture of the video card, you can often figure out exactly what it is. I've seen plenty of video cards listed as "AGP 3.0 cards" when in fact they are actually Universal 1.5V AGP 3.0 cards. I've also seen cards listed as "AGP 8X,4X 1.5 volt only" when there is really no such thing. What they are trying to tell you is that it's a Universal 1.5V AGP 3.0 Card and doesn't support 3.3 volts. It is required to support 0.8 volts if it supports 8X.
So, maybe all of the AGP 8X cards are in fact Universal 1.5V AGP 3.0 cards. That would explain a lot.
I used to have a 9600 on a P4S800, a motherboard that runs AGP up to 8X, but 1.5Volts only.
I have upgraded to an X800XL, a card that requires 0.8V to run at 8X. I simply had to adjust it to AGP 4X and it works fine. AGP 4X is always 1.5V.
So I don't see why it wouldn't work in your case with a 7600GT which is a similar card.
9700 pro is an old card.. a good card, but nonetheless an old one. It can run games like battlefield 2 and Half life 2 on 1024x 768 but you wont be able to max out the settings but the quality is still ok. Just make sure you got at least 1 gig of ram.
I had no problems with using the card, except of course when it started to artifact, hence my need to find a new card.
not sure what you budget is but you might want to spend a little more and get yourself a slightly better card. maybe nvidia or x850pro or 7600gt
It's vendor specific. This Leadtek 7600GT says it's 4X & 8X, so it would run fine in your system. This XFX 7600GT says it's only 8X, so it would not.
Make sure the card specifically says 4X/8X on it.
Hmmm...I looked at Leadtek's website and it specifically mentions only 8X while Newegg has 4X/8X. I'd call to make sure the card would work in your system. Nothing like contradictoring information.
Wait until the X1950Pro comes out at the end of the month. Your system won't use it's capabilities but it might drive down the price of current cards.
Have you looked at an X850Pro? It might only be SM2.0 but it's an all-around better card. Here.
You should really not give advice since you dont know what your talking about. 8x AGP is backward compatible. I also disagree that the 850pro is better than a 7600gt. I'd assume since the OP doesn't even know what works with his computer, that he wont be doing any bios or volt mods hah, so the 850pro with its amazing 12 pipes really stinks. I'd send him to no less than a x800xt/xl or 6800gt - preferring the xt/gt, as the lowest x800/6x00 series that would be better than a 7600gt with sm3......