I am considering moving over to Core 2 platform. However because my previous rig was a AMD Athlon XP 3200+ I invested in a Radeon X1950PRO AGP card thinking I was going to be stuck with this system for quite a while so I may as well make myself more comfortable.
Until I have enough money and a decent graphics card comes along to replace my X1950PRO without extortionate prices to match, I have decided to get one of these AsRock boards that will let me use my trusty AGP card with a shiny new Core 2 and DDR2 Memory. However one thing that is concerning me is the fact that my PCI Express lane will be 4X - this seems to be the case on many Asrock Combo boards.
Does this mean that by moving to PCI Express which is restricted to 4x I will be going backwards in technology and getting slower performance from PCI Express cards than I would with AGP??
I'm using one of those boards as a stopgap, as we speak. (Striker has gone titsup again)
I have an 8800 Gtx in it, and it seems much better than my 8x AGP, 7800 Gainward Bliss GS (7900).
I guess it'll depend on the cards in question, I plan on changing this when I replace/rma the striker, but it is running Graw2 on 1920*1200, high everything at the mo!
With all due respect to my fellow forum members on Toms you are on the wrong forum for this question. Follow this link and either post back here to ask any questions or joint the other forum.