I know that some of you may have an aging computer somewhere in the house that was something that you wanted to upgrade when AGP was the latest platform.
I have a Dell GX260 with a P4 Northwood 2.0 ghz OC'd to 2.2 with a Nvidia Asus EN7600GS 256mb and 768mbs of ram. The cpu could not be anymore overclocked, nor I was even able to upgrade my cpu as I was told. My EN7600GS was also running on 4X due to the motherboards limitations.
Besides all of that, it's still working perfectly for web browsing, and games like Rise of legends, CS Source (Zombie Mod), Call Of Duty 2, Battlefield 1942 and Vietnam which are playable with medium settings.
I'm just wondering if anyone had ever seen or owns a fast/fastest agp-bound computer anywhere?
What are the specs?
Are there any benchmarks for modern games?
If someone can show me that'll be awesome.
Just like my appreciation for ATI hardware, I still have an appreciation for AGP computers even though it's the Aging Graphics Platform.
The best AGP gaming card is the HD3850, although it would be a waste to but it on a 2.0GHz Pentium 4 even if the motherboard supported it. Your system is pretty evenly tuned there and best kept as is.
AN Athlon 64 X2 dual core with an AGP 3850 is about as good as you will see and still quite capable in even the latest games. Just long blown away by PCI-e in the high end and in pricing.
Last AGP only gaming machine for me (that's still around as a spare) was a an A64 4000+ and a GF 6800 Ultra. At the same time, had a 2.6GHz mobile Athlon XP2500+ @ 2.6 GHZ on an NF7-S motherboard and a X800XTPE.
But, my fastest AGP capable system has an AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ in it. But it also happens to be an Asrock 939 Dual Sata II motherboard with native AGP 8X and PCI-e 16X, so currently it has a pci-e HD4850 in it.
If you are thinking about upgrading this system factor in the cost v performance. You could add memory which would be a fairly low cost upgrade. You could overclock the gpu with rivatuner for free. Beyond that you really need to consider building a entirely new system . Take a look at the system that pauldh has in his sig (MSI P6N SLI Platinum, Q6600, 2GB Crucial Ballistix Tracer PC8000, SLI BFG 8800GT OC 512MB, SB X-Fi Fatality, Antec TruePower Trio 550W, Windows XP pro). Reconsider the options before you pour too much money into the older system. If you do something simular to what paul has I think you will be well pleased, if maybe not the SLI or the high end sound card if saving money is the primary importance. If I were paul I would have 2x2gb over the 2gb ram.
I'm not planning to upgrade my agp system, don't get me wrong, I was just wondering what setup would be the fastest agp out there. Preferably not cross platform like what paul has but it's interesting to know that agp systems are not limited in cpu's as there are such things as the asrock 939 where you can use the fastest agp gpu to its full potential. I just want to know what is the fast agp-only system out there.
You think your rig is outdated my friend had a 1000mhz duron back in the day with an a7vn266 vm rev. 2.05 asus motherboard along with a gf 2 mx and 512 ram. He flashed his bios smacked 2400+ amd chip in with more 512 ram bought a second hand hd3650 and enjoys call of duty 4 on that 7 year ol system.
i have a E4400 @ 2.66 (can get to 2.9 for benching, mobo limitations dammit ASROCK!), 2gig kingston ram, Palit 7600GS Sonic 256MB of DDR3!!!!! not DDR2 like most 7600GS's! fantastic graphics cardallowed me to overclock 50% on the gpu and mem! can actually go a bit faster but don't really see the point to be honest..
50% oc... i was astonished to tell the truth.
I have a pretty fast AGP system that's quite old actually, been having the same board for years and years now, and it still runs very strong, 60 fps gaming at highest resolutions. With the years I've only been tweaking it more and more instead of bying new stuff.
* MB: Asus a7n8x Deluxe
* CPU: AMD Athlon XP Mobile 2600+ running at 2350 Mhz (235x10)
* Memory: 3 GB Corsair PC3500, running at 470 (2x235) Mhz with timings at 6-3-2-2,5-1T.
* PSU: Enermax Liberty 500W
* AGP: XFX 7950GT - 512MB, stock at Core: 550 Mhz and Mem: 1300 Mhz. Currently running at Core 630 Mhz and Mem: 1500 Mhz
* Harddrive: 2x Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 SATA 1Terabyte
CPU cooler: Thermaltake Volcano 12, idle at 39C, load at 47C, with 2350 Mhz
AGP card: Stock, only improved airflow in the chassi, runs fine around 55-57C
Northbridge: Thermaltake extreme spirit II
Southbridge: An extra installed regular copper heatsink
Memory: Stock heatsinks with improved airflow in chassi.
Chassi fans: Three 120mm taking in air at front,, one 120mm out in the back and one 80mm out at the top.
Cant really find any graphics upgrades, the Gecube X1950XT 256MB AGP would be slightly faster than my 7950GT if its a little overclockable, but it only comes with 256mb.
I too have an AGP sytem 4 3.0(775 /800),2gigs of RAM,Radeon HD 3850(512/256 GDDR3),500GB SATA HDD and it works very good.Because of the motherboard(p5s800-vm) I can only put in 2gb of RAM but if I can,I´d buy a Conroe 865PE and of course add 2more gigs and switch to a C2D processor.