I am creating a new system from some other peoples spare parts. The problem is the motherboard has an AGP socket (ASUS A8V Socket 939).
I was wondering whether my ram and processor would be sufficient to support the graphics card/s i am thinking of:
I use a very similar system to yourself. Quite scary really.
Asus A8V socket 939
Opteron 185 - overclocked 8% to 2.8gig
dual channel 2 paired 1 gig sticks of DDR400 3200 memory
ATI 3850 AGP DDR3 512mb
Recently I was over at guru3d.com and someone asked a similar question to yourself. Take a peek at my replies. And I would ignore the AGP version of the 4670 if I were you. The 3850 is still the king. With the supplied link is also another link to a 4670 vs 3850 review, and the 3850 comes out on top.
that thread heavily sways to the 3850.
Im wondering because i may have a little bottlenecking, the 4670 and 3850 will be even similar performance on my spec computer.
The other thing is my monitors native resolution is 1280x1024, im happy with that, and the monitor.
A 256bit memory architecture would perhaps be a little wasted on those pixels? Can anyone give me a reason to go for 256bit memory paths other than increased high resolution performance.
Perhaps its a better idea to future protect a little, my computer with the excelled performance of AA and AF improvements on the 4670 series card. As i do remember hearing things about future games having a certain amount of minimal forced AA or AF?? Is that Directx11 or something? (please dont take this too off topic)
I'd go with the 4650, personally. It's technically got a little less horsepower but it's a better engineered card at the same time with better AA/AF support and far less power needed to run stable, which I like.
I am heading towards the 4670 thats going to be released soon by powercolor. hopefully easily obtained here in the uk. Ill should running the x1950xt in the mean time.
So I still have time to debate it more.
Would be nice to have a bit more imput about the bottlenecking issue.
A strong piece of information I found, and what im kind of trying to ascertain about the cards ive mentioned, was a small review about a 4870 on this link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
by 'Astrogiblet' saying:
That talks about quad cores! at whopping high speeds in comparison to what im jumping on board with.