First I apologize in advance for the long winded post. Second, I will admit I am a cheap wad and I don't usually buy anything new to upgrade to my computer. I usually wait until I have gotten every last bit of use out of something before I switch. With that said I want to upgrade my graphics card which is currently a HIS Radeon IceQ 4670 AGP card with 1GB of video memory (not sure if DD3 or not).
My motherboard is an AS-ROCK DUAL-VSTA which has both AGP and PCIE for graphics slot options. My question is there a PCIE card that will beat my AGP 4670 on performance while drawing less power? (Side question: Does anyone know which form factor AGP/PCIE draws less power? ie. would a 4670 AGP draw less than a 4670 PCIE?)
I have looked at the Radeon 5570 which in my research shows that it fairs slightly better in power consumption but is bested by the 4670 in performance by a slight margin. I have looked at the 6570 which draws slightlyless power at idle than the 5570 but reviews show that it will draw slightly more at load which gives me mixed feelings.
The bottom line is I looking for a card that draws as little power as possible while maintaining or besting an AGP 4670 in performance. I would have thought that in two generations AMD would have come out with a card that can do this but I am not so sure.
It's a common error. The Intel socket 775 version of hybrid (both AGP and PCI-E) boards always ran the PCI-Ex16 slot @ x4 The AMD Socket 939/AM2 versions of hybrid boards always ran the PCI-Ex16 slot @x16. This coming from a former ASRock 939Dual-SATA2 user.
What graphics card you *should* install is going to depend greatly on what CPU you have installed. With an X2-4800+, I wouldn't use any card that would be more than what would compare to an old Geforce 8800GTS-512 (used to use an 8800GTS-640 in my old board with the X2-4800+). The lesser the processor, the lessor the graphics card you should install.