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Help! AGP 4x vs AGP 8x

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June 23, 2003 7:48:29 PM

I have an ATi RADEON 9700pro 128mb...

It is an 8xAGP Card.

I found out today that my mboard only supports up to 4x AGP.

Does that mean I am only using half my vid card's capabilities?

I am considering buying a mBoard that has 8x AGP because of that.

Should I??? Is the difference noticeable?


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June 23, 2003 7:51:44 PM

An AGP 4x motherboard is not really a limitation.

AGP 8x is hardly an improvement to AGP 8x because video cards are still having trouble saturating the bandwidth that AGP 4x offers.

In short, you won't see a difference. 4x AGP is fine.

Hope this helps,

- Cleeve
June 23, 2003 8:01:20 PM

I agree. Theres no difference unless you use extreme resolutions, and then its only 1-2%....

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June 23, 2003 9:47:36 PM

Right now you will see no difference. Games these days can't take advantage of AGP 4X let alone AGP8X. In upcoming games such as DoomIII and Half Life 2 you might see a difference.
June 23, 2003 10:17:04 PM

MAN we see this post a lot... I guess people just don't read all the posts. No big deal. These guys are right.

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June 24, 2003 3:48:03 PM

So is running the aperture at 8X advisable to running it at 4X? Or should one stick to 4X even if the 8X is available?

June 24, 2003 4:05:13 PM

If you have the option to use 8x AGP, use it. Why not?
June 24, 2003 7:20:13 PM

Yeah, there's no reason NOT to run 8x when you can, but no reason to worry if you can't. Today, 8x will give you a frame here, a frame there, and in the future, will create some noticeable (albeit small) differences.

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