I have made an observation recently regarding DirectX 9 and upgrading DX 8.1 systems to support the new API. I just wanted to say it out loud and get some opinions back on whether I am right or not.
1. At first I was reluctant to switch to DX 9, since I knew my ATI Radeon 7500 didn't support the new features. But then games started requiring DX9 so I upgraded. It seems to work fine on my dual-boot Win98/Win2000 Pentium III machine. QUESTION: can just about any DX 8.1 card work with DX 9?
2. In shopping around for a DX 9-compliant video card, they all seem to be AGP x8. My motherboard only supports AGP x4 cards. Does this mean I have to upgrade my mainboard as well? Are there any AGP x4 cards that support DX 9?
I have been combing the web reviews and tech sites, but haven't really found answers. Thanks in advance for any input.
Yes I know. I am currently building an AMD XP 1800 (1.6 GHz) system. It's not the latest, but a heck of a lot better than a P3 550 MHz. But the new mainboard (MIS K7t Turbo2) only goes up to AGP x4, hence my query.
But you both have answered them: yes any card can work with DX 9 and I can cram an AGP x8 card into that x4 slot). Thanks!
No current cards need more than AGP4x to provide optimal performance.
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