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Best Gaming Graphcis Cards For The Money: AGP Interface

The Best Gaming Graphics Cards for the Money: March 2007
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Best AGP Card For Under $100

GeForce 6600 GT

Codename: NV43
Process: 100 nm
Pixel Shaders: 8
Vertex Shaders: 3
Texture Units: 8
ROPs: 4
Memory Bus: 128-bit
Core Speed MHz: 500
Memory Speed MHz: 450 (900 effective)

The eight-pipeline 6600 architecture has proven itself in the GeForce 6600 GT. This card has finally breached the $100 mark and is a great option for AGP. Be wary of the 6600 and 6600LE, which are not nearly as fast as the GT version of the card.

Best AGP Card For ~$120: Tie

Radeon X1650 PRO

Codename: R530
Process: 80 and 90 nm
Pixel Shaders: 12
Vertex Shaders: 5
Texture Units: 4
ROPs: 4
Memory Bus: 128-bit
Core Speed MHz: 600
Memory Speed MHz: 700 (1400 effective)

The X1650 PRO is a re-dressed X1600 XT with slightly higher clock speeds. The very high-speed memory for this class and efficient shaders help the X1650 PRO compare well to the 12-pipeline 7600 GS, beating it by a small margin in most benchmarks.

GeForce 7600 GS

Codename: G73
Process: 90 nm
Pixel Shaders: 12
Vertex Shaders: 5
Texture Units: 12
ROPs: 8
Memory Bus: 128-bit
Core Speed MHz: 400
Memory Speed MHz: 400 (800 effective)

With identical features compared to its faster 7600 GT brethren, the 7600 GS lacks only the core and memory clock speeds-however, the GT's clock speeds are so high that the GS pales in comparison. Nevertheless, the 7600 GS is a good performer in this AGP segment.

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