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The Best Gaming Graphics Cards for the Money: March 2008

AGP Interface

Best AGP Card for Under $100

Radeon HD 2600 PRO
CodenameRV630
Process65 nm
Universal Shaders128
Texture Units8
ROPs4
Memory Bus128 bit
Core Speed MHz600
Memory Speed MHz500 (1000 effective)
DirectX / Shader ModelDX 10 / SM 4.0

In this category we're recommending the low-priced Radeon 2600 PRO. This card is almost as fast as the older Geforce 7600, but can now be found for less than $100 on the aging AGP bus. At that price, it's a good buy.

Best AGP Card for ~$120

Radeon HD 2600 XT
CodenameRV630
Process65 nm
Universal Shaders128
Texture Units8
ROPs4
Memory Bus128 bit
Core Speed MHz800
Memory Speed MHz700 (1400 effective)
DirectX / Shader ModelDX 10 / SM 4.0

The 2600 XT is relatively new to the AGP scene, but almost as cheap as its PCI-E cousin. This is a decently fast DirectX 10 card available for AGP, and surprisingly offers a great deal of performance at the $120 price point.

Be forewarned that it's been reported the official ATI drivers don't work with the AGP version of this card, but that the modified Omega drivers work fine.

  • i have ati 9550 and im gonna buy the agp 8x 3850 512mb radeon, i was trying to figure out how many fps i will get with the change of these cards iv got my pc overclock at 3.000 mhz i got 800 fsb i got 1.5gig ram 3200 and got that overclock from 400mhz to 440mhz and i use a ram releaseso ram never runs out, at the moment i got the 9550 ati over clocked from 250 core too 420 and memory from 200 to 230,
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  • Goatlips
    Cheers Woli.

    I should be able to see a massive improvement for just £45 if I replace my original GeForce FX 5500 (256MB) with a 8600 GT 512MB or 8600 GTS 256MB...But which is best, a 512MB GT or a 256MB GTS?

    Anything else I'd need to improve for under £50? Anything else I need to know?

    ...Anyone?
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