AGP x4 or X8

  Gigs 15:20 12 Nov 2006

I have a V333DA motherboard which supports up to AGP X4. My current graphics card is a Radeon Sapphire 9600pro which I think is AGP X8 and runs OK. I am thinking of buying an NVIDIA 6600GT card which I understand is also AGP X8.
My question is:- Am I correct in thinking that AGP X8 runs OK runs on my AGP X4 MOBO (it seems to if my thinking on my current card is right) and would the 6600GT be a better performer than my 9600pro.

  Stuartli 15:23 12 Nov 2006

AGPx8 cards run OK on most AGPx4 boards - in addition the speed rating is not, as it would appear, linear.

  Gigs 15:29 12 Nov 2006

Thanks for that. Any thoughts on upgrading to the card I've mentioned?

  Gigs 16:19 12 Nov 2006


  Terry Brown 16:51 12 Nov 2006

As your motherboard is rated as AGP 4, that is the fasted it will go.

  Gigs 17:15 12 Nov 2006

OK Terry, are you saying there will be no improvement with that card?

  Totally-braindead 17:16 12 Nov 2006

The 6600GT would be a significant improvement over the 9600XT which was a good card in its day. click here
Only thing check your power supply will handle it.

  Totally-braindead 17:17 12 Nov 2006

I wouldn't worry about the 4x 8x thing you won't notice much difference in my opinion.

  Gigs 19:12 12 Nov 2006

Thank you very much for that opinion. In view of that I think I will give one a go. I believe my psu is a 350 so will probably have to upgrade.
Thanks again.

  Totally-braindead 19:52 12 Nov 2006

Gigs if you have the money to get a branded power supply rather than a cheap one do so. Also get a modular one if you can. Modular power supplies just allow you to remove cables you don't need and it makes installing them a lot easier as theres not so many cables hanging about. Better for cooling as well as theres less cables to block the airflow.

  Gigs 12:12 13 Nov 2006

Very much appreciate the advice. You have been a great help.

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