AGP graphics cards: Will an 8x work on 4x M/board

  Flopper 14:35 21 Nov 2003
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I am upgrading my graphics card to an NVidia GeForce 4MX 440 64 mb or 128mb version from a GeForce 2 MX 32mb card.
The m/board I am (possibly) buying takes up to 4x and is 'AGP 2.0 compliant' (whatever that means). My question is: will an 8x card work properly on a 4x motherboard, or will it 'downclock' or should I buy a card that does not specify any speed ?

  Flopper 14:43 21 Nov 2003

Thanx for that.
In terms of performance in modern games, ie, Wolfenstein, MOH, etc, to the naked eye will there be a significant performance 'deficit' if the card does not run at it's full potential, ie, runs at 4x rather than 8x. The main reason for me upgrading to a better motherboard, bigger chip and graphics card is so I can play these games in all their glory rather than having to crank the settings down because my current system is not powerful enough.

  hugh-265156 14:54 21 Nov 2003

you wont notice any difference between x4 and x8

an mx440 unfortunatly,will not be a vast improvement over your current card though.so you may not get the boost your hoping for.

a fx5200 would be a better buy i think.

  Flopper 15:06 21 Nov 2003

Thanks for the info everybody.
To huggyg71 in particular, if I go from a GeForce 2 32mb card to a GeForce 4 128 mb card will I see the 'boost' I want, bearing in mind I am going (hopefully) from a P3 600EB to a P3 1 Ghz, and possibly from 256mb 133 SDRam to 384mb of the same ?
If not I might as well save my pennies and go for a P4 setup.

  hugh-265156 15:49 21 Nov 2003

sorry Flopper,dont listen to me.the mx440 128 will of course be faster than your geforce 2,you will notice a difference between them.coupled with a faster cpu then more so.

i still think an fx5200 would be better though.

an mx440 128 card will set you back around £45-50(direct x8 and older technology) you can pick up the fx5200 card(direct x9 and newer technology) for around the same price.

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