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|31st August 2006, 23:34||#1|
Join Date: May 2002
AGP Video Card Roundup
Despite what every manufacturer, publication and advert wants to make you believe, AGP is not dead. Almost all of my friends and family still use AGP, much to their dismay, as when they are looking to me for an free upgrade, all I have is PCI Express cards to hand.
If you have a fairly decent AGP rig, with say a 3400+ or 3.2GHz Pentium 4, it's a tough situation to be in, as upgrading will likely involve throwing away most of the components in your system. DDR has moved to DDR2, AGP has moved to PCI Express and most of the CPU sockets have changed too. If you have a Socket 939 AGP system, it's not quite as bad, as you can buy a newer nForce4 board for under £60, but this is a fairly rare situation to be in.
SLI/CrossFire is one of the only real benefits to PCI-E and most games are limited by graphics processing power rather than CPU power, so if you're not looking to go down that route, why not consider sticking with your current system and just buying a new AGP card?
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