Why is ATi's Best Card Only AGP??

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  1. Dalila

    Dalila Stunt Coordinator

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    I am planning on building a new system, I am going to go 64Bit, and will more than likely stick with ABit as my motherboard of choice, since I have had a number of them, and liked them very much.

    Problem is, the higher end mobos are PCIE-16X interface for the video card, not AGP. Which would mean I could not get the X850XT since it's an AGP card.

    I don't understand this decision by ATi, what am I missing here?

    Thanks
     
  2. Clinton McClure

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    AGP slots move data faster than PCI slots, hence AGP is faster than PCI. PCI is also a much older technology than AGP and most of today's high end PCs use the newer faster AGP technology.

    I ran into this problem last summer when I put a video card in my e-machines tower. All of my expansion slots are PCI so I had to find a good PCI card which can play the most current graphics-intense games and is fully DX9 compliant. I finally got a MadDog Conquerer FX 5200+ which uses a nVIDA chipset. Anymore in the PCI world, that's about the best it's gonna get.

    I think most here would agree if you're going to be playing a lot of 3D or graphics-intense games, you might want to look for a good AGP mobo.
     
  3. Dalila

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    No...

    AGP = 8x
    PCIE = 16x and is sli capable
     
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    youre getting pci confused with pci-e, or pci express, which is the new badass video card bus.

    CJ
     
  5. Clinton McClure

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    Sorry, didn't pick up on the PCIE which is faster than AGP. :b I've been up since Sunday morning.

    I thought there were some top end PCIE cards using ATI chipsets. Maybe they haven't hit market yet.
     
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    Yep, I found the PE version too just a little while back thanks. Of course it's not available in the stores I was shopping at lol.
     
  8. Thomas J. Coyle III

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    Dalila,

    Unless you are using your HTPC for gaming, the ATI AGP cards are still the best bet for a quiet HTPC. My ATI 9600XT is very quiet, cost around a $100 now, and is more than adequate for processing DVDs at 1080i. The newer PCI-Express cards can be very noisy unless you use passive cooling which adds to the initial investment.
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    Is there a such thing as a decent PCI (not PCIe) video card. I want to build an HTPC out of some spare parts but he motherboard only has Intel Exteme 2 integrated and no AGP [​IMG]. Would it even make a difference for just playing DVD's (no gaming)?
     

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