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AGP card to support LCD monitors?

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  1. asdfght5

    asdfght5 Thread Starter

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    I have a Pentium 4 motherboard (Asus P4T) that has an AGP 4X slot. I'd like to use this PC with an LCD monitor with a resolution of 1440X900 or perhaps 1680X1050.

    Is there an AGP 4X video card out there that will support those resolutions? Preferably with VGA and DVI outputs.

    Thanks.

    Steve
     
  2. WarC

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    Any AMD Radeon 9x00, HD, X1x00 or later generation card will operate at those resolutions or higher in an AGP format. Anything in the 6x00 series or later for Nvidia AGP cards. You could go for the Quadro or FireGLs...But those are highly overpriced essentially identical workstation versions of those cards.

    From there its a matter of choosing how much GPU processing power you want - that will depend on how much you game or if you want to watch movies on the thing with hardware decoding.
     
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    asdfght5 Thread Starter

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    Thanks WarC.

    Tiger direct sells the Diablotek Radeon 9000 video card at http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2174317&CatId=318.

    I looked at the specs for the ATI Radeon 9000 chip set at http://ati.amd.com/products/radeon9000/radeon9000pro/specs.html and found that neither of the two common LCD resolutions I listed are shown in that chip set's specs. The chip set does support 1024X768, which I need for my existing monitor until I can make the transition to the bigger monitor.

    Am I misreading the chip set spec?

    Thanks.
     
  4. WarC

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    The 9000 labeled card within that generation was the lowest spec available. Sometimes that means that they will cripple the card inorder to entice people into the higher price points. I do not recall it specifically but it would not surprise me if they limited the resolution on that guy. You might want to move up in that generation.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131078

    This guy would set you up nice at a performance point a little better than the 9000.
     
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    The important number to consider is the maximum resolution available, in this case 2048x1536. The card can scale to any resolution within the maximum, based on what the monitor "tells it" what it can use, so to speak.
     
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