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AGP vs 4xAGP

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by bbsan, Sep 4, 2004.

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  1. bbsan

    bbsan Thread Starter

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    I've finally begun building my 'real' computer - glad to be rid of the Frankenstein thing I'm currently using. You may recall the MoBo is warped.

    Anyway, on to my new computer:

    I went to seat the video card and the slot sits too far back for my AGP card. MoBo manual says I need a 4xAGP card.

    Aside from the physical shape, clearly the 4x is longer, what are the other differences between AGP and 4xAGP?

    Yes, I could put an old card in a PCI slot, but I don't want to.


    Intel 845E Chipset
    2.80Ghz
    4x AGP slot
    ATX (you knew that)

    Thanks, kids. As always, I pay in chocolate.

    bb
     
  2. joemcse

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    AGP2x offers 533 MB/s, by transferring data at the rising as well as the falling edge of the clock. The new addition called AGP4x doubles this bandwidth another time to 1066 MB/s.
     
  3. Skivvywaver

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    The voltages are also different. It won't work. New boards have a 1.5v slot, and the old ones were 3.3v.
    If the card doesn't line up with the board installed, consider it a red flag.
     
  4. bbsan

    bbsan Thread Starter

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    Thanks, kids. If you think of anything else, let me know.

    Right, if the card doesn't line up, it won't fit anyway, so there's no mistake there. I love these idiot proof gadgets, just wish I'd read up on the diffrences in cards, B4 I bought the thing.

    Any other surprises I need to know about? I read in another thread that I might have to reinstall XP. That pains me.
     
  5. bbsan

    bbsan Thread Starter

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    Okay, I'm studying TigerDirect for a new card.

    All the AGP cards are 3 slotted. Has the AGP card evolved that much? Can I assume the 3 slotted AGP is now standard?
     
  6. Skivvywaver

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    Yes, pretty much. They have universal slots. If you look where the card snaps in, you will most likely have only 1 divider but the cards are made to be backwards compatable.
     
  7. bbsan

    bbsan Thread Starter

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    Ah. Okay.

    Problem is, the old card is about a half inch too short for the board, if I managed to seat it, the bracket sits about half an inch INSIDE the board. It almost looks like the socket is backwards.

    Oh well, for all this trouble, I should just buy a new card.

    Thanks!
     
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