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XyZspineZyX
07-27-2003, 04:29 AM
I'm thinking of upgrading my motherboard since I have a new video card. I've been looking at borads that support 8x AGP and use the Nivida Nforce2 chipset. Does anyone have an idea of what to expect in frome going from 4x to 8x? Here's what I'm running.

windows XP
ATI 9700 pro
512 2700 ddr
AMD barton 2500

XyZspineZyX
07-27-2003, 04:29 AM
I'm thinking of upgrading my motherboard since I have a new video card. I've been looking at borads that support 8x AGP and use the Nivida Nforce2 chipset. Does anyone have an idea of what to expect in frome going from 4x to 8x? Here's what I'm running.

windows XP
ATI 9700 pro
512 2700 ddr
AMD barton 2500

XyZspineZyX
07-27-2003, 04:31 AM
From what I've read MAYBE a 2% increase with an 8x board.

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XyZspineZyX
07-27-2003, 04:42 AM
Just stay away fromteh ASUS A7N8X AMD boards!

Major pain in the butt and a very small percentage work out of the box. I sent mine back three times before I got one that would even boot then I still had to fight with it and patch the hell out of it to get it to work.

From what I have read on the fourms I was lucky!

XyZspineZyX
07-27-2003, 04:44 AM
I'd also steer clear of the NForce chipset.. lot of compatability issues with it I hear. Stick with Intel chipset for best performance.

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XyZspineZyX
07-27-2003, 05:03 AM
I just bought the ASUS P4C Deluxe, using a 2.4ghz processor.
This mobo is the new 800FSB. The processor i am using is only a 533FSB, but was all i could afford at the time. i am also using a radeon 9600pro (again lack of $$ for the 9700\9800)
Whats good about the board is that i will be able to just upgrade my processor when the time comes and the mobo will still handle it up to 3.2MHZ processor with the 800fsb to boot /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif I have always been a Intel\Nvidia combo type guy,i think it works good for me.

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XyZspineZyX
07-27-2003, 05:04 AM
Nforce2 chipset is what I own. It is without question the best for AMD based systems as for the benchmarks show. I would imagine its just as good for Intel based systems.


As for 8x v 4x. AGP 4x transfers bandwith at 1.05GB/s while AGP 8x transfers bandwith at 2.1GB/s. But here is the thing, the extra bandwith does you no good if the game you are playing doesnt require it or can not utilize it. As it stands now no games available on the market can take advantage of 8x AGP. Although it still nice to have for future games. Because they will take full advantage of the extra bandwith. Maybe Lock-On, but I'd say Half Life2 will probably be the first.


Another thing to consider is Nvidia is launching partners with more and more developers and/or publishers. Which means just as games are designed to be played best with Creative sound cards. They will be designed to play best with Nvidia based products.


On a side note...PCI Express will be available in the future. Which is being spearheaded to be launched with the new Pentium 5 (code name Prescott). PCI will transfer bandwith at 8GB/s.


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