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Phoking
07-10-04, 01:54 AM
Hi im new to the forum and i had a question about agp slots..

I was planning on buying a 6800GT but am hesitant because my motherboard is only 4X AGP. Will this make a significant difference in performance compared to 8X? Also, should I consider upgrading to 1 ghz of memory? (currently at 512 MB)

p.s. Nvidia rox! :clap:

rewt
07-10-04, 01:57 AM
Hmm. 4x - 8x didn't make much difference a year ago but maybe with these super powerfull cards it just might?? About the RAM, every extra little bit helps, especially for gaming :)

ChrisRay
07-10-04, 01:59 AM
Well I noticed going from 512 to 1 Gig of Memory made a huge difference in the games I play..

rewt
07-10-04, 02:01 AM
BTW, welcome to nV News Phoking! :D

Clay
07-10-04, 02:02 AM
Agreed, especially in FarCry. You need 1GB for FarCry to really run well IMO.

Phoking
07-10-04, 02:02 AM
I really dont wanna spend $400 for a new gt if its gunna be choked by the mobo.. but i will probably upgrading my memory soon even though rambus is expensive as a mother. or i could just get a new mobo and get cheap ram...

dang u guys replied hella fast for 12 in the morning lol.. thnx rewt :)

rewt
07-10-04, 02:05 AM
yeah us geeks stay up early here LOL

JayrodTremonki
07-10-04, 02:21 AM
not sure how fast rambus is up to, but 512MBs of 3200 in dual channel seems to be enough for most people on intel setups at least. Look at the top 3dmark systems =\

Amuro
07-10-04, 02:22 AM
http://www.hardwarezone.com/articles/view.php?cid=3&id=604&pg=

The difference is less than 1% when they tested it on the Radeon 9700 Pro a year ago, however tests on the much less powerful SiS Xabre 400 had up to 4% increase in performance using the AGP 8x interface over AGP 4x. The more video Ram your card has, the less the difference is since it does not need to access system memory via the AGP interface as often.

Phoking
07-10-04, 02:27 AM
cool, thnx Amuro. I was hoping to upgrade my system before doom 3 is released, which should be sometime in august. So ill prob buy a GT first and test doom 3 before doing anything else.

Jayrod, rambus memory is weird.. i read about it a while ago but forgot. but it's pretty damn expensive so it should be pretty fast :P

*i just hope that running the new games with high AA and AF wont get choked by the 4X*

nvnews-reader
07-10-04, 07:44 AM
I have a 4x AGP. I don't think it matters. The slowdown to access main memory is so large that games avoid main memory at all cost.

I don't think agp/pci bus speeds will matter until 32x pcie comes out and a standard cpu like memory interface is built into GPU's and that won't happen until DX10.

Slyder
07-10-04, 07:50 AM
Well I noticed going from 512 to 1 Gig of Memory made a huge difference in the games I play..

Ditto.

gate1975mlm
07-10-04, 09:48 AM
Hi im new to the forum and i had a question about agp slots..

I was planning on buying a 6800GT but am hesitant because my motherboard is only 4X AGP. Will this make a significant difference in performance compared to 8X? Also, should I consider upgrading to 1 ghz of memory? (currently at 512 MB)

p.s. Nvidia rox! :clap:

4X should be just fine!

Mithan
07-10-04, 05:05 PM
Your memory matters, your AGP speed doesn't matter.

You wont see a difference going from 4x to 8x. Try running 3dmark03 sometime to see.

I had my motherboard set at 4x so my old 9700 Pro wouldn't crash in Call of Duty. When I picked up 6800 GT from eVGA last monday, I forgot to put it back to 8x. Well, when I finally remembered, it made no difference in FarCry.

In short, don't worry about AGP 8x, just like PCI-Express, it wont be used for a while. Doom 3 and Half Life 2 will only use it if they add a high resolution texture pack that takes full advantage of 256 meg cards.

MontoyaSG
07-10-04, 09:27 PM
it's more of a marketing gimmick IMO

Phoking
07-10-04, 10:45 PM
sounds great guys, now i just need to get over the fact that i will potentially be dropping $400 on a new video card especially when tuition is going to be due very soon. :)