July 3rd, 2001, 04:53 PM
PCI vs AGP 4x performance - realistically
Considering the T&L engine's massive bandwidth requirements, is there really any performance difference between AGP and PCI when i'm doing just 800x600 at 32bit?
I have a P3 600E, 320 mb RAM;
ATI Rage Fury AGP2x (not pro)
ATI Radeon 32 mb SDRAM PCI
Will I notice changes in that? I'm buying something today!
July 3rd, 2001, 05:16 PM
Get the AGP, you are "ensuring" your investment.
But realistically, nowdays with video cards with so much RAM on them will not make real use of the AGP bus, offering almost the same performance as PCI, since most of the tasks are made inside the card itself.
But still, AGP is better.
Considering your two options, i guess the Radeon PCI will kick the agp fury's a$$.
My advice, get a Radeon AGP
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July 3rd, 2001, 05:25 PM
Ah... i see. Thanks. Actually, i'm looking for PCI cards because i've read about ATI's new trueform technology that fully optimizes DX8, so i'll get a new PCI card and later this new AGP card. I hope to get dual display running this way.
July 3rd, 2001, 10:55 PM
It's kind a wise decision, since the PCI ATI cards are said the easiest to setup and the most stable for dual-display. I have an ATI 3D Charger PCI I will use as a dual-monitor as soon as I get a new monitor.
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