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AGP - enabling AGP and AGPset

Posted on 1998-01-11
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I'm trying to make some decisions surrounding hardware for a not-so-distant purchase. I'm building my own system. When looking at motherboards I've noticed a distinction between two types of boards, ones that claim to be "AGP enabled" and ones that claim to be an "AGPset". I know enough that I do NOT want a motherboard with a built in AGP chipset... which will force me to use that chipset even as newer AGP chipsets become available (such as AGP 2X and AGP 4X chipsets). So my "guess" would be that "AGP enabled" motherboards have a slot for an AGP card but do not have an AGP chipset on the motherboard while the "AGPset" motherboards have an AGP chipset built onto the motherboard.

Is this correct? Could someone let me know a proof positive way to ensure I won't get stuck with an AGP chipset stuck on the motherboard?

thanks.
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You are correct.  You can also tell by looking.  The AGP capable boards have an AGP connector in the middle of the PCB for the one possible AGP device.  A motherboard with a built in AGP chipset will not have this connected but will still advertise itself as AGP.
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