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AGP -vs- PCI

Posted on 2002-05-11
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In a system which has PCI slots as well as an AGP slot, is it better to install an AGP video card or a PCI card, and why(given no costs concerns at all).

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by:rayt333
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AGP is better because it can handle the data much faster then the PCI slot can.
AGP is based on PCI, but is designed especially for the throughput demands of 3-D graphics. Rather than using the PCI bus for graphics data, AGP introduces a dedicated point-to-point channel so that the graphics controller can directly access main memory. The AGP channel is 32 bits wide and runs at 66 MHz. This translates into a total bandwidth of 266 MBps , as opposed to the PCI bandwidth of 133 MBps. AGP also supports two optional faster modes, with throughputs of 533 MBps and 1.07 GBps. In addition, AGP allows 3-D textures to be stored in main memory rather than video memory.
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by:dbrunton
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For normal office use PCI.  A word processor, spreadsheet, etc have no need for AGP.

For gaming use AGP (that's it main purpose in life) and only if your games support AGP.
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by:Wakeup
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Well, AGP is the way to go no matter what especially if money is no object.  Sure why not?!  And PCI is older technology.  If money were an object then I would agree with Dbrunton, but according to your question you say if given no cost concerns at all...  On that note, go the route of AGP.  
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Great info!! Thanks to Wakeup and all.
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Pallidin no prob....anytime!
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