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One AGP question?

By E-man
Dec 30, 2008
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  1. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +24

    All of the cards out there, with the exception of the Sapphire Toxic and HIS ICEQ3 editions, have the same cooler. So it's more a matter of just choosing one of the other cards..
  2. E-man

    E-man TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 21

    Ok, well i am running a p4 3.2ghz. socket 478. i know the 3850 will bottleneck and would just be a waste of money. but i am wanting to get the highest card with minimum bottlenecking.

    I have found a hd 2600 xt card, is this a good card for my setup? i am currently running a x850 xt. but it won't play shader model 3. so my game i got for xmas won't play. Will i notice any difference in the 2600?
  3. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +24

    Bottlenecking is non-relevant, since games depend far more on a powerful GPU than a CPU, and even with the bottleneck, it will not prevent you from raising graphics options like FSAA etc. So IMO go for the HD 3850.

    As for the 2600XT, it is slower than the HD 3850 and the X1950PRO. I don't see any reason to go with it.
  4. E-man

    E-man TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 21

    Yes, i knew it was slower, but is it faster than a 850? as far as, will i be able to see a difference in gaming? I am hoping to build a new pc soon. Ima skip the 775 socket and go on to the core i7. So i am just needing something a little better than a 850, but not to cause other issues also. I would like to get the 3850, but some reviews on the net said it would cause bottlenecking of the cpu and i would rather take a lesser card of that, but more than the 850 i currently run.
  5. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +24

    The 2600 XT would be a bit better than the X850 XT. You'll see a boost with the 2600 XT, probably most notable in newer games, but it might not be earth-shattering in some older stuff.

    And I agree, if you're saving up for a new system, it makes sense to go with a cheaper card.
  6. E-man

    E-man TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 21

    Thats probably what i will do, if i can get the 2600 at a good price. Is there a hd card between the 2600 and 3650?
  7. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +24

    Not really, no. The 3650 occupies the same place that the 2600 occupied before the mainstream Radeon HD 3xxx series was released.
  8. DaMak420

    DaMak420 TS Rookie Posts: 227

    I had a X1950Pro in my old AGP rig.

    Worked great, system was a dog, but it played Counter Strike : Source with great frame rates, and it chewed WoW up with no problem.

    It would probably suit your needs just fine.
  9. E-man

    E-man TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 21

    u selling that old x1950 damak?
  10. DaMak420

    DaMak420 TS Rookie Posts: 227

    Well this is a perfect example relating to my other post... http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic119623.html

    Unfortunately I am not, nor am I allowed to sell it to you via communication over these forums, even if i were :-(

    I actually still use the rig, well sorta... but it has a TON of my old files on it, and I need to be able to fire it up at a moments notice.
  11. NExUS1g

    NExUS1g TS Rookie

     
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