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vaio woes

By metalring
Dec 27, 2006
  1. So I have a Sony Vaio as I posted in another thread. 3.2Ghz P.4 HT, 1.5Gb ram, and no PCIe slots. Would buying an ATI Radeon x1600 pro 512mb AGP be a waste? Can I do anything as far as upgrading for better gaming performance?
     
  2. Sharkfood

    Sharkfood TS Guru Posts: 1,198

    There are many, many great performing AGP videocards so you are in great shape. Heck, they even make an X1950 Pro in AGP form now. ;)

    The main consideration will be your stock Sony power supply. You may have to actually open the case and inspect the sticker to figure out what wattage it has as well as amperage per rail. Most power supplies have a little sticker with rails and wattage output. Things like 12v1-15A, 12v2-18A means it has two 12v rails with 15 amps and 18 amps, etc.etc. Newer 3d cards draw a lot of juice and you need enough power to drive a new fancy 3d card.

    Newer VAIOs- some had pretty decent power supplys (300-350W) which can add a decent 3d card for performance. If you have an intended budget and can get your power supply specs, we can assist you in choices for agp cards- which are indeed quite powerful for even the most demanding games out there.
     
  3. metalring

    metalring TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 23

    awesome, thank you very much. I'll be posting those specs when I get home tonight. I actually wasnt aware of the x1950 in AGP, I thought the highest AGP was the x1600 nowaday, gotta look into that. Will post soon.
     
  4. metalring

    metalring TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 23

    Ok I checked the power supply label and it saw no more than 209W so yeah, I need a new one. Also I was reading on the x1950 pro AGP and I'm having a bit or a problem finding it. I read that from Sapphire there's supposedly a 512mb one out, but I could only fine another one of 256mb, I forget the manufacturer.
     
  5. Sharkfood

    Sharkfood TS Guru Posts: 1,198

    Sapphire has a 512mb model out, but it's currently sold out- Christmas was a real sell out for aftermarket 3d cards lol:
    http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=326860

    HIS I believe and VisionTek also have X1950 Pro AGP's. Honestly though, the 256mb to 512mb wont make much of a difference unless you plan to play Doom3 engine games in their "Ultra" mode, or play Everquest-II with the Maximum texture mode. I don't know of anything else that will exceed the 256mb model (at current...).

    The first order of business though is to find out if your case/motherboard can take a standard ATX power supply. This might be a better question for Sony. If I find any specific info, I'll reply back.

    As you can see, you have a lot of ceiling to upgrade. AGP is still alive and kicking. :)
     
  6. metalring

    metalring TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 23

    Hey thanks a lot Shark, I'm gonna contact Sony about upgrading the power supply, thanks a lot for the help!
     
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