AGP - 4x bottleneck?

By Vee
Dec 28, 2004
  1. Now Ive done as much searching and reading as I could to try to keep this from being too ignorant a question.. But.

    My motherboard has AGP 4x. I have seen several sites claim that 8x is the standard for video cards now. Does this mean if I get a card that wants to use 8x it will only run at half its available speed? Or is the difference between running 4x and 8x negligable (Ive noticed a few people have 8x compatibility run at 4x to avoid lockups/instability?)

    PS: The card I will most likely get is a radeon 9600 or slightly above. (ie not strapped for cash but not fanatical gamer)

    Thanks in advance,

  2. young&wild

    young&wild TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 993

    IMHO, In the real world, running a card at 4X besides 8x wont have a little or no degradation in terms of performance. Why? This is because there not many or no games at all that can make full use of the 8x bandwidth. If I were in your situation, I will still continue to keep the 4x motherboard and upgrade to Radeon 9600 without any hesitation.
  3. Vee

    Vee TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I was hoping to run dawn of war (once i upgrade ram to 512 as well) I doubt Ill be going any higher performance wise than this for quite some time..


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