AGP needed to die just saying 4x 8x speed compared to PCI-E x16 is quite a leap and with out the death of AGP we would not be where we are today.sapo joe said:
My system is equipped with 8gb of DDR2, and I really think this programmed obsolescence of RAM and computer peripherals is a great sh*t. Why change agp to PCI express, why change CPU sockets? TO SELL MORE MOTHERBOARDS AND MAKE YOU BUY AN ENTIRE PC. The performance gains are small, and really, they shouldn't have to change the connections to use newer technology.
Not changing memory here until I think I must.
Actually I came across my first RAM physical size change last year in a school where I was told they have DDR3 RAM, turns out the motherboards where proprietary and featured laptop sized DDR3 RAM, it actually made sense to me to do that because I always run into issues with heatsinks bumping into the RAM sticks.sngx1275 said:
AGP, when it was killed off, still had sufficient bandwidth to take games developed a few years after PCIe came out. But it isn't good enough now, so yes, AGP had to die. I actually bought a board (ASRock Dual-VSTA) that accepted a C2D and an AGP card (and DDR RAM too) because I wanted a new processor but wasn't ready to kill off my $215 7800GS AGP card. So there are some niche solutions for those stuck with expensive but old technology.
On a much less technical note. I kind of wish they'd change the physical length of the RAM. Every so often you hear of someone forcing RAM of the wrong type on a motherboard and causing damage. I don't understand the necessity for keeping the length of desktop RAM the same since at least the mid 90s (I don't have much expierence with RAM in machines older than about 93 or 94).