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PCI vs AGP Video

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Bronson7, Dec 18, 2004.

  1. Bronson7


    May 19, 2002
    I have a micro atx board with integrated video (MN31N Shuttle) and am plannig to install a video card. What are the pros and cons of each and how are they different other than the slots used? Thanks
  2. fastvfr

    fastvfr Ancient Tech

    Mar 28, 2001
    SW Oregon
    Your PCI bus has 33MHz of bandwidth.

    AGP has 66MHz.

    PCI Extreme is a whole different kettle of fish; though it isn't any better than the AGP 8X slot presently it may be more scalable in the future. Also some newer Intel 915 and 925 chipset boards and PCI-E cards support the new SLI (Scalable Link Interface) that uses two cards in series for twice the theoretical throughput.

    NEVER use a standard PCI solution if there is an AGP slot available. There isn't one application that might benefit from this, as they are far, far slower and have crappy GPU's on them.

    I keep an old PNY GeForce 2 MX400 PCI card on hand for teching, since I can use it to access a board with a bad AGP driver or where the main gfx card is dead...but it is mostly useless outside of that application!!

    If your board supports a 2X or better slot, then it's AGP all the way.