alright, i'm on a tight budget. i wanna get a card from sapphire tech and i wanna know what card has the best value for money. i look at all these online sites and all they say about sapphires cards is that they bring excellent performance to games, even the 7500's and such which in no way will run any of todays games very well. what i'm trying to ask here is which is the best card i can get for £120?
also will pci express work on agp slots?
pci-express cards dont go in AGP as far as I've been told. there's a small chance I'm wrong, so it would be good for someone to clear that one up.
I'd go for the saphirre 9600, 9600Pro, 9800 or 9800Pro (that's in order of how good they are, crappest to best). Those will range from around 90 quid up to 150, so pick the one you want for your budget. All the pci-e cards are out of your range anyways.
go for 128MbRam
(Original post by Quiksilver)
so pcie is basically just a faster version of agp?
There's other differences as well, including increased power to the slot + serial transmission (I think AGP is parallel although not 100% sure)
Anything developed for PCIe cards or that does a large amount of data/texture swapping should benefit from PCIe
but the thing is to make the most use out of PCIe you gotta put the code in your software. PCIe is just another fad that the market is trying to push upon us. ASUS have been bribed a huge amount to make their new cards PCIe only. The market really want us to start using something we just don't need at the moment. Dont go out of your way to buy a PCIe mobo, i'd wait at least another year before it's remotely worth it.
Tis true the early benchmarks from PCI express aren't as good as we hoped, but it will enivitably replace the AGP interface, there is a big deal out of it as it will be aparrently the same leap in performance as with ISA > PCI. Frankly, i find this hard to beleive seeing as AGP 8x hasn't been used to its full potential.
And yes, PCI will come in a veriety of sized slots, 16x will be for graphics, im not sure about the rest (2x, 4x, 8x etc)