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Old 12-10-2004, 09:56 AM   #1
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Hi everyone, N00b here.
I have a question on graphic cards and AGP slots. Right now i am running an nvidia 100/200 32mb card, its about 3.5yrs old, so its time for a new one. I want to get in on the nvidia 6600gt. I have an ASUS motherboard which has a 4x AGP slot. The 6600gt card says that it Requires AGP 8x slot compliant motherboard:

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...145-107&depa=0

Will this card work in a 4x slot? I obviously dont want to spend the money to find out that it wont work on my system.

Also, my old card is a PCI card, can i keep them both in for better performance, or will the old card just take away from the power of the newer card?

Thanks for the help.
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you can use the 8x in a 4x slot, but it will only operate at 4x speeds.
you can keep both cards in the system, however it will not help, nor hurt the performance of the agp card.
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Old 12-10-2004, 01:15 PM   #3
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I dont care that it will work at slower speeds as long as it works. And that i dont screw anythign else up. Will it be stable or unstable? I read in some places that many cards can be unstable if not placed in the correct slot.
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not correct, 8x cards are backwards compatible with 4x slots.
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Thanks for the help. I think i may dive in and grab it very soon.
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Don't get it. If your MOBO is only AGP 4X, you will be wasting money on a card that will only bottleneck your AGP Bus big time. If you wan't a good card, go for the 5700 Ultra or 5900 series, nothing more for AGP4X, otherwise bottlenecking occurs.

Also, that 6600 is a "Chaincrap" card. Chaintech suks big time. I have blown 9 of their cards during my lifetime, and only no eVGAs (excluding my 5 eVGA that blew in SLi, but that was MOBO defect)

Go with this card, although it isn't eVGA, PNY is also extremely good as well: This card saves you some money, is an Ultra Edition, and has very good base cooling as well. It is a bit pricy for a 5700, but then again, it is PNY and it is an Ultra.

http://www.futurepowerpc.com/scripts...7UAPB&REFID=PW

GL either way. BTW, if you still want to go with the 6600GT (which is fine), go with this one.

http://www.gameve.com/gve/store/prod...ku=VC-EVGA-055

or this one-

http://www.gameve.com/gve/store/prod...ku=VC-EVGA-056
This card however, is inferior to the one you have above. Go with the card I listed before this one.
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Old 12-10-2004, 09:03 PM   #7
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stop bragin about your stuff u keep doing that in these post.
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Old 12-10-2004, 10:38 PM   #8
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Don't get it. If your MOBO is only AGP 4X, you will be wasting money on a card that will only bottleneck your AGP Bus big time. If you wan't a good card, go for the 5700 Ultra or 5900 series, nothing more for AGP4X, otherwise bottlenecking occurs.

Also, that 6600 is a "Chaincrap" card. Chaintech suks big time. I have blown 9 of their cards during my lifetime, and only no eVGAs (excluding my 5 eVGA that blew in SLi, but that was MOBO defect)

Go with this card, although it isn't eVGA, PNY is also extremely good as well: This card saves you some money, is an Ultra Edition, and has very good base cooling as well. It is a bit pricy for a 5700, but then again, it is PNY and it is an Ultra.

http://www.futurepowerpc.com/scripts...7UAPB&REFID=PW

GL either way. BTW, if you still want to go with the 6600GT (which is fine), go with this one.

http://www.gameve.com/gve/store/prod...ku=VC-EVGA-055

or this one-

http://www.gameve.com/gve/store/prod...ku=VC-EVGA-056
This card however, is inferior to the one you have above. Go with the card I listed before this one.
Here again you answer another question to which you haven't a clue. I'll take the 6600gt over my 5950 ultra any day, it outperforms in every way, and supports shader 3.0. It doesn't matter what 8x card you put in a 4x slot, it still will not perform like it should, but at least he will have the card when he upgrades boards. Last and not least, why do you assume they are getting a chaintech, chaintech is not the only one who makes the card.
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...150-080&depa=1
This person is asking for help, not assumptions, again I wish you would get your shit straight before shooting off at the mouth.
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Ok guys, no need for fighting. I am just asking questions and i'll take everyones advice into account b4 making a move on anything. Thanks for the help so far...And the reason he was saying chaintek is cr@p is b/c i posted a link to a chaintek card. I dont know much about these manufactureres so if one is better than another that advice will be greatly noted.

So heres where i stand right now. The 6600GT in PCI Express is cheaper than in AGP. However, if i get the card in PCI Express i will have to upgrade my motherboard (obviously), which its over 2 yrs old so i dont totally mind doing that, especially since i would be able to get a cheaper video card (and its also better in PCI E version). Someone told me yesterday though that if i upgrade my motherboard, i will also have to upgrade my memory as a PCI Express mobo only runs DDR2 memory. Therefore i lose my 512mb of DDR memory plus my motherboard. Is this true? Can i not use my old memory on a PCI E mobo? And how expensive is the DDR2 memory? Is there anything else i would have to upgrade in order to use the PCI E mobo? Is it worth going through all this trouble or should i just stick the 6600GT AGP in my 4x slot on my old board and scrap the rest of this mess?

Why do upgrades have to be so complicated....
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