Best AGP Card Made?

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  1. BLEH!

    BLEH! Ancient Guru

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    As some of you may know I'm a bit of a sucker for older hardware. Built myself a reasonably powerful "old" PC for playing "old" games on, and I'm constantly looking to improve the thing, as with my main rig.

    So todays question:

    What was the best GFX card (up to about 2004/2005) made for AGP?

    Current card is a Radeon 9800 Pro 128 MB, motherboard has an X8 AGP slot. I'm open to nVidia or ATi cards, and overclocking as well.

    Cheers

    BLEH!
     
  2. illdrag0n

    illdrag0n Master Guru

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    im guessing the 6800 Ultra or 7900GS/GTX off the top of my head. Maybe some sort of X1900/950 or X1800
     
  3. iako

    iako Ancient Guru

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    Best NV I think was the Gainward Bliss 7800GS+ 512MB, which was actually a 7900GT with an AC Silencer on it.. great card ..think I still have one sitting in a drawer somewhere :p

    ATI made an HD3650 for AGP too..
     
  4. Atlas

    Atlas Maha Guru

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    The best card made is the AMD HD5770 AFAIK, but that one is too new.
     

  5. kanej2007

    kanej2007 Ancient Guru

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    +1. The Radeon 9800 Pro 128Mb was my first major pc gpu bought for gaming.

    Even though it was only 128Mb in size it managed to play Half-Life 2/ Counter-Strike Source fully maxed at 60fps... :D

    At the time I had around 512ddr2 ram & a $hitty AMD Athlon X2 Dual-Core 2400 2.3GHz... :)
     
  6. BLEH!

    BLEH! Ancient Guru

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    7800GS+ is a bit pricey, 6800's seem reasonably priced though, might go for one of those.

    Tempted to swap the Athlon XP for a Pentium 4 3.2 HT (Socket 478 version) as well, cos they seem to have a little more oomph to them, at the expense of the extra heat ofc. Advantage being I can get a decent aftermarket cooler for those, my Socket 462 board is missing the holes to mount most aftermarket coolers they made for it annoyingly.
     
  7. Hemectu

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    Oh nm I miss-read the request... :bang:

    I'll just leave this here for ****s and giggles, thought you were looking for a new card to upgrade your old system.

    This one looks nice.
    1 gig of Ram, dunno how much is actually useful.
    But it has current connectors - HDMI, DVI, D-Sub.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161337

    If you go with this card there seems to be a hotfix you need with the regular driver for it - look for = 10-7_agp-hotfix_xp32_dd_ccc.exe
     
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    Pill Monster Banned

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    An Athlon XP should blow away a P4 from memory...

    Which core do you have?
     
  9. BLEH!

    BLEH! Ancient Guru

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    I'm basically looking for a "new-old" card if that makes sense. Something second hand a bit better than my 9800 Pro.

    @ Pill Monster:

    It's an Athlon XP 3200+ @stock.
    2GB of DDR @ 400 MHz

    Problem being my board doesn't have the mounting holes used by many of the aftermaket coolers so trying to OC it would be rather risky.
     
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    It's a Barton. :)

    My parents have my old Abit An7 nF2 rig, it has a 2800 XP Barton and I also threw in a Radeon 9600 so they could watch movies and stuff.

    Makes a great internet surfing/Youtube MS Office system..
    It's nice to see perfectly good older hardware being used instead of going to waste...
     
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    iako Ancient Guru

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    @bleh!

    Ygpm
     
  13. BLEH!

    BLEH! Ancient Guru

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    Benches suggest that the P4 ain't too much better than the AthXP, but a 6600GT/6800GT or similar would give the GFX a nice kick up the ass. Cheers for the input folks.
     
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    sovietdoc Master Guru

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    I still have my 9800XT somewhere.

    With arctic cooing silcencer and some copper ram heatsinks.
     
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    RE: AGP ....I can't remember exactly which card it is, but it's definitely an ATI.

    Maybe a 3 series possibly,.. Google it.
     
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  16. aircool

    aircool Don Aircooleone Staff Member

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    Beast of a card, and the IQ was superb.

    Slapped one of those flower Zalmann coolers on in it the end (VF900-Cu iirc).
     
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    I use a Matrox Millennium G550 AGP in my dual PIII system. There are more than two video card companies.
     
  18. BLEH!

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    Looking at benches that thing is only half as powerful as my old GeForce MX 400, and that was a terrible card.
     
  19. AbjectBlitz

    AbjectBlitz Ancient Guru

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    I have a Gainward Bliss 7800GS+ 512MB in the cupboard that has been gathering dust for many years.. want it for a few peanuts?

    Used to play company of heroes maxed out with it. The card is an amazing clocker it uses a 7900 core chip not a 7800.
     
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    X1950 ?

    @ Pill Monster

    That would be the 3850, made in 2007 I think.
     

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