Video Card Upgrade Options For An Older PC With AGP sustain

If you nevertheless have an older PC with AGP sustain the video card options are reducing all the time with PCI-Express being the main standard. This article looks at the best options in AGP for needs of different types of users. I focus on 3 main types including budget, value and gamer and show the best options obtainable for each of these kind of users.

BUDGET USER

If you are on a budget you probably want a card for under $50 that can run Windows 7 do some work, browse the internet, run videos and play a few older games. There are nevertheless some good options that will allow you to do that for less than $50.

FX5500

Considering how old the fx5500 is it surprising that it is nevertheless a good option for someone that is on a budget. It has VGA, DVI and S-Video sustain so you can nevertheless get good quality characterize on many modern LCD and LED Monitors and you can nevertheless already play some good quality older games on it. The downside is that it has limited sustain for Windows 7. The 32bit edition of Windows 7 will run using Window Vista drivers but Windows 7 64bit will not sustain it. The card is nevertheless obtainable new from many online computer shops and auction sites such as eBay for around $30.

6200

This card was the entry level option for series 6 nvidia cards and did not performance well in games. Because the memory bus is only 64bit it lacks the bandwidth required for decent gaming. If gaming is not important it is a good option as the card supports all versions of Windows and the characterize quality is good. Like the FX5500 they are nevertheless easy to find and only cost around $35 to $40.

9550

The 9550 is good budget card that has 128bit memory and complete sustain for Windows 7. Similar to the FX5500 it has DVI, VGA and S-Video sustain and is a bit faster than the FX5500. The card is getting a bit more difficult to find these days. There nevertheless a few computer shops that sell them but eBay is probably the easiest place to find one.

VALUE USER

The value user is someone that does not mind paying over $50 up to $100 if the video delivers the additional performance for the money. In this range you can get better performance out of 3D games and applications that sustain hardware speeding up and get better characterize options such as HDMI and Dual-Link DVI

HD3450

The Radeon HD 3450 series was based on the RV620 GPU and has 64-bit memory bus width which makes the gaming performance not so good. The cards are obtainable in complete height and low-profile cards which is good for many Dell and HP users. It’s a good card if gaming isn’t that important and you want to enhance the characterize and video quality of your PC. The HD 3450 typically supports HDMI so it’s a good option for 1080 characterize.

HD3650

Has similar features to the HD3450 but with 128-bit memory bus width it’s better for gaming. The sustain for HDMI and D-sub ports is also achieved by separate dongles. Beside the DisplayPort implementations, there also exists other characterize output layouts as dual DVI port or DVI with D-sub characterize output layout.

6600 GT

The card performs quite well in its time scoring 8000 3DMark03. It was also about as fast as the higher-end GeForce 6800 when running games without anti-aliasing in most scenarios. The card is a good option for older gaming but lacks HDMI sustain. DVI and VGA are supported though.

7600 GT

Was made to provide a Geforce 7 series card to the mass market. Card manufacturers introduced an AGP version of the card which was one of the few AGP cards in the market including the new, faster, 128bit GDDR3 memory running at 1400MHz. These cards are not much more than the 6600 GT and give a meaningful performance gain.

THE GAMER

For the serious gamer AGP just can’t compete with PCI-Express. PCI-Express has much more bandwidth possible and far greater manufacturer sustain. If you want to squeeze the most out of your AGP system there are nevertheless a few card that can run the latest games. Just don’t expect to be able to set the details to maximum.

7950 GT

The most powerful AGP card obtainable in the Nvidia range. It has a 550 MHz chief clock, 700 MHz (1400 MHz effective) memory clock, 24 pixel shader units, standard configurations come equipped with both 512 MB GDDR3 256bit memory and HDCP sustain. If you like nvidia and want to stick with you AGP system this is the best obtainable.

HD3850

This card is about the most powerful AGP card out there. It has 320 universal shader units, 16 ROPs, and a 256-bit memory bus. The chief clock speed of 668 MHz and a memory clock speed of 828 MHz. Difficult to find but if you want the best option for AGP gaming this is it.

CONCLUSION

The AGP standard may be getting old but you can nevertheless get a lot out of your old system with some of the video cards mentioned in this article.

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