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Fathom Zero
Mar 17th, 2008, 12:24 PM
AGP, PCI, or PCI-E? I have a Dell Dimension 4550 that I want to put back together and it has neither an AGP nor PCI-E slot. Just a few PCI slots.

In the long run, would it be better to go from the ground up with a new computer using AGP or the SLI-capable PCI-E cards or get an all-around compatible PCI card? I noticed that the PCI cards are smaller, which would help me in the future when building an HTPC.

Fathom Zero
Mar 17th, 2008, 01:14 PM
Nevermind, I realize after a bit more research that it would be better to invest in PCI-E as PCI and AGP are old standards. Still, I'm not the one that's buying it, so I'll get an 8800 GT later.

MetalMilitia
Mar 17th, 2008, 02:48 PM
Talking of video cards I'm pissed that Nvidia are launching a new generation of cards - the 9 series - and all they are, are basically 8900s (8800s with slightly higher clocks).

I mean the 9800GX2 is somewhat interesting but it's beaten by two 8800GTs in SLI which you could pick up at a cheaper price.

I just can't understand why they would use the 9XXX name when they are clearly 8XXX cards. All I can think of is that they want the 10000 series name for the next architecture because it's actually next-gen and calling it the Geforce 1000 would be kind of cool.

Fathom Zero
Mar 17th, 2008, 05:15 PM
It would be kind of cool. Tweaktown has some (early) benchmarks:

http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/1331/nvidia_s_geforce_9800_gx2_early_test/index.html

Looks better than the ATI stuff, except for a few tests.