AGP Video Card
What you need to know about AGP video card before buying one
It is surprising to know that when it comes to AGP video cards, the difference between a high-end APG card to a budget AGP card is only divided with a single generation. For example, a current mid range AGP video card offers about the same performance with a high range AGP card that is only a generation or two behind. What’s more, AGP card generations are only separated in months, not in years. But comparing generations is a little bit tricky and should not be taken at face value.
The interface of an AGP video card is one of the most important features that you should be aware of. Although the term AGP is more like a generic term, it can be misleading. In reality, when it comes to AGP interface, there are multiple versions. It is important to know that some cards may be physically compatible to an AGP card; it doesn’t mean that the components are also compatible. If you are planning to get an AGP 1x, 2x or 4x, it is important that you check its voltage and compatibility with the slot. This will ensure that voltage is correct and the card can function safely and properly. Though the 8x AGP cards do not need to be checked like the lower types.
Another important factor to check when getting an AGV video card is the memory. A good rule of thumb, larger amounts of memory is needed to smoothly run graphic intensive applications. Be cautious about built in AGP video cards, the system runs on memory sharing and it will have limiting effects on performance.