AGP/PCI express

Tobruk

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I was planning a staged upgrade/new system build and purchased an ATI 9800 pro graphic card. It is running in my old rig right now.

My problem is that it is AGP.

I want to build a new system but would like it to be upgradeable.

Does anyone know of a MoBo that can support both AGP (not ready to write my new card off for a year or so) and PCI express? Oh and it has to support AMD 64.
 

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I wouldn't worry too much about your AGP slot being phased out any time soon. There's a good chance that you won't see new AGP slot cards being produced in 3 years from now, but in the meantime you should be alright and by then you would want to completely overhaul your system for a new system anyway if you had purchased today's technology for a new system build.... remember how long it took for ISA to get completely phased after the introduction of PCI?

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If its the one I am thinking of all VIA did was convert a PCI slot to an AGP. It was 1x AGP performance, if that.

No one is going to design a northbridge with both AGP and PCI-e support.
 

DuncMac

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Sorry but why the hell not. Its got to be seen as a much more logical upgrade path.

Come on think of all those people with high cost agp cards dying to switch to amd 64 proc's. and with the option to then later upgrade to PCI-e.

Via are doing it for intel's and its not just some bodge solution like ECS's (i think it is them). So why not for amd.

Why O why O why O not.
 
Isnt regular PCI-E video cards slots 16xand when running in SLI mode 2-8x slots.

I know not now. But in the near furture games might overwhelm a 4x PCI-E slot. Making it necessary to upgrade the motherboard to one that supports a 8x or 16x video card slot.

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I didn't know about that chipset, I stand corrected.

4x seems a bit slow compared to 16x, but it will hopefully be enough for the next generation of video cards.

The 1x PCI-e slot on the SIS board is too slow for even the current generation of video cards. Even 2x falls short.
 

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I believe I've seen graphs saying that, for the moment, 4x doesn't really matter (in games, not with 3d design etc). 2x is limiting. I think VIA will have to upgrade to 8x soon to make sure they have something worth selling.
 

Tobruk

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Hmmm 754 would defeat the upgrade path purposes. I wonder what engineering genius thought of this??

We need a 939!
 

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