Nvidia 8 Series Comes To PCI & Solves Common SLI Problem

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Naw-yi

makes u wonder why the PCI-express slots bandwidth at 8gb only manages to top the 17 year PCI slot w/bandwidth at 133mb only twice as fast...doesnt seem to me a huge difference considering the huge differences.

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bcweir

Albatron is releasing this card for the 17 year old PCI bus but not for the 12 year old AGP bus?  Who's cracked idea was this?  While it still can't match the PCI-Express part, an AGP 8x version could still push 16 times the amount of pixels that this PCI card could.

Albatron has finally lost its collective mind.

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nclaughlin

Good that someone brought up the subject of AGP 4X cards.  My old Gateway 500x machine with an Intel Essex motherboard with a 4X AGP slot is good enough for my needs, except I'd like a better video experience.  I'd like to see something in Maximum PC or in these comments comparing available AGP 4X cards, which one is the best yet will still work in older motherboards.  I bought a 8x card that worked for only a while, so I reinstalled my MX440.  Anybody have any opinions?  Thanks, Niels

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Muerte

Do newer motherboards even come with an AGP slot anymore?  While I agree it would be nice to have an upgrade for my old computer, I see why they chose PCI rather than AGP. 

 Every motherboard has PCI slots.  Not all have AGP slots so why support more than one dying technology?  Take advantage something that every computer has.  I wouldn't buy one, but I can see why.

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linuxcrazy

PCI, wow. I would at least think they would make AGP verions. There's not even AGP versions for the 8000 series nVidia cards. People that only have PCI slots on their computers would not be able to run anything that would take advantage of the cards anyway.

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Justin.Kerr

True, but it sure beats integrated graphics!

Alot of low end motherboards today come with integrated graphics and PCI slots only.

This would give these people at least some sort of upgrade path.

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M1K3Z0R

I agree i've seem many OEM machines that annoyingly come with no AGP whatso ever, or thos tiny small form factor machine (cough, DELL) that come with only a riser card cand one or two pci slots, even thought pci might not be the awesomest interface its nice to see the option available.I'd be worried about pricing though, i've seen pci video cards overpriced by quite a bit back in the day...

Hey, if anything I can now "modernize" that Pentium 1 in the basement :P


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linuxcrazy

I have pity on the person that would ever try to run Crysis on that!

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Justin.Kerr

I think it would be more fun to flip through Crysis screen shots on dial up, the experience would likely be similar.

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