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please help,i am thinking of buying geforce 3 ti 200 by innovision
the problem i have, is will it go straight into my agp slot. i have no idea what make my motherboard is . the system is 3 years old with AMD k6-2 450 mhz, also is there anyway of finding out the make of a motherboard if you have no manual
 

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motherboard problem

thanks dj specs

my motherboard is a gigabyte ga-5ax, chipset Ali m1541 rev 4

what is the largest cpu i can upgrade to, and what's the best graphics card i could run
 

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You can use the video card you want to, no problem!
As for the largest CPU & stuff... I pulled this from their website:
Im not clear as to the highest CPU you can use, I hope someone else can comment.

PROCESSOR Socket 7 for Intel® MMX™, AMD K6®-2, K6®-3, IBM®/Cyrix®, IDT™ processors
Supports CPU multiplier 1.5/2.0....../6.0 for future processors
66/75*/83*/95/100/105*/110*/115*/120*/125*/130*/135*/140* MHz FSB
CPU voltage 1.3V~3.5V


CHIPSET
ALi Aladdin V (M1541 & M1543C) AGPset



DRAM 8MB to 768MB SDRAM size
3 x 3.3V DIMM sockets
Supports 8/16/32/64/128/256 MB EDO/SDRAM DIMM module
Supports ECC Type DIMM module (72 bits)

CACHE MEMORY 512KB PB SRAM on board

SLOT 1 x AGP Slot Supports 66/133 MHz speed
 

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If I'm not mistaken, which I just might be... but that board should handle a AMD K6-2 550Mhz 3DNOW! with MMX technology chip (I love that chip :D :D )
 

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It should handle the 550. If you want to go higher you'll be looking for a new MB and such. Most AGP cards should work. I've run into a few problems here and there with some of the new 4x AGP cards not working in the 2x slots.

Matrox is supposed to be coming out with a new video card. It extended the standard 8 bits to 10 bits of precision at each stage of the graphic process. That means 10 bits per color throughout the 3D pipline, 10 bits in the fram buffer, 10 bit gamma correction and 10-bit digital to analog conversion. It should help take care of those funky color errors when a game blends together many textures or draws the screen in multiple passes. It is also supposed to bring 16x Fragment Anti-Aliasing. They tend to make awsome video cards for graphics professionals but usually lack in the game area. From what I've read, the new chipset should put them into the game market.

The GeForce4 Ti 4200 is supposed to be the best buy for the money for games though. You will be looking to pay just under $200 though. Then of course you always have ATI which seems a good blend of Gaming and Graphics creation card.
 

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Kind of off topic, but what is the deal with AGP Pro... I have yet to see a card that uses its capabilities, yet my mobo has it, along with an AMR slot.... I know audio modem riser, but still I haven't seen an AMR modem either.... ( I have an ASUS A7V with a 1.13 GHz Athlon)
 

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if I'm not mistaken 66Mhz is 2x AGP and 133 is 4x, so definately yes.... if not it's 66Mhz is 1X and 133 is 2X, in which case it is still VERY likely that your motherboard/ system will be just peachy with you new card. But I say go for it! Enjoy the fruits of pretty graphics! :)
 

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AGP 1 supports 1x and 2x adapter cards with a signal level of 3.3 volts.
AGP 2 supports 4x adapter cards with a signal level of 1.5 volts (it also supports 1x and 2x at the lower voltage, but why bother).
AGP 3 is a new standard that will support 8x adapter cards with a signal level of 0.8 volts
 

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That's understood danrak... (i'm reading up on AGP3) but the question was what is the system bus rate for those voltages/"speeds" But with that explanation it's probably 1x = 66 and 2x = 133

isn't 66 what the new PCI is going to do?
 

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AGP 1 is 33
AGP 2 is 66

It looks like the motherboard may support AGP 2. You might have to change some jumpers though. Kinda hard to tell from their manual.
 

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Valiant2003 said:
Kind of off topic, but what is the deal with AGP Pro... I have yet to see a card that uses its capabilities, yet my mobo has it, along with an AMR slot.... I know audio modem riser, but still I haven't seen an AMR modem either.... ( I have an ASUS A7V with a 1.13 GHz Athlon)
I've seen a few AMR modems. I dislike them worse then win modems. AGP Pro I belive is used on high end graphics. I can't recall if I've seen one or not. Memory cloudy.
 

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Hmmmm... are you sure it's 100..... I mean 1X is 33 mhz 2X is 66Mhz, and since I haven't seen 3X, I'm pretty sure 4X is 133 Mhz.... I have been wrong before though :D
 
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