I had Monday of this week off, which I spent upgrading my computer. My options were either going to be upgrading the whole motherboard so I could buy a mid-range PCI Express graphics card or buy a top-of-the-range AGP graphics card. Both options would have come in at the same price but with different results
AGP is dead. End of the line. Outclassed.
While a top-of-the-range AGP card is still pretty impressive stuff, they’re as rare as hens teeth, require their own power supply connection and can’t benefit from stringing them together to improve graphics further.
If I buy a new motherboard today, it will be outdated soon as the new quad core processors require a different motherboard and different memory. Also, a mid-range PCI Express graphics card (all I’d be able to afford after the motherboard purchase) would probably drop off the bottom of the Minimum Specification list within 14 months and the last 6 months of that would be painful for any new game.
And so I bought the top-of-the-range AGP card, or more specifically, the GeForce 7800GS+. And wow… The fact the a brand new game (Titan Quest, review soon) can run at the maximum resolution with all enhanced features switched on is pretty impressive. I’ll have to try it on Elder Scrolls 3: Oblivion tonight as I recall that being particularly punishing for graphics cards, but I’m really not worried. I think I can quite safely say that, other than maybe a RAM upgrade to 2Gb next year, I’ve bought over two years of gaming potential for the computer.
She’ll need a new name methinks. Hmm…