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Windows 7: Is this graphic card good for me? (AGP only)

21 Sep 2012   #1

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
Is this graphic card good for me? (AGP only)

As you can see from my specs, the best slot on my mobo is an AGP x8, I have no PCI-e slots.

So, I was googling around to see if I could upgrade my current graphic card. Seems like NVIDIA pulled the plug on AGP cards far before ATI.

The best one I found is a radeon 4670 with 1 GB of DDR3, which is available as either "gaming" or "home cinema" versions (the home cinema one has a crappier openGL but has better "unified video decoder" and has an integrated "7.1 audio", they are otherwise identical), both have native HDMI ports in addition to the usual VGA and DVI.

First question: Is my processor good enough to not bottleneck these cards?

Second question: what is the best of the two? Do I really need a better OpenGL? What are exactly the two other features of the "home cinema" card?

Feel free to recommend a better AGP card if you know. No price limit.
Don't tell me to buy a new PC and a pci-e card, I already know that would be the easiest way.

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21 Sep 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

Both cards appear to be the same, only difference is the cinema one has higher clocked memory.
The little icons showing the features on the gaming one aren't all there but that card has all the same features as the other one.
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21 Sep 2012   #3

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601

yeah, the only difference that I'm worried about is that the cinema one does have OpenGl 2.1 while the other supports OpenGl 3.2.

Does that make any difference for games it can play?
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21 Sep 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64

Think that is a typo as according to AMD,

ATI Radeon

the HD 4600 series are all OpenGL 3.2.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Sep 2012   #5

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601

Asked them and they admitted the typo (just emailed me), seems like the "home cinema" one is the clear winner then.
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 Is this graphic card good for me? (AGP only)

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