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The Old Timers: Best AGP Video Cards

written by: Chris Hoffman•edited by: M.S. Smith•updated: 6/21/2010

The are still AGP video cards available despite the age of the technology. You can save money by choosing one that's close in performance but significantly cheaper. If you need a quiet, fanless video card that's less taxing on your power supply, there's a great option for that as well.

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    Introduction

    The AGP motherboard expansion slot standard is used in older computers. Newer computers come with PCI Express slots instead. Because of this, video card manufacturers target the latest graphics cards at PCI Express motherboards. Luckily, you can still buy AGP video cards. If you're looking for the best gaming video card for your AGP-supporting motherboard, there are a few good options.

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    HIS IceQ Radeon HD 4670

    The High Tech Information System IceQ Radeon HD 4670 is the best AGP video card on the market for upgrading older computers. This video card will let you squeeze the most gaming performance out of your older system for as long as possible before upgrading to a new PCI Express system.

    The HIS IceQ Radeon HD 4670 has a core clock speed of 750MHz and 320 stream processing units. This ATI card includes a whopping (for an AGP card) full gigabyte of DDR3 graphics memory, with a 128-bit interface and a 1600MHz memory clock.

    It also includes DirectX 10.1 support, HDMI, D-SUB, and DVI connectors.

    As of June 2010, the HIS IceQ Radeon HD 4670 sold for $124.99 on Newegg.com.

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    XFX Radeon HD 4650

    Many AGP video cards are still available. The XFX Radeon HD 4650 isn't as powerful as the HIS IceQ Radeon HD 4670 but is significantly cheaper. If you don't want to lay out that much money for an AGP video card, this one's also a solid upgrade to tide you over.

    The XFX Radeon HD 4650 has a core clock speed of 600MHz and 320 stream processing units, and includes a full gigabyte of DDR2 graphics memory with a 128-bit interface and a 800MHz memory clock.

    Like the HIS IceQ Radeon HD 4670, the XFX also includes support for DirectX 10.1. It comes with two DVI connectors, as well as HDTV / S-Video out connectors.

    As of June 2010, the XFX Radeon HD 4650 sold for $84.99 on Newegg.com, $40 cheaper than the faster HIS card.

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    EVGA GeForce 6200

    The EVGA GeForce 6200 isn't as powerful as the above-mentioned ATI cards, but if you prefer NVIDIA cards and want a cheaper option, it's also a great choice. Unlike the ATI cards mentioned above, the EVGA doesn't have a fan, it's passively cooled, which means that this video card will be quieter and there's no risk of the fan mechanically failing. This video card also only requires a 300 watt power supply, whereas the above ATI cards both require a 400 watt power supply.

    The EVGA GeForce 6200 has a core clock speed of 300MHz and two pixel pipelines, and includes half a gigabyte of GDDR2 graphics memory with a 64-bit interface and a 532MHz memory clock.

    Unlike the above ATI cards, the EVGA only supports DirectX 9. It also comes with DVI, D-Sub, and HDTV / S-Video out connectors.

    As of June 2010, the EVGA GeForce 6200 sold for $47.99 on Newegg.com, $37 cheaper than the XFX and $77 cheaper than the HIS.