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Gamerlicious

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My old computer had an AGP slot, but my new computer only has PCI and I think the black one is PCI-e. I'm not entirely sure if it is though. Now I know AGP is supposed to be faster than regular PCI, but how does PCI-e comepare to AGP? Really though all I need to know is whether or not the black slot is PCI-e.

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yes your black slot is pci-express!

pci-express is the newest technology out as far as graphics cards go

the advantages of pci-express is that it has a higher transfer speed between the motherboard and the graphics cards.

the highest bandwidth of agp is 8X
pci-express is 16X

pci-express allows for higer GPU clock speeds and memory bandwith because the information can be proccesed and transfered quicker

but pci-express is a little more expensive than agp at the moment but prices are definitely going to even up a little

pci cards are great even though i have a really bad cheap agp card the pci-express generation is here,
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Edited by troppo, 06 April 2006 - 02:21 AM.

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That looks like a PCI-E 16X slot with a PCI-E 1X small slot beneath it. A PCI-E 16X slots has double the bandwidth of a 8X AGP slot.

Heres a good article on it.

http://www.pcstats.c...eid=1087&page=1

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I actually find AGP versions of some cards cost MORE not less then the PCI-E counterparts and you obviously have much more choice of card in PCI-E.

You can use a program called CPU-Z to find out if your graphical interface is PCI-E but it certainly looks like one even though it is black.
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alright cool. all the good video cards support PCI express. so that's good. OK thanks a lot.
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