Gigabyte Breaths New Life Into AGP

Posted on June 2, 2009 10:32 PM by Rob Williams

We all know of the song “that never ends”, and that’s immediately what I think of when I see an AGP graphics card. Despite the fact that the slot-type has been long ousted, some companies refuse to let go, and in reality, there has got to still be demand for such cards, which I find entirely interesting.

Here at Computex, Gigabyte is showing off a brand-new ATI Radeon HD 4650 AGP card, designed for those with old machines who either want a recent offering, or simply have the need to get a new card for whatever reason. As a mainstream graphics chip, the performance wouldn’t be up to par with what we see with mid-range PCI-E cards, but at least the option is there for those who need it.

The card is available right now, although I’m unsure of the pricing. Like ATI’s other 4000-series offerings, this card supports DirectX 10.1 and OpenGL 2.1, has 1GB of GDDR2 onboard, and also features HDMI and DVI connectors. Oh, and for some reason, it also supports CrossFireX. Try and figure that one out!


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