AGP is back from the dead. Again.

September 4, 2007 | 14:49

Tags: #20 #agp #bridge #card #pci-express

Companies: #amd #nvidia

Thought AGP was dead? Well apparently not. In something not far estranged from a zombie B-movie where you just can't kill the bugger, it seems the life of the antiquated interface is to be drawn out yet again by both AMD and Nvidia. Both companies plan to release cards on AGP in the coming months.

AMD is planning to release AGP versions of its Radeon HD2600 and HD2400 GPUs but has reportedly encountered driver instability issues with DirectX 10 and HDMI. It was noted that these problems should be alleviated by the end of the month, however in typical release-date-speculation-fashion, we won't hold our breath.

Nvidia is currently having to redesign its bridge chip for the G8x series, with the A05 silicon said to be currently working with the GeForce 8600 and 8400 GPUs as well as upcoming G92 and G98 products that will arrive later in the year.

In case you are too young to remember all those years ago, the AGP interface is limited to about 50W of power draw, and you can forget any sort of multi-GPU SLI or CrossFire.

But why AGP still? We're literally days away from PCI-Express 2.0, with 1.0 having been around for three years already. It seems emerging markets are still heavily dependent on the interface, as are many Internet Cafes, which as small businesses can find the cost of upgrading quite significant.

Are you still an AGP user? You know, one of those people that has to wind a cog to get their machine running. If so, throw a few more logs in the boiler and let us know if you're happy for the extended upgrade path in the forums!
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