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Another thing; PCI-E is bidirectional, unlike PCI and AGP, which means your card can communicate with your CPU.
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Just think of AGP and PCIe as a ladder with people going up it. PCIe has more steps than the AGP ladder, and is twice as wide, so people can go down and up at the same time. The bonus steps don't allow people to travel vastly faster, but because of the step shape they do allow people to extend their arms and legs a tiny bit farther and travel perhaps 2-6% faster.

More chances to move data to and from the videocard(s) = less waiting time.
     
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Originally Posted by gonX
Another thing; PCI-E is bidirectional, unlike PCI and AGP, which means your card can communicate with your CPU.
Yup

Quote:
Originally Posted by Kramy
Just think of AGP and PCIe as a ladder with people going up it. PCIe has more steps than the AGP ladder, and is twice as wide, so people can go down and up at the same time. The bonus steps don't allow people to travel vastly faster, but because of the step shape they do allow people to extend their arms and legs a tiny bit farther and travel perhaps 2-6% faster.

More chances to move data to and from the videocard(s) = less waiting time.
And yup.
    
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Currently PCI-E cards are really no faster than 8x AGP cards, so if you're getting by with a AGP based system then stick with agp for time being. Right now only real advantage to going with PCI-E is if your gonna do a complete system upgrade, new CPU, faster mobo, ram, etc, or if you want to get in on teh whole nvidia SLI craze right now, which is all pretty impressive but isn't really worth it right now either, only for benchmark bragging rights. for example 2 PCI-E GF6600GT's actually perform slightly less than a single 6800 GT, & if you decide you want 2 6800GT's or 6800 Ultras or 7800 series, no games right no really even take advantage of that kind of power anyways, so its really just a waste of money.
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