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PowerColor AG4670 1GBK3-P Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-Bit DDR3 AGP 8X HDCP Ready Video Card
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5 out of 5 eggs Fantastic upgrade for AGP based systems 09/29/2009

This review is from: PowerColor AG4670 1GBK3-P Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-Bit DDR3 AGP 8X HDCP Ready Video Card

Pros: 1. Fantastic upgrade option for AGP based systems.
2. Relatively low power supply requirement.
3. Runs cool.

Cons: 1. Must use driver from Powercolor website, latest ATI drivers aren't compatible.
2. Higher cost than PCI-E version.

Other Thoughts: I built my 939/AMD-based computer system in July 2004.
The original video card was a Radeon 9800. The 3dmark06 score was about 700. I upgraded to an NVIDIA Geforce 7600GT in February 2007 and the 3dmark06 score increased to about 3500. Using the Powercolor Radeon HD4670, the 3dmark06 score increased to about 8000.

I'm still playing the same games over this period (Half Life 2, Counterstrike Source, Doom 3, Quake 4, IL-2, Guild Wars). While the games were certainly playable using the Radeon 9800, that was at 800x600 or 1024x768.

With the addition of the Powercolor Radeon HD4670, I'm now at 1920x1200 on a 26" widescreen. Frame rates on the above games average above 60 fps at that resolution; achieving this was the aim of my upgrade. No video card in existence could have achieved this in 2004 when I built the system.

My guess would be that newer games (e.g., Crysis) would be bottlenecked by the CPU, though performance might be adequate at lower resolutions.

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