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The Fastest Graphics Card on a PCI Bus

  • Published on Sep 4, 2017
  • What is the fastest PCI graphics card? This video has the answer!
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Comments • 614

  • PixelPipes
    PixelPipes  4 years ago +111

    So what do you think these cards would be useful for? Seems like they're a product looking for a problem. Though for me, they're a fascinating novelty!

  • Mal-2 KSC
    Mal-2 KSC 4 years ago +1

    I used a GT610 and GT520 (both PCIe) to drive four monitors for quite a while. When the GT520 died, I finally upgraded to a single 750Ti. The 610 sits in a drawer as an emergency backup, but if you want to do a head to head comparison, I'm willing to part with it.

  • IronicTonic
    IronicTonic 4 years ago +3

    Awesome video, I've always wondered how something like this would stack up when tested. After eyeballing the data, it appears that the performance is limited to something around the level of a Geforce2 GTS with older games. It's interesting to see them perform better under newer titles, must be some driver optimization issues with older games.

  • kris
    kris 4 years ago

    I love videos like this and learning about the limitations of hardware because nobody ever really shows it. They just move one to the new slot etc.. Please make more videos like this also I was really liking the music in this video I would really like to know the names of the tracks thanks :P

  • fishpotpete

    It's 2022 and with the increasing interest in retro computing/gaming, this kind of video is extremely helpful. I just picked up a Dell with a P4 for some retro XP gaming and it has a PCI motherboard... I could use the onboard graphics, but I definitely want to beef it up with period correct hardware. Great video!

  • sniglom
    sniglom 4 years ago

    If you want to play around further, there are pci to pcie bridges available on ebay. I'm guessing these modern pci cards has some sort of bridge as well. Bridges were common during the agp -> pcie transition at least.

  • SJ
    SJ 2 years ago +1

    Around 2011 I used the Zotac 520 to make a number of industrial PCs compatible with Windows 7. Intel never upgraded their drivers for their older P4 chipsets and industrial computers didn't have AGP or PCI-E at the time (at least not the ones they purchased) The improved stability of Windows 7 was important enough to justify the expense of like 20 of these things. They did the business, and they were fanless, but in 2020 they're not much to look at!

  • GameCrazed45
    GameCrazed45 4 years ago

    Such a small channel yet so much quality and potential. You've earned another subscriber and I hope and am sure to see more come as time goes on. Good job :)

  • Anthony Lara
    Anthony Lara 4 years ago +1

    Thank you so much for your research. There are people like me who are hit with the "upgrade bug" when coming across an older machine or rig. Having to sift through outdated forum posts on google can be misleading. Thank you for taking the time to ask and answer the question "The Fastest Graphics card on a PCI Bus" .

  • tolgahk84
    tolgahk84 4 years ago +1

    It makes me wonder how these cards would do in a Classic Win95/98/Dos PC from the mid-late 90's. If there are drivers for said operating systems it would sure be a worthwhile upgrade path for people looking to run classic games with the best possible graphics quality settings.

  • TheGodOfAllThatWas
    TheGodOfAllThatWas 2 years ago

    This combined with another recent video about PCI express to PCI adapters made me wonder if the opposite exists.... Ebay seems to indicate it does... PXE8112 or PCI1PEX1 I'd love to know A: if running something crazy through these (2080ti?) bottle necks them down to the level of the 520, and B: if (I don't know if you can realistically test this) Vulcan makes any significant difference in that setup

  • kanopus06
    kanopus06 5 years ago

    Nice interesting video. Now it would be cool if you compared these PCI cards with their PCI-e equivalent.

  • Obie327
    Obie327 3 years ago +2

    Hey Pixel Pipes thanks for the video! In regards to the web slow downs I found even the Nvidia 6200 (pci-e) was barely enough for RU-clip playback at 480P video. (core 2 duo e6750, 2.6 ghz) A GT 730 2 gig ddr5 gave 1080p smoothly. Finding a quality GPU for a legacy build is a must. I think I've found a FX 5600 pci and need to research for best compatibility with older games. Again thank you for the informative concise content on this topic.

  • Ryan Toomey
    Ryan Toomey 2 years ago +2

    Believe it or, PCI slots still exist on some modern motherboards today. Last year I built a PC with a B360 Coffee Lake Motherboard and it has a PCI slot!

  • DigitalX
    DigitalX 4 years ago

    Glad I found this. I have an FX5200 in my GX 520 PC I got for older titles, not TERRIBLE, but I think it's the best I'll get for a low profile PCI video card, unless there's a better alternative on the dell's PSU. 220/250w I think

  • prizedcoffeecup
    prizedcoffeecup 4 years ago +1

    This is actually a very well done channel! I can see it rising in popularity with enough effort involved even working uphill against the new regulations RU-clip's introducing or has introduced as of this comment (I'm unclear on when it was going to be or anything though).

  • DannyWilliamH
    DannyWilliamH 2 years ago +7

    The Voodoo 5 (PCI) was my first ever GPU. I loved it after I bought it to play the first Hitman.

  • Gamevet
    Gamevet 2 years ago

    I'd bought a PC back in 2002 and had no idea what AGP X8 was. The PC only had PCI and I'd ended up purchasing a GeForce 2 and GeForce 4 MX 440 and finally the FX 5200 Ultra. I was able to play Halo and DOOM 3 on the last card, but DOOM 3 tanked when a scene with some kind of spider like machine started walking. It was an okay experience.

  • Chad
    Chad 5 years ago +161

    Perhaps in the future you could do a similar video about the AGP slot. Great video.

  • Razgul The Kind
    Razgul The Kind 4 years ago +14

    I remember back in 2006 I tried to find a semi-decent PCI card for a friend, he wanted to upgrade an old desktop that our school had thrown out as he didn't own a PC and desperately wanted one that would play at least some games. The only catch was it had to be local and with cash (we were 14 at the time and didn't have bank accounts). Anyway long story short it took months and months until finally I found a GeForce FX 5500 looking all alone in the back of a local PC repair store, the guy forgot he even had it and let me take it off his hands for £5! Paired with the modest (but surprisingly powerful for a school PC) 3ghz Celeron D and a 1gb DDR stick I gave him the old beige monster had a new lease of life!