[Guide] AGP Aperture Size


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Hypoxiaicon

AGP Aperture Size Test.

:: NOTE :: These only represent the BEST AGP Aperture Size for the given Benchmarks. THESE DO NOT represent real world games

I have seen many threads on Neowin.net about AGP Aperture Size & how it affects overall gaming performance, so I decided to do some tests to actually see how it affects performance.

I will be using the following AGP Aperture Size's; 4MB, 8MB, 16MB, 32MB, 64MB, 128MB & 256MB.

System Information:

ABIT IC7-MAX3 - BIOS 16

Intel Pentium 4 CPU 3.20c @ 3.52 - 220FSB - 1.6250 Vcore

GeIL 1GB (2x512MB) PC3500 Ultra Series 2-3-3-6 - 2.8 VDIMM

Sapphire Atlantis Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB Lite Retail - Catalyst 4.5 @ Stock Speed - Default Driver Settings

DirectX 9.0c

Western Digital 80GB IDE - 8MB Cache

Benchmarking Software:

AquaMark3 (Default Settings)

3DMARK 2001 SE (Default Settings)

3DMARK 2003 (Default Settings)

I will be running each test 3 times and then taking the average.

4MB AGP Aperture Size:

AquaMark3 ? 18,940

3DMARK 2001 SE ? 15,850

3DMARK03 ? 8MB AGP Aperture Size:e:

AquaMark3 ? 41,250

3DMARK 2001 SE ? 19,012

3DMARK016MB AGP Aperture Size:re Size:

AquaMark3 ? 45,114

3DMARK 2001 SE ? 19,212

3DM32MB AGP Aperture Size:erture Size:

AquaMark3 ? 45,171

3DMARK 2001 SE ? 19,15264MB AGP Aperture Size:P Aperture Size:

AquaMark3 ? 45,181

3DMARK 2001 SE ? 19128MB AGP Aperture Size:AGP Aperture Size:

AquaMark3 ? 45,161

3DMARK 2001 SE ??256MB AGP Aperture Size:256MB AGP Aperture Size:

AquaMark3 ? 45,118

3DMARK 2001 SE ? 19,116

3DMARK03 ? 5884

According to my results I believe a 64MB AGP Aperture is best & is what I?m currently using. Feel free to try your own, but bare in mine, its very tedious, it took my nearly 9 hours.

Some Graphs Below, don't show to much detail though.

AQUAMARK3.PNG

3DMARK2001_SE.PNG

3DMARK03.PNG

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lardiop

Nice review, just remember that the majority of your results are within the margin of error that both 3DMark and AquaMark say exist.

You can run the same test with the same aperture settings, and get a different result each time, usually within 1% or 2% of the other test results.

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Max

Good work (Y) Been looking for something as simple as this.

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Hypoxiaicon
Nice review, just remember that the majority of your results are within the margin of error that both 3DMark and AquaMark say exist.

You can run the same test with the same aperture settings, and get a different result each time, usually within 1% or 2% of the other test results.

:) Thats why i ran each test 3 times & took the average.

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dougkinzinger

Interesting results! Nice review, glad someone did it right.

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kombolcha

thanks for the review, i've always been told that it's best to to have it at 256MB.. looks like i'll have to benchmark on my own.

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T4G3RXIII

you have a 128MB card and I have a GeForce3 ti200 64MB card. would setting my AGP aperture to 64MB be better also? I don't have 9 hours to spare so I can't test it. :unsure:

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jingarelho

nice work. i'm using 128 aperture with a 64Mb card and works fine, will try 64MB to see if there's any diference.

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Hypoxiaicon
you have a 128MB card and I have a GeForce3 ti200 64MB card. would setting my AGP aperture to 64MB be better also? I don't have 9 hours to spare so I can't test it. :unsure:

Don't do such an in-depth tests as me then. Run it from 32mb, 64mb, 128mb, 256mb Once in your choose test. See what gets higher, either way its only going to be a maximum or 100-300 Points different.

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Xylene

Very interesting. I'll try this myself when I get my new video card.

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fAlCoNNiAn

awesome review (Y)

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Pink Floyd

wow thanks for the review (Y)

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BananaMan

You rock. (Y) I think almost everyone has been looking for something like this.

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Lanky

thank you sooooo much

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Powerless

But what you see on the screen would be the same?

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dreamsINdigital

About time someone did it, thanks! (Y) :)

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BananaMan
But what you see on the screen would be the same?

AGP Aperture has absolutely no effect on visual quality.

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Hypoxiaicon

I was thinking of running these sort of tests for ATi as i currently own a ATi card and running AquaMark3 / 3d01 & 03 with new drivers to see the difference. But there only synthetic.. so i guess it wouldnt be much point?

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Colin.B

I ran 3dMark with my AGP aperture size at about 256mb. My 3DMark score dropped by about 500 marks. I went back to 64.

I'd say 64 is the best bet as well, then 128.

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syphern

This is perfect man, next time someone asks me about aperture size and graphics ingame ill point them to this thread.

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Hypoxiaicon
This is perfect man, next time someone asks me about aperture size and graphics ingame ill point them to this thread.

Yes, thats exactly why i did it, for the community of Neowin.net.

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Argote

Judging from your results, I think 32 is better than 64 just look for yourself

hmm.... thinking about it, IMO its a tie

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Digital Pimp

Good info thanks, nice to see charts too, makes it easier for the illiterate of us out there.

Think mines at 128 will change it down too 64. Good work

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