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    Wink 2 Notches Good 3 Notches Bad??

    why hello my cheery friends me again with a similar line of enquiry but not quite! Sorry i didnt quite know whether to start a new thread or not so i thought wat the hell mite aswell!

    My old graphics card has 3 notches........and works perfectly well.......by notches i mean the bit that slips into the AGP slot, however the Radeon 9600XT has 2 notches.........does this have any bearing on whether the card will work with my motherboard.......and does anyone know anything about voltages for teh graphics card and what the 9600XT needs?

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    • directhex's system
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    This relates to the core supplied voltage to the card. 2 notches in one position means 3.3v, in the oposite poisition means 1.5v (AGP 1x and 2x used 3.3v, 2x->8x use 1.5v).

    Having more notches on the card means it works with either, otherwise it will only work with the correctly keyed AGP connector (for a 9600 this would be a newer 1.5V slot)

    notice that a lot of mobos have a sticker on the agp slot when new saying "warning, do not attempt to use 3.3v cards in here"

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    similarly some mobos (nf7-s for example) have that part of the agp socket missing, so only 1.5v cards can be used - meaning when i got my mobo i had to use a 3dfx banshee (pci) for a whlie instead of the voodoo 5500 which i intened to use

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    • directhex's system
      • Motherboard:
      • MSI X99A Gaming 7
      • CPU:
      • Intel Core i7 5280k
      • Memory:
      • 32GiB ADATA DDR4
      • Storage:
      • Corsair Neutron XT 960GB
      • Graphics card(s):
      • MSI GTX 980 Gaming 4G Twin Frozr 5
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      • NZXT H440
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    indeed. the voodoo5 is keyed to work at 3.3v only, so any slot which is keyed for 1.5 simply won't take it - not without excessive force, at least.

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