HKEPC has tested the Albatron ATOP, the AGP to PCI-Express (see this news) based on NVIDIA HIS chip. About compatibility first, Albatron specified that the adaptor works with all AGP 8x graphic cards (except for height restraints) based on the following GPU:
- GeForce MX 4000
- GeForce FX 5200
- GeForce FX 5700/LE
- GeForce 6800
- GeForce 6200A
This list corresponds to the last native AGP NVIDIA chips. HKEPC has also tested for fun the compatibility with ATI S3 and XGI graphic cards. It didn’t work except for the XGI in 2D and 16 bits only. For NVIDIA, a GeForce 2 MX doesn’t even boot. The FX 5200, 5700LE, 6600GT and 6800GT works in 2D but are recognised as GeForce 6200. It is impossible to process completely 3DMark but this is probably due to this recognition problem.
For performances, the standard GeForce 6200 64 bits is approximately 7% faster than a GeForce 6200A coupled to an ATOP. How great is that!