Originally Posted by Guspaz
I wouldn't think it would increase heat much.
I would think the preferred method of enabling AGP-8x would be via ATI's SmartGART.
Obviously if you CAN enable it from SmartGART, it's already supported by the AGP/GART drivers. So what the SiS AGP driver upgrade you propose seems to be doing is to FORCE the ATI drivers to run the card at 8x regardless of their setting.
SmartGART is designed to only enable features like AGP-8x if it detects that stability would not be compromised, so I'd feel safer enabling it that way.
Of course, I still like to have the newest drivers of everything. Except in my desktop. Any driver revision after 3.10 causes Half-Life to lock up. As does any control panel revision after 3.1. So I've got the 3.1 panel with the 3.10 drivers, quite a mismatch, but it works. Any time I try to upgrade anything HL starts crashing, so I'm not touching it
EDIT: Alienware claims the chipset is an "SiS648FX + SiS963L AGP8X Chipset", so considering "AGP8X" is in the specs I'd consider it the proper config to be running in AGP8x mode.
how a\do you enable it in this smartgart? where is this? do you think this will solve my halo issue?