Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP)

Definition – What does AGP mean?

Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP) acts as a high-speed channel that works point-to-point so that the video cards connect with the computer architecture to enhance the 3D graphics of the device. It helps to perform the task by connecting one item per slot and has faster speeds.

Glossary Web explains AGP

The design of AGP is such that it shows graphics clearly and quickly than most of the other devices except for an expensive workstation. The best use for it comes in gaming where people need high-quality equipment to compliment the graphics otherwise the game shows lag. Other application of accelerated graphics card includes 3D video, sophisticated programs and, engineering graphics.

The size of AGP stays fixed at 32-bits and has a speed of 66 MHz, making it faster than the older PCI devices that have a bandwidth of maximum 133 MBs whereas AGP has a bandwidth range of 266 MBs, almost the double. It has three different versions. Currently, the first one was introduced in 1997, the second one called AGP 2.0 was launched in 1998, and the last upgrade came in AGP 3.0 in the year 2000 and worked at almost double the speeds of previous versions for each other.