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Confused about upgrading graphics card

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
April 12, 2013 3:54:22 PM

Hi everyone!

I have a AMD Radeon 6870
and wanted to upgrade to a radeon 7850

now I get confliciting aresponses from different sites, about the compatibility of the 7800 series with my motherboard

I have a MSI 870A-G54 Board

can anyone tell me if the are compatible or how i can definitaly find out?
April 12, 2013 4:01:57 PM

Motherboard should not be a problem, both are PCI x16 slot cards.

April 12, 2013 4:20:17 PM

Thank you!
I am mainly confused about the designation, because it is described as having a 3.0 x16 bus
and i am not sure what that 3.0 means ^^;

so just one more confirmation please before I spend the money! :) 
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April 12, 2013 4:23:16 PM

It means its one more than 2.0. Seriously.

There is a new version of the PCI-e x16, and it was given the imaginative name of 3.0.

They are completely backwards-forwards compatible, but 3.0 can transfer data faster, though how much of an effect it will have on actual performance I could not tell you. Should not be huge.
April 12, 2013 4:26:43 PM

Thanks again Greatatlantic you were very helpful :) 

too bad manufacturers name stuff more complicated then they need to ^^
a b À AMD
a b U Graphics card
April 12, 2013 4:31:45 PM

Your motherboard is PCIe 2x compliant. The 7850 is PCIe 3x compliant. Basically, your motherboard will support the 7850 without a problem, but not at the maximum transfer speed of which the GPU is capable.

The card will work just fine and if you decide to upgrade to a PCIe 3x motherboard/processor in the future, you will already have a good GPU that will be fully capable in the new system.

April 12, 2013 4:37:25 PM

Thanks markwp for the clarification :) 

Never expected to get help so quickly, you guys are awesome ^^