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PCI Express 2.0/3.0 GPUs backwards compatible to 1.0 slots?

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February 5, 2014 1:09:26 PM

Hi, I was under the impression that PCI Express GPUs were backwards compatible with any PCI Express slot. I've been getting conflicting information with regards to this issue... so Most people on the forums say that they are backwards compatible, yet others (including card manufacturers I've contacted) say there's problems with 1.0 boards accepting newer cards...

I have an Intel DQ965GF motherboard (can't afford an upgrade right now) with PCI Express 1.0 slots (compatible with revision 1.0a). I need a decent low-power GPU under $50-60. I found an HD 5670 on ebay that I think is a 1.0?

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I was initially looking at an HD 6670, 7750 or a GT 640, but those are all PCI Express 2.0/3.0... idk if they'd work. I would appreciate any help on the subject. Thanks.


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a b V Motherboard
February 5, 2014 1:13:11 PM

Newer cards are built with backward compatibility built in. The card in question will work fine.
a b V Motherboard
February 5, 2014 1:13:54 PM

Indeed they should be backwards compatible. But especially if you hit higher end cards, the performance may be limited.
However what you are looking for, all of them should work just fine.
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February 5, 2014 1:26:54 PM

Thank you for your replies. As I said, I originally preferred better/newer, 2.0/3.0 cards such as this Galaxy GT 640 --

However, I contacted Galaxy Tech Support about the card (PCI Express 3.0), and they said: "Our cards are backwards compatible to 1.1 only. They're not compatible to 1.0 and 1.0a." I also contacted Sapphire about a HD 6670, and they said: "No it will not be compatible, you need MB with at least true PCIE 2.0v slot." Like I said, I've been getting conflicting information... Any thoughts?

Thanks again,

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a c 1751 V Motherboard
February 5, 2014 1:37:27 PM

All right read this first,

And your MB has the intel Q965 chipset, and it has the pcie 1.1 version.

And I check the MB which does have the BIOS update on 10/5/2009, so it will probably work fine. But I will recommend to buy the GT640, because both HD5670 and HD6670 are pcie2.1 x16 card, and HD7750 is pcie3.0x16.