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Will this GPU work on this motherboard?

Hi. I currently have this motherboard ( http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P8P67_PRO/ ) and I'm planning on getting a XFX Radeon R9 290 ( http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_1575&products_id=25613 ) and am a little confused about whether my motherboard would support it. The GPU uses PCI-E 3.0. Will it? Thank you.
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    Yes it will work, the 290 will just work in pci-e. 2.0 mode. You shouldn't notice a big drop in performance.
  2. You can use the card. The mobo only has a PCIe 2.0 slot, but PCIe 3.0 cards can still be installed in PCIe 2.0 slots.
  3. Do you think the performance difference will be very significant?
  4. Check out the link, although they are using a gtx 680 it gives you an idea of the performance difference, you're looking at 3-5 fps at worst.

    http://m.hardocp.com/article/2012/07/18/pci_express_20_vs_30_gpu_gaming_performance_review/2#.UxMt9jhMWbA
  5. ekagori said:
    Check out the link, although they are using a gtx 680 it gives you an idea of the performance difference, you're looking at 3-5 fps at worst.

    http://m.hardocp.com/article/2012/07/18/pci_express_20_vs_30_gpu_gaming_performance_review/2#.UxMt9jhMWbA


    Do you think the performance difference would be big enough to make it worth getting a new motherboard?
  6. The answer to your question depends on the cpu you are using. Sandy Bridge (2000) series cpu's only support pci-e 2.0 because of their built in controller, so getting a new motherboard with a pci-e 3.0 slot will not make a difference. Now if you are using Ivy Bridge (3000) series, then yes getting a new motherboard will allow you take advantage of Ivy's pci-e 3.0 controller.

    You will not notice a substantial hit in performance using pci-e 2.0, I would recommend waiting and updating your system to either Haswell or Broadwell cpu. You will be able to extract more substantial performance from your system then.
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