Tutorial on how to find Graphics Capabilities?
I have a computer that I want to find out its graphics capabilities without looking up on the internet my specific model of computer. I want to attain this skill and find out whether any of my computers has the capability of a dual slot card as I cannot tell if it is able to house one. I also want to know what a power connector for a GPU looks like. I already know that if I have a 300w PSU it cannot hold a 350w GPU, but that is pretty much all I know about GPU upgrades. Thanks for any help!
See if there are 2 of them.
What you need to look for is the pci-e x16 slot
They're usually have some kind of clip on the right side and is quite long
Pci-e x1 slots are short
Pci-e x4 or slots looks the same as an x16 slot but they don't have that clip thing on the right
Or just tell me your motherboard and i can tell you what it's got
For space constraints (Such as dual slot cards) you just need to measure it to be 100% sure. Dual slot cards take up 2 expansion slots (The metal plates on the back of the case) etc.
For power they are either A) Using power from the slot, B)Using a 6 pin PCI cable C) Using an 8 pin PCI cable, or D) A combo of C and B.
I believe my motherboard is an ipibl-lb. My computer has two slots for it it looks like, one extra above it, but there is a mini-pcie port I believe ocupying that slot(with no actual card plugged into that slot). Will that affect weather it is a dual slot or not? The only other power connector i have besides sata and the older 4pin, is a 4 pin that i think goes to a floppy so I cannot get a gpu that has a power connector.
Here's your motherboard layout right?
That's a single slot board. The other slots are not for graphics card you can only use the x16 slo
thanks a lot, so basicaly to have a dual slot card, you need to have two ports on the motherboard correct? So, for example if all the other specs matched, i could not get this card - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202081 correct?
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