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Will an older PCI express 2 motherboard be compatible with a newer PCI express 3 gpu?

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July 3, 2014 10:39:03 AM

Currently I am using a rampage 2 extreme motherboard that says it has support for gddr3 and 2 pcie 2.0 ports. My current gpu is a amd radeon 4870 x2, an older gpu from around the same time as the motherboard (2008). My gpu has trouble running a lot of games and I would like to upgrade to something in the $100-$130 range most of the cards I've seen say they have PCIe 3.0 and GDDR5 memory. Will the gpu be compatible with my motherboard.

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July 3, 2014 10:45:51 AM

Yes it will just run at the MB's allowed speed.
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July 3, 2014 10:47:00 AM

Yes, a PCIe 3.0 card will work in a PCIe 2.0 slot.
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July 3, 2014 10:47:19 AM

Acute4 said:
Currently I am using a rampage 2 extreme motherboard that says it has support for gddr3 and 2 pcie 2.0 ports. My current gpu is a amd radeon 4870 x2, an older gpu from around the same time as the motherboard (2008). My gpu has trouble running a lot of games and I would like to upgrade to something in the $100-$130 range most of the cards I've seen say they have PCIe 3.0 and GDDR5 memory. Will the gpu be compatible with my motherboard.


The simple answer is yes.
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July 3, 2014 11:19:20 AM

Thx everyone
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