PCI-E Slot Questions.

Well, I'm gonna buy a GTX 1050 (non ti).
But I have a MOBO that only has PCI-E 1 x 16x? Will the 1050 have no issues with that?
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  1. All GPUs that I am aware of only use a single x16 slot on the motherboard.

    When you see "double slot", you can think of it as being the same as a single slot card in all ways except that the heatsink is wider than the spacing between the slots on the motherboard. These GPUs also take up two slots on the back of the case.

    TLDR: Yes, they will work fine together.
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  2. What's your exact motherboard model and complete system specs? There have been 3 generations of PCI-E. You may very well have problems if you're trying to use a new graphics card on a PCI-E 1.0 motherboard.
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  3. anort3 said:
    What's your exact motherboard model and complete system specs? There have been 3 generations of PCI-E. You may very well have problems if you're trying to use a new graphics card on a PCI-E 1.0 motherboard.


    PCIe 3.0 is backwards compatible all the way to 1.0. That specific card would only really see a performance impact if it were a 1.0 slot, and it was operating in x8 mode. If that's the case, the CPU would be ancient (from the pre-Core Duo era), and would end up being the bottleneck.

    Regardless, the card will work in a single x16 slot, regardless of what kind of slot it is. Older versions might not perform as well as newer slots, but with that card, it's extremely unlikely that it will be an issue.
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  4. the nerd 389 said:
    anort3 said:
    What's your exact motherboard model and complete system specs? There have been 3 generations of PCI-E. You may very well have problems if you're trying to use a new graphics card on a PCI-E 1.0 motherboard.


    PCIe 3.0 is backwards compatible all the way to 1.0. That specific card would only really see a performance impact if it were a 1.0 slot, and it was operating in x8 mode. If that's the case, the CPU would be ancient (from the pre-Core Duo era), and would end up being the bottleneck.

    Regardless, the card will work in a single x16 slot, regardless of what kind of slot it is. Older versions might not perform as well as newer slots, but with that card, it's extremely unlikely that it will be an issue.


    Theoretically it is. In practice it's not. Especially if it's an OEM board that hasn't had a BIOS revision in 15+ years.

    And lets be honest here, there's no PCI-E 1.0 board based system that's going to drive a GTX 1050 even if it did work. We're talking Pentium 4 here.
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  5. my Mobo is N68gc-fx. quite old.
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  6. nosreme said:
    my Mobo is N68gc-fx. quite old.


    It's socket AM3 so you're probably fine. I say probably though because it has an Nvidia GeForce 7025 / nForce 630a chipset. That's one of those oddballs that may have compatibility issues. It's much more likely to work with a newer Nvidia card than an AMD card so that's a plus. Older Nvidia chipsets often don't like newer AMD cards.

    My best guess is that it would work. You might contact ASRock and ask them directly to be completely sure though.
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  7. anort3 said:
    nosreme said:
    my Mobo is N68gc-fx. quite old.


    It's socket AM3 so you're probably fine. I say probably though because it has an Nvidia GeForce 7025 / nForce 630a chipset. That's one of those oddballs that may have compatibility issues. It's much more likely to work with a newer Nvidia card than an AMD card so that's a plus. Older Nvidia chipsets often don't like newer AMD cards.

    My best guess is that it would work. You might contact ASRock and ask them directly to be completely sure though.


    Hey man! Thread is quite old, But my mind changed. Instead of buying GTX 1050(non ti) I will be buying a Powercolor RX 460 since its abit cheaper than the GTX 1050. you mentioned Older nvidia Chipsets dont like AMD cards? will that work? RX 460 and my Mobo (n68gc-fx)?
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  8. The chances are less likely that it will work than with an Nvidia card. I'd contact ASRock and ask for their opinion before you buy the card.
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