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How much bandwidth does a 8800GTX use?

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February 27, 2007 11:11:33 AM

a x16 PCIe allows for 8GB/s so what is the maximum bandwidth used by a 8800GTX?? I cannot find an answer anywhere.

I know Crossfire mobos only have 2 8x PCIe and I've read that no videocards actually use the entire x16 PCIe bandwidth. Has the 8800GTX changed this?

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February 27, 2007 3:52:02 PM

I haven't seen an 8800 comparison between PCIe 8x and 16x, but I doubt there'd be a notable difference.
February 27, 2007 4:22:27 PM

Yes the 8800 is 16x and you can find that info on Nvidia's site. 8)
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February 27, 2007 4:42:21 PM

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I know Crossfire mobos only have 2 8x PCIe and I've read that no videocards actually use the entire x16 PCIe bandwidth. Has the 8800GTX changed this?


Actually there are Crossfire mobos that use 2 x16 PCIe lanes, such as the Asus A8R32-MVP (S939)
February 28, 2007 12:31:09 AM

great i'll look at that crossfire mobo, i didnt see anything on the nvidia website about how much bandwidth the 8800s use, all they say is that their x16PCIe but no actually measurements on their site or any others..
February 28, 2007 1:05:44 AM

if you are going to get an 800gtx it's probably better to get an nvidia chipset board
February 28, 2007 1:24:26 AM

1) You wont be able to run SLI on a crossfire board anyway, and all of them give you x16 bandwidth for a single card.

2) There are no Core 2 Duo boards capeable of dual x16 crossfire, only S939 and possibly AM2.

3) All PCIe Gfx cards are x16, barring a small handfull of Matrox ones, but it has been shown that they dont use all this bandwidth. The last example I have seen of such a test was pre-8800 however. I personally think that x8 would have hardly any impact on performance, even on an 8800GTX

4) The 8800GTX will work in x8 mode, if thats what you are asking. I have run multiple monitors in my board with my 8800GTX and my old 7900GT before, and that worked fine. (yes, there are driver conflict issues, you have to use the modded 8800 drivers that support other cards)
February 28, 2007 12:46:35 PM

i've found my answer with a review at techspot which compares two nforce 680i SLI and 650i SLI mobos with 8800GTXs in SLI... There was no difference in performance, so dual x16 PCIe doesnt matter even with 2 8800s... I'm still curious to know how much bandwidth they actually do use and to know if and when dual x16 PCIe will be necessary to run SLI/Crossfire.
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