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915P Chipset + PCI2.0 card possible?

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December 30, 2007 11:57:17 PM

Back with another question, my bro has a 915P chipset motherboard which has PCI-E X16 1.0

He wants to upgrade and he has enough for a pretty nice card, would a Radeon X3850 work in it?

I know the card works with 1.0a boards but this one is 1.0 and nothing extra.

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December 31, 2007 12:35:16 AM

I don't think so. I think it's the first revision and up, but not the absolute original spec.
December 31, 2007 12:43:51 AM

direct from wiki... has me worried about this.

"PCIe 2.0 is not completely backward compatible with PCIe v1.x. Graphic cards and motherboards designed for v2.0 will be able to work with v1.1 and vice versa, however v2.0 cards will not work in v1.0 and v1.0a motherboards"

Page 15 here
http://download.intel.com/design/chipsets/datashts/30146705.pdf

The 915P only supports 1.0a as you stated.

There is also an answer on ASUS support here:
http://support.asus.com/faq/faq.aspx?no=DE05A01F-3A3B-A859-177B-6A668A2D6982&SLanguage=en-us
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December 31, 2007 1:15:03 AM

He'll be sad but I thought as much, the Sapphire X1950 Pro 512MB should work find shouldn't it?
December 31, 2007 1:19:15 AM

Yep...

There just seems to be too much doubt in the HD3850 working
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December 31, 2007 2:28:09 AM

Jimmyr00ts said:
Back with another question, my bro has a 915P chipset motherboard which has PCI-E X16 1.0

He wants to upgrade and he has enough for a pretty nice card, would a Radeon X3850 work in it?

I know the card works with 1.0a boards but this one is 1.0 and nothing extra.


If thats a 915 based system then your running either a pentium 4 or celeron - not classified as strong performers for todays day and age...
November 13, 2008 9:55:52 PM

I have a HD3850 and an intel 915P motherboard, they do not like each other.

Yes i meet all the system requirements, yes PCIe 2.0 is backwards compatable with v1.1/1.0a... but no its not compatable with a 915 chipset.

If you install the card, like me, you will get a UAA HDMI driver conflict. Disabling the onboard sound which also uses this driver won't help either.

Windows now has a thing called ACPI which automatically assigns IRQs to devices on your system. Your old gfx card will be lumped under IRQ 16, this is where the HD3850 will go too. Except ALL HDseries cards have inbuilt HD audio. Making them vga/soundcards. This is a problem for your 915 chipset because it doesn't have the physical resources to assign both the HD3850 and the HDMI audio. Games wont work, you can still surf the net though....
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