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Do I need a PCIE 2.0 M/B for a HD 3870 card?

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Last response: in Graphics & Displays
March 3, 2008 7:19:32 PM

I want to purchase the HIS HD 3870 Ice Turbo with DDR4 memory.
However, my current mainboard only supports PCIE 1.0; do I need a PCIE 2.0 compliant mainboard?
Will this kick @ss card work on my current M/B? (MSI P965 Neo).

Any suggestions for a min. amount of Watts for the PSU for this card?

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March 3, 2008 7:44:11 PM

PCIE 2.0 is backwards compatible, it will work with your mobo. About 17A on the 12v rail should be sufficient.
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March 3, 2008 8:23:13 PM

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March 3, 2008 10:48:47 PM

it ought to work, and yes, you will need 17A on the 12V rail...
March 5, 2008 4:42:46 AM

Thanks for the replies, guys; much appreciated.
I bought the MSI 9600 GT 1 GB GDDR3 OC instead. Along with a new mobo just to be sure: MSI P7N SLI Platinum nForce 750. Not the ultimate, but two rock solid pieces of hardware for a real bargain price. Should keep my rig running for a while.