I was wondering if a PCe 1.0 8x slot would be capable of handling an Nvidia GTX 280 without bottleneck? If not, how much of a bottleneck would I likely see? (Running @ 1920x1200)
I ask this because I recently purchased a Dell XPS 630 (same as an XPS 630i) which has two PCIe 16x slots, however they both run at 8x. The chipset is an Nvidia 650i which would normally allow 16x speed in single GPU mode and only 8x in SLI, however Dell found the need to lock this at 8x over two slots constantly as they modified the board for some reason.
If anyone could run their GTX 280 in 8x on a PCIe 1.0 board and show some comparasim figures, I would be greatful.
I will be playing games like, Unreal Tournament 2008, COD4 etc @ 1920x1200. I would be happy with around the 60-70 fps mark. Is that achievable? Again, if anyone could confirm with a real world tests how big a bottleneck we are talking, I would be grateful.
dos1986, thank you for your input, you have put my mind to rest. An Nvidia GTX 280 is on its way. When it arrives (hopefully by the end of the week) I shall post my findings for others in similar situations to view.
Hopefully I will see a drop of 10% at the very most. If not, I'll look into new motherboards or even a new system.