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New Video card. PCI Express 2.0?

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September 26, 2008 3:07:50 AM

So I have been playing warhammer online and decided that I want to get a better video card and upgrade my ram on my computer. Right now I currently have a radeon x800 xt. I was looking at purchasing the nvidia 9800 gtx, but I noticed its PCI express 2.0.... I have PCI Express x16, But I don't think its 2.0 cause the motherboard is like 3 years old. Will this work on my motherboard... If not what Video card should I look for in the 100-200 dollar range.

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September 26, 2008 3:14:13 AM

Yes it will work since it's backwards compatible (and we haven't reached the point where the extra bandwidth is necessary), however don't get a 9800GTX, the HD 4850 not only outperforms it, but also does AA much more efficiently, to the point where this is very little if no performance penalty for using it at 4x up to 8x.
September 26, 2008 3:20:08 AM

emp said:
Yes it will work since it's backwards compatible (and we haven't reached the point where the extra bandwidth is necessary), however don't get a 9800GTX, the HD 4850 not only outperforms it, but also does AA much more efficiently, to the point where this is very little if no performance penalty for using it at 4x up to 8x.


Performance is actually around the same, see benchmark:
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Sapphire/HD_4850/26....

Between the two get whatever is cheaper.
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September 26, 2008 11:24:02 AM

Yep it will be fine.
September 26, 2008 12:05:04 PM

whichever is best for your budget and preferred resolution will do...
September 26, 2008 12:12:44 PM

+1 for the HD4850. Overall it's a better choice than the 9800GTX, especially with higher levels of AA.

The 9800GTX isn't a terrible choice though if you can find a good deal on one. This eVGA model is only $160.99 and I :love:  eVGA.
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