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GTX 280 with Pci Ex 1?

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October 6, 2008 5:15:56 AM

Just wondered how this card would perform in a Pci E 1.0 Mobo, and how bad the slowdown would be? Intel D945GCCR is my mobo and I'm running a Pentium D at 3.00ghz, sound blaster xfi, 2ghz of ram and xp sp3.

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October 6, 2008 5:33:17 AM

yikes, pentium D and a pcie 1x wow


save your money, as this is a TOTAL waste of $$$$
October 6, 2008 5:41:11 AM

Any help would be great on this as last gaming machine I built was a P4, 2gb, 6800ultra so I could run doom 3 up on ultra lol, needless to say its been awhile and I have a free system here to mod that I was given. Just wondered if it was even worth it or to start all over.
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October 6, 2008 5:41:56 AM

Not terrible. You would probably get a 25% drop in performance overall compared to what it could be on a core 2 at high speed on a late generation chipset/motherboard of any kind. It would work for now.
October 6, 2008 6:26:23 AM

way more then 25% drop. pci-e 1x mixed with a Pentium d = BRUTAL
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October 6, 2008 7:03:07 AM

I think he means pci express 1.0 not pci-e 1x. The card wouldn't fit in a 1x slot to begin with. So yeah you would lose probably 25 percent of the cards maximum performance like rockbyter said.

This is of course assuming your board has a true electrical pci-e x16 slot.
October 6, 2008 3:17:45 PM

PsyKhiqZero said:
I think he means pci express 1.0 not pci-e 1x. The card wouldn't fit in a 1x slot to begin with. So yeah you would lose probably 25 percent of the cards maximum performance like rockbyter said.

This is of course assuming your board has a true electrical pci-e x16 slot.

you can fit 16x card it a pci-e 1 slot
October 6, 2008 3:21:28 PM

You'd be much better off getting something like an 8800GT, maybe even a 3850 for $60 and then throwing in a more board/cpu combo for $180 later down the road.
October 6, 2008 3:49:23 PM

Pentium D era hardware is trash. You are better off starting fresh.
October 6, 2008 4:06:44 PM

The only reason to get a card that expensive is if you have the hardware that won't hold it back. This hardware will. I'm less concerned with the PCI-E 1.0 vs 2.0 then I am with the PD. You would bottle neck the hell out of that card. I have a pentium duel core (core tech... on the cheap side) and I can tell big differences when I don't OC it. It way holds back my 3870. Better off to upgrade more then just the card here. The E8500's are pretty cheap now. That with a more modern MoBo would suit you well.
October 6, 2008 4:41:07 PM

A GTX 280 is $420+

It would be better spent on:
E2220 - $90 (compatible with your current MB)
or E4700 - $135 (also compatible)

and

HD 4850 - $140 after MIR
or HD 4870 - $245 after MIR

and 2GB of quality RAM (if you don't already have it) - $50 max

You will spend WAY less and get much more in return, for even more return get a new P35 or P45 motherboard and a 45nm C2D processor (E5200, E7200 or E8400) and 4GB ram (which would still cost less than a single GTX 280).
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October 6, 2008 5:01:11 PM

^+1. True. You may also need a good PSU and case.
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October 6, 2008 10:00:08 PM

can you say bottleneck!
upgrade entire system.
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