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Curious - PCI-e 1.0 and 2.0 compatibility

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a b U Graphics card
April 17, 2009 3:22:04 PM

Ok, so I know they're backwards and forwards compatible...but wow, they look very very different.

The PCI-e 1.0 only uses the small front end section of the GPU, while PCI-e 2.0s use mostly the entire GPU section. (GPU section as in the lock-in part with the gold/copper strips)

Wouldn't there be a structural stability issue, since you're distributing the weight of a rather weighty GPU on that small portion?

Personally I find it hard even picturing it...
April 17, 2009 3:26:08 PM

I don't know, but people who spend on expensive cards (heavy) won't really be having PCI-e 1.1 slots.
a b U Graphics card
April 17, 2009 3:56:09 PM

The one labeled PCI-e 2



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April 17, 2009 4:23:31 PM

A PCI 1.0 motherboard has the exact same slot as a PCI 2.0 motherboard ie there is no difference in its appearance....or am i missing something :ange: 

I have a pci 1.0 motherboard and its not plugged into that puny little thing....
April 17, 2009 4:43:11 PM

Oh, I thought you were talking about Pci-e x16. The cards that are mounted in the x1 slots are really really light, so it shouldn't be a problem.
April 17, 2009 7:15:19 PM

Edit: nevermind, figured out answer to my q:) 
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