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PCI 1.1 vs 2.0

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April 23, 2009 5:28:52 PM

Hey there,

If my motherbaord supports PCI 1.0 and I buy a graphics card using PCI 2.0, I should be ok right? Are there any downsides or maximum cap on performance if I do this, thanks.

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a b U Graphics card
April 23, 2009 6:02:21 PM

Yes it will work fine. No there is not down side yet because pcie2.0 has a huge bandwidth which we cant fully utilize just yet. PCIe1.0 is fine for now.
April 23, 2009 6:28:01 PM

unless you buy a dual gpu card you'll be ok.
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April 23, 2009 7:51:25 PM

Helloworld_98 said:
unless you buy a dual gpu card you'll be ok.

Even then no problems.
April 23, 2009 8:04:05 PM

I thought the high end Dual GPU cards maxed out the bandwidth hence the use of AMD's FX or intel X series boards for 4870 X2's etc.
May 4, 2009 11:11:19 PM

you may not use the full bandwidth, but your gfx will most likely run half power....

pci-1.0 gives your gfx 75 watts of power, plus whatever you need to connect to it externally.

pci-2.0 gives your gfx 150 watts of power, plus whatever you need to connect to it externally.

my 4870 1gig pci-2.0 card is running half power right now, which means I'm not getting my full potential out of it. every card draws from the motherboard, just some need more juice, hence power supply's with pci express connectors, either 6, 6+2 or 8. each line gives 75 watts of power. so technically the 4870 runs about 300 watts, 150 from the motherboard and 150 from the psu pci-e connectors.

running half power will effect your new card purchase. get a new motherboard, don't listen to noobs.
a b U Graphics card
May 5, 2009 4:32:42 AM

Stop posting that! It isn't true. Good grief, right now 1.1/1.0 and 2.0 are essentially interchangeable since nothing uses that bandwidth and the cards are designed with power redundancy so if it can't get 150W from the board, it is ok.
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