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PCI-E 2.0 vs 1.0

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May 14, 2009 3:28:57 PM

I'm considering an upgrade from 2 asus 8600gts in sli to 2 9600GT in sli. My motherboard is PCI-E 1.0 and the 9600GT is 2.0, how would that effect the cards?

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May 14, 2009 3:43:52 PM

it shouldnt effect it at all pci-e x 16 v1 should have enough bandwith and its backwards compatible so that shouldnt be a problem.

but i dont see the reason why though? 2 8600gts should b pretty much the same
as 2 9600 gt in performance atleast.
May 14, 2009 3:45:23 PM

imo you should get a single 260 or a 4870 from ati's side
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May 14, 2009 3:51:44 PM

Edit: hmm i have to take that back sry i never knew the 8600gts was that crippled... the name implies its a decent mid range card oh well.
9600gt is a nice card but imo u should only sli/crossfire with ''high''end cards els you are better of with a faster single gpu solution

ps sry for the new post couldnt edit my last one..
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May 14, 2009 4:09:04 PM

and the winner of the award for spending money while accomplishing nothing goes to...

seriously, thats not an upgrade. get a single card solution. dual card if you have to have more power than you can get from a single card solution. 2 of either of those cards doesnt even equal a 4870 or a 260. then theres issues like microstutter. or games not supporting sli.

and your 1.0 is fine. unless you want a gtx 295, or a 4870x2, then the extra bandwidth helps.
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May 14, 2009 4:56:35 PM

Nice try, guys, but the 8600 and 9600 are different, it is not quite like the 8800/9800/GTX250 mess.
OP; No it will make no difference, only a few of the high end X2 cards can get close to using all the speed of PCI-E 1.0, two 9600 will hardly dent it.
Here is a review of the 9600GT which benches it alongside the 8600GT:

http://www.trustedreviews.com/graphics/review/2008/02/2...
May 14, 2009 5:15:35 PM

well yeh thats why i made the edit on my post.. but not that it matters a lot.. its still a gts he has not a gt
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May 14, 2009 8:42:00 PM

coozie7 said:
Nice try, guys, but the 8600 and 9600 are different, it is not quite like the 8800/9800/GTX250 mess.
OP; No it will make no difference, only a few of the high end X2 cards can get close to using all the speed of PCI-E 1.0, two 9600 will hardly dent it.
Here is a review of the 9600GT which benches it alongside the 8600GT:

http://www.trustedreviews.com/graphics/review/2008/02/2...

its the GTS250 :p  just had to point that one out
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May 15, 2009 12:05:19 PM

^^^ Oops;(
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