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Last response: in Graphics Cards
May 19, 2009 1:19:34 AM

A quick upgrade question that I haven't been able to find the answer to...

Currently, I've got two 7900GTs running on my computer, with a nForce 590 chipset. I'm probably going to upgrade the cards in a few months, but I'm not sure if the chipset would support newer graphics cards. Basically, would a new graphics card run on an older chipset, or does it not matter? I would assume that it doesn't matter, but I'm not positive. Thanks.

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a c 170 U Graphics card
a b Î Nvidia
May 19, 2009 9:16:51 AM

nForce 590i has PCI-E 16x slot which can support every card out there
a c 109 U Graphics card
a b Î Nvidia
May 19, 2009 10:14:53 AM

The slot will be pci-e x16

newer mbs have pci-e 2.0 x 16 which doubles the bandwidth .

Mb has enough bandwidth to feed information to a 4870 or maybe a gtx 260 but after that it wont get the best out of the cards
Physically the cards will fit
a c 75 U Graphics card
a b Î Nvidia
May 19, 2009 7:31:47 PM

The other point to consider is the CPU & RAM on your system. If you're running an older CPU (some of the lower end Athlon X2 units) you may not get the full potential of your upgraded video card.

Having the AM2 socket though, you could put a decent CPU in there to keep you going a while longer.

But you should be able to run a newer card, since you do have PCI-E 16x slots.