my motherboard is old and only runs gpus at 8x pci-e, i was looking to upgrade my whole system to ddr3 but ran into a few problems so now i am looking to do a minor upgrade.
i have got a am2 amd 64x2 5000+ cpu and a ecs nasty motherboard am2, but wanted to upgrade my motherboard to somehting better and was wondering if my 5000+ am2 cpu would fit into a am2+ motherboard.
i have been looking it up and got mixed views an i know my cpu wont benifit from the am2+ features but it would allow me to overclock my cpu and hopefully run my gpu in 16x pci-e and run my system better.
not sure what motherboard i am getting but the board will am2+ and my cpu will be a athlon am2 and not a am2+, just wanted a upgrade to get some more fps but not sure if this slight upgrade will do much difference going from 8x to 16x pci-e
the socket i was talking about was the PCI-E since the x16 moves more information then the x8 but you need a card capable of using that speed, the 8800GTS 640mb offers similar performance to the ATI 3870 in this test.
sorry yes now i understand, looking at the link you posted there is a slight increase in fps from the 8x to the 16x but i would still be happy with that as my cpu fits in to the am2+ and my future upgrade ( phenom 955 be ) fits in aswell on the board i am now looking at.
my problem is that i was going to go to am3 but i need to change many parts and is too much up front and needed a upgrade soon, whats the difference between the am2+ and the am3 apart from the ddr3.