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Gfx for pci-e in Lenovos advanced docking station

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January 6, 2010 9:31:45 PM

Current setup:
Thinkpad t61,win7, advanced dock (with firegl v3300)
As I recently burned the firegl3300 I am now looking for a new and cheap gfx. Thi sis however easier said than done. After spending days on the lenovo forum I am still unsure of how to find a suitable gfx in the low-end.
Assumption: Though the Pci-e slot on the dock is physically x16, electrically it is only x1 (this can not be modded :( )
Question: In theory, what will perform better? a x1 or a x16 card?
I am looking at 2 different brands of radeon 4350, one is x1 , the other x 16. Any sense in assuming that the former one has been optimized to x1 and thus that it should outperform the x16?
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January 7, 2010 5:54:01 AM

Definitely an x16, since it allows for more bandwidth, unfortunately, you won't be able to maximize such a card on your x1 port.
January 14, 2010 12:12:54 PM

so my question essentially remains the same, if the dock only supports pciex1 is there anything gained at all from buying a x16?
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January 14, 2010 6:20:53 PM

Is there a price difference?
January 22, 2010 10:48:16 AM

hmm tuff to say, only found 1 pcix1 card in my pricerange and 10 pcix16.
different manufacturers so hard to say if there's a pricedifference, but I'd say that the pcix1 is a bit more expenssive.
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