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New VidCard; PCIE 3.0 or 2.0? Mobo=2.0

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December 3, 2012 8:53:19 PM

Hello all, thanks for taking a moment to review my issue. So right down to it- My question. Is PCI-E 3.0 backwards compatible with 2.0?

My video card is clearly my bottleneck. Crap frames when rendering the Boston background in AC3. I've used a couple GPC/CPU monitors to confirm it. CPU is cruising @ 50%, vidcard is peaking in traffic. (Gotta love those Q6600 :D )

Listed below is my current hardware. At a glance, would you purchase a GTX 560/70 in PCI-E 2.0; or for near the same price a GTX 660? And the 3rd option would be pairing an SLi'd GTX 460.


Motherboard: PCI-E 2.0 x2

Processor: Lapped & OC'd on water to 3.6ghtz

GPU: GTX 460 PCI-E 2.0

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December 3, 2012 9:12:07 PM

susofseattle said:
Hello all, thanks for taking a moment to review my issue. So right down to it- My question. Is PCI-E 3.0 backwards compatible with 2.0?

My video card is clearly my bottleneck. Crap frames when rendering the Boston background in AC3. I've used a couple GPC/CPU monitors to confirm it. CPU is cruising @ 50%, vidcard is peaking in traffic. (Gotta love those Q6600 :D )

Listed below is my current hardware. At a glance, would you purchase a GTX 560/70 in PCI-E 2.0; or for near the same price a GTX 660? And the 3rd option would be pairing an SLi'd GTX 460.


Motherboard:
PCI-E 2.0 x2

Processor:
Lapped & OC'd on water to 3.6ghtz

GPU:
GTX 460 PCI-E 2.0


No it's your CPU. ACIII is sh!t optimized for PC CPU's. Look it up.

But yes your GPU is also showing its age. Don'om the 6000 or 500 series, the new cards blow them out of the water. I recommend a 7870. It costs as much or less than a 660 while performing as well as a 660 Ti. Oh and it comes with Far Cry 3!

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