I just had a quick question about the different PCI-Express standards and their effect on gaming performance. For example, I have a Radeon 4870 which is 2.0 compatible, but my motherboard is only a PCI-E x16. Am I losing significant performance or is it negligible?
You are confusing version with bandwidth or speed, the x16 refers to the amount of bandwith or speed the slot runs at with x16 being the highest and x1 being the lowest and x4 and x8 being the other speeds. The 2.0 refers to the specification of the slot the first was 1.0 followed by 1.0a then 2.0 and the next will be 3.0
I know the difference between bandwidth and version, I typed the question out fast and didn't state both in full. I realize i should have said "pci-e 2.0 x16" and "pci-e 1.0a x16". Sorry, i just got lazy.
But anyways, thanks for your response deadlockedworld, you were very helpful keep up the good work.