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9600GT on PCI Express 1.0 slot

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
March 1, 2010 3:48:20 PM


I was wondering if I put a 9600GT video card (that is a PCI-Ex 2.0), on a motherboard that only has PCI-Express 1.0 slot (16x), will it lose in performance, will it have enough bandwidth or should I buy a PCI-Express 2.0 (16x) motherboard to be sure?

Thank you! :hello: 
a b U Graphics card
March 1, 2010 3:53:37 PM

Do you know the CPU spec? Well, even with an Athlon64, Sempron, Celeron, Pentium Dual shouldn't have a *noticeable* problem/bottleneck.

PCIe 2.0 is backwards compatible with PCIe 1.0 and 1.1, so there won't be any incompatability issues at all.

a b Î Nvidia
a c 130 U Graphics card
a b V Motherboard
March 1, 2010 3:54:24 PM

You'll be fine. You might lose about 0.5 FPS; nothing to worry about.
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March 1, 2010 4:13:58 PM

The CPU will be a E8400, and a 2GB DDR2 800+ Dual Channel kit, but I was taking today with someone at a PC store, I wanted to get a motherboard for all this, and he mentioned that a 9600GT is not using all the bandwidth of a PCI Express 2.0 slot, and I could buy a cheaper board with PCI Ex 1.0.
a b Î Nvidia
a c 365 U Graphics card
a b V Motherboard
March 1, 2010 4:19:48 PM

The 9600GT doesn't even use most of the bandwidth available for PCI-e 1.0.

If you are never going to drop in a high performance card, then a mobo with only PCI-e 1.0 will be fine. However, if you are thinking about dropping in something like the HD 5850 or nVidia's equivalent, then I would recommend you spend the extra money a mobo with PCI-e 2.0.
a b Î Nvidia
a c 130 U Graphics card
a b V Motherboard
March 1, 2010 6:58:50 PM

Also, save yourself some money on the E8400 and grab an E7200. AFAIK, there's no difference except clock speeds (they're all on the same wolfdale core).
Using that money, grab either a PCI-E 2.0 mobo (unnecessary) or an HD5750 (better gaming). Either way, you'll have a bigger benefit.