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Difference between PCI-E 1.0 and 2.0?

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December 11, 2010 1:48:53 AM

What is the difference between PCI-E 1.0 and 2.0?

Will PCI-E 2.0 video cards run on 1.0 slots?

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December 11, 2010 2:10:57 AM

According to Wikipedia :

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The PCIe 2.0 standard doubles the per-lane throughput from the PCIe 1.0 standard's 250 MB/s to 500 MB/s. This means a 32-lane PCI connector (x32) can support throughput up to 16 GB/s aggregate. The PCIe 2.0 standard uses a base clock speed of 5.0 GHz, while the first version operates at 2.5 GHz.

PCIe 2.0 motherboard slots are fully backward compatible with PCIe v1.x cards. PCIe 2.0 cards are also generally backward compatible with PCIe 1.x motherboards, using the available bandwidth of PCI Express 1.1. Overall, graphic cards or motherboards designed for v 2.0 will be able to work with the other being v 1.1 or v 1.0.
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