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P5gd1-vm pci-express 2.0

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April 29, 2010 6:46:51 PM

can I use any graphic card which uses PCI Express 2.0 x16 Interface

I have P5GD1-VM
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Its very confusing what kind of Graphic Card I should buy...
I have followoing options.
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1. PCI Express x16
2. PCI Express x1
3. PCI Express 2.0 x16
4. PCI Express 2.1 x16


Thanks

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a b U Graphics card
April 29, 2010 7:12:51 PM

You can use a card that uses any of those interfaces. PCIe 2.0 is fully backwards compatible with 1.0, 1.0a, and 1.1 cards. However, a BIOS update may be required for PCIe 2.1 compatibility as it's a newer standard.

What may be a more pertinent question to ask when selecting a video card involves what functions you wish for it to perform, such as gaming. When you get around to actually selecting a card and requesting opinions on them, be sure to include details found here.
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April 29, 2010 7:33:49 PM

Thank you for your comments RazberyBandit.

I realize that later and try to update my thread but your reply was already there.
Thank you for your quick help.

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a b U Graphics card
April 29, 2010 10:49:14 PM

Oh you're welcome, and no worries.

Out of the cards linked, I'd select either the GT210 or 4350. However, I'd probably make an entirely different selection if this were my PC.

Since it's an HTPC, I'd probably select an HD5450 due to it being capable of Dolby TrueHD and DTS audio though it's HDMI output. These cards also start at about the $40 mark (link). This is a PCIe 2.1 card, so I would suggest making sure you're using a BIOS build released within the last 6 months to guarantee compatibility.
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May 2, 2010 1:33:46 PM

RazberyBandit said:
Oh you're welcome, and no worries.

Out of the cards linked, I'd select either the GT210 or 4350. However, I'd probably make an entirely different selection if this were my PC.

Since it's an HTPC, I'd probably select an HD5450 due to it being capable of Dolby TrueHD and DTS audio though it's HDMI output. These cards also start at about the $40 mark (link). This is a PCIe 2.1 card, so I would suggest making sure you're using a BIOS build released within the last 6 months to guarantee compatibility.


Thank you so much one more time.

I like this card in the list you gave me.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


But my motherboard last BIOS update was on 2007/12/06 .

There is a review on my selected card says that "
1. If it's not working in a PCI-e 1.1 or 1.0 slot, please update your motherboard bios. PCI-e 2.0 and 2.1 IS compatable with all previous PCI-e versions. "

Should I take my chances and buy this and see if it worked?
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a b U Graphics card
May 2, 2010 7:29:40 PM

Tough call...

That is the most recent BIOS for that board, but not a single note for any BIOS version for it specifically addresses PCIe version updates. Since it is PCIe 2.1, it may not work with your motherboard. The only way to fix that is with a newer BIOS update from ASUS, but no such update exists.

You could always try it and return it if it doesn't work. You'll end up paying an extra $10 or so to ship it back to Newegg, though. You'll also have to wait for a different card to arrive. It would probably be more economical and convenient to simply go with a different card from the very beginning rather than take a chance on a 5450. An HD4550 (performs similarly to the 5450) should work since it's PCIe 2.0, but 4550's don't offer the HD audio specs of the 5450 I mentioned previously.
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May 2, 2010 9:47:41 PM

hmm, is there anyway that I can swith my motherboard as well?

I am willing to pay another 50/60 bucks but definately wanna use the same processor.

But again. I was thinking to get something which I can add it to existing PC and use it HTPC.

do u think is there any other HD5450 card in your list which you think that I can use?
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a b U Graphics card
May 4, 2010 1:58:10 AM

All ATI 5000-series cards are PCIe 2.1, so the risk of incompatibility lies with all of them. Alternative PCIe 2.0 cards would include anything within ATI's 4000-series and nVidia's GT200-series cards, such as the GT210 or GT220. When someone else ran into this problem, I contacted XFX on his behalf. XFX's tech told me GT200 cards use the same audio controller as the ATI 5000-series cards. I've not seen any independent reports confirming nor discounting this, but I little reason to doubt it.

You certainly could replace the motherboard, but by choosing a different (PCIe 2.0) card, it's not necessary. You'd be spending twice as much just to use a 5000-series card. But it certainly could be done should you choose to do so.
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