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PCI-E x16 or AGP x8?

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August 23, 2011 1:39:51 AM

Hey guys, first post. I'm not smart at all about computers, and i don't feel like paying someone just to tell me whether i have a AGP x8 slot, or PCI-E x16 slots... my motherboard is a Board: WinFast C51MCP51 FAB1.0
And it looks like it has both kind of slots. There are a total of four slots, the one highest is greyish, and the three lower ones are white? So, which do i have? An answer wold be great, thanks.

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August 23, 2011 1:44:50 AM

The reason i need to know, is if i can use this video card, EVGA 01G-P3-1430-LR GeForce GT 430 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
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August 23, 2011 1:58:16 AM

Ok as far as i can tell, i have 3 white Pci slots, and my black one looks PCI-E But I'm not sure, It's sort of skinny, and has a thingy sticking out of the end of it, the thing that PCI slots don't have on the end :D 
So is my black a PCI-E?

Edit: it has the things sticking out of the ends, like these. http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=2487&p...

The blue things look like what my black is, but my black looks a bit skinnier.
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a c 108 V Motherboard
August 23, 2011 6:57:09 PM

If the GPU slot you're concerned with has the small sector closer to where the monitor cable is connected, then it is PCI-E. Both AGP & PCI have the small sector on the opposite end. If you post a picture of the slot on your mobo, it would be much easier to be certain.
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August 24, 2011 3:18:01 PM

Hopefully this helps...



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a c 75 V Motherboard
August 24, 2011 5:43:28 PM

How old is your computer? We stopped using AGP on any of our chipsets about 7 years ago? I can't imagine anyone still using AGP with in the last 5 years.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
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August 24, 2011 11:59:43 PM

my pc is like 10 years old >.< so i want to upgreade it, but i don't have that kind of money.
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a c 108 V Motherboard
August 25, 2011 12:15:22 AM

That's a PCI-E x16 slot. Yours would likely be a 1.0, though. PCI-E slots are backward/forward compatible, but limited to the technology of the older hardware. What this means is, if your mobo has a slot that looks just like the one in the pic you linked, then it is indeed a PCI-E slot.

Furthermore, since your mobo is 10 years old, then the PCI-E slot is likely version 1.0. You can install a new PCI-E interface GPU into this slot, and the GPU will work, but the max thoughput of 250 MB/s.
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August 25, 2011 12:18:34 AM

So then with this slot, would i be able to use a video card that requires PCI-E 2.0 x16? or do i have to get a new mobo?
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a c 108 V Motherboard
August 25, 2011 12:22:01 AM

I recommend getting a new mobo, simply because of its age, but it is not required. You will be able to use any PCI-E x16 GPU in that slot, unless it is too long.
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August 25, 2011 12:23:04 AM

Ok thanks so much everyone!
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