I'm looking to upgrade from my 8800gts 512mb and I have my eye on the new GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) on Newegg. My concern is that I am running a P35 northbridge which only supports PCI Express x16 v1.1 instead of 2.0. I have read a lot that current cards have yet to max out the 1.1's bandwidth and thus isn't a bottleneck, but has the new generation reached that point? I realize that he card will still work with 1.1, but,
Here's my comp specs from Sanda sisoft
p35-ds3l MPS 1.40
Corsair 4gb ddr2
Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4 running at 3Ghz
My original thought was to upgrade motherboard, RAM, and Video... Although if this machine will be able to handle new generation Video Card, it should be alright for the next couple years (for crysis 2 ) .. what are your suggestions? is that about time to upgrade my motherboard and RAM as well?
Thank you all for the input! as borisof007 mentioned it WILL bottleneck.. just want to make sure i'm not goint to get like 20-30% bottleness if i get this card.. i would rather upgrade the board as well in this case.
You are correct mousem, it does not.. will have to run ddr2 for couple more years..
Just got GIGABYTE GV-N470D5-13I-B GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 for $252 (after $25 promo code and $20 mail in rebate).. Which was pretty cheap, could not pass this deal.