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Best PCI-e 1.0 x 16 graphics card available?

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September 30, 2010 1:10:40 PM

Title says it all.

Does anyone know what the best PCIe 1.0 x 16 graphics card is?

I'm looking toward upgrading my super old system, so I can buy a little bit more time until PCIe 3.0 comes out.

Current system runs the following:
- Intel core2duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz OC'd to 3.2GHz
- 6GB DDR2 PC800 Memory
- NVidia GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB

I know my 8800 is decent, but it's hard as hell to find any out there, since you can't buy new ones anymore. Might as well just buy 2 of the best PCIe 1.0 card out there and SLI/CrossFire them.

Thanks for reading.

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a c 169 U Graphics card
September 30, 2010 1:55:29 PM

The best PCI-E 1.0 card is Nvidia 8800 Ultra which is faster than your card but why don't you consider PCI-E 2.0 cards? What's your motherboard model ?
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September 30, 2010 2:06:37 PM

EVGA nForce 680i SLI but it only supports up to LGA 775 and PCIe 1.0... I would go with 2.0 cards but I don't want to bottleneck, so I might as well wait =/
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a c 189 U Graphics card
September 30, 2010 2:18:25 PM

nah, going for 2.0 cards wouldn't give you bottleneck since 2.0 pcie slot are backward compatible with any 2.0 or 1.0 cards...
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a c 272 U Graphics card
September 30, 2010 2:21:10 PM

opt1x said:
EVGA nForce 680i SLI but it only supports up to LGA 775 and PCIe 1.0... I would go with 2.0 cards but I don't want to bottleneck, so I might as well wait =/

My 680i board is running a pair of 8800GT's just fine and according to the specs they're PCIe 2.0.
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September 30, 2010 2:27:15 PM

wa1 said:
nah, going for 2.0 cards wouldn't give you bottleneck since 2.0 pcie slot are backward compatible with any 2.0 or 1.0 cards...


But wouldn't I get less bus speeds by using a 2.0 card in a 1.0 system?

16 lane slot:
v1.x: 4 GB/s
v2.x: 8 GB/s


Mousemonkey said:
My 680i board is running a pair of 8800GT's just fine and according to the specs they're PCIe 2.0.


I understand the compatibility but, for my situation, what is the point of buying a 2.0 card if their bus speeds will be limited? Sure I could buy 2.0 cards and run them alright I suppose, but why not just wait until 3.0 cards come out? Or even if I were to make a system right now, buy 2.0 cards later down the road when they're cheaper?
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a c 169 U Graphics card
September 30, 2010 2:29:09 PM

Using a PCI-E 2.0 card won't bottleneck it,so don't worry.
A worthy upgrade from your 8800GTS would be GTX 460/HD 5850
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September 30, 2010 2:30:49 PM

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September 30, 2010 2:32:01 PM

Yeah, you're right. After more research, I guess you won't bottleneck.

I appreciate all the help you guys have given me! Sorry you all had to deal with my lack of PCIe knowledge :p 

Have a great day!
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a c 363 U Graphics card
September 30, 2010 2:41:18 PM

You'll be fine.

I have a HD 5850 in my mobo which is only PCI-e 16x v1.0. I have no problems. Most cards will not be bottlenecked by v1.0; the exception maybe an overclocked high end video card with two GPUs like the HD 5970.
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a c 272 U Graphics card
September 30, 2010 3:41:06 PM

This topic has been closed by Mousemonkey
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