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May 16, 2012 2:06:01 PM

I am planning on buying a new rig, and I ran into a problem. I planned on buying the ASUS P8Z77-V LX, and putting a MSI Radeon HD 7770 onto it, but when I read the specifications of the motherboard, I ran into this.

It says it has 1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (blue), but there is a *2 next to it, so I scrolled down and found this:

"*2: PCIe 3.0 speed is supported by Intel® 3rd generation Core™ processors."

Does this mean I wont be able to use the 7770 without an Ivy Bridge CPU, or am I just dumb? Because it says that the video card fits on the PCIe 3.0 x16, so I'm confused right now.

Here are the links to the GPU and CPU:

CPU
  1. http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z77V_LX/#overview


GPU
  1. http://www.msi.com/product/vga/R7770-2PMD1GD5-OC.html

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Anonymous
a b V Motherboard
May 16, 2012 3:51:49 PM

that just means it will run in pci 2.0 with a sandy bridge processor which there will no problem with, not even any performance difference.
a b V Motherboard
May 16, 2012 3:58:22 PM

you can run pci-e 3.0 with SANDY BRIDGE very accurate, there will not any hesitate in performance and will give you its native performance.. Whether you have i3,or i5 cpu's of sandy bridge pci-e 3.0 backward compatible with sandy bridge..
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