Video card upgrade, PCIe 3.0 HELP

Hey guys,

I've been recently meaning to upgrade my video card to a dx11 type, and I haven't been checking out much of the new things coming out for a while, so I was kind of baffled when I heard about PCIe 3.0.

I currently have a 790i Ultra Sli mobo by nvidia, and am running a 285 GTX video card on it. By my understanding, my PCI-E slot is a PCI-E x16. The specs of the card I want to buy (680 GTX) is labelled as having a PCI 3.0 bus.

My question is, will my motherboard take it? Or does that mean that if I buy a new video card, I need to change motherboards as well?

Thanks in advance!
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  1. Just a quick yes or no would be great, I cant seem to find any info about this...
  2. Simple answer, yes. There's slightly more to it, but it'll work.
  3. Thanks :) That's a relief. Is it going to be similar to USB 3.0, where you can plug in USB 2.0 but it just wont work as fast a 3.0? or will it perform the same as on a PCIE 3.0 motherboard?
  4. GrieverXIV said:
    Thanks :) That's a relief. Is it going to be similar to USB 3.0, where you can plug in USB 2.0 but it just wont work as fast a 3.0? or will it perform the same as on a PCIE 3.0 motherboard?


    You got it. That's the same idea, yeah. :) It'll be at PCIe 2.0 spec speed, but will work perfectly, otherwise. PCIe 2.0 isn't a bottle neck to current PCIe 3.0 cards anyway, so nothing to worry about really.
  5. Thanks for the quick replies,

    Cheers!
  6. No problem! :)
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