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Can the GA-MA770T-UD3P gigabyte motherboard run a geforce gtx 660

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December 7, 2012 5:01:21 PM

Can the GA-MA770T-UD3P gigabyte motherboard run a geforce gtx 660 ti graphics card?

Im currently using the GA-MA770T-UD3P motherboard, but i am highly interested in replacing by crappy geforce 240 card.
If this motherboard does not support the card, what would be a good option in terms of upgrading? Im also running an AMD Athlon(tm) II X2 245 Processor and am curious to know what proccessors i may be able to upgrade too?
a c 121 V Motherboard
December 7, 2012 5:33:44 PM

Yes that board will run the 660Ti. Your board only has PCIe 2.0 while the card is based off of PCIe 3.0, but that card does not generate enough bandwidth to max out that interface.

You can also look at Phenom II's they should work on AM3 boards.
December 7, 2012 5:38:26 PM

I'm not entirely sure what the PCIe's do Itzdaniel, but will the card im buying work to its full potential even though i only have the PCIe 2.0?
a c 121 V Motherboard
December 7, 2012 5:45:53 PM

Yes.

Basically PCIe 3.0 doubles the bandwidth of PCIe 2.0

16 lanes of PCIe 2.0 (what you currently have) = 8 lanes of PCIe 3.0 (what that card is designed to run at)

That card is not powerful enough to completely use 8 lanes of PCIe 3.0, so your 16 lanes of PCIe 2.0 are enough :)  You will not have any kind of throttling.
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