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PCI-E 3.0 Graphics Card on a 1366 Motherboard with PCI-E 2.0

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May 7, 2012 8:51:30 AM

Hi all,

I was hoping someone could give me a solid answer on this question. I currently have my original gen 1 i7 950 with my 1366 motherboard and I have plans to overclock this system with liquid cooling once I've saved up for it.

Back to the question, I'd like to purchase a Nvidia 690 GTX or 680 GTX and I'd like to know if there are any disadvantages or issues of purchasing one of these two cards and installing it within my current motherboard. Obviously the graphics card is a PCI-E 3.0 device and that my motherboard only has PCI-E 2.0 slots. What difference will this make to my system?

Thanks and looking forward to a response soon!

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May 7, 2012 9:27:59 AM

There isn't any disadvantages. Even GTX 690 doesn't fully saturate PCIe 2.0 x16 slot:
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-r...

It will work at full capability!
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May 7, 2012 10:07:18 AM

So I can easily stick to my motherboard and save some cash? Excellent news! Thanks heaps.
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May 7, 2012 12:27:45 PM

None of the cards today uses the PCIe 2.0 at it's full potential let alone PCIe 3.0.
So there isn't any need to worry. You're good to go to with a PCIe 3.0 card on a PCIe 2.0 motherboard. :) 
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May 8, 2012 11:41:30 AM

Best answer selected by kingkrs.
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May 12, 2012 8:34:13 AM

Gman450 said:
None of the cards today uses the PCIe 2.0 at it's full potential let alone PCIe 3.0.
So there isn't any need to worry. You're good to go to with a PCIe 3.0 card on a PCIe 2.0 motherboard. :) 


what about the reverse of this option
PCI 3.0 motherboard with 2.0 GPU

I am trying to select the best Nvidia GPU for a PCI 3.0 that is low power and is OK with Photoshop.
or is it OK to select a 2.0 GPU and use it with the ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($120.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.00 @ B&H)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7750 1GB Video Card ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi Tower ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply ($26.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $853.77
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-12 04:28 EDT-0400)
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May 12, 2012 8:38:04 AM

@Puzzledshrug:

Make your own thread.
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May 12, 2012 5:27:57 PM

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