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GTX680: Still confused by 2.0 vs 3.0 PCI

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May 7, 2012 10:25:05 PM

Hello Forum Members.

Im still confused about 2.0 vs 3.0 PCI express. I currently have a GTX680 on a P6X58D-E mother board with i7930. I am using a Dell U2711 monitor. (rest of my system specs are on my tag)

1) Is my motherboard and CPU potentially bottlenecking my GTX680?
2) Whats the difference between x8 or x16?
3) Will having it in x8 bottleneck or will having it x16 bottle it?
4) How can I tell if I installed it x8 or x 16?
5) If I SLI in the future will it bottleneck?
6) Or am I just going crazy and neither x8 or x 16 will be bottlenecked and I should just stop posting this topic and just enjoy my system?
7)And any benchmarks between single/dual GTX680 on 2.0 PCI vs 3.0 PCI mobos?

Please bare with me as I'm learning as much as I can.

Regards,

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Anonymous
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May 7, 2012 10:27:11 PM

everything you need to know:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PCI_Express
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May 7, 2012 10:43:38 PM

monsta said:
Basically dont even worry about it , you wont see much difference, have a look at this , its been tested , sometimes its one frame difference. LOL

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Intel/Ivy_Bridge_PCI...

thanks for that. the conclusion sums it up nicely.
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May 7, 2012 10:44:56 PM

Thank you both for the replies. If you had the same specs I do. Would you upgrade anything?
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Anonymous
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May 7, 2012 10:48:14 PM

how are your speakers?
your chair?
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May 7, 2012 10:50:38 PM

Thanks...so basically just shutup, dont worry about my CPU/MOBO bottlenecking the GTX680 and enjoy it.....
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May 7, 2012 10:55:32 PM

You got it , great set up , you will fly with the 680 :) 
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May 7, 2012 10:57:31 PM

MrHamm said:
Thanks...so basically just shutup, dont worry about my CPU/MOBO bottlenecking the GTX680 and enjoy it.....

i didn't mean it like that. i am impressed with that overclock. some folks might suggest a SSD but if your not having problems why get anything.
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May 7, 2012 11:00:39 PM

An SSD isnt a bad upgrade , good suggestion.
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May 8, 2012 12:50:23 PM

I was acutally thinking about that. I'm currently using a X25-M 80gig SSD which I have been using since the build. I just built a system for my friend and got a Crucial 128gig. It feels so much faster and smoother. And I already did a clean install on my SSD.

You guys are just giving me more of a reason to upgrade =)
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May 8, 2012 6:15:53 PM

Best answer selected by MrHamm.
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