2.0 card in 1.0a slot ???


My old XP box died and I needed something quick ( and cheap ) to get me up and running. I am in the middle of moving and don't want to spend money on a system right now. This box is on the job site, using it to do house design ( and some videos at night).

I bought a used Dell Inspiron 530. Dual core 2.4 gig. It has the G33M02 mother board.

I swapped out my old 450W power supply and added my old ram so I now hove 4 gig. I put in my Blue Ray Drive.

I am running Windows 7 ... so far, so good.

I now need to upgrade my video card. I need at least directX 10. I want to run dual monitors.

I was just about to put a nvidea 430 into it ... $40. Then I read their site, it is a 2.0 pcie card and is compatible with 1.1 ( says to on there site). The Dell Inpsiron 530 is 1.0a ! The cards tech support says it may or may not work! They (card manfacture) suggested a 210 ( less performance and only DirectX10, 430 is DirectX11 ... and almost the same price) ... but even the 210 says only 1.1 compatible on their site!

Dose anyone have any experience with this problem ... if it is a problem? I am using dual monitors, no gaming, Autocad, video editing, watching Blue Ray movies and such.

Thanks so much ... Mike
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  1. PCI Express 2.0

    PCI-SIG announced the availability of the PCI Express Base 2.0 specification on 15 January 2007.[16] The PCIe 2.0 standard doubles the transfer rate compared with PCIe 1.0 to 5 GT/s and the per-lane throughput rises from 250 MB/s to 500 MB/s. This means a 32-lane PCIe connector (×32) can support throughput up to 16 GB/s aggregate.

    PCIe 2.0 motherboard slots are fully backward compatible with PCIe v1.x cards. PCIe 2.0 cards are also generally backward compatible with PCIe 1.x motherboards, using the available bandwidth of PCI Express 1.1. Overall, graphic cards or motherboards designed for v2.0 will work with the other being v1.1 or v1.0a.

    The PCI-SIG also said that PCIe 2.0 features improvements to the point-to-point data transfer protocol and its software architecture.[17]

    Intel's first PCIe 2.0 capable chipset was the X38 and boards began to ship from various vendors (Abit, Asus, Gigabyte) as of October 21, 2007.[18] AMD started supporting PCIe 2.0 with its AMD 700 chipset series and nVidia started with the MCP72.[19] All of Intel's prior chipsets, including the Intel P35 chipset, supported PCIe 1.1 or 1.0a.[20]
  2. nvidia card should be fine. AMD, no.
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