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Nvidia gtx 550 ti compatibility with gigabyte ga-g31m-es2l motherboard

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July 8, 2012 8:04:44 PM

Hello, this is deepanshu, i own a nvidia 9500 gt card 1 gb running on my gigabyte ga-g31m-es2l motherboard. i wanted 2 upgrade my pc by buying a new zotac gtx 550 ti whose spec is it is GDDR5 and is pci-e x16 2.0 .My mobo has a pci -express x 16 1.1 slot only. i dont wanna buy a new mobo now, only want the new 550 ti. so can you please tell me if and wat will be the compatibility issues i may face and will there be any performance loss by runnin a pci e 2.0 x16 in a pci-e 1.1 x16 slot. And can my mobo support ddr5 card?

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July 8, 2012 8:15:16 PM

It shouldn't be a problem. The issues are with 2.1 cards and 1.x slots. If there is any problems you can always return the card.

I also noticed your question on GDDR5. It's a completely separate system. Video RAM is different than the RAM you use for your computer. Any motherboard will support a graphics card with lower or higher GDDR# RAM.
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July 8, 2012 8:17:02 PM

PCI-E x16 is backwards compatible, make sure you update the motherboards BIOS (check the gigabyte web site) and have a PSU capable of powering the new video card
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July 8, 2012 8:53:55 PM

fantastik250 said:
It shouldn't be a problem. The issues are with 2.1 cards and 1.x slots. If there is any problems you can always return the card.

I also noticed your question on GDDR5. It's a completely separate system. Video RAM is different than the RAM you use for your computer. Any motherboard will support a graphics card with lower or higher GDDR# RAM.


thanks for the quick response.. also wanted 2 know how much performance loss will be there in running a pci-e 2.0 x16 card in a pci-e 1.1 x16 slot. also my current 9500 gt is pci-e 2.0 only and runs great.i suppose the 9500gt requires a psu wattage of arnd 450 W. will the 550 ti need more. i guess my psu is arnd 450 -500W.
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July 8, 2012 8:58:01 PM

bogil said:
thanks for the quick response.. also wanted 2 know how much performance loss will be there in running a pci-e 2.0 x16 card in a pci-e 1.1 x16 slot. also my current 9500 gt is pci-e 2.0 only and runs great.i suppose the 9500gt requires a psu wattage of arnd 450 W. will the 550 ti need more. i guess my psu is arnd 450 -500W.

The GTX 550 Ti is pretty weak, so it won't make much difference whether it's running on PCIe 1.1 or 2.0. A stronger card would run into a bandwidth bottleneck.

PS: The GTX 550 Ti is a pretty poor deal at least in most places (US and UK certainly).
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July 8, 2012 9:04:27 PM

I agree with Sakkura, There won't be a performance loss on the 1.1 slot since the card is not that strong.

In regards to the PSU, between 400-500W is fine.
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July 8, 2012 9:19:55 PM

bogil said:
thanks for the quick response.. also wanted 2 know how much performance loss will be there in running a pci-e 2.0 x16 card in a pci-e 1.1 x16 slot. also my current 9500 gt is pci-e 2.0 only and runs great.i suppose the 9500gt requires a psu wattage of arnd 450 W. will the 550 ti need more. i guess my psu is arnd 450 -500W.


Sakkura said:
The GTX 550 Ti is pretty weak, so it won't make much difference whether it's running on PCIe 1.1 or 2.0. A stronger card would run into a bandwidth bottleneck.

PS: The GTX 550 Ti is a pretty poor deal at least in most places (US and UK certainly).


well my current gpu budget is arnd $150 and i am mostly gonnaplay upcumin f1 and nfs titles.Is the gtx 550 ti enough or do u suggest a better gpu within the budget
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July 8, 2012 9:48:13 PM

What is your CPU?

I would suggest a 7770, it has a lower power consumption and performs slightly better than the GTX 550Ti. And is fits your budget, at least in $150 USD. It will help for the upcoming games you will play.
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July 9, 2012 5:23:56 AM

fantastik250 said:
What is your CPU?

I would suggest a 7770, it has a lower power consumption and performs slightly better than the GTX 550Ti. And is fits your budget, at least in $150 USD. It will help for the upcoming games you will play.


my cpu is a intel core2 duo e7500 @2.93 ghz and mobo is a ga-g31m-es2l. btw any thing else i shud check to determine compatibility between my mobo and gpu or buy it straight and check
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July 9, 2012 5:33:17 AM

Nope, the only thing left is to buy and try it. You can always return it.
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July 9, 2012 5:35:21 AM

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July 9, 2012 5:41:38 AM

I put a GTX 560 into a DG35EC mobo, i.e. G35 chipset which also had a pcie 1.1 slot. it did work, but yeah i did see some bottlenecking.

Anyway, shouldn't be a prob with a 550 Ti.
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July 9, 2012 3:03:14 PM

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