Closed MSI 660ti OC PE in GA-Z68A-D3-B3 Tags: Graphics Cards Motherboards PCI Express Graphics Product Last response: September 25, 2012 8:47 PM in Graphics & Displays Share Pink_Daisy September 25, 2012 2:47:55 AM The description on New Egg states that this card requires PCIE 3.0 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) The description of my motherboard (Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3-B3) by its manufacturer states that: 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16) (http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=...) New Egg states the Motherboard has: PCI Express 2.0 x16: 2 (x16, x4) (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) -- So my question is: Will the 660 ti work in my machine? If so, Is it more complex (with regard to jumpers, settings, bios, anything) than simply physically unplugging the 560ti and then connecting the 660ti? If not, Will there actually be a 10-20% performance increase or will the PCIE 2.0 hamper it? -- The long and short is: I had been looking at the card and then my buddy said he'd buy the 560ti off me. So the upgrade to the 660ti is potentially only about $200. I just don't want to buy something that won't work/won't actually be an improvement because my motherboard is a year or so old. Thanks. More about : msi 660ti z68a Pink_Daisy September 25, 2012 11:10:28 AM Thank you for the response. As the Motherboard/Graphics Card are compatible then I'm assuming its as easy as physically removing one and putting in another before installing drivers. If no one else disagrees I think I'm set then. Thanks again. determinologyz a b U Graphics card September 25, 2012 11:15:16 AM BigMack70 said:It doesn't require PCI-e 3.0. PCI-e is backwards compatible both ways (a 3.0 slot works with a 2.0 card, a 3.0 card works in a 2.0 slot). There's no performance loss for running at PCI-e 2.0 x16. The upgrade is worth it... the 660ti is a LOT faster than the 560ti. Bear in mind that the 7950 is a bit better of a card overall around the $300 mark, but if you just want to stick to Nvidia, it's probably worth the upgrade for 1080p gaming. Both cards 7950 and the 660 Ti trade blows but as BigMack said if you want to stick with nvidia you should buy the 660 Ti. Also i own the card as well and its awesome for 1080p gaming Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer Pink_Daisy September 25, 2012 8:47:35 PM Best answer selected by Pink_Daisy. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources MSI R7870 HAWK GHz Edition or MSI GTX 660Ti PE OC ? Worth extra $50? Forum MSI 7870 HAWK vs. MSI 660Ti PE OC vs. SAPPHIRE Radeon 7950 Dual-X? Forum Overclocking MSI 660Ti PE/OC -- advice? Forum Is my PSU bottlenecking my Msi GTX 660TI OC PE edition Forum Sapphire 7950 OC or MSI 660ti PE OC ? Forum MSI GTX 660ti PE vs Sapphire HD7950 Vapor X Forum MSI GTX 670 & 660ti PE Forum Msi 660ti vs sapphire 7950 oc Forum EVGA GTX 670 FTW vs. MSI GTX 670 PE/OC Forum MSI 670 OC vs MSI 660 ti PE Forum MSI GTX 660 Ti PE OC VS MSI GTX 670 PE OC Forum EVGA 660 ti vs MSI 660ti vs MSI 7870 Forum 7950 vs 660ti ( MSI ) Forum Galaxy GTX 660ti 3gb vs HD 7950 3gb OC edition V2 Forum MSI 660Ti PE : Which drivers? Forum From 5850 to 660Ti PE OC Forum MSI GTX 660Ti Max Overclock Forum Radeon 7870, Msi gtx 660ti , or evga gtx 660 ti FTW (2gb) Forum MSI 660Ti Power Edition problem with power supply Forum Asus 660ti DCU2 SLI, 680 DCU2 TOP or 7970 Matrix Forum More resources Read discussions in other Graphics & Displays categories Ati GPUs Graphics Cards Gtx HD Monitors SLI Crossfire Tuner Cards Radeon Video Diamond Multimedia Matrox Nvidia Palit PowerColor Asus Games !