Closed MSI 660ti OC PE in GA-Z68A-D3-B3 Tags: Graphics Cards Motherboards Pci Express Graphics Last response: November 13, 2012 8:57 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 | Report abuse Register or log in to remove Best solution BigMack70 Graphics card Master September 25, 2012 2:58:07 AM 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. | Report abuse 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. | Report abuse determinologyz Graphics card Expert 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 | Report abuse Pink_Daisy September 25, 2012 8:47:35 PM Best answer selected by Pink_Daisy. | Report abuse Register or log in to remove Ask the community Publish Tom's Hardware>Forum>Graphics & Displays>MSI 660ti OC PE in GA-Z68A-D3-B3> Related ressources: ForumMSI R7870 HAWK GHz Edition or MSI GTX 660Ti PE OC ? Worth extra $50? ForumMSI 7870 HAWK vs. MSI 660Ti PE OC vs. SAPPHIRE Radeon 7950 Dual-X? ForumOverclocking MSI 660Ti PE/OC -- advice? ForumIs my PSU bottlenecking my Msi GTX 660TI OC PE edition ForumSapphire 7950 OC or MSI 660ti PE OC ? ForumMSI GTX 660ti PE vs Sapphire HD7950 Vapor X ForumMSI GTX 670 & 660ti PE ForumMsi 660ti vs sapphire 7950 oc ForumEVGA GTX 670 FTW vs. MSI GTX 670 PE/OC ForumMSI 670 OC vs MSI 660 ti PE ForumMSI GTX 660 Ti PE OC VS MSI GTX 670 PE OC ForumEVGA 660 ti vs MSI 660ti vs MSI 7870 Forum7950 vs 660ti ( MSI ) ForumGalaxy GTX 660ti 3gb vs HD 7950 3gb OC edition V2 ForumMSI 660Ti PE : Which drivers? ForumFrom 5850 to 660Ti PE OC ForumMSI GTX 660Ti Max Overclock ForumRadeon 7870, Msi gtx 660ti , or evga gtx 660 ti FTW (2gb) ForumMSI 660Ti Power Edition problem with power supply ForumAsus 660ti DCU2 SLI, 680 DCU2 TOP or 7970 Matrix 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 !