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PCI-E3.0 (x16) Graphics Card in PCI 2.0 x16 slot possible?

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February 27, 2013 9:18:23 PM

Hello,

My computer is in need of an upgrade, I am looking at some of these 3-4gb single gfx cards but unfortunately they require 3.0 PC Express slots where I only have a 2.0 16x.

I have heard in the past that the impact is not even noticable to the average person, but is this still the case with these newer cards that come out? I was thinking of updating the MoBo but my processer is a first gen i7 and I really cant afford to replace that aswell..

What do you guys think? Could I get away with a 3-4GB Single Gfx card to help my performance? Or is my computer going to chugg on it?

Some of the cards;

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Thanks!
Alex

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a b U Graphics card
February 27, 2013 9:22:11 PM

Pcie is backwards compatible. You don't need a pcie 3.0 slot. The impact would be very minimal.

Those cards good but also consider amd's 7970, same price as that 470, often better performance.


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February 27, 2013 9:35:07 PM

Norlag said:
Pcie is backwards compatible. You don't need a pcie 3.0 slot. The impact would be very minimal.

Those cards good but also consider amd's 7970, same price as that 470, often better performance.


Thanks for the quick response, and I will definitely look into that card!
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a b U Graphics card
February 27, 2013 10:26:55 PM

I would either get the gigabyte or sapphire vapor-x, if they are the same price where you live. I don't really like xfx's coolers, but it's your choice after all.
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February 27, 2013 10:39:45 PM

Norlag said:
I would either get the gigabyte or sapphire vapor-x, if they are the same price where you live. I don't really like xfx's coolers, but it's your choice after all.



http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=77601

such as this? Sapphire seem out of stock but gigabyte aren't. I see alot of negative reviews for XFX so I appreciate your suggestion.
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a b U Graphics card
February 27, 2013 11:38:31 PM

Yes that was what I was talking about. That seems to be the best deal on a reliable 7970 at this time.
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February 28, 2013 1:12:56 AM

Norlag said:
Yes that was what I was talking about. That seems to be the best deal on a reliable 7970 at this time.


Got that one, thanks again!
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February 28, 2013 8:47:14 AM

ptonjalken said:
Hello,

My computer is in need of an upgrade, I am looking at some of these 3-4gb single gfx cards but unfortunately they require 3.0 PC Express slots where I only have a 2.0 16x.

I have heard in the past that the impact is not even noticable to the average person, but is this still the case with these newer cards that come out? I was thinking of updating the MoBo but my processer is a first gen i7 and I really cant afford to replace that aswell..

What do you guys think? Could I get away with a 3-4GB Single Gfx card to help my performance? Or is my computer going to chugg on it?

Some of the cards;

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Thanks!
Alex



I have read this morining that some of the GTX 680 690 range will not run in 3,0
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March 6, 2013 11:13:44 PM

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